The most wanted man in the English Premier League for next season - Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard - has finally decided which club he will turn out for the 2012/13 campaign.
The Lille man recently confirmed Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea were the only transfer options he would consider, despite reported interest from Arsenal and Tottenham and now, after what seems like an era of going back and forth, the 21 year old has stated he has finally come to a decision.
The only issue is... we still don't know what is on his mind.
"Good afternoon guys. I made up my mind. See you later. Thanks," Hazard tweeted.
However, French forward Louis Saha has potentially let Hazard's cat out of the bag with a tweet that says the player is heading to Stamford Bridge.
Hazard, who is believed to be valued at £35mn by Lille, has notched up 20 goals and 16 assists from 38 league appearances this season, to become the Ligue 1 Player of the Year for the second successive year. The Belgian was earlier linked with a move to one of the Manchester-based clubs and was expected to make an announcement to the press after Lille's last game of the season, against Nancy, last weekend.
However, the player stated that Chelsea's Champions League victory on 19 May created a bit of hesitation in his mind as hence the Blues would play in the tournament next year, they were back in contention for his signature.
Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic midfielder Mohamed Diame will talk to a host Premier League clubs over a potential summer move, according to Sky Sports. The report says the 24 year old has been allowed to leave the Senegal squad so he can hold negotiations with suitors and sort out his future. Wigan will probably lose Diame on a free transfer, as his contract runs out this summer.
Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are among the clubs reportedly interested in securing Diame's services, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who has been linked with the Liverpool manager's post, is understood to be keen to bring Diame along if he moves to Anfield.
In other Premier League transfer news, newly promoted West Ham United are planning to offer QPR midfielder Joey Barton a lifeline, reports the Daily Star. The 29 year old was handed a 12-match ban and a £75,000 fine by the FA for acts of violent conduct after he was sent off during his club's last game of the season at Manchester City.
Barton will miss the first three months of next season due to the suspension and the report claims QPR are desperate to offload their ex-captain this summer, despite having him for only a season at Loftus Road. The club issued a statement on Friday that the player would not appeal the lengthy ban. It is now understood West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is willing to sign the controversial player as the Hammers try to strengthen their squad ahead of their return to England's top flight.