29/12/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

29 12 2010
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eager to bring out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland to Parkhead on loan.

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reinforce his Manchester United midfield with a £12m New Year move for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra.

United are also preparing a summer move for CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev, who Ferguson sees as a long-term replacement for current number one Edwin van der Sar.

Fulham hope to make Chris Samba their first signing of the January transfer window but the Blackburn defender wants assurances over Mark Hughes’s future first.

However, the Cottagers may face competition from Arsenal, who are keen on the £8m-rated centre-back.

The Gunners are also reportedly back in the hunt for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.

Liverpool have rejected a loan offer from Birmingham City for 24-year-old winger Ryan Babel, who has also attracted interest from West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool’s new Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli was at Southampton yesterday to run the rule over the Saints’ latest teen sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Juventus are preparing a £27m-offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and the Italian side may also be willing to throw midfielder Felipe Melo into the deal.

Stoke are close to signing on-loan winger Jermaine Pennant, 27, on a permanent contract from Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

German side Werder Bremen are interested in Aston Villa’s 25-year-old defender Curtis Davies, who is currently on loan with Leicester City.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has handed a trial to Colorado Rapids’ Jamaican striker Omar Cummings.

Villa are also keen to sign striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal, who may also be joined out of the Emirates exit by fellow striker Carlos Vela, midfielder Denilson and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has received a lucrative offer from Manchester City, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Mick McCarthy wants to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane back to Wolves, the club the Republic of Ireland forward first joined in 1997.

West Ham look set to sign Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Monaco if they can get a work visa for the Congolese striker.

The Hammers may also look to sign Manchester United’s Michael Owen on loan after the striker admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford to reignite his career.

Valon Behrami has given Roma until 10 January to reach a deal over his transfer from West Ham. The Swiss midfielder is desperate to return to Italian football after an injury-hit spell in the Premier League.

Everton, Newcastle and Blackburn are chasing Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Hull have been put off a bid for James Vaughan after his club Everton put a £2m price-tag on the striker.

However, the Tigers are close to sealing a £1.5m-deal for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt after Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson admitted the player is almost certain to leave in January.

England boss Fabio Capello has risked angering Europe’s top clubs by backing calls for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held during the winter. Capello, who is due to leave his role with England in 2012, believes it would be too hot to play in Qatar during June and July.

Blackburn caretaker boss Steve Kean has refuted accusations that there were underhand tactics at play when he was asked to take over from Sam Allardyce. “It was an absolute shock when I received the phone call from the chairman which was half an hour before it hit the press that Sam was going to leave,” said Kean.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the side are struggling to find “the right chemistry” this season. The Blues are on their worst run in 11 years after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal left them six league games without a win.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that champions Chelsea are now out of the title race after the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes that the attacking, passing football played by sides like his own and Arsenal will benefit the next generation of English footballers. “When you play in that sort of style players are forced to make decisions and think on the pitch,” said Martinez.

Former Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is poised to become the new manager of Sheffield United.

Liverpool are to reward striker David Ngog with a new long-term contract. The 21-year-old has 18 months remaining on his current deal.

Birmingham City have upped their contract offer to winger Sebastian Larsson. The Swede, 25, who cost £1m from Arsenal, can leave at the end of the season.

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier (pictured) has revealed why John Carew was late to report for his club’s Christmas programme – the striker was stuck in snow in his native Norway.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





10/09/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

10 09 2010

Roy Hodgson believes he inherited a squad that was big on numbers, but lacking quality in depth when he succeeded Rafael Benitez as Liverpool manager. Hodgson has already shipped out a number of squad players including Alberto Aquilani, Philipp Degen, Nabil El Zhar and Emiliano Insua.

But Hodgson could augment his squad by signing Artem Milevskiy in January – the 25-year-old Ukrainian striker recently extended his contract with Dinamo Kiev but has a release clause of about £10m written in.

Neven Subotic – wanted by both Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Chelsea and Real Madrid will stay put at least until next season. The 21-year-old Serbian centre-back is valued at £20m by Borussia Dortmund where he has a contract until 2014.

Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia could be on his way to Marseille, with Birmingham out of the race to sign the 24-year-old Frenchman.

Leicester have turned down Derby’s attempt to sign Matty Fryatt on loan and instead told the 24-year-old striker to fight for his place in the Foxes team.

On-loan Everton striker James Vaughan will be offered a permanent deal with Crystal Palace if he impresses over the next three months. The 22-year-old is set to make his debut against Reading on Saturday.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (left) has been warned by Everton defender Phil Jagielka that he will face a hostile reception at Goodison Park on Saturday. A former Evertonian, Rooney will be making his first Premier League appearance since allegations concerning his private life surfaced.

One man set to watch Rooney from the stands is former team-mate Francis Jeffers. Jeffers made his England debut at the same time as Rooney – scoring in a 2-1 defeat by Australia in February 2003 – but the former Everton and Arsenal striker is now without a club and considering a move to the Australian A League.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes the race to replace Fabio Capello as England manager in 2012 is between him, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson of Liverpool and Blackburn’s Sam Allardyce.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock reckons England should appoint a “Redknapp-type” manager to succeed Capello because he would have better communication skills than the Italian.

Tom Hicks and George Gillett’s reign as Liverpool owners could have less than a month to run. Royal Bank of Scotland has moved its loans with the American pair into its toxic-assets division – a sign that they will not be extended.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will have a tougher job controlling the egos at Eastlands than he would at Real Madrid, says Blackburn’s Michel Salgado, who spent 10 years at the Bernabeu.

Everton have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Jack Rodwell faces a three-month spell of the sidelines after the 19-year-old damaged his ankle against Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Tottenham’s new £8m midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes he can inspire the club to finish higher than rivals Arsenal in the Premier League this season.

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been given permission to miss the Premier League game at Stoke on 18 September as it clashes with Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Nigel Adkins could still be named as Southampton’s new manager. The Scunthorpe boss had been top of the Saints’ shortlist, but his appointment had seemed to have been scuppered by Southampton’s apparent reluctance to pay compensation.

Manchester United defender Gary Neville has further widened the gulf between himself and Liverpool by admitting he had a “hatred” of the Merseyside club during his childhood because “they were winning everything”. Neville also made a thinly veiled attack on Manchester City.

However Manchester City have shown themselves to be capable of a barb of their own – chief executive Garry Cook admitting that a banner at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground highlighting the Blues’ 34-year wait for a trophy “drives us nuts”. Also in Blue Moon Rising, a film based on City and set for general release, striker Carlos Tevez claims he has “nothing to prove” to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, supporter Steve admits to finding the colour red “disgusting” while a fellow fan “votes Tory only because they’re blue”.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





30/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

30 08 2010

Manchester United are preparing a £10m-plus Michael Carrick bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell before the transfer deadline at 18:00 BST on Tuesday.

Tottenham will make a late £15m bid for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and they are willing to offer the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton as sweeteners.

West Ham have rejected Liverpool’s opening £7m offer for Carlton Cole, but are believed to have Brescia targetman Andrea Caracciolo as a back-up.

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of 22-year-old Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will launch a last-gasp bid to sign Sevilla’s Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, while moves for Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi and AC Milan hitman Klass-Jan Huntelaar remain possibilities.

Spurs have been told by AC Milan to come back with a better offer for Huntelaar after the Italians refused to let him leave on loan. The Dutch striker could cost £11m.

Harry Redknapp is also in talks with Inter Milan over a move for Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari, 26 (left).

Wigan are hoping to finalise a £2m deal for Chelsea striker Franco di Santo, 21, and want Man Utd midfielder Tom Cleverly to join on loan.

The Latics are also expected to offer Bolton £3m for their goalkeeper Ali-al Habsi.

West Brom want to sign Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell, 27, for £3m before the transfer window.

The Baggies are also in talks with former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner over a deal to take him to The Hawthorns.

Barcelona will sign one final player before the deadline after Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s exit to AC Milan, with Man City’s Robinho and Valencia’s Juan Mata top of their wanted list.

Sunderland are closing in on a £15m move for Rennes’ Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan, who starred for his country at this summer’s World Cup.

Juventus are trying to sign Arsenal left-back Armand Traore, 20, on a year-long loan deal.

Newcastle are planning a £8m swoop for Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who last week hit a hat-trick for Utrecht as they knocked Celtic out of the Europa League.

Birmingham have been offered Spartak Moscow’s 31-year-old captain Martin Jiranek, who can play at centre-back or left-back.

Reading midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is a shock £4.25m target for German side Hoffenheim, the leaders of the Bundesliga. The Royals could use the cash to bid £1m for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt.

Stoke are preparing a £7m bid for out-of-favour Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas, while Potters boss Tony Pulis is also keen on Portsmouth skipper Marc Wilson, Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and ­Middlesbrough defender David Wheater.

The Potters are also in talks to sign Monaco’s Eidur Gudjohnsen (right) on loan.

Blackpool have made a late bid to sign Barnsley’s 22-year-old forward Adam Hammill.

Manchester City are lining up a bid for Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach, 22, who was called into the England squad for the Hungary game.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle are back in the hunt for Spanish striker Rodrigo Moreno, 19, as the £5m man is set to leave Benfica on loan.

Derby are favourites to sign West Brom’s New Zealand World Cup striker Chris Wood, 18, on loan.

Sheffield United boss Gary Speed is ready to take Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge, 27, to Bramall Lane.

England coach Fabio Capello faces a defensive crisis ahead of their opening Euro 2012 qualifiers, with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry both missing.

But Capello delivered a double snub to Spurs stars Aaron Lennon and Tom Huddlestone as he left them out of his 24-man squad to take on Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Bayern Munich’s Dutch World Cup hero Arjen Robben could be out of action for the rest of the year with the hamstring injury he aggravated in South Africa.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has begged Spain not to pick striker Fernando Torres and let him continue his recuperation from a knee injury at Anfield.

Charles N’Zogbia’s £9m move from Wigan to Birmingham collapsed after he asked for an extra £10,000-a-week to take his wages to £50,000-a-week.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





29/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

29 08 2010

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will make a last-ditch attempt to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Hodgson is also close to sealing deals for Fulham defender Paul Konchesky, but may drop his interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen because of the Dutch club’s £13m asking price.

Hodgson is also attempting to arrange a loan deal to bring Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez to Anfield.

Manchester United are ready to test Everton’s resolve to hang on to midfielder Jack Rodwell with a £20m bid.

Scott Parker could leave West Ham to bring in some much-needed funds to Upton Park. Tottenham are in pole position to sign the £8m-rated midfielder.

Tottenham will turn their attentions to Villarreal’s former Manchester United frontman Giuseppe Rossi if their loan move for AC Milan’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fails to materialise.

 Tottenham have had an enquiry into the availability of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (left) rebuffed by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

Charles N’Zogbia’s proposed move to Birmingham from Wigan has collapsed over the versatile Frenchman’s wage demands.

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is set for yet another move as Aston Villa and Newcastle look to snap up the Republic of Ireland international before the transfer window shuts.

Wigan have agreed a £2m deal to take Chelsea forward Franco di Santo to the DW Stadium.

Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will rebuff any approach from Arsenal in favour of staying with the Amsterdam club.

Shay Given may be on the move, however, with the Manchester City goalkeeper determined to switch to Fulham before the transfer window shuts.

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is being lined up by Fulham as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mark Schwarzer.

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas will stay at White Hart Lane after deals to Aston Villa and Inter Milan fell through.

West Ham have made a £1.5m move for Hamburg defender Guy Demel and are competing with Stoke for the signature of Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson.

The Hammers are also poised to sign AFC Valenciennes left-back Siaka Tiene.

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires could make a surprise return to the Premier League after the 36-year-old turned down a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. West Ham, Wigan and Bolton are all monitoring the player, who is a free agent after leaving Villarreal.

On-loan striker Craig Bellamy will move to Cardiff permanently from Manchester City if the Bluebirds gain promotion from the Championship.

AC Milan have reached an agreement to take striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season. The Rossoneri will then have the option to buy the Sweden forward for £19.7m.

Former Celtic loan signing Landry N’Guemo has not given up hope of a return to the Glasgow club, who could not agree a fee for the midfielder earlier this summer, now that he has been transfer-listed by Nancy.

Arsenal forward Nacer Barazite says he has not given up hope of joining Rangers on loan before Tuesday’s transfer deadline after his trial at Ibrox.

Francisco Sandaza’s transfer to Swansea City is on the brink of collapse as the Welsh club want him on loan, an arrangement that does not interest the striker or his present club, Dundee United.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has set his heart on a coaching role with boyhood club Oldham Athletic after his playing career ends.

West Ham manager Avram Grant has accused Scholes, who has repeatedly snubbed Fabio Capello’s attempt to lure him out of international retirement, of letting down his country.

England boss Fabio Capello has performed an astonishing U-turn after telling David Beckham he will consider the LA Galaxy midfielder for selection if he is fully fit. “First Beckham has to be playing again but the door is always open,” said Capello, who earlier this month had called time on the former Manchester United man’s international career.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he could one day coach Real Madrid. The Italian, who was managed by Fabio Capello in his final season as a player at AC Milan, has described the England coach as a “grouch” in the latest extracts from his book.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier could return to English football if Aston Villa decide not to appoint caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald on a permanent basis.

Alternatively former Germany and Bayern Munich manager Jurgen Klinsmann is top of Aston Villa’s wish list.

A trio of Australian investors have joined the running to take control of Blackburn Rovers after lodging a bid of £25m for the Ewood Park club.

Defender Steven Taylor could be excluded from Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad as his dispute with the club over a new contract continues.

New Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano has denied that he went on strike to force through his move from Liverpool.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is considering calling in a psychologist to cure his club’s poor away record in Europe – which now stands at one win in the last 29 games.

Rangers manager Walter Smith says he “might as well chuck it” if the club sells Kenny Miller or Madjid Bougherra before the closure of the transfer window but insists that it is not going to happen.

Manchester City’s new £24m striker Mario Balotelli emerged unhurt from a collision between his Audi sports car and another vehicle on his way to the club’s Carrington training ground on Friday.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has donated £25,000 from his testimonial to Everton to give to a charity of their choice. Carragher, who supported the Toffees as a boy, will play in a game between a Liverpool XI and Everton XI on Saturday.

A photographic timeline running round the outside of Everton’s Goodison Park has provoked anger amongst some of the club’s fans. Nick Barmby, the midfielder who controversially quit the club for local rivals Liverpool, features alongside legends such as striker Dixie Dean.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





27/08/2010 – Friday Transfer Talk

27 08 2010

Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor is determined to leave Eastlands before the end of the transfer window if an offer comes in for him.

Tottenham are in talks with AC Milan over bringing Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (left) to White Hart Lane on a season-long loan deal. The move will include the option to buy at the end of the spell, with the sum of £12m thought to be the asking price.

Newcastle and West Ham are keen on signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane on loan before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

Liverpool and Newcastle will find out soon who has won the race to sign Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The 23-year-old has gone on strike at his French club in an effort to force through a move. German side Werder Bremen are also interested.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes is set to raid his former club Manchester City to sign striker Roque Santa Cruz and goalkeeper Shay Given.

Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is not interested in leaving the Dutch side for Arsenal following their Champions League qualification.

West Ham are poised to make a move for Hamburg’s 29-year-old right-back Guy Demel.

Stoke and Portsmouth are lining up a swap deal with winger Liam Lawrence and striker Dave Kitson set to head for the south coast and Marc Wilson moving to Staffordshire.

Arsenal have made an inquiry for Lille goalkeeper Mickael Landreau – but have not given up on signing Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer.

AC Milan and Barcelona have agreed a deal to take striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the San Siro, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Scott Parker will sign a new five-year contract at West Ham – if he is still at Upton Park when the transfer window shuts. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has had an £8m offer for the midfielder turned down recently.

Suspicions that Manchester City might be stockpiling players in order to prevent them signing for rivals could lead to the Premier League reviving attempts to outlaw player loans.

New Manchester United striker Bebe, who manager Alex Ferguson paid £7.4m for without seeing him play, was not included in the club’s recent 16-man reserve squad to face Manchester City – and was this week taken out of a training match because he was ‘off the pace’.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (right) wants Liverpool to be humane and let fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano leave Anfield for the Nou Camp.

Former Hull manager Phil Brown, who is currently out of work, has reiterated his desire to become England manager.

England manager Fabio Capello can forget about recalling Paul Scholes to the national squad. The veteran Manchester United midfielder has no intention of going back on his 2004 decision to retire from international football.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez called Birmingham boss Alex McLeish “disrespectful” over his pursuit of Latics winger Charles N’Zogbia.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reopened his feud with Stoke, accusing them of turning football into ‘rugby’.

Along with reacting angrily to the taunts of former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho – who said that Rafael Benitez was lucky to inherit such a good side – the club’s new manager has slammed a decision to allow television cameras into changing rooms at Serie A games, insisting it breaches a “priestly sanctuary”.

With the help of the legendary Pierluigi Collina, Uefa president Michel Platini has launched a new initiative that he claims will produce referees who are just as fit as footballers – and who will be able to provide a “99 to 100 per cent” guarantee of no more mistakes.

Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has appeared at the Cambridge Rock Festival to promote his new musical invention. The Dube is a cube percussion instrument – a drum with knobs on – which comes in four sizes and can be customised in colour schemes and tones.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





26/08/2010 – Thursday Transfer Talk

26 08 2010

Inter Milan have made an official £20m bid for Liverpool’s Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano, 26, who is also a target for Barcelona.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has accused his predecessor Rafael Benitez of reneging on a written promise that he would not try to lure players away from Anfield to his new club Inter Milan – with the Spaniard tracking the Merseyside club’s Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt.

Chelsea have revived their interest in 18-year-old Brazilian Neymar a week after the teenager signed a five-year deal with Santos.

Fulham are close to agreeing a £2.5m deal for Mexico defender Carlos Salcido (left), 30, from PSV Eindhoven – with Liverpool set to step up interest in the Cottagers’ left-back Paul Konchesky.

Bayern Munich’s Argentine utility player Martin Demichelis has turned down a £10m move to Chelsea, saying he wants to join Spanish side Sevilla.

Manchester City still hope to find Robinho a new club in the current transfer window, despite the Brazilian forward rejecting a move to Turkish side Fenerbache.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle wants to bring Manchester United’s England Under-21 midfielder Tom Cleverley to the Reebok.

West Ham are one of a number of clubs interested in bringing Juventus striker David Trezaguet to the Premier League, with Liverpool, West Brom and Aston Villa all interested in the 32-year-old Frenchman.

West Ham are expected to complete the signing of Inter Milan forward Victor Obinna, 23, on a free transfer on Thursday.

Blackburn are chasing £2m-rated Sweden Under-21 striker Denni Avdic, 21, who plays for Elfsborg.

Stoke are set to sign Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson for £3m, plus striker Dave Kitson, 30, after edging out West Bromwich Albion for the 23-year-old defender’s signature.

Wolves will re-sign Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne, 22, on a season-long loan deal for the third time.

Birmingham have made final bids of about £9m for Wigan’s left-sided Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia, 24, and £2m for Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 19.

Newcastle are close to signing Guinea centre-back Kamil Zayatte, 25, from Hull for £1.6m.

Newcastle are eyeing a double loan swoop for Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata and striker Roque Santa Cruz (right).

Blackpool are ready to improve their £500,000 bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay, 27.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is set to give Brazilian striker Jo a final chance to impress at Eastlands.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner wants Manchester United’s Paul Scholes to change his mind about international retirement and start playing for England again.

However, England manager Fabio Capello says he will not try to tempt the likes of midfielder Scholes, Manchester United defender Wes Brown, Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher out of international retirement.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is interested in becoming the next Ukraine manager as the country prepares to co-host the 2012 European Championship with Poland.

Former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric could return to Fratton Park once he completes the sale of his current club Leicester.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has defended beleaguered England manager Fabio Capello, with the national side’s captain saying people are “jumping too far and too quick” on the Italian’s back.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





25/08/2010 – Wednesday Transfer Talk

25 08 2010

Liverpool’s 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City on Monday has prompted manager Roy Hodgson to make a shock move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, with the Reds prepared to offer £6m up front for the 26-year-old.

Hodgson is desperate to sort out the future of Javier Mascherano, who wants to move for family reasons, and has told Barcelona they will need to pay £18m in cash by the end of the weekend to secure the Argentine midfielder.

Barcelona may offer midfielder Alexander Hleb and defender Martin Caceres in part exchange as they look at ways to tempt Liverpool to sell Mascherano.

Reports in Spain believe Liverpool are in talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of Mahamadou Diarra (left).

If Liverpool do finally offload Mascherano, they may attempt to secure Marseille’s £7m-rated midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

Sky Sports believe that Liverpool are close to completing a £3.5million deal for Paul Konchesky.

West Brom have made a £3m bid for Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng. The Ghanaian was voted the Spanish club’s player of the season for the 2009-2010 campaign and was named in his country’s World Cup squad.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is intent on signing both a striker and right-back before the close of the transfer window next Tuesday.

Everton have been put off Tottenham striker Peter Crouch after being quoted what they consider to be an exorbitant fee of £10m.

Coventry are set to sign striker Marlon King, who was released from prison in July, on a three-year contract. Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd wants to snap up King on a Bosman transfer for a weekly salary of £10,000, plus bonuses.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar looks likely to remain at Goodison Park for one more season and see out the final year of his contract, despite Tottenham’s ongoing interest in the South African.

Chelsea could be set to make a shock bid for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso, with the Blues needing cover for Ricardo Carvalho, who recently moved to Real Madrid.

Deal-broker Keith Harris, who has assisted in the sales of West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester City, says he is representing a mystery overseas buyer for Liverpool, with an offer of up to £500m set to be tabled to take over from the current American owners.

England manager Fabio Capello has come under fire from Real Madrid’s new manager. Jose Mourinho said: “He has a one-track relationship with players. You cannot go around just shouting at players. They need to feel special. Capello will not work for England. He does not know the players. They are frightened of him and they can’t play for him.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





23/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

23 08 2010

Arsenal have set their sights on signing Netherlands international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and centre-back Jan Vertonghen from Ajax in a £22m deal.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has ruled out a move for Tottenham striker Peter Crouch (left), insisting the former Liverpool and Portsmouth player is out of his price range.

AC Milan have admitted they are attempting to sign Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona, but admit that the chances of landing him look remote. “We will try but it’s difficult,” said chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has agreed personal terms with Barcelona for a move to the Spanish side, however the clubs are yet to settle on a fee. Barca have offered around £12m but Liverpool want closer to £21m.

Liverpool are also willing to engage in further talks with Inter Milan over the sale of Dirk Kuyt to the Italian side. The Reds have already rejected an offer thought to be in the region of £7.5m plus Nigerian striker Victor Obinna.

Inter Milan striker Victor Obinna is due at West Ham on Monday for talks. Hammers boss Avram Grant has acted swiftly to tee up a possible move for the 23-year-old Nigerian international.

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Stephane Sessegnon is keen on a move to England, with Tottenham and West Ham interested in the 26-year-old.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is preparing a £12.3m bid for Benin international Sessegnon.

Blackburn have put a £1m price tag on Jason Roberts – the striker without a squad number. Leeds and Nottingham Forest are interested in the 32-year-old but may wait until the Football League loan window opens next month.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will look to secure a deal to bring 32-year-old Juventus forward David Trezeguet (right) to Anfield.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes insists goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s departure from Craven Cottage is not a “foregone conclusion”, in spite of continued interest from Arsenal.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez faces crunch talks with his chairman Dave Whelan. Martinez wants to bring in two strikers but Whelan is more keen to discuss plans for the defence after the Latics conceded 10 goals in two games.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli can be an even better player than Fernando Torres, says City boss Roberto Mancini.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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17/08/2010 – Tuesday Transfer Talk

17 08 2010

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas (left) is set to sign for Juventus on loan for the season, with a view to a full-time £10m switch.

But Turkish club Galatasaray hope to fight off Juventus, Sampdoria and AC Milan for England international Jenas, who did not feature in Spurs’ 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.

Liverpool still hope Javier Mascherano will stay at Anfield but admit they have a private agreement with the midfielder to allow him to leave if the right price is offered.

Chelsea target Neymar, the 18-year-old Santos forward, will decide on Tuesday whether to complete a £24m move to the Premier League.

Liverpool are considering a move for Dynamo Kiev forward Artem Milevskiy as manager Roy Hodgson looks to bolster his strikeforce.

Manchester City are hoping to sell Brazilian forward Robinho to German club Schalke 04 – and use the cash to make a new bid for Benfica defender David Luiz.

City have been warned they will have to complete the signing of James Milner by Wednesday or face the prospect of the England midfielder remaining at Aston Villa for the rest of the season.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy not to throw away his career by dropping into the Championship to play for Cardiff.

Redknapp is hoping to bolster his squad by persuading Sevilla winger Diego Capel to join the White Hart Lane club.

Everton have joined the queue of clubs interested in providing Bellamy with an escape from Eastlands, despite their inability to match the Wales international’s current salary.

The Toffees are chasing FC Utrecht’s attacking midfielder Dries Mertens, but will face competition from PSV Eindhoven and Twente Enschede for the 23-year-old.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to tie up a £2.5m deal for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (right) in time for the visit of Blackpool on Saturday and it could pave the way for the Cottagers to move for Manchester City keeper Shay Given as his replacement.

But City will try to soften the blow of Given’s relegation to the bench by offering the goalkeeper a pay rise and the chance to stay at Eastlands until he turns 39.

Current Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia, meanwhile, will seek talks about his future if Wenger brings in another senior goalkeeper before the transfer window closes.

Newcastle are close to signing Feyenoord midfielder Leroy Fer – nicknamed the Bouncer because of his powerful physique.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is ready to smash the club’s transfer record again with a £9m swoop for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

West Ham’s Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami wants to leave for Roma because he says his family cannot settle in London.

Rangers have handed former Sheffield Wednesday winger Etienne Esajas the chance to earn a contract at Ibrox by taking the 25-year-old Dutchman on trial.

Hull are ready to send unwanted striker Daniel Cousin to Greek club Larissa and hope his departure will free up funds to let them move for Cardiff forward Ross McCormack and Arsenal striker Jay Simpson.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson is interested in signing former Aston Villa and Manchester City striker Darius Vassell, who is a free agent.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway hopes Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Wigan will help the club attract new players before the transfer window closes.

Aiden McGeady has revealed he had to leave Celtic because he feared for his safety in Glasgow. The winger, who joined Spartak Moscow in a £9.5m deal, says he received death threats and constant verbal abuse from members of the public.

Blackburn are a takeover target for two wealthy Indian businessmen. Representatives of billionaire Ahsan Aly Syed arrived at Ewood Park on Monday for talks, claiming they will inject £300m into Rovers. They hope to block a bid by rival Saurin Shah, who is due in Blackburn on Wednesday for talks.

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce will be given £100m to spend on players this season if Ali Syed’s proposed bid for the club is successful.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra and four France team-mates will attend a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday over their role in the players’ strike after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home from the World Cup this summer.

Unsettled Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia has held crisis talks with club chairman Dave Whelan in an attempt to resolve his future.

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16/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

16 08 2010

Marseille are lining up Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko after the French club’s bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano failed.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is lining up a move to become Aston Villa’s next manager following Martin O’Neill’s departure.

Maradona’s European spokesman Walter Soriano said the 1986 World Cup winner “loves the English countryside” and if Villa owner Randy Lerner made a serious offer the American would “get a positive response”.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (left) has been defended by manager Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after being sent off on his league debut for the Merseysiders against the Gunners.

Chelsea are considering a renewed bid for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and will offer about £4.5m.

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy could sign for Championship club Cardiff in a bid to end his Eastlands misery after he was given permission to train with his home-town club.

Wales international Bellamy has been told he is no longer welcome at City’s training ground.

However, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of persuading Bellamy to move to White Hart Lane.

But Redknapp has been warned to stay away from Scott Parker, who has been offered a new five-year contract by West Ham. Hammers chairman David Sullivan said he would report the north London club if they continue their pursuit of the midfielder.

Schalke are hoping the presence of Raul will help persuade Manchester City striker Robinho to join his former Real Madrid strike partner at the German club.

Newcastle are ready to thwart Fulham’s bid for Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, although the 23-year-old is due at Craven Cottage for a medical ahead of a £1.3m move from Benfica.

Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa has accused Marseille of treating him like a “slave” after refusing to allow the France international midfielder to join the Magpies on loan.

Blackburn are giving a trial to 26-year-old Colombian striker Edixon Perea Valencia, who is a free agent after his contract ran out at Brazilian club Gremio.

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is also keen on Toulouse striker Xavier Pentegote, although he suffered a knee injury at the weekend.

Birmingham are close to bringing Matt Derbyshire back to English football on loan from Greek club Olympiakos.

Liverpool are weighing up a £5m move for PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden forward Ola Toivonen.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looks set to join Italian club Bologna on loan.

Wigan will hit Charles N’Zogbia (right) with a maximum £70,000 fine after he stormed out of training on Friday and missed Saturday’s opening day defeat by Blackpool.

Frenchman N’Zogbia has since gone on strike, a decision that is likely to speed up his exit from the DW Stadium. Birmingham have tabled an £8m bid for the winger, although Wigan are holding out for more.

Michael Owen says he has become a different style of striker since joining Manchester United and still believes he has “four or five years at the top”.

Sheffield United are ready to offer former Wales midfielder Gary Speed his first job in management after the shock sacking of Kevin Blackwell.

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