12/01/2010 – Wednesday’s Transfer Talk

12 01 2011
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Genoa have agreed to sign Wigan’s Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli on loan. Boselli has scored only once for the Latics since they broke their club record to bring him to the DW Stadium in a £6m move from Estudiantes in the summer of 2010.

Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign £10m-rated Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Manchester United are lining up a bid for Lyon’s Brazilian wing-back Michel Bastos.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has made a £4m bid for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and is also keen on Hammers striker Carlton Cole.

West Ham are poised to make a move for Udinese striker Antonio Floro Flores, who is keen to leave the Italian club.

West Ham are confident they will complete the loan signing of Manchester City and England left-back Wayne Bridge in time for him to face Arsenal on Saturday.

Bolton are hoping to finalise a deal to sign Argentine defender Santiago Gentiletti from Argentinos Juniors.

Chelsea will make a renewed attempt to sign 20-year-old Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who they see as the perfect long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

Aston Villa are interested in Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko but the Russian striker is expected to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane.

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has pulled off a major coup by persuading Everton striker Yakubu to join the club on loan.

Everton have bluntly told Tottenham that veteran midfielder Phil Neville is going nowhere, despite the London club’s willingness to pay up to £2m for the 34-year-old.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is aiming to bring in at least one of his three top targets this month – Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker or Emir Spahic of Montpellier – after defender Thomas Vermaelen suffered another setback in his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury.

AC Milan look set to scupper Tottenham and Manchester City’s moves for Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel by taking the Dutch international to Italy.

Aston Villa have had a bid rejected for Peterborough’s England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

Leeds and Leicester are interested in taking midfielder Michael Johnson on loan from Manchester City following his recovery from long-term injury.

Tottenham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, having seen off competition from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Birmingham still hope to persuade Rangers striker Kenny Miller to move to England, despite him rejecting two deals since the clubs agreed a fee and being close to joining Fiorentina instead.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed the rush of managerial sackings on foreign club owners. “I don’t think they have the patience of older generations,” he said.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is determined to make up for what has been an injury-ravaged season so far by scoring the goals to help the club win major silverware.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted ahead of the Carling Cup semi-final, first leg against Ipswich on Wednesday that he is feeling the pressure of having to win a trophy after six years without silverware.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky says he began to study physiotherapy during his 18-month absence with a knee injury in an effort to sort out his own problems.

Chelsea captain John Terry concedes his side’s recent poor form has been “unacceptable” and they have to think about winning games before they can think about winning trophies.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish was “the skeleton in the closet” who meant former Reds boss Roy Hodgson never stood a chance of success at Anfield.

Celtic hope Georgios Samaras (pictured) will stay at Parkhead, despite the striker turning down a 12-month contract offer because he wants a longer deal.

There is only one Torres left in this season’s FA Cup – and it is not Liverpool’s Fernando. Sergio Torres, Crawley Town’s match-winner in their shock third round win over Derby, used to stack the shelves at Boots in Basingstoke and worked at his father’s brick factory in his native Argentina.

Former Foreign Secretary David Milliband, an Arsenal fan and the MP for South Shields, has been offered a position of vice-chairman at Sunderland.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

25/11/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

25 11 2010
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Liverpool are ready to challenge rivals Manchester United for Rosenborg’s Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Annan.

CSKA Moscow’s Japanese international Keisuke Honda is attracting interest ahead of the January transfer window with Arsenal, Liverpool, and AC Milan the interested parties.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle are battling for FC Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. AS Monaco, Hamburg, Schalke 04 and Benfica are also interested in the 23-year-old.

Blackburn are weighing up a £4m January move to bring Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz (left) back to Ewood Park.

Stephen Ireland is looking for a January move away from Aston Villa. Fulham boss Mark Hughes is keen after the pair worked together at Manchester City, but the Cottagers would struggle to find the £8m asking price.

Liverpool and Tottenham target Ola Toivonen expects to stay at PSV Eindhoven this winter – but the Sweden striker has opened the door to a summer move.

Lille admit they face a battle to keep hold of Liverpool target Eden Hazard. The 19-year-old winger is also been tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Liverpool scouts have also been keeping tabs on CSKA Moscow’s £10million rated Czech Republic striker Thomas Necid.

Goalkeeper David De Gea has insisted he will be staying at Atletico Madrid, despite interest from Manchester United.

Dimitar Berbatov’s agent has claimed the Manchester United striker will not be going anywhere in January. Emil Dantchev said: “There’s nothing to say. He will stay in Manchester.”

Manchester City and Chelsea are keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck. The 17-year-old has yet to sign professional forms with the French club.

Chelsea are tracking Partizan Belgrade’s teenage centre-back Stefan Savic as a candidate to bolster their threadbare defence.

Championship promotion chasers Swansea City want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on loan.

Manchester City have made an enquiry about Udinese’s £15m-rated defender Cristian Zapata.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has been promised funds to bolster his squad in January by the club’s new Indian owners.

Middlesbrough defender David Wheater will move to the Premier League in January, says his former team-mate, Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing.

Sheffield United boss Gary Speed is chasing Arsenal’s highly-rated young striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for a loan deal.

Birmingham City’s £3m midfielder Michel is wanted by Real Mallorca in January on a six-month loan deal.

Bolton are ready to let Andy O’Brien join Leeds permanently when the transfer window opens. The defender has extended his loan spell at Elland Road until the start of January.

Crystal Palace manager George Burley is set to make a shock move to take Notts County’s much-travelled striker Lee Hughes on loan.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett is ready to bid for Bournemouth’s 12-goal Northern Ireland striker Josh McQuoid.

Greek striker Georgios Samaras is poised to be sold by Celtic in January after talks over a new contract stalled, with two Spanish clubs, including Hercules, declaring an interest.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has questioned the tactics of under-fire Hammers manager Avram Grant during their 3-0 loss at Liverpool last weekend. “In the first 10 minutes we had lost the game, psychologically anyway,” said Cole.

Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou insists the west London club have not been affected by last week’s shock departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins.

Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge insists there is no crisis at the club despite recent speculation over the future of manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has blamed former Reds boss Rafa Benitez for the problems with form and fitness that have blighted his time at Anfield. “I wasn’t allowed to train extra under our former manager. Even when I wasn’t involved,” said Babel on his Twitter feed.

German former Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund says English football needs to take its lead from Germany if the England team is to be successful. The German national U17 coach believes English clubs need to place greater focus on youth development.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes the Gunners are suffering from mental problems and they must overcome them quickly if they are to challenge for the Premier League title. The club have lost four of their last six games in all competitions.

Wales still want veteran Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, who is on a six-man shortlist, as their next national manager.

Former assistant manager Ray Wilkins was sacked by Chelsea only two weeks after a bust-up with the club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay, who had criticised the management team’s use of substitutes.

Scotland’s referees will today tell the Scottish Football Association that they will not call off their planned weekend strike, but Dutch referees are poised to ensure that the six Scottish Premier League fixtures and the ALBA Challenge Cup final will go ahead.

Only one match – Sunday’s ALBA Challenge Cup final – is guaranteed to go ahead this weekend unless the Scottish Football Association can hammer out a peace deal with referees over their strike threat.

Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir is demanding to know by lunchtime on Thursday if Division One, Two and Three games, plus the ALBA Challenge Cup final, will go ahead despite the threat of a referees’ strike.

The Scottish Football Association has provided an assurance to Scottish Premier League clubs that their matches will go ahead this weekend even if there is a strike by referees.

A large number of Scotland’s category three referees are unhappy at the stance of their senior colleagues and are dismayed that there was no strike ballot among all members of the Senior Scottish Football Referees Association.

The use of foreign officials would have to be approved the Scottish Football Association’s referee committee, which is understood to be sympathetic to Scottish referees’ strike action.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has seen his football exploits recognised by a salsa tune. The World Red Army featuring salsa artist Choco Orta have released Chico Is The Man, which details the 22-year-old’s rise to stardom.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

22/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

22 08 2010

Chelsea are ready to make Real Madrid a “super offer” of £33m for Sergio Ramos (left), with Spain’s World Cup winning defender set to earn over £8m net per season over five years.

Barcelona are ready to make Liverpool an offer for midfielder Javier Mascherano, encouraged by the Argentine’s desire to leave England for an environment where his family will be happier.

Arsenal are monitoring St Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere, one of the most highly-rated young players in France.

AC Milan are poised to offer striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic an escape route from Barcelona in a deal that could see the Spanish champions make one last effort to sign Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas before the transfer deadline.

Arsenal will turn their focus to Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, with little movement in their pursuit of Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer and Manchester City’s Shay Given.

Gunners left-back Gael Clichy is a target for Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor intends to stay at Eastlands, despite fresh overtures from Real.

But Real boss Mourinho is ready to launch a £20m move for Adebayor, which may free up Real striker Karim Benzema to join Manchester United.

Manchester United are planning a £15m bid for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon next summer as current number one Edwin van der Sar prepares for retirement.

Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker could be swapping clubs in a shock move.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes to sign PSV Eindhoven defender Carlos Salcido if he misses out on Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky.

New Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is ready to make a £15m bid to lure Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt from his former club Liverpool.

West Ham are looking at Bayern Munich goalkeeper Michael Rensing to provide competition for Rob Green.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to spend the £8m from Kenwyne Jones’ departure to Stoke on signing Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan from French club Rennes.

Italian side Bari are interested in signing Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand after Bruce told the 25-year-old he can find another club.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is keen to sign Mexico striker Guillermo Franco, who is still a free agent after being released by West Ham last season.

The arrival of striker Craig Bellamy at Cardiff has encouraged Ipswich to make a final £4m bid for Bluebirds forward Michael Chopra.

Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman, who failed to agree personal terms with Blackpool last week, is expected to join Championship club Bristol City on Monday.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will turn his attentions to Newcastle striker Leon Best.

Former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill (right) could be in line for a shock return to management with former club Nottingham Forest.

O’Neill is also on the Football Association’s radar to become the next England coach, emerging as one of the leading candidates to replace Fabio Capello should the side struggle in their early Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is to be given a new £70,000-a-week contract to cement his status as City’s number one keeper.

Businessman Kenny Huang decided to withdraw from the race to buy Liverpool because of his increasing disillusionment with chairman Martin Broughton and the club’s board over the timescale and pace of the deal.

Steve McLaren is already facing a delicate issue of man-management at new club Wolfsburg after midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic criticised the former England boss for leaving him on the bench at the start of their 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich.

French legend Zinedine Zidane says Manchester United’s Paul Scholes is “as close to a complete player as you will see” and it his biggest regret that he did not get to play alongside him.

England boss Fabio Capello has been ordered by FA bosses to improve his English so he can communicate better with the players.

In an effort to be fit for Corinthians’ match against Vitoria next Sunday, former Brazil striker Ronaldo has been banned from eating chips and drinking alcohol.
The 33-year-old’s party lifestyle has seen him put on a considerable amount of weight but he insists he is not ready to retire from professional football.
“I will make a decision at the end of the season, ” he said on Twitter. “It is true that I am carrying more weight than I would like and that I’m not very mobile, but in 15 days I will be fine.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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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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15/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

15 08 2010

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing a £10m raid on his old club Chelsea for striker Didier Drogba.

Manchester United will move for Porto midfielder Raul Meireles if they fail to land Werder Bremen’s Mesut Ozil.

Marseille are considering an offer for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov and are also keen on Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko.

United are battling it out with Arsenal to sign Paris St Germain’s 20-year-old French defender Mamadou Sakho, who is valued at £12m.

Barcelona have moved ahead of Inter Milan in the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano by offering £15m plus winger Alexander Hleb.

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner could be about to sanction a £20m move for Tottenham’s midfielder David Bentley and striker Robbie Keane.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole is a target for new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool are also keen on Cole’s Hammers team-mate, utility player Valon Behrami as well as Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos.

Reports in France on Saturday suggested that Liverpool are interested in bringing Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac (left) to Anfield.

Brazil legend Pele has urged teenage striker Neymar to stay with Santos and reject a move to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is on the verge of completing his ‘dream’ move to Arsenal.

Tottenham have placed a ‘staggering’ £10m price tag on midfielder Jermaine Jenas as Spurs look to fund a move for Hammers star Scott Parker.

Spurs could increase their initial £7m offer for Parker to £12m with boss Harry Redknapp keen to land the 29-year-old.

Tottenham are set to launch a £10.6m bid for Nice striker Loic Remy on Monday.

Sunderland are considering a move for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora with boss Steve Bruce also keen on Tottenham’s Peter Crouch and Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy.

Bruce is also keen on Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia who recently demanded a transfer and stormed out of a training session.

Sunderland could pay up to £10m for Frenchman N’Zogbia.

Brazilian forward Robinho (right) is set to be offered one last chance to prove himself at Manchester City.

If he flatters to deceive once again, City would sell Robinho to Turkish side Fenerbahce for just under half of the £32.5m they paid Real Madrid for him two summers ago.

Arsenal are weighing up a £9m move for Blackburn Rovers teenage centre back Phil Jones.

Manchester City will complete their summer spending with the £25m signing of Bordeaux’s France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

Midfielder Jimmy Bullard says he wants to stay at Hull despite the club wanting to send him out on loan.

Bolton and Middlesbrough are locked in a £2m battle to sign Sunderland centre-back Matt Killgallon.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes wants to hijack Birmingham City’s move for Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire.

Hughes is also close to sealing the signing of former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Blackpool are keen to sign veteran Birmingham striker Marcus Bent on loan.

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says that Fabio Capello’s eventual replacement as England manager should be English.

Capello is being lined up by Manchester City’s Arab owners to take over from manager Roberto Mancini, if the club does not get off to a good start to the new season.

And Capello’s future as England manager is in doubt following his clumsy ending of midfielder David Beckham’s international career with the Football Association said to be furious at the way the Italian announced the decision in a TV interview.

Capello may scrap plans to recruit another English coach to his backroom staff – because nobody wants the job.

Meanwhile, Everton defender Phil Jagielka will never rule himself out of England contention because it would upset his parents.

Robinho, Craig Bellamy, Jo, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Roque Santa Cruz and Felipe Caicedo will ask for a similar £2m pay-off as Stephen Ireland before they agree to leave Manchester City.

Aston Villa want Ajax boss Martin Jol as a possible replacement for Martin O’Neill.

But Jol will deal Villa a blow by ruling himself out of the running to replace recently departed manager O’Neill.

Veteran 39-year-old goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar says it is time for the new generation of Manchester United players to step up to the plate as the club chase their 19th league title.

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14/08/2010 – Saturday Transfer Talk

14 08 2010

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants former Arsenal defender William Gallas at White Hart Lane. Redknapp feels Tottenham could win the Premier League with three new signings – but the chances of landing all three are “quite slim”.

But Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could be on his way out of White Hart Lane with Marseille keen on the Russia star.

However, Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Tottenham with the 31-year-old Spartak Moscow keeper on trial with the north London club.

Werder Bremen have rejected a bid from Real Madrid for Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil, describing the Spanish club’s offer as “unacceptable”.

New Fulham boss Mark Hughes believes he can bring the best out of striker Craig Bellamy, whose future at Manchester City appears to doomed after criticising manager Robert Mancini’s approach.

Meanwhile, Hughes is closing in on a £1.5m deal for Algeria World Cup defender Rafik Halliche from Benfica.

Manchester City keeper Shay Given (left) could be joining Arsenal after being told Joe Hart will be the club’s number one.

But Arsenal face competition from Celtic in the pursuit of Republic of Ireland international keeper Given, with Manchester City preferring to sell the 34-year-old to the Scottish club rather than a Premier League rival.

Fulham are also keen to land Given as a replacement for Mark Schwarzer, who has been attracting the interest of the Gunners.

Schwarzer has handed in transfer request to Fulham as he tries to force through a move to Arsenal.

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Real Madrid’s France striker Karim Benzema.

But Chelsea have been warned off trying to sign Stoke’s Bosnia international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Manchester United are set to make a last-ditch bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international keeper Rene Adler.

Wigan are close to securing a season-long loan for Chelsea’s Argentine striker Franco di Santo, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn.

Wigan are also keen on Orebro SK’s Finland striker Roni Porokara.

Blackburn Rovers are still in race for Fenerbahce’s £5m-rated Spanish striker Dani Guiza.

Birmingham City are nearing a £2m move for Sunderland defender George McCartney and are to hold talks about taking striker Matt Derbyshire on loan from Olympiakos.

Newcastle have edged closer to sealing the signing of Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa after he was left out of the French club’s weekend squad.

Liverpool are preparing an offer for Manchester City’s Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz.

The Reds have also made enquiries about Anderlecht’s 17-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac could also be on his way to Liverpool, according to French reports.

Liverpool have agreed a fee of £12.3m plus midfielder Alexander Hleb with Barcelona in return for Reds star Javier Mascherano (right).

Chelsea’s stars are at ‘war’ with owner Roman Abramovich who has infuriated his Double winners by scrapping and slashing the squad’s bonuses.

Steven Gerrard says he would love to play alongside Mikel Arteta in an England midfield. The Everton star has not been capped for Spain and qualifies to play for England through the residency rule.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has launched an attack on the Premier League’s new “home-grown” rule, describing the introduction as “ridiculous”.

Chelsea have secured first refusal on future Fluminese stars as part of the deal that took midfielder Deco to the Brazilian side.

Blackburn Rovers have moved a step closer to a £300m takeover by Western Gulf Advisory, a Bahrain-Swiss-based investment company who are owned by Ahsan Ali Syed.

Portsmouth will be bought for £16m by the man who put them into administration six months ago – Hong Kong-based Balram Chainrai.

The US Soccer Federation has dismissed reports that coach Bob Bradley has resigned, quashing rumours that the American could be on the verge of becoming Aston Villa’s new manager.

For full stories head over to the  BBC website.

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13/08/2010 – Friday Transfer Talk

13 08 2010

Manchester City have offered Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (left) a four-year deal worth £96m – or roughly £500,000 a week.

Manchester United are set to miss out on the signing of Werder Bremen’s Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli is close to sealing his move to Manchester City, according to the player’s agent.

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is expected to complete his £26m move to Manchester City before the start of the new Premier League football season on Saturday.

Manchester City are beating Chelsea in the race to land Benfica’s £27m-rated Brazilian defender David Luiz.

Manchester City have entered into negotiations with two unnamed clubs about a £20m-plus deal to sell forward Robinho.

Tottenham are to step up their £25m double swoop for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy with Spurs striker Peter Crouch set to join Sunderland.

Liverpool have joined Real Madrid and Chelsea in the race for Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku. The 17-year-old is one of the hottest, and most sought after, prospects in world football.

Celtic are still keen on Bellamy but the Welshman would have to take a £70,000 a week pay cut to join the Scottish side.

Manchester City will not allow Craig Bellamy to join Tottenham with Fulham, Everton and Newcastle United expected to make approaches for the forward.

West Ham are closing in on the loan signing of Manchester City’s out-of-favour-striker Felipe Caicedo.

West Ham’s Scott Parker is close to signing an improved deal at the club ending speculation that he could move away from Upton Park.

The Hammers have handed a trial to former Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere.

West Ham will step up their efforts to sign Nottingham Forest keeper Paul Smith after reserve Peter Kurucz was ruled out for the majority of the new season with knee ligament damage.

Hammers boss Avram Grant is lining up a £4m bid for FC Twente star Cheik Tiote.

Everton boss David Moyes is also weighing up a move for Ivory Coast international Tiote.

Blackburn Rovers are back on the trail of Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp after he scored twice against France on Wednesday.

Rovers are the latest Premier League club to make an offer for Arsenal’s 19-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury.

Blackburn are also set to make a last-gasp attempt to hijack Stoke striker James Beattie’s move to Rangers.

Rovers striker Jason Roberts has priced himself out of a move to QPR after demanding £30,000 a week.

Arsenal are considering a move for Lyon’s Brazil international winger Michel Bastos.

Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (right) has gone on strike in an attempt to force through a loan switch to Newcastle.

Fulham hope to pip Birmingham to the £5m signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele.

Wantaway Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with new manager Mark Hughes to let him join Arsenal.

Birmingham, Sunderland and Stoke are all keeping tabs on Charles N’Zogbia with the Wigan midfielder set to hand in transfer request.

Stoke are tracking former Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda who currently plays for Benfica.

Sunderland are pressing ahead with an £8m bid for Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan as defender Anton Ferdinand heads for Palermo on a season-long loan.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has admitted falling out of love with life in England and is looking forward to the day he returns to Argentina.

Chelsea have been accused of “harassment” by Brazilian club Santos over their attempted signing of teenager Neymar, with Santos threatening to report the Blues to Fifa.

England goalkeeper David James’s arrival at Bristol City is believed to have contributed to Steve Coppell’s shock resignation as manager.

Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia will quit the club if he is not manager Arsene Wenger’s number one choice this season.

Birmingham are keen to tie manager Alex McLeish to a new deal, especially with neighbours Aston Villa looking for a new manager.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

09/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

9 08 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will try to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given after being warned off his team-mate Joe Hart.

Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is keeping tabs on Steven Pienaar’s (left) situation at Everton and is preparing an offer for the midfielder, who has yet to be offered a new contract by the Toffees.

Manchester United are planning a last-gasp bid to snatch Aston Villa midfielder James Milner from underneath the noses of their neighbours Manchester City.

The Old Trafford side are also mulling over a move for Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Ozil, who could be available for a cut-price £13.5m because he is in the last year of his contract.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is ready to offload striker Peter Crouch, with Lyon frontman Loic Remy issuing a come-and-get-me plea to Spurs.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is keen on Crouch and is also winning the race to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi insists Cesc Fabregas’s stay at Arsenal could only be temporary. The Gunners captain, subject to speculation regarding a move to the Nou Camp, revealed last week he would remain at the Emirates. Xavi said: “We’ve given up on the idea of him arriving now but maybe he’ll come in January when Arsenal are out of the Premier League race. They can’t just hold him against his will.”

Queens Park Rangers are the latest club to be linked with striker Marlon King, currently looking for employment after serving nine months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in a London bar.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is targeting former Arsenal midfield star Alexander Hleb, who has been told he has not got a future at Barcelona.

Blackburn are trying to tie up a deal for Fenerbahce’s £5m-rated Spain striker Dani Guiza.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is considering a move for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

The build-up to England’s midweek friendly against Hungary has an element of farce to it. Paul Robinson and Wes Brown retired from internationals after being named in the squad, ‘injured’ Michael Carrick played for Manchester United in the Community Shield match against Chelsea and Ashley Cole inadvertently snubbed the offer of a handshake from England boss Fabio Capello after that game at Wembley.

Sir Alex Ferguson has apologised for Carrick’s appearance in the Community Shield two days after declaring the Manchester United midfielder was injured. The United manager said: “The minute he said he wanted to play we had to play him, simply because he needs game time.” England manager Capello, who left Carrick out of England’s squad to face Hungary, appeared to ask the player after United’s Shield win over Chelsea why he had not telephoned him.

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08/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

8 08 2010

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson wants to bring Tottenham striker Peter Crouch back to Anfield, two years after he was shown the door by the club.

Hodgson is also keeping tabs on Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa who seems destined to leave the French club this summer.

Werder Bremen’s star midfielder Mesut Ozil was watched by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday as he looks for a long-term successor to Paul Scholes.

Manchester City have told Shaun Wright-Phillips (left) that he can leave the club, with Liverpool and Arsenal keen on the winger.

City defender Nedum Onuoha will also follow Stephen Ireland out of Eastlands as boss Roberto Mancini looks to trim his squad.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton wants to sign Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of the new season.

Arsenal are planning a Serie A raid to help ease their defensive frailties and have earmarked a move for Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini and Bologna keeper Emiliano Viviano.

Portsmouth’s Kevin Prince Boateng could snub interest from West Ham and Stoke to join Italian side Genoa. “I’m relaxed, just waiting for the right team,” said the Ghana international.

Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett would prefer to sell the club to Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi as opposed to Kenny Huang.

But the British tax payer could end up being the majority shareholder in the club if a deal cannot be sorted out in the next two months and the club ends up in the hands of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is thinking about extending his contract with the club and if he does will almost certainly end his managerial career at the Emirates Stadium.

LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena says David Beckham (right) is ahead of schedule on his comeback from an Achilles injury and he expects him to play for the club for years to come.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not concerned by players’ off-the-field behaviour as long as they do their jobs properly. ‘We are not interested in what happens outside of our training ground,” he said.

Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, now at Real Madrid, says there is “no doubt” that he wants to manage in England again one day, but will not be pursuing his interest in signing Chelsea’s Ashley Cole – “when a coach says no, it’s no, and we have to accept that.”

Football Association chiefs expect Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary to attract the smallest crowd for an England game since Wembley was rebuilt, as fans vent their disappointment at the team’s World Cup failure.

Former Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish could return to the Anfield boardroom as the club attempts to revive the spirit of their glory years of the 1970s and 80s.

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07/08/2010 – Saturday Transfer Talk

7 08 2010

Arsenal have launched a £23m raid for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina (left) but face a battle to lure one of the Anfield club’s prize assets.

Manchester City will use Stephen Ireland as part of a player-plus-cash bid to persuade Aston Villa to part company with England international midfielder James Milner.

Milner was pulled out of Aston Villa’s friendly against Valencia on Friday as his move to City moved ever closer. The Eastlands club will pay an intial £15m fee that could rise nearer to £20m once the player has achieved certain targets.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to offload Turkish midfielder-cum-striker Tuncay to Blackburn to help fund his £10m pursuit of Nice forward Loic Remy.

Ghana international John Mensah is to return to Sunderland on loan, according to French club Lyon.

Meanwhile, Pulis is poised to make a £12m offer to West Ham to bring striker Carlton Cole to the Britannia Stadium.

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is set to make a move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen is on the verge of a switch to Liverpool, according to his agent.

Cesc Fabregas (right) admits he is only staying at Arsenal because manager Arsene Wenger forced him to.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka will make his first England appearance since April 2009 in Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary at Wembley as part of a number of changes by coach Fabio Capello to the squad that flopped at this summer’s World Cup finals.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was waiting for an approach from Barcelona until the last minute before pledging his immediate future to Anfield.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering ending his interview boycott with the BBC. The Premier League has warned United of the fines the Scot could incur this season if he continues to ignore Match of the Day and 5 live reporters, while the League Managers’ Association has tried to persuade the 68-year-old to break his Beeb silence.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates believes half of foreign owners of British clubs “don’t know what they’re doing”, branding Liverpool’s American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett “jokers”.

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