Football Rumours Archive April 14 2008


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Rumours From the Lane. Robbie Keane is not leaving Tottenham but Berbatov could join AC Milan. To replace him JR will look at Milito of Zaragoza or Villa of Valencia. He will also try to sign Bentley, Praajic or Krankjar. Expect Tottenham to sign one of Igor Akinfeev, Robert Green or Carlos Kameni to be made our first choice goalkeeper next season. Rafinha will not join Tottenham however as he will join Liverpool. These will not all happen but some will.

  Man United to sell O'Shea Newcastle £6 million ilvestre Marseille £4 million and Saha Celtic £5.5 million and sign Huntelaar Ajax £17 million Fabio and Rafael (some Brazilian club) free transfers.

  Birmingham City Transfers 2008


Mauro Zarate – extended loan until June 09

Allan McGregor (Rangers) – £5.5 million + Frank Quedrue

Carlos Cuellar (Rangers) – £5 million


Maik Taylor – Contract expires

Rahdi Jaidi – £450,000 to PSG

Rafael Schmitz – Loan return to Lille

Martin Taylor – £600,000 to Norwich

Garry O'Connor – £700,000 to Celtic

Daniel De Ridder – £500,000 to AZ Alkmaar

Richard Kingson – Released

Gary McSheffrey – £2 million to Watford

  MAN you Rumours

Following the battle of the entertainers against the Catalunyan Giants, FC Barcelona, Sir Alex is looking to bring the flare back to Old Trafford.

Firstly we will need an out and out forward to grab those goals that sometimes seem to not come. Rooney and Tevez are to simelar even though they seem to work well on days. Possibilities are–

– Henry –very unlikely, he is looking to finish his career at FC. B and if he does come to England again he could join the Gunners again.

–Berbatov– after signing a deal at WHL, this seems less likely.

–Benzema– Prime target, and he openly admires our football style and would like a move to England.

Back to the flare, after Ronaldinho has fallen out in FC Barcelona, andhe wnats a move away. Of course the links with Manchester City have brought a seet back, but this club is the best suited to his playing sttyle. Expect him to sign for around £20 million. This will create a Brazilian midfield partnership with Anderson.

Finally Gary Neville is past his best and injuries have put an end to his career. Next season will be his last, and he will enrole in a Man United coaching job. So the target replacement will be Danial Alves of Seville. More Brazilian flare creating a lethal partnership with Ronaldo down the right.

Bring on the success

Peace out


  Any Newcastle fan who thinks they can sign Cuellar for £4 million is inane.

he will cost at least double that.

also bojan krkic will never leave FC Barcelona for Liverpool. they would never let him go.

  I have recently been speaking to Dan Gosling who has been told by David Moyes that he intends to use him at some point this season, so expect a debut from the former Plymouth midfielder who is highly rated at Goodison.

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  Keane is understood to closeley monitoring some one at Cardiff called RAMSEY. Must admit I know little of the player but he has been watched by SAfc Scouts several times in the last few months.

  Liverpool to sign:

Luka Modric (15 million)

Philip Lahm (12 million)

Santiago Canizares (1 million)

Rafinha (8 million)

Liverpool will sell:

Scott Carson (6 million)

Charles Itjande (3 million)

Harry Kewell (free)

Andrey Voronin (free)

John Arne Riise (6 million)

Jermaine Pennant (6 million)

  Liverpool FC –

In –

Marco Amelia (Livorno) – £6 mill

Rafinha (Schalke 04) – £5 mill

David Silva (Valencia) – £12 mill

Luka Modric (Dynamo Zagreb) – £12 mill

Sergio Kun Aguero (Athletic Madrid) – £18 mill

(Lots of Youngsters)

Out –

Charles Itandje (Rennes) – £2 mill

Harry Kewell (Juve) – Free Transfer

Jermaine Pennant (Newcastle) – £6 mill

Peter Crouch (Portsmouth) – £12 mill

Andrei Voronin (Werder Bremen) – £2 mill

  Please print this so I can set some people straight. Robbie Keane did join Wolves as he thought he had a better chance at first team football here, but his boyhood club and still very much first club is WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS. Not Liverpool, not Celtic. Ask him yourself, he was watching in the bar when we were playing in the play–off final and is a self–confessed Wolves nut.

"Hitman Keane is such a Wolves fan that he left a wedding party in Leeds the following month to pop into a local boozer to watch his former club savage Sheff United 3–0 and reach the Premier League for the first time. "

Hope that clears some things up.

  As I said a month ago, my father plays golf with some of the senior players at Anfield, even some of the players from the past ( I am not some 15 year old kid either, I am in my 40's and my father his in his 60's but very active).

I will repeat what I said a month ago.

There will be no massive influx of players. Rafa is buying one established star (deal done) that is going to cost in excess of £20 million (so it is not Rafinha, probably Bentley). This player will play as a cross between a winger and a support forward. That will then be a Liverpool 'fornt–lin' of Torres supported on each side by Babel and the new buy.

2 fairly young players have also been lined up. They will cost in the region of £6 million each. Other than that, any other 'buys' will be for the youth sqaud.

Insua, Nemeth and possibly Hobbs will become part of the first team sqaud, though Hobbs may be sent on loan.

Some of the Academy 'starlets' will be promoted to the reserves early. Look out in the reserves for Pourie, Amoo, Eccleston, Ajderavic.

There will be plenty of 'outs'. The usual names that are bandied about – Kewell, Pennant etc. etc. Crouch OR Kuyt will be off, but not both. The place being filled by Nemeth. There will be one 'surprise' transfer out that people were not expecting (Alonso? ).

Some of the reserves will be released including some of the ones on loan such as Guthrie, but in his case in particular, Liverpool will have first option should he ever be sold on. Carson will bbe given the option of another loan spell or a transfer.

DIC will be buying Liverpool, but not until after the current European campaign. The price is governed by whether Liverpool win the Champions League or not. That is why on the DIC front it is gone quiet.

  Rangers to get the Hammers' Julien Faubert on season long loan.

  LFC Rumours

Modric has issued his intention of joining the reds. Rafinha is a done deal. Rafa has declared he is a big fan of Bentley. These rumours seem a good bet. Rafa will surprise with other young quality players in La Liga. The refinance deal allocated 45 million for transfer funds. This includes deals for Skrytel and Mascherano. With player sales there will be adequate funds for all Summer deals. Good rumour on Huntelaar.

Genuine Scouser

  Newcastle OUT

David Rozenhal £3 million– Dortmund

Stephen Harper £2 million– Leicester

Alan Smith £5 million– Tottenham

Shola Ameobi £3 million– Bolton

Joey Barton– banned from sport

TOTAL PROFIT: £13 million


Freddy Adu £7.5 million

Christoph Metzelder £8 million

Stephen Appiah £8 million

Luka Modric £11.5 million

TOTAL SPENT: £35 million

  Hatem Ben Arfa could be on his way to Arsenal

  To all the Newcastle fans, you will not get Carlos Cuellar on the cheap, be looking at the same price tag as Alan Hutton of not more.

Rangers have already stated they are willing to spend this Summer, so do not be surprised to see somemore bluenoses joining Walters army. Gattusso and Alan Smith are my bets.

Hopefully see some duds like Broadfoot leaving, or getting put onto the bench. This will allow us to see some of the top class youngsters coming into the first team straight from Murray Park.

1 cup won 3 to go.

  Liverpool have signed:


and will sign

aguero with Yossi going other way

modric he has stated he wants to go to Liverpool

Quaresma for bout £5 million with Porto getting religated

and maybe lahm of Bayern Munich

  Afc Bulletin ) ) ) ) )

Possable FC Barcelona move 4 Hleb as Ronaldinhio has agreed 2 move 2 AC Milan, if Hleb leaves expect a replacement. Traore 2 go on loan maybe 2 Portsmouth as they have said their interested in him 4 the season.

  Ok lads n lasses here we go: first of Wenger said he wants to sign just on expierenced player and a few youngsters, and a lot of fingers point at felipe Mexes (apoligies if I spelt that wrong.) because A: he's French B: he's expirenced and c: Senderos is a load of junk. however a possibility is FC Barcelona's ronnie or Eto'o I know that sounds really stupid but Wenger knows Hleb will probs leave in Summer if we do not win the championship and FC Barcelona want ronnie shot n he wants to leave so could be. and again for Eto'o but I think he is happy there so is less likely

i hate to say this but if van Persie cannot get healthy maybe he will leave with Bendtner with either Monaco's menez or Hamburgs mohamed zidan

sadlt Gilberto will leave for another Premier League club for his lack of first team along with Lehman (free)

Eboue (4 million)

and a few youngsters on loan. fran Merida, nacer barazite giles sunu and hardvard nordviet will be promoted to first team if Flamini leaves expect Denilson to take his place. Wenger has stood by Senderos but said he made some mistakes in team selection against Liverpool (Senderos) so see him leave for a low price and micah Richards to take his place IF City do not get into Europe he said he is a boyhood Arsenal fan as he loved Viera and bergkamp he stated this in a magazine interview which I read

the only other player who may turn up is Dos Santos of FC Barcelona: can Wenger tame the beast though? btw Henry will return to the Gunners but no as a player possibly after retiring he will join as a director or forward scout/coach

and no Liverpool or Tottenham (wtf is that about) will not sign him as he will probably stay in Spain or go to Italy thanks for Reading.

  Arsenal rumour, it was mentioned on chanell 5 during coverage of PSV game last night that Huntellar would probably move during Summer to England for 20–25 million to North London and he has said privately that he prefers the Gunners.


– Ben Arfa

– David Wheater (maybe season after next)

– Owen Hargreaves (hmm)

– Robert Green

– Vela (back from loan spell at Osasuna)

I am indeed a Reading FC fan ;)

  Aston Villa to go on a 75 million pound spending spree in the Summer MON will start by buying two quality forwards names like Henry and Villa sprouting up at VP mon will also sign some midfielders such as Bentley, Quaresma, Diego and a cheeky bid for ronaldiniho is expected mon will also buy some new defenders van buyten looks set to stay in Germany but phillip lahm may leave expecct a bid for him as well as boswinga or Nelson and also kompany and mertsacker of Werder bremem is on the cards with mellberg off to Juve now mon is still unknown whether to sign Carson as his price is to high if he does not sign him expect him to go for brad guzman of chivas and two more from abroad he likes the look of Casillas from Madrid and up and coming Russian keeper igor akinfeeev from cska moscow for 7 also Curtis Davies will be signed for about 8–9 million as part of loan dealmill going out will be

Sorenson – whoever wants him for 1 mill

zat night – back to Fulham for 3.5 mill

mellberg – Juve bosnan

Petrov – £7 million – Scotland or abroad

Berger – bosnan – back home

Luke Moore – West Bromwich 4 mill

salifou – loan – championship

Routledge – loan – newly promoted club

osbourne – loan/sell – championship/NPC

Carson – back to Liverpool– thank god

delfonso – loan – league one team

bannan – loan – league one team

Harewood may leave for 4 –6 mill

  Southend United will find it difficult to stave off the Championship clubs Nicky Bailey is being hawked around by his agent. His most likely destination is Charlton Athletic who may be successful with a bid in excess of £400,000.

Also potential movers from the Essex Coast if they do not achieve promotion to the Championship this season are Peter Clarke – former club Blackpool being linked heavily with the player and Franck Moussa who is interesting Arsenal (he will be loaned back for a year though).

Both goalkeepers at the club Darryl Flahavan and Steve Collis will be released on Free Transfers at the end of the season – to be replaced by Northampton Goal Keeper Mark Bunn.

  NUfc to sign

Diego – 14 mill

arshavin – 8 mill

bridge or Riise – 5 mill

bafetimbi gomis – 10 mill

Metzelder – 8 mill

Derby will sign Kaka and Thierry Henry and win the championship.

Liverpool to bid for Joaquin

  Anyone see the interview with Klaas Jan Huntelaar at the weekend where he practically issued a "come and get me" plea to Sir Alex?

"There has been no club that has come in for me, my agent or Ajax. Even from Man United. The clubs that are being talked about are the major European ones, but it is still not an issue, " said Huntelaar.

"Next week, I will talk with Ajax about my future, we'll see what happens. "

Seems a bit odd he would only mention United, do not you think? I hope he signs for United – he will be fantastic.

  Great rumour here people, I would love to see it happen, just 4 Ins at Liverpool and many outs. A lot of money to be made and the wage bill cut drastically. The Ins are quite simply Rafinha, Heinze, Bentley and Diego. Four top plaayer in my humble opinion. I personally think we'l get just three as I get the feeling Heinze will stay at Real. Outs will include Riise (whether or not we get Heinze as we will keep Arbeloa and bring Insua through too), Itjande (Carson will stay after another great run in th Champions League and be offered games as Reina has patches of poor form), Guthrie (Buy–back option), Voronin, Mikhailov (just a loan again), Kewell, Leto, Tallec, Finnan Sami Aurelio Pennant Xabi Benayoun Crouch Kuyt ALL TO BE KEPT. Finnan Sami and Xabi are priceless in Europe and the experience they have is invaluable and must surely be a huge asset to the club on it's European runs. The four being introduced seem very solid to me. On a personal note, though I do not hold anything personal against him il be glad to see Leto leave with his £35k a week wages. Amazing

  Newcastle Rumours

Pandev is the only big Summer signing £11 million

Ben Haim + Sidwell – £10 million

  Arsene Wenger will not resign at the end of the week, he has faith in the project and the ability to see it through. Henry will not be coming back, Arsene never goes back and everyone knows he is past his best. As for signings I have no idea but there undoubtedly will be some as the squad is way to thin to compete effectively on all fronts. I would not be surprised if the following depart in one form or another: Eboue, Bendtner, Senderos, Lehmann, Hoyte. Some player will return E. g. Vela and others will show their potential E. g. Walcott. Ultimately there was not enough in the tank this year but the project goes on. Six bad weeks do not a bad team maketh methinks.

  Rumours from the Bridge. Chelsea to bring in Villa from Valencia in Summer with the departure of Drogba to Italy imminent. Villa seen as the best option as he can operate in the 4–3–3 system either side of Anelka. Shevshenko possibly heading back 2 Milan with pizzaro, Sidwell, Shaun Wright–Phillips and Ben Haim all heading for the exits. rodrigo palacios of boca being lined up to provide cover up front. Also coming in are daniel Alves or miguel (Valencia) at right back and luka modric from zagreb. Lampard to sign new bumper deal at end of season which will see him see out his career at the bridge.

  Everton will be looking to add some quality in the Summer with a rare transfer kitty of about 25–30 million.

He will go in for;

–Andrei Arshavin(Zenit)

–Kim Kallstrom(Lyon)

–Lorik Cana(Marseille)

–Michael Bradley(Heerenveen)

–Sergio Aguero(Athletico)

–Manuel Fernandes + Steven Pienaar(Permanent)

Most of these will go through


  Wolves Ins:

Collin (Gretna, CB) Free

Berra (Hearts, CB) £3 million

Commons (Forest, LW) Free

Murphy (Scunthorpe, GK) £1 million

Nugent (Portsmouth, ST) £3 million

Hudson (Crystal Palace, CB) Free

Wolves Outs:

Breen (Contract up)

Craddock (Contract up)

Gray (Contract up)

Ikeme (Released)

Hughes (Released)

Eastwood (Coventry)

Bothroyd (Sheff Wednesday)

Elliot (Nottingham Forest)

Jones (Northampton)

Rosa (Northampton)

  Arsenal FC


– David Wheater

– Martin Caceres

– Robert Green

– Carlos Vela

– Hatem Ben Arfa


– Jens Lehmann

– Gilberto Silva

– Philippe Senderos

– Justin Hoyte

– Mathieu Flamini

– Alexander Hleb

  Man United ins:

Henry or Berbatov

Lahm maybe

  There will be quite a few Ins and Outs at Villa Park this Summer as Martin O'Neill gets a squad in place for next season that will establish itself firmly in the top 6.

Outs: Mellberg– Juve

Sorensen– Sampdoria/Middlesbrough

Moore– West Bromwich (permanent)

Petrov– Celtic

Ins: Brad Guzan (Chivas USA keeper)

Scott Carson (despite rumours that he wont)

Gianni Zuiverloon (Heerenveen RB or CB)

Pascal Chimbonda

Steve Sidwell

Pablo Piatti (Young Estudientes ARG attacking midfielder)

James Milner

Diego Forlan

  Liverpool could make bids for players they have been scouting all season. These are Rafinha, Philipp Lahm, Klass–Jan Huntelaar, David Silva, and Ricardo Quaresma. They may also set their sites on Diego Milito for a knock down fee if Zaragoza are relagated.

  Glasgow Rangers to sign

Steve Davis – £3 million

Gattuso – 4 mil

S Fletcher £3 million

Berra 1 mil

Feindouno – 3 mil


hemdani 500 k

Burke – 500 k

Gow – 200 k

buffell 1 mil

51 n countin

  Rumours from the Theatre of dreams

I have heard from a reliable source Man United will not be signing Benzema any sooner as he just signed a new five year contract extension at Lyon. Strikers to expect at Old Trafford is one of the following: Mirko Vucinic of Roma, Huntelaar of Ajax, Luis Fabiano of Seville or Jovetic of Partizan Belgrade.

The RB likely to be signed are either Lahm or Bosingwa

Also, Quieroz was scouting at Sporting yesterday. Rumors have it he wants to sign either Veloso, Moutinho or Perreirinha next season.

Thanks 4Reading

  I am afraid you people are wrong about Chelsea and Man United Modric is on his way to Liverpool with phillip lahm we have our right back alredy only two forwards and two wingers although modric will play on the left in a 4231 probably Bentley with another forward + at least 5 top kids one of whom is a top prospect from murcia in Spain in Rafa we trust as usual Man United will go portuguese Arsenal French and Chelsea anyone who costs a lot of money

  Rumour has it that Kenny Miller has a relegation release Clause in his Derby contract and will move back to Rangers after Derby are relegated. This comes from a reliable source.


  Just heard from a source at Melwood that LFC are lining up several signings for the Summer, and will make offers to them all, but will not sign them all. Rafa will pick the best of who accepts the offers. Some of the names mentioned were Aguero, Modric, Villa, Rafinha, Bentley, Agbonlahor, Young, Keane. My mate said that there are others on the list and more to be added but that was all the definite names he knew. He did say that it looks like it is exit time for Kewell, Pennant, Riise, Voronin, Itandje, and depending on offers Crouch and Finnan, as well as some youngsters. He has said that Rafa has already had a war chest of about 40 million put aside and it may rise depending on sales and progress in the CL, and obviously ownership issues.

Keep your eyes peeled.

  Rumours From the Lane. Robbie Keane is not leaving Tottenham but Berbatov could join AC Milan. To replace him JR will look at Milito of Zaragoza or Villa of Valencia. He will also try to sign Bentley, Praajic or Krankjar. Expect Tottenham to sign one of Igor Akinfeev, Robert Green or Carlos Kameni to be made our first choice goalkeeper next season. Rafinha will not join Tottenham however as he will join Liverpool. These will not all happen but some will.


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