Football Rumours Archive May 16 2007
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Hull City will sign Blackpools Wes Hoolanhan and make a bid 0f £1 million for Izale Mcleod
I have it good authority that Martin O'Neill is trying to bring Vince Grella to Villa Park on free. Also expect some approaches for Distin, Defoe, Bellamy and Robben.
Everton FC rumours
Alan Stubbs and Lee Carsley have both signed new 1 year deals.
Mikel Arteta will a new long term contract with a huge buy out Clause in the contract (25m) to keep the likes of Real Zaragoza and villereal away.
Anderson the silva franca will also get a new contract even though we have seen nothing of the lad.
Richard wright could still have a future at Everton despite being released! this if Everton can not find a suitable back up keeper since Iain Turner is going out on loan for the whole of next season to Sheffield Wednesday. Thomas Myhre could make a return to Goodison from relagated Charlton.
Allesandro Pistone is likly to return to the club he was going to sign for last time we released him Lecce then we changed are minds!
Nuno Valente will not leave whoever said this he also signed an extension to his contract which runs out next summer!
Gary Naysmith on the other hand is on the look out for first team football expect him to sign for Celtic or Rangers.
Andy Van der meyde will sign for An average dutch club for example FC Twente or sc heerenven.
James Mcfadden is also set for a switch north of the border but not what you expect Hearts are close to agreeing a deal.
James Beattie what can I say expected better he tryed he is set for a switch to Middlesbrough.
Coming in are:
Manny Fernandes (Loan)
David Nugent/ Darren Bent-Moyes unsure yet
Everton FC Outs:
James Beattie to Birmingham - £2.5m
Andy Van Der Meyde to FC Twente - £0.5m
Gary Naysmith to Rangers - £1.5m
Alessandro Pistone - Released
Richard Wright - Released
Everton FC Ins:
David Nugent - Preston are holding out for £8m.
Leighton Baines - £5.5m
Joey Barton - £5.5m due to competition from Newcastle and Bolton.
I am a friend of Charlie mann who is seriously connected to Edinburgh club heart of midlothian and club owner Vladimir Romanov and was chatting too him yesterday night and asked him if he knew anything at all that was exciting rumours for the Hearts fans he told me that after the game against killie this Sunday possibly on Monday that Hearts would announce who the management setup will be for next season, he also says that it might not be korobochka and frail who are here next season and tips former Porto manager Nevio Scala as hot favourite to become the new manager and is hoping that Stevie frail is kept on as the coach, Scala is in with a number of names to become head coach in the close season most of the names are unknown but one that I was surprised at was Stuart pearce ex Man City manager who is in there with a fair shout, apart from that he said that romanov is ready to invest some hard cash to keep up with and challenge the old firm next season, With a bid of over 1m euros to get kingston signed as we speak he doesn't know of any other signing targets apart from that the interest in gogita gogua has been renewed and three players from kaunas are coming in including Beniusis, Mendy, Strakanovich and Hleb from mtz ripo are all done deals!
Yes, he is about to arrive in paradise, Mr Scott Brown - looks like Rangers got his dud mate instead.
Don't be suprised to see Steven Piennar join him in midfield and a suprise move for Luke Young
From a source close to Bolton Wanderers.
Sam Allardyce to raid his old club to secure the signatures of Jussi Jaaskelainen and Kevin Nolan for combined total of £10 million.
Bolton boss Sammy Lee to use some of the money to buy James Beattie from Everton (£3 million) and Larry Kingston fromHearts (£1.5 million)
Scott Parker will be joining West Ham for around £6m, there could be a possible swap with NRC
As I said a few weeks ago I work at Celtic Park and I said Scott Brown was a done deal. Expect Roy Maakay to follow very soon as he wants to come to Parkhead as Bayern have failed to qualify for CL. Unfortunately we have missed out on Sidwell but expect Damian Duffs name to be linked with a move (3m) . Riquelme has been asked if he fancies a move. Either Brellier from Hearts or Geremi from Chelsea will be coming as Lennons replacement (both free transfers) . Petrov wants back but he has no chance as we robbed Villa and are not willing to pay 6m for him. James McFadden|James Beattie|Gary Naysmith will be coming to Celtic Park for 3m plus Gravesen. HAIL HAIL TO THE CHAMPIONS
Plymouth Argyle have signed Halmosi (£400k) and Timar (£100) today and Akos Buszaky has signed an improved deal at the club.
West Brom's £500k offer for Marcel Seip has been laughed off. He'll be going nowhere unless a bid exceeding £800k is put on the table.
Romain Larrieu is set to move to Nottingham Forest for £250k, while Ben Alnwick will be joining on a season loan from Tottenham.
If Scott Sinclair recovers from his broken metatarsal, he will join Argyle on an initial 6-month loan that could be increased to a season-long one. Chelsea have also given Argyle first refusal on loan deal for Ben Sahar as Argyle will be offloading Reuben Reid, Cherno Samba and Nick Chadwick.
Kevin Gallen will not be offered a deal at Home Park.
Ian Holloway is looking to further strengthen his squad with a right-sided midfielder player and two full-backs to put pressure on Connolly and Sawyer.
Finally, York City midfielder EmManuel Panther has been at Home Park for talks and is likely to join the club during preseason on trial with a view to a permanent £30k move.
Left back is 1 of Curbs primary hot spots, top of the list is Baines or Shorey, both would command a fee of around £4m
Dean Gerken (2m + Walker),
Danny Shittu (4.5m),
Wayne Bridge (4.5m),
Scott Parker (6m),
Tim Cahill (7m),
Charles N'zogbia (2.5m),
Darren Bent (12m + Harewood),
Nuno Gomes (3m),
Mark Viduka (free),
Jerome Thomas (2m) .
GK=Green, Gerken, Stech.
CB=Gabbidon, Upson, Shittu, Collins, Davenport.
CM=Parker, Cahill, Benayoun, Noble.
LM=N'zogbia, Boa Morte.
CF=Ashton, Bent, Viduka, Gomes, Zamora.
Smith, Heinze and Brown are not leaving. However, Saha and Silvestre will be leaving - probably Lyon, Marseille or Lille. Also, Richardson will go to the Baggies and Kieran Lee, Giuseppe Rossi and Chris Eagles will be loaned out to Championship teams to see what they are really made of.
Brought in, will be Hargreaves (18mil done deal), Nani (17. 5), Huntelaar (15mil) and GudJohnsen (5mil) .
Gerard Pique and Jonny Evans will also feature after proving thamselves on loan.
P. S. to the guy who was taking the mick out of someone for misspelling Jermain Defoe, you spelt it wrong because he spells it without the 'e' at the end.
Steve Crainey will be signed by Kevin Blackwell. Crainey is now a free agent, but will soon be a Luton Town player.
HEARTS FC RUMORS
> KINGSTON HAS BEEN APPROACHED BY NEWCASTLE AS BIG SAM HAS TAKEN OVER BUT MIGHT NEED TO PAY AROUND £4, 000,000 FOR THE GHANIAN MIDFIELDER
> HEARTS ARE LOOKING AT STEVIE NAISMITH FROM KILLIE AND ARE WILLING TO PAY AROUND 1.5 MILLION FOR THE YOUNG STRIKER
> HEARTS HAVE ALSO MADE ENQUIRIES TO SOUTHEND ABOUT THEIR STAR STRIKER FREEDY EASTWOOD BUT THE STRIKER IS UNWILLING TO MOVE UP TO SCOTLAND
>LAST RUMOR THAT ROMANOV IS WILLING TO PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS AND GIVE HEARTS A £10,000, 000 TRANSFER KITTY TO STRENGHTEN THEIR TITLE BID FOR SEASON 07/ 08
INS- Brown 4.5m
McFadden SWAP Miller
OUTS- Jarosik 1.5m Sunderland/ Birmingham
Gravesen 2m Everton/ Newcastle
Beattie 1m Aberdeen/ Cardiff/ Hibs
Im no expert but if the rumours are true about louis van gaal taking over at Manchester City he will for sure sign Danny koeveermans city need a goal scorer and this guy is superb
If Louis Van Gaal is appointed Manchester City manager, which is seemingly likley - he will sign AZ and Netherlands defender, 28 year old Tim de Cler for around £3.5 million.
I am an Everton fan, but I have been told from a reliable source that Sam Allerdyce will make Tal Ben Haim his first signing as Newcastle manager. Also can people stop putting ridiculous rumours of Tim Cahill leaving Everton. Even if he did decide to leave, there is absoloutly no chance that Moyes would let him leave for £6.5 as was suggested yesterday. David Nugent will NOT be signing for Everton as he feels the price tag is far too high for a untried Premiership player. Instead, Moyes will opt to sign Javier Saviola on a free transfer from Barcelona.
Reading have made a big money move for Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra. The two clubs all already at an advanced stage and Reading's Shane Long will move in the opposite direction on an initial 6 month loan deal with the possibility of a season long loan.
Sir Steve is also set to announce the season long loan signing of Song from Arsenal. Beating off competition from Charlton and Birmingham.
First of all a few things that will not happen. West ham fans stop dreamin because Tevez won't be staying. he quit English lessons 3 months ago, that means he will go to Spain. or Liverpool, why would he stay at a small club that is just happy to stay up when he can go anywere. Jermaine jenas is not going to Everton, Spurs nor Everton don't want this to happen and neither does jenas,&Man United won't spend any were near 100 million. now a few things that will, Arsenal will try and buy Eto'o or Ronaldinho as one will definatley leave Barcelona&there open to either. who wouldn't be. David Healy will sign for Fulham or Villa&obefemi Martins will be off to Valencia to replace David vila who will definitely leave Valencia
Aidy boothroyd at Watford is looking for a number of youngsters to develelop in the next couple of years as he looks to get Watfrod back to the top flight, he is very keen on the young centre back at Bristol City James Wilson, sources close to Aidy tell me he has had him watched on several occassions this year and it looks like he is surplus to requirments at Ashton Gate due to the large numbers of deffenders on there books
Newcastle are set to be signing Nolan, Brown and an 18 year old winger Harrison-De Burgh
Manchester United are set to sign Hargreaves, Nani and Oberfemi Martins as well as Bale
Chelsea - Sidwell, Ben Haim and Hasselbaink
Cardiff City - Pistone and Wright as well as Robbie Fowler
As Martin Jol has already stated Tottenham will aim to boost their defense and left flank in an effort to achieve Champions League status next season. Expect a goalkeeper to arrive possibly Gregory Coupet from Lyon if Spurs can come up with the cash. C. Davies and possibly Kaboul will be signed to improve our defense. Gareth Bale will be signed from Southampton for £10mil because unlike United we can offer him a place in our starting eleven. One of M. G. Pederson, S. Downing, K. Richardson or K. Dyer to be brought in for the left wing position. Berbatov will stay for another season but Defoe will leave to Chelsea or Portsmouth. D. Bent will be signed for £10mil plus a possible move for J. Beattie. Also there may be a move for one of Reo-Coker, Nolan or Barton.
Tottenham want to break into the top 4 next season as if they do not it will b difficult to hold onto berbatov so expect Tottenham to sign:
Reo-Coker or diego
Jason koumas in . 500k
de merit. 750k
filan. free. sydney fc
de zeeuw. retire. 1 season as assisatnt
camara. £12m either Newcastle/ Portsmouth
pollit. 100k. Leeds
bains. £7.5m. city/ Everton/ Liverpool
Paul jewell to take over at Leeds untill things ge easier
Manchester City may make a surprise appointment in Neil Warnock from Sheffield United.
Darren Bent and Luke young have both agreed to give it 1 season at Charlton to get them back up at first attempt.
matt Jarvis has agreed to sign from Gillingham and they are still hoping to agree a deal for song from Arsenal and Carson from Liverpool, if Carson does not stay they will make a move for wright from Everton.
I got this from a reliable source from the club
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson will take over from Stuart Pearce at Manchester City next month. Eriksson is still earning bags of cash a day from the FA following his premature severance from the national job, but could accept his first ever Premiership job at the City of Manchester stadium. Several players are set to leave Eastlands during the close season, including Joey Barton, Stephen Jordan, Bernardo Corradi and DaMarcus Beasley, so any new manager will have to rebuild a team that managed only 10 home goals all season. Eriksson, however, has a lot of recognition within the football world so it's thought that he would be able to attract a few high profile names to the club.
The underlying tone at Upton Park says that Tevez is on his way out, despite his obvious love for the fans, and the fact that he believes West Ham are on the way up in terms of progress. He will however not be seen at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford and most certainly not Anfield (as stated by both players when Mascherano went to Liverpool they 'are not twins') . Carlos' main problem is the language barrier, and he is not the most capable when it comes to learning new languages, whereas Javier's progress is going well. Tevez is therefore likely to go to Spain. Don't expect Real Madrid as reported in papers as Kia Joorabchian does not see them as a club moving in a positive direction. The draw of linking up with Lionel Messi at Barcelona may be too strong for the player himself, if not Kia would be looking at the clubs catching the big two teams, so Sevilla or Valencia, however Villarreal could also be possible. Some good rumours for West Ham fans though, all is not bad on the striker front. With the return of Dean Ashton at 9, and the now increasingly likely deal for Darren Bent (9 - 11 mil with Marlon Harewood going the other way) to wear 10 the strike force looks good, with Zamora available as backup from the bench. In midfield, expect Reo-Coker to leave, but not to The Arsenalnal or Man United that wanted him in January, Everton and Aston Villa are reportedly interested. Mark Noble will continue his step up and cement a permanent spot, with a new signing along side him, Parker if Big Sam will let him leave as Scott does want a return to London, if not expect a bid for Man City black sheep Joey Barton. On the wings, Yossi Benayoun is very happy, despite interest from Portsmouth. Luis Boa Morte is also one to stay, but probably as a sub as bids are being readied for both Shaun Wright-Phillips again and if he refuses a second time, then Richardson could be offered a return to his boyhood club, after another disappointing season at Manchester. At the back, Lucas Neil will be named new club captain; with Matthew Upson and Danny Gabbidon with James Collins and Davenport as alternatives with Anton Ferdinand leaving (he hopes to join Rio at United) . At left back everyone knows Konchesky is on way out, and McCartney seen as a sub, a bid for Wayne Bridge is simmering around Green Street. With Carroll leaving, backup for Green is apparently being discussed with Frenchman Sebastien Frey of Fiorentina being looked at. Thanks for Reading. - B-WHUFC-
Robbie Fowler is set to snub a big money deal in China to go and play in the USA.
Stoke City Rumours!
After just missing out on the play offs, chairman Peter Coates will provide Tony pulis with the necessary funds to challenge for automatic promotion next season. The loan system used last year will not be repeated, instead Pulis will concentrate on permanent deals.
Expect to see Sammy Bangoura back at the Britannia Stadium. Team for next season is:
GK: S. Simonson
DR: R. Delap
DL: A. Griffin (free from Portsmouth)
DC: D. Higginbotton
DC: B. Jones (free from Crewe Alex -done deal)
AMR: L. Lawrence
AML: C. Brunt (£800,000 Sheffield Wednesday)
DMC: S. Diao (offered 2 year contract)
MC: D. Francis (£450,000 plus Carl Hoefkens)
SC: R. Fuller
SC: J. Parkin (£600,000 Hull)
GK: R. Hoult/ J. Eustace/ R. Jarvis (£500,000 Gillingham) / M. Sidibe/ S. Bangoura
Players to be released include:
C. Hoefkens (to Watford p/ e for D. Francis)
Expect Patto and Rooney to sign for League 1 clubs on 6 month loans - possibly Crewe Alex
Total spent: £2.35 million
Newcastle are looking at the following:
Speed (coaching role
To clear the situation with Man United. The Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio Silva will join July 2008. The deal was agreed a year ago, but they have to wait until they get a work permit (like Dong) .
On the transfer front. Fergie will only get rid of Silvestre, Saha, and Richardson = £12-15M
He will then bring in Nani, Hargreaves and Berbetov. Pique, Rossi and Foster will NOT go on loan! Please end any rumours of them giong away again. Bale will not be signed until next season. Fergie won't sell Heinze, therefore he has plenty of defensive cover with Pique also coming in.
Saha has not only irritated the boss, but the squad as well. They all think he is a selfish player, who didn't give his all for the team. They want him out and a big team player in. This is why Eto'o will not be signed. I wouldn't be surprised if Tevez signed, as he was very popular, and I thought he was excellent against us.
AFC will not sign Bent for 10m, as NUFC Michael Owen is worth 9m and is a much better player so don't be suprised if AFC sign Owen as MAN U are also interested . Aliadire 2 move 2 another club might be NUFC with Parker maybe moving 2 AFC, Traore 2 go 2 Sunderland on loan for the season .
Also expect Tim Cahill's time Goodison to have ran out a number of top clubs have already tabled bids Inter are winning with a 12m bid other have bid less such as AS Roma and Man United
1. Gamst Pederson (£8m)
2. Simao (£13.5m including Cisse)
3. Daniel Alves (£8m)
4. Dimitar Berbatov (£15m)
5. Darren Bent (£12m)
1. Fowler (Sidney)
2. Crouch (Newcastle)
3. Dudek (Galataseray)
4. Gonzales (Real Betis)
5. Carson (Season long loan)
Liverpool to spend 70m on 4 new players as Rafael Benitez needs to strengthen to challenge for Premiership title.
Liverpool to sign :
Alves - 12.5m
Villa - 30m
Simao - 7.5m
Lucio - 20m
As I am a Carlisle United fan their team for next season will be as follows
Raven- Livesey- B. Jones (250k) - Aranalde
- Thirwell- Ashbee (free) - L. Johnson (500k)
- D. Graham- Windass (100k) - Gall
West Ham want to negotiate £8 million + Marlon Harewood for Darren Bent. Curbishley is keen on Bent whilst Pardew is keen on Harewood. Watford are also interested in Harewood.
Newcastle transfer targets reveiled but u didn't here it from me
outs will be
i won't lie I don't know the destinations or the price but I have been well informed also expect sam to keep Bramble and Luque to see if he can work his magic on them is not they will be of in January and yes I know his contract is out but he will be offered a 1 year deal to prove himself
in comins from a host of players
d Ashton (Freddies fav)
and then hopefully Newcastle will ony feild players whos name begins with be lol !
D. Nugent - £5 million
J. Barton - £4 million
S. Sidwell - Free
S. Brown - £5 million
M. Fernandes - 12 month loan (view to permanent)
N. Reo-Coker - £4 million
S. Distin - Free
L. Baines - £4.5 million
R. Wright - Free
A. Pistone - Free
J. Beattie - £3-4 million
G. Naysmith - £1.5 million
A. Van Der Meyde - £1.75 million
Paul Jewell as Leeds United Manager? Laugh away people, takeover developments may well lead to this happening. .
Norwich City. Forget rumours linking them with Capaldi, they have Drury as regular left back and Lappin as cover, so nothing in that one.
The club will most certainly NOT be signing Freddie Eastwood. For one thing, Southend would be insulted at an offer of £1.5 Million&I wouldn't blame them. If and when Eastwood does leave, expect £3-£3.5 Million to be nearer the Mark with add on's and the club to be mid-lower Premiership in status (eg) Everton, Birmingham, Man City, Sunderland.
Deal for Otsomobor, the ex-Liverpool and Crewe right back is done and dusted.
Major Everton + Man United rumours 99% Done
Tim Cahill to Man United
Richardson, Brown, Fletcher to Everton
Everton will also sign David Nugent, Arda Turan, Sanli Tuncay, Steve Sidwell, Gavin MCCann, Stuart Parnaby and Lukas Jutkiewicz
Barton, Reo-Coker and Jenas will not sign. Fernandes will return to Benfica
Beattie, Wright, Pistone, Phelan, Kearney, VDM and surpisingly Anichebe will also leave.
Big Sam will have big money to spend if he needs it. However the rumours going around the NE journos are that he will keep his powder dry for when he targets those real key/ star players if he can't get what he wants now. Therefore he will restructure the defense with less than £10m by getting Hyppia/ Distin/ Tal Ben Haim/ J L Samuel on free transfers, Luke Young for £3.5m and Wayne Bridge as part of the deal that will take Martins to Chelsea for £20m, Taylor will be key to his plans as he sees him as not just the future of the clubs defense but also the future captain in the John Terry mold. He will give Luque another chance in a 4-3-3 system where he will fight for a place with Ameobi and Darren Bent who will come for £10-15m with Owen a certain starter as he will stay for a season to see how things go.
Sam thinks the team lacks height in midfield so will bring in Sissoko from Liverpool (£6m) to play alongside Butt/ Parker with Dyer given the settled offensive central midfield role he craves but will face huge competition from Milner. Emre will go to Germany for about £5m, Carr for whatever he can get, Bramble and Moore on Free transfers. He will give Nobby a new contract as well as Sibierski as a squad player.
He also plans to use 4-4-2 when necessary away from home when the team may need to be more defensive at times which is where Milner/ Duff/ N'Zogbia/ Solano will get more starts.
So in total he will spend about £25m but get £20m of that back from Chelski, so if he needs to spend big in January he can with no problem.
L. F. C RUMOURS
Liverpool will sign David Villa from Valencia-25mill and Valencia will sign Martins from Newcastle as a replacement, Liverpool are definitley going to sign Simao 11 mill and Alves 10 mill
L. F. C TRANSFRES SUMMER
Karl Hawley to have talks with Norwich City this week
MAN UTD TRANSFER RUMOURS
First, can everyone stop saying that Tevez is coming in exchange for Saha and cash. Tevez is owned by a private corporation and West Ham lost all rights to him about 3 weeks ago. Therefore a player swap is not even possible.
Saha- >Lyon (10m)
Bardsley- >loan made permanent
Brown- > Newcastle (6m)
Nani - 12m
Rossi- (return from loan)
Pique- (return from loan)
Foster- (return from loan)
Look for Fergie to move for young south american talent in January. Names on his short list include: Alexandre Pato, Kerlon, and Palacios.
Leicester City Rumours:
Chris Coleman will be unveiled as manager within the the next 7 days and Steve Kean, who was initially believed to be joining Bradford, will assist him. Dave Beasant will be goalkeeper coach. Players he will sign are:
Mart Poom 500k
Aaron Hughes Free
Graham Kavanagh 250k
Chris Eagles loan
Medhi Nafti 250k
Connolly (Arsenal) loan
Lee Hendrie 1.5m
Ben Sahar Loan
Heidar Helguson 1.5m
Jimmy Hasselbaink free
Alexei Smertin 1m
Team next season:
Hughes Kisnorbo McAuley Insua
Eagles Smertin Hendrie Helguson
Subs: Henderson, McCarthy, Nafti, Hume, Kavanagh
Leicester will also send many good youngsters such as Max Gradel, Scott Lycett and Ashley Chambers to Hinckley United for worrk experience. Also Oadby youngsters Tommy Oliver, Billy Cranston and Zach Taylor are poised to sign for the foxes on semi-proffessional contracts after impressing.
Other rumours I've heard are that Man United will sign Pedersen (8m), Torres (15m) and Arteta (9m) while Birmingham will sign Bent (8m), Huddlestone (loan) and Diop (2m) .
I have heard - although I can not confirm - that Martin O'Neill has a 'Plan A' list for the summer with Aston Villa. This includes: Artur Boruc, Luke Young, Darren Bent, Kevin Nolan, Sol Campbell, Shaun Wright-Phillips. I am told that the SWP deal has already begun, but is only in the very early stages as Chelsea want to get the FA Cup out of the way first, which is fair enough.
I hope Wigan go down next season Dave Whelan is just a moaner can't stand the bloke! Any way some rumours coming from Chadwell Heath: Curbs is loooking to add to his fire power as legand Tevez will almost definetley be off to Spain. S. Kalou, Judas Defoe and Darren Bent are hsi 3 top tarhets and also cover at the beack is needed, Shorey, Shittu and even the return of Glen Johnson is on the cards!
The proposed takeover of Coventry City has fallen flatly on it's face. The Council will in no way relinquish their share in the Ricoh Arena. This will no doubt end the short tenure of Iain Dowie. What a pity people aren't honest !
Preston North End will sign Scunthorpe striker Billy Sharp and Carlisle's Karl Hawley, with one of if not both these transfers happening within the next week.
These will be followed by David Nugent's exit from Deepdale to Everton or Derby County should they win promotion.
Other talk inside the club suggests that Paul Simpson may take a gamble on former striker Jonathan Macken who is likely to fall out of favour at Derby should they win promotion, or alternatively relegated Leeds striker Richard Cresswell, also a former player.
The emphasis is once again certainly on the strength of the strike force at Preston, as is Simpson's attacking style, but he is also lining up a swoop for promoted Sunderland midfielder Tommy Miller (who spent a period on loan at Preston in January), along with a new right midfielder to potentially replace trouble-maker Simon Whaley.
RANGERS - BIG RUMOURS BEARS -
It apears that the tarriers have won the race for Scott Brown but my source tells me that Wattie has his eye on a number of other targets and felt that 4.5 mil for a player with no experience in Europe and only one cap is to much a gamble however, we will now go for the following.
Richard Wright Free
Laraya Kingston 1 mil
Stephen Appiah - 3 mil
Robbie Neilson 500k
Stephen Naismith 1 mil
Danny Koevermans 1 mil plus buffell
Peter Hanson free
And there will be two massive names coming in for 4 - 5 mil each as the wage bill and money brought in for players leaving will cover the budget. 51 and counting.
Scott Brown of Hibernian will sign for Celtic today (15/ 5) or Wednesday in a 4.8mil swoop. Stephen Appiah will also sign (Fernabache are still haggling over the fee thought to be around the 3mil mark) . Mr Strachan is also trying to lure Sylvan Distan of Man City CL football the main selling point but admitts can't compete with the £50,000 p/ w offer from Portsmouth. Alexandra Frei of Dortmand was a target however this has been postponed possibly to Christmas time due to the player having hip surgery. Steven Whittaker of Hibernian will also come in for just shy of 1mill. And the player to "put the wow factor back into parkhead" is CRAIG BELLAMY! 100% 7mill.