Football Rumours Archive February 18 2007
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Huge Celtic Rumours
Celtic will be signing Lucas Podolski in the summer for £10 million. I heard this from a very reliable source the same source who told me that Vennegoor of Hesselink and Lee Naylor were signing 6 weeks before they did.
After Milan Mandaric's successful purchase of Leicester City, he is aiming to amalgamate with the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club in an attempt to make it one large company - with the sole aim of further enhancing both.
According to locals in Hinckley, MM has looked at making local non-league club Hinckley United a feeder club to City - with the aim of getting United established as a professional club in League Two - with Leicester loaning players to gain experience etc.
Also expect Svetoslav Todorov, Richard Hughes and Andy O'Brien all to move from Pompey this week on loan deals, with City midfielder Stephen Hughes being fancied by Forest.
Fianlly someone with rumours about LFC that are on the mark. Nice job LG. I agree that we probably won't pick up a pure LMF. Keep in mind that with Kewell back, Garcia back and cover for Riise, we have 5 players on staff now that can play that position (Aurelio and Gonzo being the other 2) . I also agree that the ragin Australian won't be leaving. We've sat on him for a long time supplying the best medical attention possible in the hope of his return. he is a dynamic player when healthy and Rafa loves this guy. Also, the players targetted for the RMF, with the exclusion of Alves who will play RB but can play the mid, can all play equally on the left. Lennon and Sabrosa both are interchangable on the edges and Quaresma can also play an attacking role. We differ about Adu. Right now he is not capable of starting in the Premiership (remember he had a trial at Man Utd and was never given an offer) and although his presence will help open the US market to LFC, he will not want to sit bench or play on the reserves. He has other options and is also helping the US league with his notariety. I expect him to play there for at least 2 more years at which point he will be able to make the move over the big pond to a real game. GO REDS
On their way to Upton Park in the summer is:-
carlo nash (1m), mart Poom (free), Matty jarvis (1m), Darren huckerby (3. 5m), rudi skacel (2m), Robert earnshaw (3. 8m), Scott mcdonald (2. 4m), Billy Sharp (2m), Jermaine Easter&Scott Sinclair (loan) .
our new manager will be either BILLY DAVIES (if Derby don't go up or GEORGE BURLEY (if we don't get DAVIES!)
With the American franchise of Liverpool, a lot of money is now available to the manager. Firstly, Rafa Benitez's job hangs in the balance. After a few seasons of no serious improvement, the likes of Capello, Le Guen and Steve Coppell are being touted as possible replacements. However, outgoing players are:
OUT: Carson (loaned to Derby), Paletta (1mill to Gimnastic), Zenden (1. 5mill to Utrecht), Hyppia (2mill to Frankfurt), Pennant (4mill to Aston Villa), Fowler (loaned to Hull)
IN: Micah Richards (6mill from Man. City), Ledley King (10mill from Spurs), Hargreaves (20mill from Beyern Munich) and Jo (12mill from CSKA Moscow)
Reyes 2 possably move back 2 Seville at the end of the season with Baptist going back 2 Real Madrid . But with V. Persie back in the squad next season Aliadiare 2 move either 2 Boro or Reading next season, then expect a possable move 4 NUFC striker Micheal OWEN by Wenger as NUFC don't need him because of Martins.
gattuso (due to return of W. s)
ashton or crouch (to replace prso)
gow (already signed)
king (if Spurs do not make europe)
Fowler (to add experience)
weir (too old)
sebo (Charlton appear interested)
craggs (loan to Port Vale)
I think it was mid December when I told you all that Rafa was trying to bring Giovanni Dos Santos to Anfield. The reason behind his failure to bring him to the club was the kid would need a work permit and is eligable for Spanish passport in april. Dos Santos had a very good offer from Lyon in January (£7. 5m) but he made it clear to Barca that he would only transfer to the premiership. This kid is awesome and will be the first of alot of talented kids to be lined up by Rafa. Freddie Adu is another who is being lined up but their is more to this transfer than meets the eye. If Liverpool FC can brake the U. S market then the club pays for itself. The new board hope to do this in the next 3 years. The board are willing to spend upto £120m on the first team and £30m on the youth set up. The youth set up will be extended to the U. S Africa China and Japan. If they can find a player from either academy the revenue taken from theese luceritive markets.
Manchester City will be taken over in the summer, not by the Dubai people as some have mentioned but by a couple of fella's who you all would know from the music industry and it's not the Gallagher brothers, one is in a band and the other is a solo artist and as far as I know only one is actually a Blue the other is from down south. Can't say who it is just yet but it will happen. Exciting summer ahead for the Blues
Luton Town are set to sign Reading defender, Aaron Brown on loan until the end of the season. The bigger coup however will be the loan signing of Everton youngster James Vaughan who surpassed Wayne Rooney's record of youngest Premiership scorer. Vaughan is likely to sign on a 1 month loan deal.
Luton are hoping to be able to unveil both signings on Wednesday afternoon.
Liverpool have tabled ofers for the following players:
Contacts in North East, Ashley Cole and his wife are definitely house hunting in Spain. Deep unrest at Chelsea, major exodus if Chelsea don't win the league. Mourinho out and Lampard to Barcelona.
C Ronaldo will join real in the summer for £35 million also expect capello to leave and bernd schuster to take over, capello only came to do a clearout
Liverpool will not spend as much as most people think, they will most likely only buy 3 players (excluding Mascherano) in the summer these players are Villa 20 million + Luis Garcia, daniel Alves 12 million and exciting young prospect andrea russotto 3.5 million
Man Utd fans ! A friend of mine works in the finance business and he told me that the Glaziers are trying to borrow about another £200 million on the club.