Football Rumours Archive December 19 2007


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Rafa is not looking to transform his squad in January, but simply to cover some ares of weakness and also ensure the signing of Mascherano. Expect a move for Garay to cover centre back and possibly a creative midfielder. It will not be Nasri or Benzema as they are far too expensive. Rafa has been 'encouraged' by Hicks and Gillett to fund transfers through sales. Likely 'outs' are Carson (Villa), Sissoko (Juve or Inter) and Crouch (Manchester City). Crouch is unhappy and Babel is convincing Rafa he can fill that gap. Riise will not leave in January

  Decent Source.

Rafa will not be allowed to sign any players in January. Rafas Managerial skills to be tested until end of Season, if he has not brought some silverware to Anfield then he will be replaced. Martin O'Neill to be approached. thus the new Manager will be given an enlarged transfer kitty to add his own type of player to the team.

  Benni mccarthey will be going to Rangers with cousins going the other way both players not getting on with there clubs

gow going to st mirren until end of season

buffel will leave for just under £1.5 million with Rangers giving him 300,000

hemdani a Premier League team

Broadfoot loan to Dundee United

  I have heard from a friend who works in admin inside Ibrox that the wheels are in motion to move Cousin to Newcastle with Viduka coming the other way. (not sure about the money involved).

  Celtic still looking into buying Hinkel from Sevilla, the initial six month loan move was turned down, however Celtic still looking into buying him permenatly as defensive worries increase.

Celtic also looking into taking Lucarelli on loan for six months from Shaktar Donetsk, although wages may prove to be a problem.

  Sunderland January transfers.

out–Murphy, kavanagh, Connoly, wright, fulop, wright n liam Miller n Halford on loan.

in–pazzani, Sidwell, hunt, Bardsley, evans.

also good source tells me that Man United will sign nick shorey and huntaleer. while Chelsea will sign Anelka and luka modric. one transfer which has already gone through is Derby signing Gary speed.

  Regarding a previous post from the guy who 'works at the Edinburgh Evening Rumours'. Hearts are looking at a guy who plays for Luton Town named Jackson. Also looking at a young Australian player by the name Jackson. The JTs are looking for a new keeper– one for the English Championship is a real possibility. The Deek Riorden thing will not happen, he would come by all accounts but Shelltick will not sell him to us. I have heard on authority that the Gow– from Rangers– deal is good to go in January. and a centre/right back from Aston Villa reserves is being discussed between the clubs.


RANGERS could pounce for James McFadden from Everton in the January window in a £3.75 million deal. Walter Smith see's him as the 'creative talent' that the team lacks at the moment.

In order to fund this move out will go Thomas Buffel, Brahim Hemdani and Daniel Cousin, this generating around £5 million.

Depending on the imminent return of Stevie Smith from a year out, a left back could also be a priority.

Kenny Miller is a possibility, but if anything happens there it will not be until the Summer.

  Boroc 2 Manchester City

  I have heard that Cousin will be going to a bottom half EPL team for no more than £1.2 million. Buffel back to Belgium for £500 k – £750 k

  Plymouth Argyle Ins and Outs in January:


Jermaine Easter (Wycombe) – £300 k

Aaron MacLean (Peterborough) – £550 k + Chadwick

Gary Roberts (Crewe) – £500 k

Elliott Ward (Coventry) – £700 k

Scott Laird (loan return from Torquay)

TOTAL SPEND: £2. 05 million


Akos Buskay (Queens Park Rangers) – £600 k

Nick Chadwick (Peterborough) – PX with MacLean

Peter Halmosi (Wigan) – £2.2 million

Matt Doumbe (Hearts) – £250 k

Rory Fallon (MK Dons) – £150 k

Paul Wotton (Yeovil) – two month loan

Cherno Samba (released)

TOTAL SALES: £3.2 million

The remaining £1.15 million will be reinvested into improving current deals and contracts. Paul Connolly is close to signing a new deal, while David Norris has been offered an improved and extended deal, as have Kriztian Timar, Marcel Seip and Sylvan Ebanks–Blake.

  Man United Transfers

some unknown dates due to clubs willing to let players go.


Philipp Lahm – Jan/Summer – £15 million (G. Nev replacement + backup)

Branislav Ivanovic – Jan/Summer – £5 – £10 million (backup)

Miguel Veloso – Summer – £10–15 million + clauses (backup)

Jovetic – Summer – £7 million + clauses (future prospect)

Karim Benzema – Summer – £10 million + Saha + Silvestre (replace Saha)

Gabriel Obertan – Jan/Summer – £5 million + clauses (future propect)


Wes Brown – Jan – £5 million

Saha – Summer – £6 million swap

Silvetre – Summer – £5 million swap

Evans – Summer – loan

Benzema maybe moved up to Jan depending on interest from other clubs


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