Football Rumours Archive May 21 2007
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ARSENAL RUMOURS Contrary to some people's belief, Arsene Wenger will not spend big in the transfer window signing loads of proven all-stars. He will instead use his tried and tested scouting network to find the best talent available, only making one expected and overdue big signing although some back-up for positions will be bought. Yoan Gouffran will be Arsene's first signing, arriving for £2 million from Caen in the coming weeks. The France U21 international will first start as back-up to the wingers and strikers but Wenger hopes he will become a world class striker. The prolonged arrival of Franck Ribery will finallly be completed with the explosive winger joining in a deal worth around £12 million. There will be a few other recognisable faces at the Emirates next year however, captain of Ghana, Stephan Appiah will arrive from Fenerbache along with teammate Sanli Tuncay. Tuncay will arrive on a bosman giving Arsenal extra width (something Arsenal lacked seriously at times this season) and goalscoring ability from midfield (something Arsenal have missed since the departure of the brilliant Robert Pires) . Appiah will add bite to the midfield and will replace Patrick Vieira in that sense. Arsene will sign various other promising youngsters from the French leagues who have been scouted by Gilles Grimandi. Other youngsters Arsene has been impressed with and will sign are Kolbein Sigthorsson - HK Kopavogur, Harvard Nordtveit - FK Haugesund, Plata - Malaga, Kyle Bartley - Bolton, Renato Augusto - Flamengo, Steven Naismith - Kilmarnock and Pedro - Figuereinse. The fringe players heading out are Aliadiere, Poom and Flamini. Baptista will go back to Madrid and Reyes will be sold to a team in La Liga. The most interesting signing of the summer will not be a player however, Dennis Bergkamp shouting requests from the dug-out will become a common scene as he will become a coach and Arsene wants him to be pitchside at every game (might become tricky at champions league away games though) . Arsene will now play two different formations, a familiar 4-4-2 and an interesting Holland-esque 4-3-3. Arsenals 4-4-2 team next season will be: GK: Lehmann/ Almunia, LB: Clichy/ Traore, CB: Toure/ Senderos, CB: Gallas/ Djourou, RB: Eboue/ Hoyte, LM: Tuncay/ Rosicky, CM: Fabregas/ Denilson, CM: Gilberto or Appiah/ Diaby, RM: Hleb/ Ljungberg, ST: Henry/ Adebayor ST: Van Persie/ Bendtner. His 4-3-3 team will be: GK: Lehmann/ Almunia, LB: Clichy/ Traore, CB: Toure/ Senderos, CB: Gallas/ Djourou, RB: Eboue/ Hoyte, CM: Appiah/ Rosicky, DM: Gilberto/ Diaby, CM: Fabregas/ Denilson, LWST: Henry/ Bendtner or Naismith, CST: Adebayor/ Gouffran, RWST: Van Persie/ Walcott or Renato. Arsene's carling cup line-up will be: GK: Fabianski, LB: Traore, CB: Connolly, CB: Senderos, RB: G. Hoyte, LM: Merida, CM: Randall, CM: Pedro, RM: Renato ST: Gouffran, ST: Vela (if he gets Work permit, otherwise Walcott) .
Its being talked about that Newcastle will look to play the big man little man partnership up front next year, with Huntelaar being signed for £14 million.
Strong rumours around London is that Tevez will sign for weat ham for around the 15 mill mark. however it is only this low as MSI are reciving a wooping 50% of the next sell on fee.
West Ham will also move for Scott Parker, Wayne bridge and Nuno Gomes with the likes of Harewood, Dailly, Walker, Konchesky, Etherington all set to leave the Boelynn ground
Hot off the press, Rangers to sign
S. Whittaker. 700. 000
McCulloch. 1. 100. 000.
R. Wright. ?
C. Cuellar. 1. 200. 000 + swap deal
Arteta. 2. 000. 000 + Swap Deal
McFadden. 1. 800. 000
T. Buffel. 1. 200. 000
B. Ferguson. Swap deal
K. Boyd. 800. 000
N. Novo. Swap deal
C. Burke. 500. 000
Sionko. 850. 000
Svensson. possible swap deal ?
These rumours come from a very good source within Ibrox, D. Murray is still very unhappy with a certain individuals of the playing staff, who caused considerable embarrassment to the club during the LeGuen era and now it's payback time.
Coming in will be:
Carlos Tevez (23mil) W. Ham
Alexandre Pato (12mil) Brazilian league
Lucas Leiva (8mil) Brazilian League
Phil Jagielka (6mil) Sheffield United
Mata (200k) Real Madrid
Sebastian Leto (2mil) Argentinian League
Nathan Poritt (500k) Middlesborough
Leaving will be:
Djibril Cisse (7mil) Marseille. ?
Craig Bellamy (7mil) Villa Blackburn. ?
Robbie Fowler (free) Sunderland. ?
Jerzy Dudek (free) . ?
Andrei Voronin! (500k) Werder Bremen
Scott Carson (loan) Fulham
Gabriel Paletta (loan) . ?
The big shock is Voronin will leave without playing a game for us. Rafa will allow it-a profit
Hyypia will play out his contract.
Monkhouse's recent ban extension from the FA, which means he will miss the first part of the season through suspension could have a bearing on his transfer price with former boss Wise at Leeds hoping to get him at a knocked down price.
I heard at the newmarket races from willie mckay that Joey Barton has begged Roma to sign him Fact . joe b
WOLVES RUMOURS - I have it on good authority that Wolves will be the subject of a takeover at the end of the season. This would have happened no matter what had happened in the play-offs and hopefully it will go through in the next few months.
With this extra money expect Wolves to lodge bids for:
Tony Calpaldi (Plymouth) Free
Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe) 2.2m (Playing with Keogh will be the reason behind this decision. )
Aliadiare (Arsenal) Unlikey though
Some loan players from Arsenal maybe Mattew Connolly.
We will sell players such as Clapham, Breen, Oakes, J Johnson as they are not hungry enough
COME ON THE WOLVES!
Charlton set to sign Luke Varney from Crewe for 1 million and Chris iwelumo from Colchester on a free transfer deals set to be done Monday.
ARSENAL In Franck Ribery - £13 million - Marseille Sanli Tuncay - Bosman Jimmy Briand - £4 million - Rennes Renato Augusto - £4.5 million - Flamengo Rio Mavuba - £6 milion - Bourdeaux Lukasz Fabianski - £2 million - Legia Warsaw (completed) Out Mart Poom - £300k - Sunderland Mathieu Flamini - Fiorentina - £4 million Jeremie Aliadiere - Middlesbrough - £3 million
SUNDERLAND fans get set for a busy summer! Roy Keane is expected to have a transfer kitty of 30 to 40 million, players rumoured in include;
Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Thomas Graveson, Joey Barton, Eider GudJohnsen, Armand Traore, Paul Mcshane, Danny Simpson, Jussi Jaaskelainen and are expected to extend young Jonny Evans' loan deal.
Alan Smith to Rangers . we can't afford him, though he would be most welcome to Ibrox. to the person who said Thomson to Celtic and millar to `gers. dont be silly. No bust up between Thomson and W. smith.
no signing of osassuna player, no Mcfadden and no Whittaker.
Robson from Dundee United looks a sure bet as does anderson Aberdeen.
Ferguson, Novo and Boyd WILL not be moved on.
Eto to come to Man United for £40 million and Deco to come to Man United for £30 million.
LFC TARGETS FOR THE SUMMER:
NOT ALL OF THESE WILL HAPPEN BUT MOST OF THEM WILL
Luis Garcia-6mill/ Valencia
Bellamy-8mill/ W. ham
m. gonzalez-4mill/ R. betisTHESE ARE THE PLAYERS WHO MIGHT BE GOING:
LFC TEAM NEXT SEASON
DF-Carragher/ Agger/ Arbeloa/ Aurelio/ Dani Alves/ Riise/ Finnan
MF-Gerrard/ Mascherano/ Alonso/ Pennant/ Simao/ leiva/
pato/ quresma/ Kewell/ giuly
FW-Kuyt/ D. villa/ eto'o/ F. Torres/ amauri/ Voronin/ Tevez
SQUAD NUMBERS THAT THEY WILL GET:
Ali karimi from Bayern Munich might move either to Newcastle or Sevilla.
MAN U RUMOURS: Man United won't spend £50 mill, but Fergie will make 3 or 4 signings. As we all know, Hargreaves is a £17 million done deal so I won't waste people's intelligence by saying I'm his great-uncles mistress. Firstly, BBC Sport understands that Man United are interested in Craig Gordon, and the chance of domestic and European glory (and £8 million) could help beat Arsenal and Villa to his signature. In defense Fergie will wait for any major signings unless he can get Heitinga or Garay for £6million. Also, Fergie said Giggs will have at least one more season in the Starting XI, so any LM/ CAM will either come next January or Summer 2008. V. D. Vaart, M. G. Pedersen, Sneijder, Quaresma and Downing are being linked with a move to Old Trafford - all are currently within a £8 - 18 million price range. As for strikers, Fergie wants a team player rather than Saha, who despite being a good player annoys his team mates and squanders many chances. United are interested in an Owen/ Rooney partnership which could cost £10 million + Saha or Richardson. Fergie wants a British backbone hence the Gordon/ Hargreaves interest (so he could go for Defoe. Despite this, other forwards being mentioned are (in order of likelyhood) : Torres, Huntelaar, Eto'o, Tevez, Berbatov and David Villa.
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im a friend of Mark noble he tells me that West Ham will bid for: Giles Barnes as most clubs have lost interest in him and Gareth Bale as Man United and totterham have lost interest at the moment. yossi and deano will be staying zamo Harewood Carrol konch daily bowyer Davenport Quashie Mullins and Nigel Reo Coker will be sold. West Ham will be holding talks with kia over Tevez in the next few weeks. hope he stays . Darren Bent and Craig Bellamy are curbs first signings. West Ham tried to get Sidwell but his future is going to be a Chelski.
anton and gabba could be sold no plans have been made at this moment in time. Lucas Neil will become captain once Reo Coker leaves. West Ham may try to get Dudek as number 2 if not some foreign player or stech will be number 2 next season.
other rumours - West Ham will not sell anyone to Wigan or Sheffield United due to there plans over a legal action.
hargreves is a done deal to Manchester United.
Spurs and Man United will battle it out for morten gamst.
Chelsea could see Terry go but tal Ben Haim has been lined up.
anelka will leave Bolton to re join Arsenal.
Henry will be leaving Arsenal alongside ljunburg.
Reo Coker will go either Everton or Spurs. if he goes to Spurs a deal might be done with jermain Defoe.
West hams new stadium plans should be done by the end of this year.
plus all West Ham fans boycott jjb no money should go to funding whealans court case and if anyone goes there can they ask will they be selling West Hams new kit for next season ! as whealan might not let them haha
Manchester United are poised to sign Alfonso Alves, Owen Hargreaves and Gareth Bale. Chelsea will re-call Hernan Crespo and sign Steve Sidwell and possibly Miguel. Liverpool will sign Carlos Tevez, Alexandre Pato, Daniel Alves and Sylvain Distin. Arsenal will attempt to sign Klaas Jan Huntelaar from Ajax.
Those are the likely signings this summer in the Premiership big 4.
Aussie transfer rumours: Viduka to Newcastle, Cahill to Roma, Grella to Juventus!
Birmingham are set to offer £4 million for Rangers striker, Kris Boyd
Everton FC rumours
These are all true and not complety made up. These are all from reliable sources. If you don't belive me !
Everton will try to sign Wayne Bridge from Chelsea but will fail. The price will be to high so Moyes will turn his attention to Baines. He will sign for 4mil.
Nugent won't sign for Everton this season. Moyes feels the asking price is to much and feels he has enough strikers. Other Premiership clubs will then try sign Nugent but he will reject as he wants to sign for Everton. Everton will then sign Nugent on the cheap in January for 3mil.
Fernandes will be brought in on a season long loan with the view to sign permantly for 8mil. Moyes will sign this kid NEXT summer.
Barton will sign for 5mil. Moyes is confident he can sort out Joey Barton and he will give his all for the club.
Everton will 100% sign Barnes. He is Moyes main target and feels he will be the perfect LM. Moyes will have tough competition from other clubs but will sign him for 6.5 mil.
Baines - 4mil
Barton - 5mil
Barnes - 6mil
Fernandes - loan
Total - 15mil
All these rumours are 100% true - if you don't belive me !
Plymouth Argyle to sign:
Craig Dargo (Invernes CT-Free)
Andy Liddell (Oldham-£400k)
Ben Chorley (MK Dons-Free)
Gabor Kiraly (Unattatched)
Sinclair (Chelsea-Season-Long Loan)
All of these will arive soon!
Also expect Holloway to lure his former QPR man Paul Furlong to the club!
Rumours around warrington suggest that Manchester City are going to accept the thais takeover bid which will leave us about 50million to spend on players, the thai will also appoint Ranieri as boss.
- Barton > Everton > 5mil
- Richards > Arsenal > 15mil
- Corrardi > release > feee
- Samaras > European club > 2mil
- Distin > Chelsea > free
- Radsinski > Fulham > free
- Healy > Leeds > 1mil
- Davis > Villa > 3mil
- Stelios > Bolton > 1mil
- Zenden/ Richardson > Liverpool/ MAn United > free/ 3mil
- Mido > Spurs > 3mil
- Harewood > West ham > 3mil
- Andy todd > Blacburn > free
- Juanito > Real betis > 4mil
- Luke young > Charlton > 3mil
Starting line up for next year:
Cb- Dunne (c)
Cf- Mpenza/ Harewood
I would love nothing more to see Luque stay at Newcastle and show his worth, the 9.5 mil and the quality shown in the past under the guidance of Big Sam. Rumours of Chelsea looking at him may not be that far from the Mark as I have heard in the past that Rafa will have a go at Luque as well.
Another addition at Newcastle will be the likes of Ivan Helguera, Lilian Thuram or Sami Hyppia as he likes to have great professional examples in his squad.
LIVERPOOL will spend £42 million this summer but will recouperate around £22 million of this from the sales of players:
Carlos Tevez = 20 million
Daniel Alves = 12 million
Alexandre Pato = 10 million
Sylvain Distin = Free
any other money spent will be on youth and if Liverpool miss out on Tevez, they will target the previous names mentioned - Torres, Villa, Eto'o, Raul etc.
Sanz Luis Garcia = £6 million
Djibril Cisse = £6 million
Robbie Fowler = FREE (out of contract)
Bolo Zenden = £1 million
Sammi Hyypia = £1 million
Craig Bellamy = £8 million
Yakubu is on his way to Sunderland for contract talks after a fee of £4M was agreed between 'Boro and Sunderland.
Roy Keane will also make an audacious bid
to lure Miguel from Valencia in a £9.5M swoop for the Portuguese Right-back
Mahdavikia the iranian captain will move from Hamburg sv to either Deportivo La Coruna or lille or Everton.
Teams ins and outs 100% true
ARSENAL. Wenger's budget will definetly be between 30 and 40 million, add on money from sales and we have around 50 million. Obviously Wenger won't spend all of it however pressure from the board and fans will force him to spend more than we would normally. First target is a winger, this will probably be Ribery the wizard for 13 million. However backups are Queresma to rival Ronaldo, Ryan l or Jesus Navas. A versatile defender is in the pipeline and although there are plenty in Europe it is Micah Richards who will come if the price is right. Finally attacking and central midfielders are Wengers pride and joy, Stephen appiah will come to backup Gilberto and Renato Augusto will be nurtered into a star and will replace Baptistas void. A fairly large clear out is in order with Poom, Flamini, Aliadiere, Baptista, Ljungberg, Senderos, Song and Reyes all off. Loanees returning are Bendtner and Vela all others being sold. Now to youth, Arsenal's prominent targets are Kolbein Sigthorsson, Gai Assulin and Lulinha however there are probably hundreds, these will be added to Gilles Sunu, Yago Fernandez and Kyle Bartley. As usual reserves like Traore, Randall and Connelly will be loaned out to championship. THANKS.
Giles Barnes is going to turn down a move to Tottenham (they have offered for him) . he wants to stay at Derby, I know this because my friends uncle is mates with matt oakley!
Everton are to make a swap deal involving Lee Carsley +1.5million for
Paul scharner the 27 year old has expresses his desire to leave Wigan as
he regards himself as good enough to be playin European football.
Everton will also be signing:
Manuel Fernandes (year loan with view to a permanent deal)
paddy kenny (2m)
David Nugent (6m)
mark Viduka (free/ if possible as there will be many other clubs
interested in him for free)
and an unamed winger (but from a reliable source is sure to be a very
good younge talen)
Tom Antonio blue for life
C'mon Everton back in Europe
Celtic in's for 2007/ 08 season
Scott Brown - Hibs - £4, 400,000 (done)
Scott macdonald - Motherwell - £750,000 (done)
Michael kadlec - sparta prague - £1, 100,000
jean-joel perrier-doumbe - rennes - £400,000
roy mackaay - Bayern Munich - £2, 700,000
Joey Barton - Man City - £4, 700,000
james Mcfadden - Everton - Miller swap
total - £14, 050,000
Celtic out's (freeing almost £150,000 p/ w in wages)
jiri Jarosik - Spurs/ Birmingham - £2, 500,000
thomas Gravesen - Sunderland/ Reading - £1, 500,000
bobo balde - Villa - £300,000
Neil Lennon - Sunderland - free
kenny Miller - Everton - Mcfadden swap
Craig Beattie - Aberdeen/ Hibs - £400,000
David Marshall - Norwich - loan
teddy bjarnason - St. Mirren - loan
total - £4, 700,000
total spend - £9, 350,000
next season line up :
gk - Boruc/ brown/ mcgovern
lb - naylor/ kadlec/ (o'dea)
rb - doumbe/ wilson/ (caldwell)
cb - macmanus/ caldwell/ o'dea
cb - pressley/ Kennedy
rm - Nakamura/ mcgeady
lm - Mcfadden/ Riordan
cm - brown/ sno/ lawson
cm - Barton/ hartley/ grant
st - ven. of hess/ zurawski/ Sheridan
st - mackaay/ macdonald/ finboggason
Celtic really looking to champions league this year with strach's " 3 top drawer signing's" being brown, Barton and mackaay. lots of good back up in the team and an average age of about 25. also look out for the possible signing of juan roman Riquelme from villareal. the argentinian has been on loan at boca jrs since earlier this year and the villareal president has categorically stated that Riquelme will never play for the club again. can you imagine him on a Wednesday night in February, in the pissing rain at love st. ? no neither can i; but my man in the know assures me it is a real possibility. the mind boggles!
c'mon the hoops
(willie mackay's love child)
Spurs rumours: Tottenham will sign these 4 players in the summer in a bid to break into the so called top 4 the players in question are theo janssen 7m Matthew Taylor 8m Darren Bent 13m kaboul 7.5m also Spurs will sign 1 from sneijder 18m petrov 8m gamst-pedersen 12m. squad 2007/ 8
GK: Robinson, cerny, alnwick.
RB: Chimbonda, stalteri, ifil.
LB: M. taylor, assou-ekotto, lee
CB: king, dawson, kaboul, rocha, Gardner, dervitte.
LM: Gamst-pedersen, malbranque, taarabt.
RM: Lennon, Routledge.
CM: Zokora, tainio, jenas, janssen.
ST: Berbatov, Defoe, Keane, bent.
Coleman to be named as new Blades manager, after the fans uproar to the shortlist of medeocre managers.
he will be looking for creativity, in Lee Hendrie (free), Andy Ried (£1.5m) Billy Sharp (£2m) and might even have a pop at Radzinski. plus a couple of wing backs.
outs will be: sommiel, kozluk, forte, short, wright, Gerrard, horsfield, seck, li tie,
Transfers in the next window - Alves - Arsenal Henry will NOT be leaving the Gunners. Lampard Terry will also NOT leave Chelsea. Saviola is on the verge of signing with juve. briand to Arsenal. hunteelar will also sign with juve to partner Saviola, trez who will also not leave. Villa will STAY at Valencia
Everton FC could set to have a transfer move for Udinese center back/ left back Felipe Da Silva. Even though the player is contracted to the club till 2010 Moyes thinks he could get the player for 3-5 million. This is because Gary Naysmith is fed up at Everton with LeScott getting chose before him at left back and the lack of first team action, he now wants to leave to gain it several clubs will be interested with some in England and Scotland.
Sheffield United have narrowed their shortlist to a Top 2 targets. These are Kenny Dalglish and the bookies favourite, BRyan Robson.
Manchester City Manager rumours
Is it a coincidence that the ex Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Porto boss has just resigned from his post at Russian outfit Donesk. He may well be a dark horse
Zenden will refuse a 1 year extension to his contract from Liverpool and sign for Celtic in a 3 year deal.
JoLeon LeScott will reject the chance to join Chelsea this summer, after the FA Cup champions table an £8.5 million bid in the coming weeks.
Amidst the confusion of who owns Carlos Tevez, Craig Bellamy could be going in the opposite direction if the Argentine striker moves to Anfield - despite interest from Aston Villa and Celtic in the Welsh striker.
Shaun Wright-Phillips will be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer for a fee of around £10 million. West Ham and Newcastle are particularly interested.
Steve Coppell will be reUnited with Bobby Zamora this summer after Reading agreed a fee with West Ham for the striker.
'X'Yossi Benyoun has signed a new contract at West Ham.
Eggert is sitting down with Carlitos Tevez in the next 2 weeks to decide on his future. at the moment it's 50: 50, his destination if he goes is either Inter Milan or Real Madrid for £30.
Reo-Coker looks a certainty to go to Villa, Everton or Spurs for approx £8mil, Marlon is frustrated at lack of first team oppurtunities and Man City look set to bid for him, along with Wigan. Sunderland have approached Kyle Reid for a season loan, and Charlton are willing to give Teddy a chance with Pards again. Anton will stay for one more season then go with a year left on his contract next summer and Gabbs will stay to prove himself to Curbs.
Neill will be named Club Captain.
Darren Bent's preferred club choice is Tottenham although Charlton may prefer to swap him for Marlon + £6million. Another hopeful signing is Scott Parker, maybe wants to return to London? who knows, but big sam is keen on keeping nicky butt and signing campo for his midfield so Curbs is keeping one eye open for him.
Craig Bellamy has also been linked, but Reading or Villa are better candidates for him.
J-Lloyd Samuel should also be in a West Ham shirt by August with Konchesky moving on after yet another fallout with Curbs.
i aren't a friend of a friend etc, just storied which all add up to be possible transfers.
Man U will not sign Craig Gordon, the Hearts skipper and #1 goalkeeper as they have Van Der Saar, Foster and Kusczack. Arsenal and Aston Villa however may both swoop with bids of around £8 million.