Football Rumours Archive April 24 2007
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I have it on good authority that Sheffield Wednesday are poised to make the following signings.
Andy O'Brien, the 28 year old Portsmouth centre back. O'Brien has had little opportunity at Pompey, and is considered a squad player. Laws sees O'Brien as the perfect compliment to Richard Wood in the heart of the Wednesday defense.
He will also try to sign Another Andy from Portsmouth, this time Andy Griffin. He has most recently been on loan at Stoke, and Laws sees Griffin slotting in at Left back.
These two players will bring solidity&experience to a defense that certainly needs tightening up.
Next Laws will make a double swoop on Crewe for striker Luke Varney and utility man Billy Jones.
Varney, who has recently been injured, has pace and has been scoring regularly up until his injury. His pace is something Wednesday have been searching for up front for some time. Billy Jones can play in central midfield, centre of defense, and either right or left back. So here is someone who will be a useful addition the Owls squad.
Finally, if Birmingham make it back to the Premiership, Laws will try and secure the season long loan of Mikael Forsell. Wednesday will be hoping that Mikael can stay injury free, if he does, the Owls would have a talented goal scoring machine on their hands.
Aussie transfer rumours. Neill - Newcastle, Cahill - Man U, Grella - Roma, Viduka - Newcastle or Juventus =MB=
Liverpool rumours. Outs; Bellamy - Villa, Zenden - PSV, Cisse - loan, Hyypia - Man City, Fowler - Sydney/ Sunderland. Ins; Richards (swap Hyypia + cash), Eto'o, Tevez, Simao, Woodgate. Lineup next season. Reina/ Carson/ Padelli Finnan/ Richards Carragher/ Woodgate/ Agger/ Arbeloa Riise/ Aurelio Simao/ Pennant Gerrard/ Sissoko Alonso/ Mascherano Kewell/ Gonzalez Kuyt/ Tevez Eto'o/ Crouch/ Voronin =MB=
Harry Kewell £4million switch to Tottenham Hotspur agreed
Chelsea will definitely sign these youngsters Pedro Leon from Spanish 2nd league side Murcia. I live in Murcia and live near Leon's gran (who grew up in London and speaks English) I spoke to pedro the other day and he confirmed he had had a trial with; 14 year old Norwegian Mushaga Joar Bakenga who currently plays for nationalkamerante in the 2nd division (this guy is amazing and has also had trials with Rosenborg, Ajax and Villareal) . And no matter what Lens say their starlet Gael Kakuta was there as well. and Alfonso (or Alonso) from herenveen is being targeted by Mourinho as well. Man United will sign Vladimir Bystov from Spartak Moscow he has a Clause in his contract for £3.7 mill and United are willing to match it Fergie has just found his new Vidic
You herd it here first
Celtic Defender John Kennedy looks to be joining Henrik Larsen at Helsingborg during the Summer to improve his match fitness for next year.
Russel Anderson will be going to Derby
Leicester City will sign Luke Varney, this is fact as I have just finished work experience as a groundsman at gresty road. I overheard a converstaion Gradi made while he was on his mobile whils checking out the state of the pitch. The fee will be 1.5 million with added future incentives which I didn't hear.
Aston Villa rumours
villa are going to try and sign theses players
1. j. Defoe 8.5mil
2. c. Davies 7mil
3. Boruc 5mil
Liverpool are set to sign quite a few players! Iriome Gonzales, Diego Milito, Sylvian Distin, Aaron Niguez, Deco, Gudjohnsson and The Arsenalnal trio of Merida, Diaby and Denilson are being looked at as Rafa looks to add some FLAIR! Also the Brazilian and argie leagues are now being scouted intricately by Pool as they are being deemed cheaper!
Juve and Man United Ins
Man United in:
hagreaves 25 mil
Cahill 15 mil
barragan 5 mil
possible Quaresma 20 mil ( worth 40 mil in my opinion)
possible Nani 15 - 20 mil
Mavuba 7 mil
Huntelaar 20 mil
Gilardinio swap with Trezeguet
Flamini 5 mil
Senderos 6 mil
Nasri 10 mil
possibly Zambrotta free - 5 mil
possible Thuram free
Liverpool to swap Carson for Diaby, and will take Almunia too to back up Reina. Arsene will allow this as Almunia isn't valued too highly and though Diaby is, and English keeper who will hold a place down would be a political monkey off Wengers back. For now.
Ribery- Marsille Swap-Flamini-5m
R. Carlos- R. Madrid 20m
J. Cesar- Inter 2.5m
Tevez- West Ham- 16m
Baptista- R. Madrid Return after loan
Reyes- Villareal- 8.5m
Lehman- Sevilla- Free
Flamini- Marsille swap- Ribery+5mil
Liverpool FC to spend wisely and not make any major changes to the squad. Coming in will be 1 striker and 1 midfielder. The striker will be Billy Sharp for £2.5mil and the midfielder will be up and coming prospect Giles Barnes for £4mil
Newcastle want to keep hold of Michael Owen&Oba Martins, but having never had the chance to play them together GR asked Owen who he'd most like to play alongside - to get Owen to commit to at least 1 full season at the Theatre of Comedy - and as they need another striker (07/ 08 strikers - Owen/ Martins/ Ameobi/ A. N. Other) Owen said. Emile Heskey. He had his best form for Liverpool&England alongside Heskey, who put in the graft while Owen tidied up. He should be picked up for about 4 million as Wigan paid massivley over the odds last year - 3 league goals in 05/ 06! Heskey will sign for 30k per week.
I have only posted rumours once before and proved 100% correct. My brother in law works within the England coaching set up and has given me some great tips over the last 2 years. The latest info is that Jonathon Woodgate has met with both Liverpool and Arsenal. He is keen to play Champions League football and seems to be favouring LFC in order to improve his England chances. Micah Richards is another target for both AFC&LFC but this one will come down to the highest bidder. The real suprise rumour is that Aaron Lennon will be moving to Man United although Valencia have made an approach.
I have heard a rumour that Blackburn boss Hughes is lining up affelay of PSV for the summer, also he is considering a move for Zenden as he thinks he can do a job yet. Double dutch if you ask me!
Hibs summer trasfers
Donaldson York City
and some young players on loan from Monaco.
Everton are ready to make a double swoop for westbrom pair Jason koumas and diomansy kamara for a joint fee of 6m
Alex Fergerson is to spend big for a striker, Fergerson isn't keen with Rooney, Rossi, Saha, Smith and ole, Rooney unreliable, Rossi?, Smith good but not that good, Saha always at doctors, ole too old, although United have had no trouble scoring this year he will not rely on Ronaldo alone he is worried Ronaldo will not repeat this seasons heroics, and the above strikers arnt exactly Eto'o and Henry, Eto'o and berbatov are the only targets and Saha will be used as bait for any of the two and id Fergie fails to land either of them, he will put faith in Ronaldo to repeat this years feat
The master plan is as follows. Kroenke to buy up small share holdings in Arsenal before buying dein's 14%. this will put him over the magical 30% Mark to mount a take over bid. when take over complete dein will be installed as club chairman ( part of deal for him to sell shares) . Wengers best mate goes from number 2 to number 1. don't expect open cheque books at Emirates. in will come eto, Navas, Carson/ Buffon, Ribery plus others not yet known. out will go Ljunberg, Flamini, lehmann, Eboue, Adebayor?, baptista, Reyes. next season all guns blazing.
SPL side Hearts are targeting a number of Championship players for next season. Heading the list is Sheffield Wednesday skipper Lee Bullen, a lifelong Jambo who would walk over hot coals to pull on the famous maroon jersey. Vladimir Romanov and his coaches see him as the club captain next year after Craig Gordon is sold to Aston Villa. Bullen's teammate Steve MacLean is another target. Both players are out of contract at the end of the season. Also on the radar are Iwelumo of Colchester, Hendrie and Fuller at Stoke, Steven Hughes of Leicester, Jon Greening of WBA and Bob Malcolm, who's failed to settle at Derby. Less likely, though still possible are moves for Michael Chopra of Cardiff and Calum Davidson of PNE.
Manchester United rumours. Fergurson only wants to sign players who will make significant contributions to the side. De Rossi and Torres and a suprise move for Robben who is growing increasingly frustrated at Chelsea. Team for next season. VDS Neville Ferdinand Vidic Evra Carrick De Rossi Ronaldo Rooney Robben Torres
Elvis Hammond will sign for York City. After Leicester release him.
What's with many thinking that Fabregas will be leaving Arsenal? He's been unarguably our star performer all season and I don't think Wenger would let Fabregas leave easy. It would take at least 30mil for him to leave! In any case Arsenal look to sign Eto'o and maybe a proven fast wide winger (Ribery, Babel?) Despite Wenger saying Arsenal have too many midfielders maybe a bid for someone that can score more goals in midfield will be mad. I also expect Arsenal to sign a good Goalkeeper. A left defender may also be seen at Emirates next Year
Gunner 4 Life!
Heard from a good source that Sir Bobby Robson will return to NUFC to formulate a new world wide scouting network SBR has been a guest of Freddie Shepherd at recent games and the plan to bring him back has not went down very well with Roeder which could see him leave at the end of the season. His replacement if he decides to walk could be Houllier as he is keen to return to the Premiership
Reyes will come back to Arsenal as he is not wanted by Madrd. Baptista will go back to Spain, and Arsenal will sign Woodgate and Craig Gordon.
Senderos will unfortunately be sold - possibly also Djourou. Song and Flamini with be allowed to leave if they cannot be convinced it's worth being fringe players. Lehmann has no chance of getting a contract longer than 1 season, so unfortunately he will be off.
Finally, a Central midfield playmaker will sign to compete with Fabregas&Denilson. Wenger is undecided on his target.
Arsenal Squad Next season:
Almunia; Gordon; Mannone
Eboue; Hoyte; Toure; Woodgate; Gallas; Clichy; Traore
Gilberto; Muamba; Diaby
Fabregas; Denilson; Hleb; Ljungberg; Rosicky; Reyes; Walcott; Merida (+ extra CM playmaker)
Henry; RVP; Adebayor; Aliadiere; Bendtner; Vela
Heard from strong sources that Roy Keane wants to sign Robbie Fowler, Lee McCulloch and Alan mahon of Watford. he s also looking for levante s Ian harte
To the guy who mentioned the Distin to Liverpool rumour your totally right. Not sure if Samis going the other way, it will probably depend on sami himself, n whether he thnks Pool will want him. I know he's DESPERATE to win the league tho. Though if Distin leaves city may well need him Great role model for those city lads though!
Ray Clarke has been in Mexico monitoring the situation of Argentinian, Cesar Delgado ("El Chelito") of Cruz Azul. The lightening fast striker is seen as perfect foil for Vennegor of Hesselink by Gordon Strachan. At 25 years old, Chelito is a future prospect for the Argentinian National squad, and appears ready to step up to the Champions League. As he is in the final year of his contract, Cruz Azul may be willing to cash in, and Celtic may capitalise.
I JUST HEARD PORTSMOUTH ARE WATCHING LIVERPOOL FRINGE PAIR GABRIEL PALLETA AND BOLO ZENDEN
Matt Jarvis - £750k from Gillingham
Andy Bishop + Marc Pugh - combined £1m from Bury
Mexican U21 winger Cesar Villaluz is a potential target for Livepool FC. The Cruz Azul forward is regarded as a very promising youngster along with Barcelonas Gio Dos Santos and Arsenal's Carlos Vela.
Rangers search continues, agents/ scouts have recommended Anderlecht's Serhat Akin (forward), and Nantes pair Pascal Delhommeau (defender) and Florin Bratu (forward) all available on Bosman's. Walter Smith also impressed by Hearts defender Berra but player on long contract and Hearts unwilling to sell to Scottish rivals
Listen fans this is not a rumour! I would just like to ask The Arsenal fans that the young midfielder, Denilson, what position does he play e.g defensive, attacking, or central mid field. Please let me know. Thanks
Liverpool football club are set to test the resolve of Celtic with an 8 million bid for Midfielder Aiden Mcgeady.
Man Utd want Cahill and think they may sneak him in for cheap. A bit of tapping up will occur here. te he he.
It is now looking unlikely that Celtic will sign Bellamy after Martin O'Neill has made him his top prioity signing and was a major factor in Bellamy coming (and leaving) Celtic when he was manager. Strachan will concentrate on spending all his money on Robbie Keane. Javier Saviola is also top of Strachan's list as he is available on a free. As Celtic will clear out 'strikers' Beattie, Miller and Majic (who will be let go for free if he thinks of hanging around picking up wages for the last year of his contract) Strachan is looking to bring in an experience forward who would not play every game but add that much needed experience: Andy Cole is on that list as is Gabriel Batistiuta (both in there very late thirties) and possibly Kevin Phillips. As Boruc has been spotted all over Aston Villa he is certain to go but Strachan feels he doesn't need to splash out on a keeper as he still has high hopes for David Marshall- which was the reason for him going to Norwich to gain experience in the first place, however cover will be bought for free in Richard Wright.
With Stevie Thompson certain to go back to Rangers, it is going to be another one-horse race for the league.
SUNDERLAND RUMOUR MILL:
From the Premiership.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
from the championship.
From League 1.
From Spanish Premier.