Football Rumours Archive December 31 2008

 

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To the idiots questioning my rumours about arsenal signing nzogbia, taylor, and given, the following is an extract from a newspaper today, and also has been reported on many sites including the bbc and sky sports news, n'zogbia 'nearly' signed a new contract but didn't.
Taylor, 22, has been out of favour at St James Park for much of the season but has forced his way back into the team recently and Wenger has long been an admirer.

The final part of the jigsaw is French midfielder NZogbia who is out of contract at the end of the season and has made it perfectly clear he sees his career away from Tyneside.
  The two players coming to Burnley on loan are Glenn Little and David Nugent. A defender from Man UTD will also be coming in on a permanent basis.

Players leavin Turf Moor are Akinbiyi to Preston, Jones to Bradford and Kiraly to Hearts.
  West Ham

Ashton to be sold with money used to bring in Pazzini and Giovinco. (initial loans)

Zola also looking at Leroy Lita and Joe Ledley from the Championship if he loses Parker/Noble and Bellamy.

Davenport, Quashie, Boa Morte and Bowyer all surplus to requirements as youngsters have impressed.
  Barnsley will sign Aaron Mclean (If not then it will be David Healy from Sunderland), Jamie Cureton and Carlos Edwards (Loan).
  Everton will bid £4m for Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks–Blake and Newcastle will bid £5.5m for winger Michael Kightly but both bids will be rejected as will any bids for Ebanks–Blake, Kightly, Hennessey, Foley, Stearman or Jarvis
  Rumours are rife of Wenger strengthening in a big way. The following signings are on the cards:

Arshavin for approx 20m
OR
Inler
Giovinco
Iniesta

Yaya Toure or Miguel Veloso are plausible
Zapata, if Man City want toure then a swap +cash from AFC to MCFC for Richards is plausible, equally so for a CM+cash for Ireland.

Given also a rumour.


In a note to the person who said Wilshere free to WHUFC, A: he has a six year contract.

B:– FREE?? More like in excess of 10m if he was even available. Dream on. .
  Sturridge to Celtic , don't make me laugh!

He is the hottest young talent in English football. why would he move to Scotland.

Manchester City have 100% completed 2 signings but are waiting until Jan 1st to announce.

One is groundbreaking, none other than KAKA.

Santa Cruz Will not be signing for City due to his ridiculous wage demands.

And possibly Elano will either be sold or loaned to Arsenal with Kolo Toure coming the other way

you heard it here first!
  Manchester City (as expected) and Liverpool are intending to pull off many deals this window, most notably City to bring in Samuel Eto'o who seems to have fallen out of favour with new Barca boss Pep Guardiola. A fee is said to have been agreed of approx. 37 million euros and the deal will go through now rather than in the summer as first expected.

Liverpool not so high profily will sign Ryan Taylor for their right back position which has been slightly threadbare since Arbeloa's absence from the side, the deal could see Jermaine Pennant head in the opposite direction to link up with former Boss and friend Steve Bruce and the inevitable loss of Valencia to Real will push this move through.
  I just wonder how all these people here think Buffon, Villa, Torres or David Silva are stupid enough to sign for Manchester City. They are all currently playing for top european sides, and there's simply no way they would ever want to join bottom 5 premiership side. I understand that you support City, but be relaistic. .it's not going to happen. The only reason City got robinho is that they were only ones to offer silly money for him, and he was desperate to leave Madrid, and now we can see what a stupid mistake he's made by coming to Eastlands. I very much doubt he'll be there next summer. I think more realistic targets for City could be Aiden McGeady, Jermain Defoe, Niklas Bendtner, Roque Santa Cruz, and that sort of players, who are very good indeed.
  City ins/outs:

Aguero – 34million
Santa Cruz – 12 million
Bellamy – 14million
Villa – 40million euros
Sergio Ramos – 30 million
Kaka – 44 million
Iker Casillas – 55 million euros – record transfer!!!

out:
johnson – liverpool
richards – man utd
benjani – aston villa
ball – reading
hart – tottenham
  Arsenal scouts have been impressed by the potential of Plymouth Argyle whilst scouting prior to the FA cup match. Wenger has already stated that he will play his first team in the FA cup this seaon and will be willing to loan some of his next crop of youngsters to Argyle in Jan and next season also. They won't be players used in Carling cup this year but still players with massive potential. Watch this space. .
  Lets all try to use some common sense rather than just a kiddies wish list or a mud throwing session aimed at your most hated.

Players on the move and unsettled clearly going to be Blackburn/Portsmouth and depending on results in the next week or two West Ham

Crouch / Defoe are both to understandably worryied about their England prospects if Pompey go into a very plausible freefall and add to this they're both very aware Harry fancies Jermain and Woody Allen aka Martin O'Neill needs striker back up for John Kangaroo so a bid for Crouchy looks likely also wouldn't bet against Moyes having bidding for either. On the West Ham front I think Upson is certainly a player a lot of teams would like, bids are certain but whether West Ham cave in and sell is another matter, Zola will be hoping not !
  Bellamy off to Man City for 7 Million plus Danny Sturridge. Great bit of business by GZ, who will now be able to wheel and deal in the transfer window. He will also be allowed to keep any funds raised from other sales for player purchases, although expect loan deals only until the summer.

Another strong rumour doing the rounds at UP is James Collins to Fulham for 3.5 million to replace Pool bound Hangeland. GZ will then look at either Berra of Hearts or Ben Haim to replace him, although youth player Tomkins (on loan at Derby) is highly regarded.
  With Real Madrid being linked with a new player every day, it's hard to tell who they really will sign in January. Players they are being linked with are Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax, 20 mil), Antonio Valencia (Wigan, 16 mil), Jermaine Pennant (Liverpool, 3.5 mil), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit, 20 mil) and Karim Benzema (Lyon, 25 mil). Most likely to be signed in January by Real are Valencia and Huntelaar, as Valencia would easily be chosen over Pennant, Arshavin looks more Arsenal bound and Karim Benzema may wait until summer to move away from Lyon. Arsenal will sign Andrei Arshavin. They will make a bid of 12 mil for the Russian playmaker this week, which will be rejected as Zenit want 20 mil. However the two clubs will come to an agreement at around 17 mil. Arshavin will be at the Emirates by the end of January. Expect the biggest and busiest January transfer window to have taken place for a long time.

Thanks,
In Arsene We Trust

[editors note – huntelaar has already signed for madrid]
  Sorry to dissapoint all everton fans but we will sign these players only.

coming in:

Giampaulo Pazzini– 6 month loan and the option of a permanent move for 4.5 million in the summer depending on how he does.

Luis Miguel Veloso– this guy will arrive on loan with midfield partner jao moutinho on loan with a double swoop in summer for 32 million.

jo– on loan for rest of season. .new partner for pazzini as david moyes has no faith in saha fitness and yakubu is out 4 season . .anichebe to young and not able to carry the team through season.

two rumours are that skjelbred of rosenborg and scott parker of west ham will sign.

two defenders will also arrive.

going out–

joleon lescot– 15 million

mikel arteta is a maybe depending on weather teams will match the 25 million valuation . .city are prepared and arsenal would like him alonso and cesc in the midfield. so who knows.
  To the guy who said Bentner to Everton ? Why would Arsenal help out a team so close to them in the league.
Watch out for Obina loan deal back on again and a move for Nugent probably loan
  Bolton are after Axel Witsel off Standard Liege and Nicky Butt from Newcastle, both players of large interest to several clubs. According to Rob Draper, Bolton will be signing Laryea Kingston from Hearts, but are, apparently, selling Kevin Davies (Hah) to Blackburn, as Big Sam is eager to redeem his former sucessful Trotters squad. The Rovers Boss is also after El–Hadji Diouf and Nicky Butt, according to The Daily Mail.
  AVFC Mon wants a centre back who is versatile as Laursen is now "getting on" and may not be fully fit again. Who better than Lescott? A 100% Villa fan, English and quick. Also with 'Pool stating that they want Heskey back at Anfield, MON will look elsewhere and Kevin Davies is perfect for what he wants. English, holds the ball, knocks defenders over and scores a few goals, even creates goals and with MON's two wing Angels that could spark a goal feast.
Defoe will not wear the Claret and Blue of AVFC as he only has eyes for THFC and Harry the Messiah.
Reo Coker will not sit on the bench much longer, so expect WHU to offer a deal involving Dean Ashton. Again English, big, worries defenders and scores. Wenger wants a midfield with experiance so expect a bid for Gareth Barry which will be rejected but may increase if AFC want their man. Barry is not suited to LFC's style but would fit into AFC's team where they play easy football.
LFC may well try to tempt MON with a deal for Barry involving Keane. His style would suit Villa and provide goals goals goals. MON is willing to consider UK players not just homegrown. Ashley Young will be hunted by Real and the money they will offer will tempt even Randy Lerner. £30m+ would make me sit up and take notice.
  Tottenham need replacement for Gomes who has been a complete failure and replacement will be Shay Given who wants a change of scene and further his career. Price tag will be around 8 mil.
  Rangers will look to offload Hemdani (big earner), Darcheville (Valenciennes), Gow (Championship), Charlie Adam (Championship – possibly Nottingham Forest although Owen Coyle monitoring situation at Burnley), Novo (Deportivo), Dailly (released), Chris Burke (Championship), Beasley (Everton or back to Holland) & finally Andrius Velicka (Hearts or Championship).

The problem position all season has been the left side of midfield with no fewer than 5 players having been tried in this position. Andrew Driver from Hearts being assessed although Rangers will be priced out if Moyes makes a move. Tonel will arrive from Sporting Lisbon for around £2–3 million. Berra from Hearts is another possibilty. Dean Shiels from Hibs is on the cards although where will he play?

If it becomes Four–in–a–Row for Celtic Smith will leave and the chances are Craig Levein will be appointed.

Rumours about Arshavin are nonsense. He would have no interest in Rangers.
  Rumours coming out of a good source at Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday will make the signings of Lewis Buxton & Bartosz Slusarski permanent. Deon Burton will complete his move to Charlton.

Now here's where it gets interesting.

With a new consortium in the "wings" waiting to take the Owls over, Brian laws has been given permission to bring a few loan players in with a view to permanent signings in the summer. .

Those names are:
Liam Lawrence from Stoke
Carlos Edwards from Sunderland
Andrade Teixeira from WBA

on the way out:
K.Lunt
W.Small
P.Gilbert
J.Smith back to Chelsea

Watch this space. . .
  Glasgow Rangers
OUTS: NOVO TO NOTTS FOREST
GOW TO ENGLAND SOMEWHERE
WEIR RELEASED ON FREE
DAILLY RELEASED
ADAM TO FOREST

INS: DRIVER AND BERRA FROM HEARTS
WES BROWN FROM MAN U ON LOAN
DAVID HEALY CLOSE TO SIGNING
  I have it in good authority that heinze will be at lfc in jan babel out pennant also johnson to city
  Erik Lamela of river plate is being lined up by liverpool and barcelona –––– if you have never heard of him hes a 16 year old midfielder who the argentinian national side rate as better than messi was at that age
  Birmingham City

IN:

kieran Westwood 2m
Bobo Balde Free
Robin Shroot Free
Keith Fahey 300k
Giles Barnes 2m
Darius Vassell 1,5m

OUT:

Martin Taylor 500k
Colin Doyle 1,5m
Mehdi Nafti 750k
Gary McSheffrey 2,5m
Marcus Bent 500k
  David Prutton to Barnsley £500.000
Jermaine Beckford to Wolves £1m
  Lincoln city looking to sign Geoff Horsfield on a free in january!!
  Arsenal have already tied up deals for brazilian pair Luis Gustavo Conte (15 year old centre back from Mirrasol in Brazil) Wellington (15 year old brazilian striker from Fluminese). Reserve signings but bright ones at that especially Wellington who scored for goals against Norwich whilst on trial. Expect more worlds best youngsters to come in, few of these could be:

Adem Ljajić (between us and Man u)
Danijel Aleksic (next berbatov)
Kerrison (next fat ronaldo)
Dominic Vose (next scholes– Fulham)
Fabian Delph
Felipinho (Internacional– next pato)
Lenny Fernandes Cohelho
More to come. .

As for outs:
Gilles Sunu to Lyon (almost certain, shame to lose him though)
Randall (Loan)
Simpson (Loan)
Gibbs (Loan)
NOT Wilshere

As for the first team:
Arshavin– looking more and more likely
N'zogbia– HELLLL NO! Wenger isn't that stupid
S.Taylor– Not likely
Given– Maybe
Inler– not first choice but still quality
Toure–Not likely
Alonso– Same
Felipe Melo– My choice but price will be too high
Kuzmanovic– Hugely talented but may take time
Senna– Not likely
Giovinco– No
Haangelaand– Good but possibly not proven yet
Van Buyten– My choice and possible
Veloso– Possible, if he goes to fiorentina, Melo or Kuzmanovic will be alot more likely.
Moutinho– More of a replacement for Fabregas
Frings– possible
Balotelli– Possible swap w/ Bendtner
Cheillini– IF WE COULD SIGN ONE PLAYER IN THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT IT WOULD BE HIM. POSSIBLE BUT ONE OR MORE PLAYERS AND A SUM OF CASH WOULD BE NEEDED. GREAT SIGNING.
Bullard– last resort if he has not already been snapped up.
Elano– last resort
Defour– Very possible if not arshavin
Witsel– Possible, my choice
Ribery– he is making good noises in terms of a move but wealthier clubs would beat us.
Di Maria– good signing, may face competition

MY VIEW ON WHO WE SHOULD SIGN,1ST TEAM:
CHIELLINI 10M+GALLAS/VAN BUYTEN 8M–12M
WITSEL 13M/MELO 15M
RIBERY 15M+BENDTNER/DEFOUR 8M/DI MARIA 12M

MY VIEW ON WHO WE SHOULD SIGN,RESRVES AND YOUTH(FEES NOT KNOWN):
WELLINGTON
LUIS GUSTAVO CONTE
KERRISON/FELIPINHO/LENNY/DANIJEL ALEKSIC
ADEM LJAJIC
EDEN HAZARD
FABIAN DELPH

I don't post alot but when i do it is not rubbish like some others.
Believe.

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