Football Rumours Archive May 03 2007
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I am the COACH who spoke about West Ham before the Chelsea game. As stated Lucas Neill was used as a centre half, and although Mullins was looking likely to play at right back AC went for Spector instead. On to todays rumours. Obviously round the club it is buzzing because we have a realistic chance of staying up now. And with Eggy being so pleased with AC in the last few weeks money available and players wanted has been spoke about. Eggy has stated he wants to be in the champions league - and he is deadly serious. Therefore for all the 'fans' of other teams, DEAN ASHTON WILL NOT BE LEAVING. Also, TEVEZ is staying if West Ham are in the Prem 100%. We will buy him outright for the 18.5million they are asking for. These two will form 2/ 3 of a dynamic front three. With Saviola joining his countryman on a free from Barce after rave reviews from Tevez. The front three will be similar to how Chelsea work, with plenty of rotation and movement - much harder for defenders to track than the usually 2 forwards that most teams play. Zamora will play at the head of the three when deano doesn't or will play together in away games when more height is needed to win the 'battle'. Therefore the Strikers at the club next season will be; Ashton, Zamora, Saviola and Tevez with a young player coming through as the 5th striker. Obviously this is dependant on the fitness of Ashton, if he may need more time than another top striker will be bought. Cole 1m, Teddy free, Harewood 4mill, Kepa end of loan, will all depart.
The midfield will then be three players who can all play, with two central and then one at the point being in a free role when we have got the ball. The free player will be Yossi, he WILL NOT leave - curbs played bowyer at RM in recent times as he wants yossi in the middle of the park in this free role as his defending is poor. He will still defend in the new system, but will not track runners all the way back E. g. he will be marking the Makelele type player. If yossi is unfit Boa Morte will take this role up - previously I believed we would help him play upfront, but this role in behind will suit him well. Behind either yossi or LBM, Noble and a new midfielder will play. NRC will move on, despite playing his heart out recently. This midfielder is where AC wants to spend big - it will be either Hargreaves if Man United do not follow up their interest or Wesley Sneijder. Both have been watched several times, with Sneijder being the more likely. Bowyer and Quashie will provide backup for these positions.
At the back AC is happy with Green, Neill, Collins and McCartney. That leaves a centre half spot and Curtis Davies or Gabbidon will fit that. Ferdinand, Paintsil, Mears, Konchesky will all leave and Spector, Tomkins, Davenport will provide cover. Carrol will leave and Walker and Stech will be No. 2 and 3 gk's respectively.
Javier Saviola is wanted on a bosman by West Ham, eggy has held preliminary talks with his agent.
Curbishley is still trying to do a deal with necastle, a swap deal involving NRC + Scotty Parker.
Everton to sign:
Team 07 08
100% come on Everton!
I have heard a rumour over the last couple of weeks that JLloyd Samuel could be set to join Leicester City. He is definitely keen to get away from Villa but may want to stay local.
Rab Douglas to join Gretna in July.
Other rumours- Shalrie Joseph to join Celtic all hinges on contractual matters being sorted with MLS and Riquelme or Roy Makkay expected to be the big name signings.
Rangers will look to strengthen with Scottish players, Walter Smith is keen to help out the Scottish National team by producing more Scottish talent at Ibrox. Steven Naismith and Scott Brown look set to join in July.
Expect Sam Allardyce to join Manchester City once the takeover is complete.
West Ham United to fend off approaches for Tevez if they stay up. I hear that 4 big name teams, 3 from England (Liverpool, Chelsea, Man United) all want the hard working striker.
That's all folks
Family member in Dubai tells me strong rumour out there that the Dubai Investmetnt Consortium who were intrested in Liverpool will move to purchase Newcastle United within a month, they have already lined up Sam Allardyce to take over as manager and made preliminary enquireies with the Hall family about purchasing shares. Allardyce would be given £40 million transfer kitty.
Rangers will sign Scott Brown in a 3.5 million pounds deal in the summer. Also coming in will be Steven Naismith of Kilmarnock for initial 750k with adds ons (possible 1.5 million) . Both done deal. Danny Koovermanns of AZ will sign as part exchange for Tam Buffel in a 1 million pounds deal. Andy Webster will sign from Hearts/ Wigan whenever the compnsation deal is confirmed. Meant to be between 250/ 400k. Rangers manager Walter Smith was also impressed by Steven Whittaker of Hibs at the weekend. He is a flexible player who can play both right-back and central midfield. Rangers may be tempted in the summer with a bid of 1 million. The bosman deals for Alan Gow, Kirk Broadfoot and Peter Hansson are already done. Look at the possiblity of another goalkeeper coming in too. (Richard Wright and Jamie Langfield both good options as back up to number one Alan McGregor)
Rangers Til I Die!
Tottenham to try and lure per metresacker to the club, they are tryin to make the squad as strong as possible for next season as Jol believes they could be genuine title contenders
Leeds United rumours, my brother works at Elland Road.
Wise is looking for proven Div 1 goalscorers for next year. McCleod Of MK Dons is number 1 target. Healy will go in the summer for 1. 5-2 mill, and whilst everybody has looked at, and coveted McCleod, nobody has ever put the money down. he will cost 900K. Constantine at Port Vale is number 2 target, at a more modest 300K.
Also, Leeds are showing interest in potential Reading loanee Shane Long, who may well be allowed to spend a season out on loan, no chance though of a permanent move though for the young full Irish international.
Other Leeds rumours is Ankergan will leave, as will Kishishev, and Gray. Creswell and Blake to stay, at least until January. Blake will be hard to shift on his current deal. So Leeds forward line for Div 1 will be a perm of Creswell, Kandol, McCleod/ Constantine and Long.
Newcastle youngster Kris Gate is set to leave the club for Coventry City in the summer, Coventry will also sign Nicky Maynard of Crewe. With Maynard arriving Dele Adebola will head to Luton Town.
Here's the latest from Tynecastle.
In the Hunt for a new manager, Romanov may decide that the best move is to offer Frail the job on a permanent basis. A few other names have been tipped with the job too, but personally, I like the idea of Frail. Frail has been doing his homework in the search for new signings, and Romanov will allow a number of players to be brought in for the club to attempt to push for second place.
Firstly, Gordon will leave, with a host of clubs interested. He is most keen on a move to the EPL, but may also be interested in a move to one of the Old Firm. Most likely, his destination will be the EPL, for around £4.Banks would move up from no. 2 at the club, with Hearts looking to sign a new number 2. Other players have interest from the Old Firm too - these being Berra, Kingston, Brellier and Driver, but my source says it's likely all will stay, with, if any, only Brellier to leave from that quartet.
A CB will be signed as a priority (Onyewu?), and at least one striker will be signed, possibly Killen from the Hibees and/ or Iwelumo from Colchester.
A number of the Liths will be leaving, but, as ever, Romonov will raid Kaunas for loan signings should the club fail in bringing in the players that they're after. Lennon is a player that the club are currently trying to speak to too!
- Jambo for life.
With AFC nearly loosing half their team due 2 injuries and other problems and AFC player TRAORE going out on loan 2 Sunderland don't be suprised if you see Matthew Connolly sitting on the bench next season and not go out on loan . Possable move by AFC 4 Joey Barton due 2 Fabregas giving mixed signals about his future at AFC . Fabregas said he will never leave AFC then he had an interview with a Spanish rumours paper and said I might leave AFC, so AFC may well move 4 Joey Barton as a replacement .
My mates dad is a scout for Ipswich. He went to watch a Milton Keynes game the other week, to scout someone in the opposition. The Chester player didn't impress but he came away with one name, and that's Milton Keynes defender 'Dean Lewington'
Bayern Munich are on the verge of signing Italian striker Luca Toni from Fiorentina. This will effectively end the speculation regarding Miroslav Klose and Bayern and allow him to move to the Premiership with Liverpool and Manchester United in the chase.
I really wish that people wouldn't use this site to post their dream team. as with every season, no big transfers are done in April/ May and the big 4 are always linked with every player in Europe. Saying that, I do have it on good authority (like everyone else) that Spurs are lining up a bid for Kevin Nolan after the departure of Big Sam to bolster the middle of the park.
Nicky Shorey will reject the chance to move on this summer after his brilliant season, but will definatly consider a transfer in Jan if Reading look to be struggling.
Liverpool will have a massive clear out of fringe players including Dudek, Fowler, Hyypia, Zendan, Sinama-Pongolle, Cisse and Le Tallec. Kewell will be given until January to prove himself otherwise will be put on the transfer list.
Thats all I have for now
Sidwell 100% to sign for NUFC - pre-contract signed. Owen to stay. If WHUFC go down, expect a raid on the club, with NUFC interested in Ashton, Konchesky, Ferdinand, Gabbidon among others. Ashton and Ferdinand most likely 2 to be signed from the irons. If Wigan go down, watch for bids for Baines and possibly Ryan Taylor.
Joey Barton to be signed unless Man City are taken over, then he may choose to stay. Parker, Sib etc named on this site won't leave. Emre 50/ 50. N'Zogbia a strong possibility to go after a poor season.
Milner to Man United rumour on here is total rubbish. Onyewu, Moore, Edgar, Baba, Luque, Pattison, O'Brien 100% to leave. Bramble 60/ 40 to sign a new deal. Huntington, Krul, possibly Carroll all to go out on loan.
Just wait and see!
After Joey Barton's latest outburst the club will be willing to part company with him. The current suitors include Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland. Those who are reporting a move to the Emirates may have a point, but Wenger is unlikely to recruit him with no guarantee of first team football.
Michael Owen wants to play European football next season and will leave the Toon. Watch out for bids from Spurs and Arsenal.
Dean Ashton will be on the move and will have no shortage of bidders.
Darren Bent will be a Manchester United player next season, whether Charlton beat the drop or not.
Dimitar Berbatov will stay at Spurs.
Owen Hargreaves will be in the Premiership, Manchester United have long been favourite to sign him, but he may be wanted by another club.
Ribery (12 mil + Flamini)
gordon (5 mil)
Navas and Alves (swoop for Reyes and lungberg)
reo cocker/ Parker (2 mil)
Gallas (5 mil) - real
Reyes and lungberg (swoop for Navas and Alves) Sevilla
Flamini - marsaille
lineup next season
Alves/ Hoyte Toure/ connoly Senderos/ Djouru clicy/ Traore
Hleb/ Navas Gilberto/ Denilson Fabregas/ reococker or Parker rvp/ rosicy
Henry/ vela Walcott/ benteder/ Adebayor
Cisse and Richards are to swap clubs in the summer as Man City see him as good way to cushion to blow of him leaving also they will replace him with £2million - rated Leon Barnett! also city will try and tempt Liverpool into selling Sami Hypiaa if lose Distan
I posted on here about 6/ 7 weeks ago that Ibrox would be expanded and that Smith would have £11m to spend + any sales. Slowly, these things are being confirmed with the stadium being first. Smith is interested in a number of players, with Brown being no. 1. Nothing else definite at the moment.
Ibrox Mole - 52 next season
Just heard Bolton and Newcastle are interested in signing
Glasgow Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor who over the past few months has
become one of the best keepers in Britain. Rangers won't let him go for
less then £4m. This will allow Rangers to make a bid for Craig Gordon
of Hearts or Carlo Cudicini of Chelsea. very very funny, mcgregor is
not worth 300 grand and is not one of the best in britan, he is average
at best. I reported that Mcdonald would sign 4 Celtic in January
and now I am saying koumas is very close 2 parkhead
Tevez will definaltley sign for Liverpool at the end of the season! FACT! It was beleived that Liverpool will stump up £12 mil, but they will now get him for just £8mil plus sinima-Pongolle and Le Tallec on loan ( possible permanent transfers) if West Ham manage to avoid the drop.
Giles Barnes will arrive at Liverpool for £3mil with Paul Anderson and Jack Hobbs going the other way on loan for the season. Rafa Benitez see's this as an ideal way to get some of his promising young players first team experience as well as signing a big prospect in Barnes.
Michael Owen desperatley wants to make the switch back to Anfield, although Rafa Benitez has already lined up the free transfer of Javier Saviloa also Barcelona's Xavi is interested in a move to the Premiership, with Liverpool his prefered destination, given his friendship with xabi alosno. Momo Sissoko will make a move to Juventus should Xavi arrive at Anfield! Lets have it Then Athens here we come! Champs of Europe to be 2007
Blackburn Clear out.
Pedersen 4 Bellamy and 6 mil
Bentley 2 Chelsea with 20 mil on the cards and perhapes Wright-Phillips
McCarthy to Liverpool or Chelsea 9mil
Todd, Gray, gallagher and Jeffers all Gone to highest bidders
rumors of Zenden To be back up for left mid free
Marcus Bent Return to Ewood 2.5 mil
Gabidon if West Ham go down 1mil
With the appointment of a new big Sam at Bolton, this leaves the assisstant managers role free. expect a man who he nose from his Liverpool days to join up with him. the man being no other than Phil Thompson. With this strong Liverpool connection at the club, expect a couple of loan deals for fringe players such as Craig lindfield and Stephen darby. a bid of 4million is also being discussed for djibrial Cisse.
COME ON THE TROTTERS!
Heard that Big Sam has been approached by Everton Board
Glenn Roeder will be moved upstairs at St James Park this summer, with Sam Allardyce replacing him as manager. The playing squad needs a major shake up during the close season and Freddy Shepherd believes that Allardyce is the man to oversee that change. Titus Bramble, Stephen Carr, Celestine Babayaro, Emre and Shola Ameobi will all be sold on in the summer, with several high profile signings replacing them up on Tyneside. Most notably, Kevin Nolan will make a surprise switch to join up with his former boss. Newcastle haven't been getting too many goals from midfield this season, with James Milner the only real player getting goals from the middle of the park. Nolan would be seen as the ideal soLuton to that problem.
Stalteri-Spurs - 1m
Barnett-Luton - £500,000
Healy-Leeds - £500,000
Brown-Hibs - £4m
Sharp-S'thorpe - £1.5m
Im the one who brought you the Ashley young to Villa rumour weeks before it happens, and I have a source high up in the media who tells me that Phil gartside will give Sammy Lee a hefty budget to spend on turning Bolton from an ugly-but-successful team, to a team that can draw crowds. He will do this by buying a proven striker to partner anelka, possibly jermain Defoe and if West Ham go down Nigel Reo-Coker could join, and finally a genuine left winger again if West Ham go down boa morte or etherington
Liverpool will sign 4 new players this summer.
Thierry Henry, I have seen him with Rafeal Benitez at Anfield in April
And they will also sign:
Diego Forlan/ Seen in the crowd
Bale/ Deal is done
Klaas Jan Huntelaar/ Defintley leaving Ajax
We are nearing the silly season and things don't get much sillier than Joey Barton. Now banned from the Manchester Derby because of an altercation with a team mate. Hand bags with Dabo. BUT Reading between the lines we have seen several players with 'uncertain' futures pick up injuries and bans of late and this maybe another one. Bartons agent Willie McKay is a 'favourite' at SJP sending more players to play in black and white than anyone else, many have been dross but Barton will be welcomed on Tyneside adding more speculation to the futures of Parker and Emre. After Emres display against Reading, he must be a sure candidate to leave as well as Parker and his 'injury'. .
NW has stated he needs more quality if the Blades avoid the drop and is already linning up bids for players:
£1.5m M. Harewood/ B. Zamora (W ham)
£2.5m D. Gabbidon (W ham)
£1m A. Ried (Charlton)
£2m S. Davis (pompey)
I finally have some rumours about Liverpool. Rafa will not try and sign Villa or Torres as he thinks they won't suit the Premiership and he is not prepared to risk such big money. He learned his lesson from morientes! Kuyt, Crouch and Bellamy will all stay. Rafa will try to sign Tevez and will go for him if the Hammers go down. Expect a bid even if they stay up. Rafa loves his argentinians (Insua, paletta and Mascherano) and he had a lot of argentinians at Valencia. Tevez has proved himself at Premiership level and should show major improvement when playing with good players, just like Mascherano did. It is rumoured Rafa tried to sign Tevez at the same time he signed Mascherano but was scared the club would get into trouble like West Ham did. I don't know why and there are no obvious reasons but I'm confident they would have breached some FIFA rule. Its well documented that Rafa is interested in morten gamst pedersen and will try to sign him. Craig Bellamy will not go back but Rafa will let Mark gonzalez go on loan as part of the deal if Blackburn want him. Riise has been convincing pedersen to come from what I hear! I can also confirm that Celtic, Watford and Feyenord have been in contact with jerzy Dudek. Middlesboro have expressed an interest in re signing zenden but don't be surprised if Rafa keeps him. Sami Hyypia will stay and no other centre back will sign as we have sami, palleta and jack hobbs for back up. The micah Richards link is complete rubbish. Even though Rafa has a big budget don't expect a lot of activity in the summer. Rafa has been investing in youth for a long time now and he will give them their chance when the time is right instead of signing big money players.
Well expect to see changes this season at Anfield with only a few changes but drastic changes they will be to the club. Liverpool will be looking to offload bolo zenden, Carson, Fowler and maybe Sissoko but that hasn't yet been confirmed. the Rafalution will then reboot with Saviola signing a contract with the reds and joining on a free transfer. Simao is still a target but Benfica don't won't to lose their star asset. Quaresma has also been targeted for the reds. David Villa and Fernando Torres have both been targeted but any move is unlikely but Liverpool are hopefully going to express an interest but Rafa won't be looking to spend big in the summer with his routine, of not paying iver the odds for player, continuing. one face which Liverpool may also see is that of carlitos Tevez who may be forced to join Liverpool from the Hammers to link up with argentiniane team-mate javier Mascherano who has so far been a success in the Merseyside colors of red ! . DAVV
Chelsea will replace MOURINHO with LIPPI or KLINSMAN because of several reasons, and Mourinho will go to Real Madrid and Chelsea will sell Lampard and Robben to Barcelona for 40m+Deco and alos sell swp, Geremi, khalid, all for 25-30m, and they will bring alex, dacosta the new centre backs, Alves the rightback and go for Quaresma for 14m, Tevez for 8m
gk: Cech/ cudiini
rb: Alves/ Ferreira
cb: terry, Carvalho, alex, dacosta
lb: cole. a/ bridge
cm: Essein/ Ballack/ Deco/ Mikel/ Diarra/ makalelee
am: Quaresma/ Tevez/ cole. j/ Kalou
st: Sheva/ Drogba/ Sahar
Alves Carvalho Terry cole. a
sub: Tevez, cole, Mikel, alex, Cudicini
I hav it on good authority that Michael Chopra will leave Cardiff City in the summer 2 join Manchester City or Sheffield United in a £3.5 mil deal Jones will use this money 2 sign 3 or 4 players from the fringe of teams in the Premiership
Gravesen will be joining Newcastle with Emre leaving
Jarosik will be joining Bolton to replace Nolan who is Everton bound
READING FC OUTS:
Graham Stack (Minimal fee)
De La Cruz (Free)
Aaron Brown (Released)
Cutis Osano (Free)
Sam Sodje (Around 250,000)
John Oster (Minimal Fee)
Steve Sidwell (Free)
Johnathan Hayes (Released)
Shane Long (Loan)
Reading will be on the look out for:
Another CB or LB
Young Right Midfielder
Two or Three Central Midfield Players with at least one having good experience
I'd expect 6 players to sign for Reading this summer and several more under 18's.
If Yeovil Make it too the championship they are lining swoops for.
Ian Harte LB from Levante £600k
Arjan De Zeeuw CB from Wigan Free
Gylfi Einarson CM from Leeds Free
Jeremie Aliadiere ST from Arsenal Loan
Kevin Foley RB from Luton £100k
Ross McCormack ST from Motherwell Loan
Brian Kerr CM from Motherwell £120k
If they do not make it up only Einarson and Foley are set to join
Tho it is understould that Roeders job is underthreat by Big Sam there is also a more acclaimed manager awaiting in the wings, Gerard Houllier. It is thought after his third title he is ready for a new challenge and what a challenge that it! He has a better record in the Prem than Sam and wouldn't cost as much with Bolton demanding 5mil. Didier Deschamps seems to be favourite for the Lyon hot seat.