Football Rumours Archive January 04 2007
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Emre has told show sports (turkish satellite)that he wants to be a toon for life. sites geordie passion as major factor. if the board decides to sell him back to italy they will regret it and will be short changed as he doesn't feel he is quite near peak form yet with the best years ahead of him. I am a cypriot supporter of the toon and my source is a national broadcaster. toon army. center back anyone please!
David villa was seen yesterday(3rd of jan) in the raddison hotel in Liverpool with a women who is apparently his girlfriend. Expect developments soon
Danny mills, paul ifill and chris lucketti to hull city. fagan to sign new deal after turning down derby.
Arsenal will sign Gareth Bale from Southampton for £6.5million and Craig Gordon for £3million. Hatem Trabelsi will join from Man City for about £3million on a 1 year contract.
To the guy that said emre will leave newcastle for 3m, you are completely wrong, you also said we will sign whitehead which is completely false. However we will sign crouch, wright-phillips, neill, bale, and upson.
Liverpool to sign Lucas Neill and Javier Mascherano for £2M and £8M respectively. The Reds will also enquire about a replacement striker for Peter Crouch, who is set to move to Newcastle for £8M. Using the cash raised from Crouch and Mohammed Sheikh's millions, Liverpool will look to sign either David Villa or Fernando Torres for £20M-25M. Finally in the summer, Rafa will look to strengthen his squad with the arrival of Rafael Van der Vaart for £12M with Kewell, Diao, Dudek, Warnock, Pongolle and Zenden moving elsewhere.
David Villa will NOT be joing Liverpool. he was a guest of a player and was NOT invited by Liverpool football club. think logically, Chelsea were quoted 100 million euros so why would it be less for Liverpool? the only spanish striker coming to england in the next year will be fernando torres, which will be in june 07. appearntly manchester united have set aside 25 million for torres who they feel will beifit the on the field and commercially. just think larrson hascome but has been given 17. that 10 is being reserved for torres
Birmingham to get B fergusen and m bent
Strong rumour I have heard that matty upson will sign for the villa along with robbie keane curtis davies zoltan gera and kevin doyle.
Crystal palace in:
Everton fans, expect s.davies to go to fulham for 2.5 million. beattie to newcastle or blackburn for 2million and everton to spend some of that money on barry ferguson from rangers and kevin nolan from bolton and try to get rid of richard wright to a championship club for about 400-700k
Paul le guen has been trying to force barry ferguson out of rangers for months .first he tried to talk him out by saying he could get him a move to a huge club like arsenal or lyon when ferguson said no to that he has now stripped him of the captaincy in an effort to try and get the funds to use for players in the transfer window . long live Barry
PLG. Please Leave Govan
This is not a rumour but a fact;
David Villa was in the directors box at the reebok stadium when Liverpool thrashed Bolton. It is also a fact that he will be at Melwood on thursday as a guest. La Liga clubs are on their winter break and villa has been invited by either Rafa or one of the spanish players as a guest. Like I said, this is a fact and not a rumour, this does not mean Villa is definitely moving to Liverpool but the indications are good.
Highly rated Swindon youngster Gary Stanley is set to sign for Rochdale on loan for the rest of the season. Stanley was previously on loan at AFC Newbury, scoring an impressive 18 goals.
Walsall to sign geoff horsefield on loan until the end of the season with the option of signing him permanently if they are promoted.
Antony gerrard and scott dann are being wathced by West Ham and bolton. sam allardyce was impressed with them when walsall played bolton in the cup earlia this season.
Darren byfield is also interested in a return to the saddlers as he is unsettled as he lived up in norh london and his family are still living in the midlands. nicky southall and neil kilkenny also are expected to join
OFFICIAL NEWS!! Liverpool have made a £10m bid for Charlton striker Darren Bent. My brother works at the valley and has told me, in his words 'Pardew already fuming after his sides defeat to Arsenal, recieved the bid late last night. He was angry and wanted it rejected however the Charlton board wanted to review the offer before jumping into anything'
That was the text I recieved this morning.
I would first like to say that man utd spending 80 million in January is just a little unrealistic. they won't sign torres, him and rooney are too similar. The only player I expect them to sign is hargreves.
Chelsea will only buy in 2 centre halves, don't know who, never really know with them, but I wouldn't be suprised if matthew upson is a last ditch effort. They WON'T sign richards, I think he may have learnt from swp.
One more. Freddy Eastwood may join charlton, alan pardew showed intrest before he was sacked from West Ham and now bent is out pardew may need to take a risk to keep charlton up. and for no less than £3.5 million, but eastwood will not go to another championship club, as none of them are guarenteed promotion!
Charlton set to sign izzy mkleod frm mk dons and milan baros frm villa
I know this is a ongoing rumour, but fernando torres looks set to join united in jan depending on wheter the glazers give the go ahead. this comes after torres had a sensational training ground bust up with sergio aguero. aguero was the only reason torres stayed in the summer, and after the bust up feels it is now time to move on. united have the money for a "superstar" however talks would have to run smoothy between both parties in order for a January transfer to be completed(torres will be given the number 10 shirt, larrson will be given 17) . if a deal is done expect smith to leave on loan and then a permanent deal. hargreaves will have to prove his fitness after coming back from a broken leg.
Nakamura is on his way out of Celtic and heading to England. Everton lead the chase with a £5m offer but face competition from Newcastle who could offer £7m
As has been said today in the press, bookies are taking big money on Terry Henry making Anfield/ Stanley Park his new home. There's no smoke without fire and he's been spotted twice around Melwood during his "month off"
A bidding war has erupted between englands big two clubs for Hearts international goalkeeper man utd, arsenal have both started bidding at 5 million but arsenal have the upper hand offering the jambo`s, anthony stokes
Portsmouth will sign Michael Ball and Bernard Mendy on free tranfers as well as capturing Jermain Defoe on loan until the end of the season.
SAF has made no secret of his desire of his 'dislike' of Mourinho and Chelsea, yet he sees their formation as the best way of attacking and defending, so watch him mould his team this window and the summer. He will sign either Nani for about £8million or Quaresma for £6million and Silvestre. Along with Ronaldo they will support Rooney in a 4-3-3 formation. Hargreaves will be signed in January regardless of his injury as SAF wants him settled and raring to go by nex year (also because Mourinho and Arsene have shown and intrest).
Man Utd team next year:
neville rio vidic evra
scholes carrick hargreaves
nani/ quaresma rooney ronaldo
Don't be suprised if SAF buys youth and the loans out. Watch out for moves for Ben McHugh (Crewe), Baines (Ipswich), Maynard (Crewe), Haynes (Ipswich) and Jones (QPR)
Thats it for nw, JoNeSy
OLD FIRM TRANSFER NEWS
Rangers have around £2m to spend this month and Paul Le Guen is thought to be wanting Aliadiere on loan from Arsenal, Alan Gow for £150k from Falkirk or on a pre-contract agreement to join in the summer and also a new centre-back probably Anderson from Aberdeen for £1m and an offer of £1m will be made for Naismith of Kilmarnock but is likely to be rejected, Rangers have made contact with Croatia forward Olic but nothing progressed and he is likely to sign for Spartak Moscow for £1m during the week. Rangers are also interested in Dica from Bucharest but again no move progressed after a £5m price-tag was put on him.
Will complete the signing of Anthony Stokes from Arsenal for £1m during the next few days to a week and will place bids for Brown and Thomson of Hibs at around £2.5m per player. They are also interested in the following players, Kilgallon of Leeds, Grygera of Ajax, Sivok of Sparta, Joseph of NE Revolution, Tymoschyuk of Shakhtar, Petric of Basle and Voronin of Leverkusen. They have also contacted Ajax about strikers Babel and Huntelaar and midfield maestro Sneijder but all 3 are unlikelt to want to join the SPL
Former Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington is being lined up by Milan Mandaric as the new boss of Leicester City.
A friend was talking to an ex no nonsense Leicester defender at a recent Leicester match and heard the following rumours.The Manadric deal will go through in the next 2 weeks and the following players have been lined up.
J Lloyd-Samuel and Lee Hendrie from Villa in exchange for Stearman plus cash.
John Hartson from WBA.
Parker from Blackpool.
2 loan players from Holland where the ex Leicester defender has been coaching.
Wes Morgan from Forest.
Several players have also been lined up for moves away from the club.
Hughes to Scotland
Douglas to have his contract paid up.
Danny Tiatto is wanted by Stoke but could return to Oz.
Momo Syllla to Dundee U with ex boss Levein.
I'm a cabbie in London and the other day I heard a strong rumour that contract rebels Distin or Lucas Neill might be coming in to Chelsea as experienced cover for John Terry. Micah Richards will sign in the summer.
Liverpool will spend 4mil on ashley young.
Charlton will spend in excess of £7 million in the summer as they look to stay up. Pardew is targeting Mullins and Etherington of West Ham, Fryatt of Leicster and Stokes (loan) from Arsenal.
Norwich team after January:
Gallagher, Colin, Shackell, Daily, Drury(c), Croft, Viafara, Robinson, Huckerby, Dublin, Zamora. Subs: Lewis, Doherty, Chadwick, Etuhu, Cort
Cort on loan, Zamora £2.5m, Daily £200, 000
Swansea are set to complete the £150, 000 signing of highly rated Swindon youth player Ashan Holgate. Swindon will use the money from this transfer to purchase Bolton Striker Johann Smith.
Everton to make moves for Alan Smith (Loan), Barry Ferguson (Loan), Dave Nugent (£3.5m) and Stuart Parnaby (£600k). with James Beattie (to Newcastle £5m) to leave. Simon Davies to be given till the end of the season to prove his worth, if he fails to impress he will be shipped to Fulham for £2.8m
i said dong was gonna join, what happened, he did. now expect covers for the aging scholes, giggs and neville, not to mention a person to fill roy keanes shoes. these people are most likley to be aaron lennon, owen hargreaves, hetinga/ nelson and deco for scholes or sneider. expect a big striker to sign to give more support to saha and rooney with huntelar and torres being put down as recruits. now that heinze is being targeted and silvestre is more likley to leave expect l baines or g bales to come to take over man utd as a cover or a starter. wes brown is most likley to go dispite SAF wanting him to stay as a cover for Rio and Vidic. but brown may go to Bolton as he fits into Big sams type of play. to cover looks to be pique, bardsley (he can play center half as well). lee martin will also take r giggs and c eagles will leave next jan to st marys.
Mike Newell will be faced with another dillema with Fulham set to offer £1.5 million for star striker Rowan Vine and Leeds United set to offer £600, 000 for 23 year old, Dean Morgan - both from Luton Town.
Aston Villa-Matty Upson, James Milner, 2 0r 3 others
Charlton-6 or 7 players with 5 leaving
Chelski- 1 world class forward (david villa)
Man yoo-Owen Hargreaves, Jermain Defoe
Sheff Utd-about 3 strikers
Watford- 2 defenders, a midfielder and a goalscorer (Jason Koumas, Billy Sharp)
Reading- 1 or 2 defenders, 1 Midfielder, 1 Target Man (John Mensah, Greg Halford, Barry Ferguson, Alan Smith on loan)
My sister is a nanny and works for Miroslav Klose's agent/ lawyer, he has asked her is she can act as a guide when he and Klose attend Newcastle for talks about an £18m transfer to Newcastle United, she has rang to tell me mam she will be coming home for the first time in 3 years, that was the last time she was in the North East.
The deal may include Emre going to Germany also
+ LIVERPOOL NEWS. Boss Rafa Benitez has targeted Aston Villa's Stillian Petrov. The attacking midfielder is Rafa's number 1 target in January. Rafa has been given £10m to spend and he intends to buy Petrov for £7m, Lucas Neill for £1.5m and young 16 year old scot James McCarthy (I don't know the figure, they don't reveal it with youtt signings. I work with Liverpool's finances and these are true. I have been told NOT to budget for any players leaveing Anfield, although Warnock could leave in part of the Neill deal. Only if newcastle or portsmouth offer £10m+ for Crouch will Rafa do business. He would then sign Bent but Pardew needs Darren to stay as he#s key for their survival. I shouldn't be saying this, but I felt the urge to. I have done it privately though. So expect Petrov and Neill in and maybe Stephen Warnock out.+ +
Liverpool will swoop for Charlton striker Darren Bent. Rafa Bentitez, after the match against Blackburn (where Crouch missed a hatful of chances and Kuyt missed one) spoke with Liverpools three Scouse players: Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler. They talked about a new striker and came up with the name Darren Bent. Gerrard was very keen for Rafa to sign Bent.
Rafa isn't sure but feels Bent is a good option of Crouch goes. It seems Rafa wants Crouch to leave as he feels he's been 'bably advised' and getting a bit to big for his boots. If Newcastle or Portsmouth come in with a £9m+ bid, Rafa will sell Crouch and bring in Darren Bent.
The David Villa rumours are untrue. Rafa has no plans to sign the spanish hitman in January. With the Dubia money in the summer anything is possible but nothing will happen in January. It is true that Villa watched Liverpool's great win over Bolton in the directers box but this was just because it's the winter break in spain. Nando Morientes was at Anfield two weeks ago, as was Rual last season. Doesn't mean they are signing.
I know this as Robbie Fowler is a close friend of mine.
Trust me on this stuff.
Warnock will leave probably but Carragher is upset that another local lad is going. Only himself, Gerrard and me mate Fowler are scousers left.
Lucas Neill will sign for £1m in January or free in Summer. Depends on Blackburn.
Plymouth Argyle fans - I have seen Ian Holloway's shortlist for the January window.
Ugo Ehiogu (Loan)
Dorian Dervitte (Loan)
Newcastle ins from;
Ben Haim £5m, Upson £5m, Bale (unlikely) £5m, have been looking abroad
also for another defender, Barton £5.5m, Cavenaghi £6m (if Viduka is
not available £3m)
Emre £8m (if Barton can be brought in, Bramble £500k, Luque £2m.
Solano Tayls Upson Bale
Milner Parker Barton/ Dyer Duff
Viduka/ Cavenaghi Martins
Bristol City have been linked with a £150, 000 move for Chester's former Hull and Bolton striker Jon Walters
Barry Ferguson - loan till end of season
Kevin Nolan - 5 mil plus davies
Luke Young - 2.5 mil
David Nugent - sawp for beattie plus 1mil
Beattie - either Preston sawp for Nugent, Black burn, Bolton( could turn into a swap for Nolan), Charlton, Middlesburough or West Ham swap for Reo Coker.
Simon Davies - Shef utd, Watford or black burn
David Villa will not got to Liverpool. He will end up like Morientes and Reyes. Neither will Torres to Man Utd.
Liverpool will sign Baines from Wigan for a fee of 4.5mil which could rise to 6.5mil if he gets an england cap.
Argyle are on the verge of signing Plymouth born 25 year old Neil Stevens from a club in th MLS(americas league 4 the people who don't know). Apparently Ollie has seen him a few times and believes he can become a first teamer!!
Steve Mandanda - Le Havre goalkeeper and current French U-21 first choice, will sign in Summer 07 for around £1.5 Million. McGregor and Mandanda will battle it out to be the number 1 at Ibrox.
Andy Webster (initially on loan from Wigan Athletic with the view to a permanent deal in the summer).
Etienne Didot - Rennes midfielder who will be brought in to replace Barry Ferguson.
Scott Brown - Hibernian midfielder, once Ferguson has been sold Brown will join from Hibs for a fee of around £2.5 Million.
Nicolae Dica - Steaua Bucharest midfielder/ attacker, a £2.5 Million deal is close to being completed (possibly in the next week). The goalscoring threat from midfield Rangers have not had since the days of Jorg Albertz.
Alan Gow - Falkirk striker, very skilful and will sign a pre-contract agreement and sign on the Bosman ruling in Summer 07. Kevin Davies has also been targetted however between his wages demands the un-likliehood that he wants to leave the Premiership then this won't happen.
Lionel Letizi - free transfer in January 07, will return to French League football.
Stefan Klos - will be out of contract in the Summer and will be released accordingly. His £25k a week wages will not be missed by the club.
Julien Rodriguez - will be joining either Nantes or Lille in January for a fee of around £750, 000.
Barry Ferguson - the disruptive influence in the dressing room apparently is likely to be made available after recent events. Rangers seeking £4 Million for there disposed skipper, Aston Villa, Everton and Zenith St Petersburg are all likely destinations.
Thomas Buffel - the Belgian international who continually flatters to deceive at Ibrox will be offloaded for around £1.5 Million to either Anderlecht, Genk or AZ Alkmaar in January.
Norwich City Transfer News:
With Chadwick Already Tied Up!
City Will Concentrate On Trying To Persuade Eastwood To Choose Carrow Road, Even Though A Host Of Premiership Clubs Have Shown Interest
Pompey Have Said About Earnie, But Peter Grant Wants To Keep Our Only Descent Player This Season
Wigan are set to only make 2 permanent signings this January. Paul Jewell is set to spend £5 million on the double signing of Zoltan Gera and Nathan Ellington from West Brom. Tony Mowbray is preparing to sell the baggies pair.
Wolves desperate need for a striker will soon be sorted. Oldham Striker Chris Porter is set to become a Wolves player before Saturday's FA Cup Clash against Wolves, so the player will not be cup tied.
luque to spain
Bramble to fulham
Warnock from lfc
Distan from mcity
Beatie from everton
Barry Ferguson and PLG fell out because the Ranger bossis planning a move for Scott Brown during this transfer window. Ferguson felt that Brown would cause further unrest in an already unstable dressing room. Ferguson only told PLG this after consulting a number of other players at Ibrox, including Ian Murray who was Browns old captain at Hibs. The various players who have played with Brown at international level all agreed with Ferguson that Brown has an attitude problem and would be better off elsewhere however PLG cleary disagrees and the latest developements have only strengthened his resolve to makeBrown a Rangers player.
RFC - Things are moving too fast to be absolutely sure about anything but seems probable that BF has played last game for RFC . Firstly highly unlikely that Sir David Murray would not support PLG as if he failed to back a manager over a player not only is it likely the Frenchmen would walk but perhaps mopre importantly , thereafter, who of any stock , would be prepared to take the vacan't position ?? Plus presumably SDM knew it was at least possible that a few eggs would be broken as PLG conjured up a delicious new Rangers omelette. Finally and most crucially Rangers need the dough for restructuring . Situation is as I say very fluid but a transfer out and not a loan is most likely. Destination ? Usual suspects of Everton and Newcastle Utd have been mentioned alongside endangered Wigan and stricken West Ham. All could afford BF but do not rule out a more surprising shift down the M6 to OT . Fergie admires his namesake and BF may add the bite in the tackle the MU midfield has lacked. Going in to Ibrox - big K Davies bid if money for BM comes in plus Andy Webster , Scott Brown, and Kevin Thomson as PLG rebuilds the spine . No more continentals as the feeling is that the media and the fans will be too hostile at present for it to work. Expect also other major departures to assist the financing , perhaps K Boyd who would attract a good fee and has had more downs than ups with PLG. Celtic meantime will lose Pearson ( Sunderland or Derby ) , Thomson ( Leeds Utd ) , Marshall ( Loan to SPL Club possibly Hibs ) , and Maloney ( Sunderland - no real prem interest )but will net little by way of fees . However the wage bill will be reduced to the extent that an audacious bid for a proven striker not cup tied in the ECL can be made. Robbie Keane anyone ? Otherwise holes in the squad will be filled by youth team players who are rumoured to be of the finest vintage for many a year.
David Dunn to Blackburn is a done deal, £2.2m
Ellington to Wigan for £2.45m
Eastwood to West Brom £2.2m
K Richardson to Sunderland - Loan
Derek Riordan to West Brom - £1.5 plus app
Zoltan Gera to Portsmouth - £1.2m
Arsenal will sign Bristol City starlets Jennison Myrie-Williams and Tristan Plummer for a combined fee which could net the West Country club in excess of £1 million depending on appearances. Gunners youngster Jeremie Aliadiere will move in the opposite direction, joining the Ashton Gate outfit on loan for the remainder of the season.
Daniel Alves will join Chelsea for about £12million from Sevilla as willTal Ben Haim and Matthew Upson for £5million each from Bolton and Birmingham.
Valencia will sell Villa to Liverpool if Rafa agrees to let Reina go the other way.However, he rates Reina and doesn't want him to leave.
Sissoko to Juventus.Rafa wants Mascherano and Juve have told him they will let him buy the Argentinian without competition if they let them have Sissoko.
Finally, (because everyone knows about Neill)Scottish whizkid James McCarthy has told his club, Hamilton Academicals, that Anfield will be his first choice of club.
Am not going to pretend that I am friends with various people at club level, just a genuine fan. Find it interesting to see that sky bet has Villa as odds on to sign kevin davies and joey barton, its not often that the bookie loses money now is it!
I've just heard the rumour that Wolves are on the verge of signing Sheffield United Striker Geoff Horsefield on LOAN.
Crewe defender Billy Jones to sign for man city sheff utd or newcastle for 2million in January. Chelsea might make a bid if they can't get anyone else for a reasonable price. He is highly rated and he will be able to take to the premiership like dean ashton did.
Everton are about to put a offer of Lee Carsley plus cash in for Barry Ferguson of Rangers. Carsleys age plus lack of pace for the english Prem are a contributing factor to this transfer.
Everton will also look to foreign shores to land a right-back in the region of two million pounds this summer.
There won't be much activity in the Jan windows, maybe a bid for Baines or bale, and a testing bid to city for Richards, but the real dealings will be done come this summer.
Reading the European papers online in Italy their suggesting that even if Juve get promoted back to serie A next year that Buffon will be sold to Arsenal as payment for the Viera deal which is still outstanding and the Italian courts have ordered them to clear all debts before their return to top flight football.
Wenger will also make Mexes one of his top targets along which Chivu, not sure which one he'll get, but lets be honest we need one of them, another name being floated around is Kaladaze of Milan, not sure about that one though.
With regard to the midfield, were pretty much ok if we can keep Gilberto free from injury and with Diaby coming back to push him for a place I don't think we need a defensive midfielder, but their is talk of Wenger rekindling his interest in Mascherano of West Ham as he tried to sign him before the Hammers did. Ribery could come in, but wenger won't pay over the odds for him, Puerto and Navas are more likely if he decides to spend on wingers.
Up front I think were ok, RVP has started to hit form, Adebayor has surprised everyone with him performances so far this year, and Henry. well need I say anything. We also have Bentdner coming back and there's also talk of huntelaar of Ajax, but then you never know.
Gunners for life.