Football Rumours Archive January 04 2009


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Right, i've been saying this since Craig Bellamy signed on loan to Celtic a few years ago – HE WILL NOT RETURN, HE DOESN'T LIKE THE GLASGOW GOLDISH BOWL. I know some guy said he crashed into Bellamy's car (maybe get that head injury checked out mate?!) but it's all lies. He has also more recently said in the press that he earns 3 times as much at West Ham, so taking a pay–cut is unlikely. Considering West Ham have also slapped a unrealistic £20million price tag on him, i can't see Celtic signing him. Certainly not unless Real Madrid/Barca/Man Utd/Chelsea/AC Milan/Inter/Liverpool bid an imaginary £30 million for Aiden McGeady! As for the constant rumours surrounding Peter Lovenkrands; why do people think he will return to Rangers? He wishes any club would sign him again after his Hamburg disaster – the man is a dud. Rangers can't afford to sign anybody unless they sell first, nevermind over–paid badge–kissers. They could never afford Gattuso again either, even though his wife is Scottish. Just wanted to put these nonsense rumours to rest – thanks
  Liverpool facts:
Glen johnson – in for 8–9 million

Dessenna – out for 4–5 million
Pennant – out for 4–5 million
Plus loan deals out
Rafa is not interested in owen, although owen will defo be moving to a north west club, i hear Everton is the most likely if they can agree on terms.
I also hear that they will be a major signing for about 25–30 million but not until the summer. This signing will be a right winger.
That would conclude rafas team as he is happy with every position, although Keane may be likely to move on in the summer if he does not perform to rafas standard and stop having tantrums. If so then he will replace him for another striker for 20–25 million, his first choice is david villa.
This is all 100% true, but as before Rafa changes his mind frequently.
  Lee Beevers to Bristol City £500,000 expected to be sorted next week.
  Liverpool will make a shock 8mil move for Adriano. Benitez feels he can get the best out of him at Liverpool and he has everything that a striker should have – pace power and a good shot on him. However, Ryan Babel will defninitely not be going the other way.
  "Message to most EPL fans, your digs to th Scottish league is tiresome. As you are part of the most over–hyped league in the world, ask yourself how many games do you watch that do not involve your own team ?"
yea and you celtic fans' pretending rangers are going to the wall, and that they're going to sign poor quality players, remember you's are the ones who've signed pat mcCourt andn nial mcginn.
found the, 'i'm benitez's doctor' funny but the, 'i crashed into bellamy' was just class.
remember folks its a rumour site not a slagging site.
Rumours. .
delph–>man utd
  I have just spoke to my brother in–law who is one of Jimmy Bullard's oldest and best mates and i know him pretty well too and i can tell you that tottenham have made enquiries into signing Bullard 100% fact so watch this space.

Jack Wilshire is the future of Arsenal FC. .
  Wolves Rumours

Alan gow – Rangers – £250,000
Marvin Elliot– Bristol City – £2,000,000

They might put in an offer for Kevin Doyle for £10,000,000 if Sylvan Ebanks–Blake goes other possible strikers to come are Cameron Jerome or
Dexter Blackstock

possible outs:
Wayne Hennessey– Arsenal – £8,000,000
Michael Kightly– Newcastle – £7,000,000
Sylvan Ebanks–Blake– Everton – £10,000,000

Michael Mancienne is not going anywhere because there are a loss of Central Defenders at Chelsea
  I am hearing Bastian Schweinsteiger will move to Spurs for £14 million. Defoe is set for a medical and Downing could still join along with Stephen Warnock/Nadir Belhadj. I can't guarantee these will happen so don't shoot the messenger.
Thanks for your time.
  Hearts ins and outs
Ian Black

Berra to Rangers
Driver to Bolton
Kimgston to Birmingham
  I am from the same town in Ireland as Daryl Murphy, and during a recent trip home for Christmas, Daryl has said that Sunderland have lined up Croatia coach Slaven Bilic as the next manager. Note also, most bookmakers have SUSPENDED betting on Bilic to be next Sunderland manager. ridiclulous amounts of money being put on him over here.

Also, Reading strikers Noel and Stephen Hunt are from here, and have been heard saying their Irsih team–mate Kevin Doyle is off to the Premiership as he is sick of Championship football. Rumour has it Doyle is on his way to Aston Villa, and Stephen has also said in the past that if Doyle leaves Reading, he will also. .
  Old Firm Rumours

Todays result ( Celtic home draw with Dundee United ) confirms my understanding that Rangers see the Championship race as still on. However a radical plan by the under threat management is to be employed to pull this one off. Hold your breath :

Gow : £ 555,000 to Wolves
Burke / Naismaith/ Dailly : £ 1 million combined to Billy Davies at Notts Forest
JCD ; Valciennes on a free
Velicka – Hearts loan
Smith ; Sadly will depart on a free to Burnley
Ferguson : £ 4.5 million will have to be accepted to take him to Newcastle United
Bougherra : again on same basis £ 5.5 million to Newcastle United

In a club where the need to improve cash flow is a real objective, not quite all of these funds will be allowed to be spent on transfers in , but some will and there will also be plenty of wiggle room for wages . All of which means that the following will be brought in to augment a team based around Mendes , McGregor Miller and Boyd :

A Smith : £ 2.5 million from Newcastle United
C Berra – from Hearts £ 3 million plus loan of Velicka for 6 months
L Wilkie : £ 500, 000
J Beckford – Leeds United £ 3.5 million

Across the city Lawell and Strachan are prepared to hang on to their present squad until the summer when they feel better prices can be obtained for both those coming in and out . Stilic will not come this window and only Balde will be allowed to go ( if a deal can ever be done ).
  Newcastle will have a budget of 10m from owner mike ashley and if joe kinnear needs more funds hell have to sell before buying,
Owen Liverpool or inter 6m
n'zogbia arsenal and villa interested about 8–10m
given will be off to man city for around 10m
so kinnear will have at least 30m by selling these players, he will go for:
jermaine jenas 7m
stephen warnock 4m
jimmy bullard 5m
heskey 5–6m
vagner love 10m other targets if these moves don't work out are: krankjar, joe ledley, freddy adu and young brazillian kerriison who is expected to be a leading star in years to come.
  Hartlepool to sign daral duffy bristol rovers
adam boyd from leyton oreint dimi konstandetoplis from coventry
  Hows it goin people 1st time posting a rumour so don't laugh
i am a die hard rangers fan and i am really disappointed with whats goin on at rangers.
must say we need to get rid of barry walter mccoist etc waste of time n bring in some people who will fyt 4 the club

tonel or stranzl spelling
gattuso maybe coz of the friendly in febuary
and i would love to see a cheeky bid 4 james morrison what a signing he would be
oh aye bring back SEBO lol

weir hes finished
burke waste of a contract wen he signed

hopefully see more of edu and aaron
  Defoe not to leave portsmouth as the chairman will make a example of him and put him with the kids for the rest of the season unless they get 20 mil
  (My cousin works in local travel agents and jason koumas and is girlfriend was viewing 3 houses.
dont no if he has def signed,but he must be close viewing houses,very happy city fan.)
firstly wot city are you on about and secondly you buy houses from a travel agent
  Blackburn Rovers Will Let Santa Cruz Leave Only if 18 Million pounds or more is offerd, with that money they will make moves for Adien McGeady for 7.5 Million, Stephan Appiah Free and Craig Mackail Smith 4 Million.

Hull Will Enquire into the services of Danny Welbeck from Man United on loan.

Man City Will make moves for either Daniel Guiza or Nickolas Bendtnar if they do not capture the signing of Santa Cruz.

West Brom and Middlesbourgh are both chasing Arsenal's Mark Randell on Loan.

Arsenal will definatly dable into the 20 million given to them, Wenger will invest in Mamadou Sakho from Paris, Sejad Salihovic from Hoffenhiem and will battle it out with Blackburn for Stephan Appiah.
  Burnley news
owen coyle needs a centre half , a right back and a striker , he will go for;
darren o'dea from celtic on loan
bradley orr from bristol city for £150k
andy bishop/steven naismith from bury/rangers for £200k
Obviously we need a striker, a proven scorer with premiership quality so lets just dismiss the following rumours;
Nugent, Ebanks, Jo, Bent

Wagner Love and Arshavin are too costly, Owen will never happen with the Liverpool roots so likely loan targets will be;
Obinna/Suazo (Inter)

The only other striker worth considering would be
another Inter loan in Adriano. If anyone can get the best out of someone, it has to be Moyesy
  I have in good authority that these transfer will take place:

Aston Villa: Defoe (15m)
Man City: Santa Cruz (17m), Bridge (11m)
Man United: Serbian pair (16.2m)
Chelsea: A striker (not sure who)
Liverpool: Johnson (8m), Lennon (pennant and 2m) Adriano (babel straight swap)
Arsenal: No one. Half attempt to try and sign someone in the last 10mins

Also, in the summer liverpool will be taken over, not from DIC but a bigger and richer branch. This will mean liverpoll will have unlimited funds in the summer. Rafa will bid for these players:

Gareth Bale: (10m)
Sergio Ramos: (23m)
Aguero: (35m)
Benzema: (35m)
Jesus Naves: (19m)
Giovonco: (13m)
Kerrison: (6m)
Ashley Young: (22m)

Levaing will be the following:

Keane: (20m) Man city
Dossena: (6m)
Arbeloa: (7m)
Voranin: (2m)
N gog: (3m)
Kuyt (13m)


  Rumours of big spending from either side of the Old Firm completely unfounded, neither have big cash to spend, especially around Christmas. Celtic to sign one, possibly two players, including a left back. Expect a move for West Brom's Paul Robinson or possibly a shock move for ex–Ger Michael Ball, who's opportunities at Man City will no doubt be limited by the arrival of Wayne Bridge. Rangers to be slightly more busy, but no big money to splash, Arshavin rumours ridiculous. A centre–half will almost certainly come in, most probably £3m Christophe Berra or £2.5m Mattias Bjarsmyr. Also wouldn't rule out moves for Andy Driver, Peter Lovenkrands or a shock move for known Gers man Alan Smith. As much deadwood out as possible, such as Darcheville (deal already done), Hemdani, Adam, Webster, Gow, Graeme Smith, Steven Smith, Burke, Velicka and possibly McCulloch. Nacho Novo to stay. Rino Gattuso to return to Glasgow in the summer to be with his wife.
  Newcastle very interested in Bougherra and Ferguson although it is likely only Bougherra will go. The reason being Ferguson has had his time down south with Blackburna and didn't enjoy it, despite being the captain. The only reason he might consider a return is the financial package Newcastle could put together for him with the chances of this being his last major contract.

Rangers will make moves for Berra & Bjarsmyr (Sweden U21 Captain) with the combined fee likely to be around the £5m mark.

As everyone is aware Rangers firstly need all the fringe players to leave. Hemdani is reluctant given the huge salary he is on (£27,000/week). Adam enjoys the Glasgow nightlife too much to leave whilst Burke has a treatment table named after him at Murray Park.

McCulloch has been tried at centre back in an attmept to prolong his playing days due to a persistent and long standing problem in his lower back. The fact that Rangers will sign Berra and Bjarsmyr show you how Smith remains unconvinced by his displays there. For around £1m he would be allowed to move on. Dailly will be allowed to leave on a free to anyone he wishes.

Weir will take a backseat if the moves for Berra and Bjarsmyr are successful. Don't be surprised if he is offered a role in the coaching staff to help nurture the younger players as Smith has massive respect for him as he has helped Smith in no fewer than three roles (Everton, Scotland & Rangers).

Also, McGeady will not play for Celtic again. Strachan wants him out and the money to be used on acquiring a new left back and striker.

C'mon the Gers!
  "Stoke City have sealed the signing of Leeds youngster Fabian Delph,£2 million and Richard Cresswell in part ex."
Im sorry, I don't comment on other people's rumours, as they are just harmless rumours, but this one made me wet myself. Funny how Stoke think they can get a player for 2.5mil who Man Utd are strugglng to sign for 10mil + darren gibson loan + rodrigo possebon loan. Why would we want Cresswell back anyway, why do you think we sold him? An irritated Malcolm Shaffer
  Liverpool have been given 5mil of funds for this January + whatever they raise through sales.

Leaving will only be Pennant for 3.5mil. Voronin & Itjande won't go in January.

Joining us will be Kuba (6mil) and a surprise signing in Clarence Seedorf (2mil)

Benitez is struggling getting the best out of Babel and feels Seedorf's arrival will make him a bit more settled as well as Seedorf bringing huge versatility to the squad.
  This is not something i have made up but Arsenal are making enquiries to Rangers about Barry Ferguson. Arsenal are thinking of making a bid in the region £2.5–£3m but are seeing first if Ferguson is willing to leave Scotland again or not. If he is then expect a deal to be done within the next fortnight. Also Arsenal are interested in Lescott as he can also play left back and Arshavin is also a loan signing possibly with a view to buy in the summer.
  Matthew Upson on his way out of W ham – destination??ASTON VILLA!!!
  My girl works in the H R dept at ibrox,she informed me that she had to fax pedro mendes private info to the same dept at newcastle,also chris boyd will be teaming up with mccarthy at wolves and not mcleish at b'ham

vagner love to sign for around 11million late in the january window although its expected to be a hard deal to make because cska moscow are proving difficult to negotiate with. If that deal cant be made everton will sign brandao from shaktar for 5million
  I've heard that Arsenal are considering Elano (though I heard this at my local pub so it may not be true). Apparently Arsene believes that he could rekindle Elano's form and make him into a world beater. Having re–watched his old form it could happen. Fee will be around £8m or we may see Van Persie leave for Man City with Arsene fed up of him being injured. Should Van Persie leave money will also be transferred to Arsenal. Hughes felt Van Persie played well at the Euro's and with the past rumours that VP was the player Adebayour complained about this may be true to cheer up Ade. Should VP leave, Arsene would make a move for a highly rated striker with a good reputation for scoring in the premier league. Expect to see: Zaki, Defoe or Santa Cruz. Most likely the latter as he would be very kean on the move and it is believed he would play well with Ade and Eduardo.
  Rangers ins:

Berra – undisclosed fee – hearts.
Shiels – undisclosed fee – Hibs.
Lovenkrands – £1,200,000 – f.c Shalcke.
Mcarthur – £250,000 – Hamilton.
Nielson – £1M – Hearts.
Gattuso – Loan – AC Milan. (view to permanant move in summer)

Rangers Outs:

Adam – don't care how much and don't care where.
Burke – same as a above.
Hemdani – free Transfer.
Bougherra – £6.5m – Newcastle.
Darcheville – Undisclosed fee – Valenciennes.
aaron – back to valencia.
Gow – £500,000 – Wolves.
Dailly – free – Birmingham.

All transfers will be doin mid january few will be done deadline day due to transfer fee's and all ins dependent on useless players leaving ibrox. also don't believe the lee wilkie rumour vvvveeerrrryyyyy un ture av been told and bellamy to celtic also untrue although reports say that A very big loan signing joining the scum.
arshavin rumours of going to arsenal then rangers on loan definlty not happening.
  Newcastle In's
Nedum Onuoha £2M
Joe Hart Replace Shay Given (Swap £8m)
Michael Johnson £5M Replace Joey Barton
Ryan Taylor £2M
Carlton Cole £6M Replace Michael Owen (Man City
Leighton Baines Swap with Alan Smith
Michael Knightly £5m
Joe Ledley £3m Plus Any Carroll
Per Ciljan Skjelbred £7m
Giovanni Dos Santos £4m (End Of Season)

Newxastle Out's
Cacapa Free French League
Germei £1m Blackburn
Steven Taylor £6m Arsenal
Shay Given £8M Man City
Michael Owen £7M
Damien Duff £3m Blackburn

Newcastle clear out all the big wages players so they can have more money to spend on good squad players
  Billy Mehmet to move from St Mirren to Hearts in January.
  Heard a wee rumour from one of my mates that Barry Ferguson is to be transfer listed and sold ASAP due to a bust up with McCoist and McDowell. Smith has sanctioned the action as he feels that now is the time to receive money for the captain.
Letting 10 players leave whilst bringing in 3 to reduce squad size to 20.

Possible signings

McArthur Hamilton
Stevenson Hibs
Wilkie Dundee Utd

Expect to see Edu, Niguez, Velicka and De Beasley featuring more this year.

Mendes and Boogie are staying put.

Out goings will be
  Celtic to sign Doyle from Reading and Barr from Falkirk. Marek Mintal from Nuremberg who has 22 goals in the Budisliga.
  Merseyside news

possible ins and outs of the 3 clubs on merseyside

liverpool ins
lennon 6m
g johnson 9.5m
heskey 3.5m
defoe 12m
kightley 5m
voronin 2.5m
benouyoun 4m
dossena 6m
everton possible ins
adriano 4.5m
mancienne 3.5m
g neville free
jenas 6m
zakora 2m
nugent 1m
everton possible outs
arteta 16m+
lescott 13m+
baines 5m
tranmere ins
odijeyi 200k
c lines 150k
j baudpet 300k
b burgess 750k
tranmere possible outs
b chorley 400k
c greenacre 1m
o'callahan 250k

  I used to go to school with one of the promising tottenham academy players adam smith and i have recently moved to chigwell near the spurs training ground and i have heard a few interesting things.

firstly, with regards to jermain defoe; harry redknapp wants him so bad that he will be willing to pay anything up to 12mil AND write off the remainder of the debt that portsmouth owe us for the defoe and kaboul deals (believed to be around 8–9mil all together). daniel levy isnt too keen on this obviously, but doesn't want to lose face or a new managers confidence.

secondly, there will not be any high profile departures as harry believes the core of the squad to be one of the best in the league, the players just need confidence and a run of wins. the likes of dawson, bale, lennon, jenas and even the new signings of bentley, pavlyuchenko and dos santos will not be sold.

spurs ins:
defoe– 12mil + debts wiped
joe hart– 6mil (only if man city sign given)
naughton– 4mil
podolski– 10mil/ bellamy– 12mil (only one)

looking to offload:
bent– 10mil (probably only get 8mil though)
gunter– loan to championship for 1st team football
gomes– psv if hart comes in
cesar– back to spain, minimal fee
gilberto– free
rocha– back to portugal, minimal fee
ghaly– prem relegation battlers
boateng– back to germany

as you can see, more outs than ins. there is so much deadwood in the spurs squad and wages need to be freed up for the bigger players to come in.

big rob, watch my space haha
  A quick point first of all, Jack Wilshere WILL be leaving Arsenal but not to West Ham, he will sign for Villa instead as they will offer him first team football and have a good record of developing young English talent. Because he is 16 he has not signed a pro contract, Villa will have to pay compensation but Arsenal cannot stop him leaving.

When will people stop making up utter tosh? Jack was 17 on new years day and has already signed an 8 year pro contract. Get your facts right before typing.

Villains to buy Arteta
  I have no sob story excuse. I'm just a die hard Celtic Fan.

Can people stop saying mcgeady is only worth in the region of 3.5 million. Strachan will let him go for a minimum of 7.Boruc will be pulling his socks up as zaluska will be good competition and him being a firm friend. Celtic to sign Semir Stilic for 3million. hustzi will be left for the summer. For Owen and bellamy, two words. Nae Chance. They do both like Celtic but not enough for a 40grand pay cut.
Just listning to the Celtic game, strachan was questiond on mcgeadys future, and he walked out. Risky move. He will go to sunderland, everton, spurs, or arsenal.
Sorry for being so vague, no definites yet!!

Celtic for 4 in a row.

  I work at a currency exchange bureau in Glasgow airport and i've seen Martin Bain (Rangers) walking through the airport with two West Ham players

Julien FAUBERT and

Bain's driver says both are joining Rangers in the next week along with David HEALY
  Elano (and possibly Jo) will be allowed to leave Man City in this window, as Kaka will sign to keep Robinho company pre season 2009.
  Just to let you know jack wilshere hasnt signed his contract. he is ment to sign it after the game today but as he is sub, whether he is going to or not i am not going to say!!so please stop making things up about him as you don't know what you are talking about. he is young leave him alone

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