Football Rumours Archive February 06 2007
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Gravesen hasn't been dropped by Celtic, he didn't start one cup game, its called being rested, and he will be back in the team. as for strachan still being interested in geoff horsefield, he was only wanted in order to be a stop gap for 6 months, and as the transfer window is now shut, he will not be coming to parkhead. in the summer, Celtic will go after kyle lafferty again, although we will not pay the ridiculous £6 million which has been quoted by Burnley, and there are many other options being weighed up in case the asking price is not dropped to around half the current one. we will probably go after another central defender, although it will depend on balde leaving/ John Kennedys recovery being successful or not as well as the emergence of Darren o'dea.
Sanz Luis Garcia will leave Liverpool in the summer for around £5. 5 million with Valencia, Villareal and Athletico Madrid interested.
AS Mascherano has now left West Ham and almost officially will be playing for Liverpool, expect to see Tevez do the same as eggert does not see him as a key part of the system, expect to see Blackburn attempt to sign him but will probably fail as he is expected to leave for around 20m+, so Chelsea will attempt to sign him so drogba will finally have a good strike partner, this will leave the door open for shevchenko to return to Italy.
Curtis Davies has informed the baggies that he will be leaving in the summer even if they get promoted, Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton are chasing his signature, but he would prefer a move to Arsenal who seem to have lost interest in him.
Manu have won the race to sign gareth Bale the deal will cost around 13m overall, the initial fee is expected to be around 9m the additional 4m is after appearances.
Morten Gamst Pedersen on Rafa Benitez Shortlist for summer, he will need to bid around £12m to get him. This deal with see the end of Kewells spell at Anfield. Fowler to play for New York Mets for 2 years.
Robbie Fowler will leave Liverpool to join Rangers, Fowler is a big Rangers fan and has stated several times that he wants to end his carrer at Ibrox 100% genuine, this will take place in the summer. disco dave
Leon Barnet will make a £2. 5 million rising to £3 million move (on appearances) to Reading in the summer from Luton Town.
Lehmann to leave to sign 4 Bayern munich with chance swap with Hargreves moving 2 AFC as man United will sign Gareth Bale instead of Hargreves as Hargreves wants to leave Bayern . Bendter 2 sign 4 Birmingham city as he know's he will not be a regular striker 4 AFC. And if JUVENTUS get into serie A next season then Buffon will stay at juve and not sign 4 AFC .
Celtic have £8m to spend in the Summer. This coming for the £5m they made in pre-season last year, some of the the Champions League money and the uprising in merchandise sales!
Telfer - Free
Balde - £1m
Lawson - Free
Jarosik - £1. 7m
Zurawski - £1. 5m
Possiby going are:
Boruc - £6m
Lennon - Free
Miller - £2m
Tymoschyuk - £3. 5m
McCarthy - £350k + add ons, done deal
Silberbauer - £1. 3m
Mitea - £1m
Voronin - Free
Other targets are:
Fabianski - £750k, if Boruc leaves
Naismith - £2m
Brown - £3m
Petric - £2m, if Miller leaves
GK: Boruc, Marshall, Brown
CB: Caldwell, Pressley, McManus, O'Dea, Kennedy
LB: Naylor, Doumbe
RM: Nakamura, Mitea, McGlinchey
CM: Gravesen, Tymoschyuk, Hartley, Sno, Silberbauer, McCarthy
LM: McGeady, Riordan
ST: Vennegoor, Voronin, Petric, Beattie
Man you are going to buy Bale and nani for cover for Giggs believe me on this 1 and United r not going to get messi eho the hell said that don't you know about his buyout clause
Celtic summer transfers:
IN: Robbie Keane - £6 million
Alex - £4 million
OUT: Paul telfer - free
thomas gravesen - £2 million (Everton/ Man City)
kenny miller - £3 million (Everton)
David Marshall - £1. 5 million (Norwich/ villa)
artur boruc may got to Arsenal (£5 million) but if so we will sign Craig gordon (£3. 5 million)
squad for new season:
GK : boruc/ gordon-brown-mccgovern
DF : caldwell-pressley-mcmanus-naylor-doumbe-wilson-o'dea-Kennedy-alex
MF : riordan-mcgeady-nakamura-jarosik-sno-Lennon-hartley
ST : January vennegoor-Beattie-zurawski-keane
also expect a couple of bosmans ( 1 striker- 1 midfielder) one at the high end of the market and one lower end.
Spurs rumours - Summer exit for Defoe&Keane, Jenas, Murphy, Zieglar, Stalteri, Lee and Gardner.
In: Baines, Davies, Barton, Gamst, Lucarelli, D. Bent, Barnes and Joe Cole.
Jol has got the full support of all at WHL and is aware of the players who haven't delivered. Keane and Defoe have both lost heart and will see out the rest of this season. Spurs are getting knocked back by the bigger targets and it's not about money but ultimately they are not good enough to be in the top 4. Success in the UEFA cup will help but this will be a slow rebuild and recent results have not helped to build confidence. COME ON YOU SPURS!
As Ronaldinho is stalling on a new contract the way is open for him to sign for Chelsea. He will go to Chelsea for free on £150,000 a week. If Ronaldinho does leave, Barcelona will step up their pursuit of Frank lampard and Steven Gerrard. Expect a 20 million bid for lampard. If that fails Barcelona will offer 35 million for Gerrard, who will certainly go.
I'm a Londoner and after being out tonight in west London, I saw Julio Cruz around the area. Make of this what you will, but he was near Craven Cottage and could be planning a summer move to the Premiership. Fulham boss Chris Coleman brought in Vincenzo Montella from Roma on loan until the end of the season, but the chances of that move being made permanent is small, so Coleman will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements. With Collins John set to leave the club as well in the summer, a striker will become a priority and Inter Milan's South American forward Cruz could fit the bill. Inter look set to win Serie A and a new challenge would be ideal for a striker signed from Bologna four and a half years ago. Cruz has also undoubtedly been in touch with Obafemi Martins who swapped the San Siro for St James Park last year.
Luton Town are set to talk to West Brom about taking former striker John Hartson on loan for the rest of the season.
Birmingham could pay up to £1 million for Sami Hyypia when they gain promotion to the Premiership. The Finish defender is Steve Bruce's number 1 target and sees him as an ideal replacement for Upson in the Premiership. Bruce also wants to splash around £5 million on Harry Kewell although it is likely that the Aussie could go to Tottenham.
I have heard that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could be ready to do business with Southampton in the summer. Seeing how Wenger has Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor, as well as Nicklas Bendtner set to return to the Emirates and Julio Baptista poised for a permanent switch, 17-year-old Theo Walcott could be the key in where Gareth Bale ends up. Manchester United and Tottenham both want Bale, but Arsenal are ready to offer £7. 5m plus Theo Walcott on a season's loan. Walcott hasn't made himself a first team regular since his £5m move from St Mary's one year ago, and Wenger is eager for him to get first team experience under his belt. Saren'ts boss George Burley would relish the chance to have Walcott back on the south coast, even if it would be for only one season, but the prospect of Walcott and £7. 5m could prove too tempting for Southampton to hold on to Welsh left back Gareth Bale.
After the events in Italy this weekend, expect several top names to leave the country in pursuit of a better career, including Adriano who has recently claimed England could be the place for him. Matches are now going to be played behind closed doors but the players are disputing that this is the wrong idea There will be little transfer action for the Italian clubs in the summer
CELTICS SUMMER ACTIVITY
Boruc - £6m
Balde - £1m
Jarosik - £1. 5m
Zurawski - £1. 5m
Miller - SWAP
Gordon - £4. 5m
Tymoschyuk - £3. 5m
McCarthy - £400k - already done!
Keane - £4. 5m
McFadden - SWAP
GK: Gordon, Brown, Marshall
DF: Wilson, Doumbe, Caldwell, Kennedy, Pressley, McManus, O'Dea, Naylor
MF: Nakamura, Gravesen, Sno, Hartley, Tymoschyuk, McCarthy, McGeady, McGlinchey
ST: Vennegoor, Keane, McFadden, Beattie, Riordan
I have heard the most exciting rumours about Liverpools future, my next door neighbour John is a steward at anfeild and as you can imagine on saturday before and after the game all that was talked about was the DIC deal falling apart it fell apart for one reason the americans offered the best overall package ie stadium, debt cleared and a very large transfer package. The meeting impressed Moores because they asked him what the club needed to do to challenge now and in the future they realize that they have to invest heavily in the 1st team squad to compete at the top level, now the part I think is the most exciting is they also want to model our youth system like the famed academy at Ajax. They plan on investing £50m on youth football alone in the first 2 years after that it will be as good a facility as anywhere in european football. They also want to open 4 soccer schools in america at a cost of £20m. But they have told Parry to name the 3 players that Rafa wants most and they will deliver. John is very excitedabout it all, he never gets it wrong he's always got the inside line. John told me that Fowler was coming back 3 weeks before it happened. Over all transfer budget beleived to be arond £125m The good times are about to roll again for the mighty reds. DAVE L4