Football Rumours Archive July 07 2007
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It's me. The LFC Mr. KnowItAll. The one that told you Torres would be our big Summer signing this year. I am also the one that first brought you the Quaresma rumor monthes ago before LFC started leaking his name out to the press. Just wanted to come back on here and let some of you rest easy that this Summer will be historic for LFC. It already has with the transfer record for the club being shattered, but it will also see the highest number of high profile players suiting up for them. Most of the offloads are hoping to be true, but other than released players, LFC has to wait for bids on players. So all these lists of Ins and Outs are worthless. A wish list is more the speed of it. The following are short wish lists or who they want to leave so that they can make room for those they want in.
Riise (If needed to bring in gun; if not, keeping him)
Pennant (If necessary or if they can get two players better than him)
Garcia (Fell into the position Riise may find himself in soon)
All the players we have we wanted, so no sense naming the obvious.
Quaresma (should be done and dusted this weekend, early next week. I cannot see Rafa letting this chance slip away)
Mancini (Roma may end up keeping him as they are playing around too much. but Rafa may be able to play hard ball as they know he is after Quaresma too)
Simao (Benfica always trying to get more for their best player)
Alves (over priced, so is stalling proceedings)
Heinze (if he really wants to leave he can come)
Tevez (still possible as Man United are moving for loan deal, we might be able to swoop for him)
Berbatov (highly doubt it unless we hit some sort of Jackpot. thought Voronin was brought in to bait Berbatov over to Anfield. and Summer still got a ways to go, so anything can happen)
Malouda (looking less and less likely. seems Lyon likes to make Chelsea their btch by over pricing their players. hello Essien)
Villa (sorry. ain't happening. way too much money. fantastic talent, but the fact is we are not breaking the record again for Villa. )
Benayoun (cannot see it happening. maybe two seasons ago when he helped the Hammers rock their first year back, but last year he was pretty weak and I do not see Rafa wanting to try another Extreme Makeover: EPL Player Addition. )
just an update to help put your wondering minds at ease. Nothing worse than people name dropping because they are good or because they are available. Fact is, we got money, we spent half already, which means we got enough to splash pretty big still. Plus, we should be offloading a few players very shortly with bids coming in, etc. So with the raised cash, we should be revamping our flanks and front line. Plus a few improvements with the back line. Enjoy the weekend.
– Mr. KnowItAll
Anyway, now for Arsenal rumours.
AW will not be buying Martins as he thinks he is not worth the hassle because he is causing problems for NUfc at the moment. Plus he cannot afford to have two forwards out in Jan for the Cup of Nations. He is however following OWEN. He could get his man for £9 million (as everyone knows) and Owen could be an Arsenal player by end of the month. Adebayor is subject of a bid from Athletico Madrid and for Juve Arsene Wenger will assess these bids if and when he gets Owen. The wings will not be touched as Theo plays there sometimes and Hleb, Freddie and Rosicky are doing just fine, you might see youth player Efrem on the wings for Cup games.
Davies or Sagna to Join for £8 million or £6 million respectively.
A few other players are being touted about but I have no definite names yet, when I have some I will tell you.
By the way I know this because I am the hotdog seller at the Grove and Wenger tells me all this because he is my mate and I give him free hotdogs. (Jokes, this is for the persons who's friends cousins best mates sisters boyfriends aunties next door neighbour knows a man who once walked his dog in the same field as Arsene Wenger did and knows everything about Afc)
Hibernian are about to swoop for out of favour Rangers forward Nacho Novo for a nominal fee. Meantime, Craig Hamilton (17) could sign from non leaugue team Woking.
Quaresma's move to Liverpool is in doubt with FC Porto demanding £17 million, with Liverpool only prepared to pay £14 million. Similarly, the Hammers are trying to, and have successfully, put Liverpool off Benayoun after slappping an £8 million price tag on him.
Expect Mancini from Roma to sign for about £14 million next week.
Another winger will also sign this Summer, but as of yet it is unclear who.
Bellamy will move to the Hammers for £9 million to replace Tevez, who may yet move abroad, despite the United stories. We are looking for a similar fee for Cisse, but Marseille are holding at £7 million.
Arsene knows Arsenal could sign Robinho (Real Madrid) after the Copa America.The deal is Reyes + £5 million cash.
Also expect moves for Bakari Sagna (Auxerre), Curtis Davies (West Bromwich) and Renato Augusto (cr flamengo).
A couple of talented youngsters will also arrive these are Pedro (Figueirense) and Eden Hazard (Lille).
Bellamy out £7 million
Defoe in £8 million
Black Cats set to sign Keiron Richardson by next week for £2.5 million
Also Leighton Baines seen spotted in Sunderland, de must of acctualy put in the right offer for him.
Sven Goran Errikson could sign Free agent Juan Sebastian Veron, released by Chelsea last month. Eriksson signed the midfielder when at Lazio and at Sampadoria. Errikson will talk to the 32 year old and looks set to sign him for the third time with Manchester City.
Errikson will then attempt to sign Freddie Ljunberg, Yakubu, Olof Mellberg and Roque Santa Cruz.
Fowler is going to Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer. He turned down Cardiff beacause he dosent want to move out of the area.
Djourou and to go on loan to either Pompey or Birmingham City, as will Traore who will go on loan maybe 2 Sunderland. And Arsenal still has not signed either Curtis Davies or Micah Richards probaly because Arsenal have Justine Hoyte and Matthew Connolly.
After wrapping up th signing of Chris Baird, I have it in good authority that Sunderland will pursue their spending. Last night I attended a SAfc foundation/community night in Durham and I was chatting with a lot of people. One of who was Niall Quinn, and although he kept tight lipped on names, he did give me some ideas. He said that SAfc were talking to 2 centre halfs probably C. Baird and P. Mcshane, we are lining up another bid for a full back that is about £5.5 million L. Baines, we are at an advanced stage of negotiations with a Scottish international C. Gordon. Other talks from other people mentioned the names of Afonso Alves, Jermaine Defoe, Sami Hyypia, Kieran Richardson, James Beattie, Scott Carson, Leroy Lita and Jason Koumas. Just watch closely at SAfc next season because I believe they will bring in players at a good standard and will more than survive next season.
Eddy (Crystal Palace Foundation and Education Officer).
It's a big maybe but Flamini from Arsenal might be joining Fulham. Flamini wants first team football but wants to stay in London. Flamini is willing to take a wage cut to get his chance. Deal around £4 million
Now that Celtic have recieved over £2.5 million for Beattie and Marshall (what a price well done the sharp suited man) they will be back into the market once again.
My mole informs me that another 2 wow signings will be made before the start of the season, one a forward and the other a midfielder, after Roy Makaay chose Feyenoord over Celtic the attention has turned to Javier Saviola the versitile midfielder was impressed by the pitch put to him by Celtic but has other offers from the Premier League to mull over this one is 50–50, if he dosent come to CP then Naismith will definitely be bought from Killie for around £1.5 million up front rising to £2 million.
The Stepehen Appiah saga continues with Celtic and three other clubs in the frame for the midfielder, a deal has been agreed between Fenerbache and the hoops for 5.75 million, Fener were keen about Tommy G as part of the deal but I am informed that he will not be sold and will recieve a last chance to kick start his Carreer in the hoops, the Ghana midfielder wanted around 50 k per week which is too much for Celtic, all other aspects of the deal were agreed apart from the weekly wage, this deal is not dead but depends on Jarosik and suprisingly Evander Sno being moved on.
My mole tells me a unnamed Italian club bid £1.5 million for Sno which was rejected and came back with a £2 million bid which Celtic are pondering as he cost Celtic nothing.
Appaih has an offer on the table from the Hammers meeting all his demands, but is desperate for Champions League football which is Celtics ace card. My Celtic insider is more confident of Manchester City stepping in as Sven is a long time admirer and has matched the Hammers' bid.
Celtic expect a bid to arrive from Manchester City in the region of £2.5 million for Kenny Miller, this will depend on the Saviola deal.
The Son of Gord.
Everton will complete a £7.5 million deal for definitely by Monday.
Also there have been bids for both Baines and Richardson.
I have inside info from a very reliable source. Defoe deal should be wrapped up within the week, with Moyes attentions then turning to Baines
To the guy who said:
'Mark Hughes is considering 3 'big money' bids for David Bentley. Two are from Premier League (likely Man United and Newcastle) and one is from Spain (not sure which club). '
This is very true but I do know the clubs these are, Newcastle is correct they have made a bid, but it is Liverpool who have made the other bid from England not Man U. The Spanish club is Valencia, they want a winger as Vicente is off to Inter.
Liverpool have made this bid as a backup for the two main targets for the wing, they have agreed a fee with Porto (14.3 million) an this will be sealed in coming weeks. Their second target is Mancini of Roma, the clubs are in discusion over a few but with Liverpool not knwoing how this would go they had to act on the bids put in for Bentley.
Forget about Simao, Rafa closed off all negotiations as Simao did not show enough passion for Liverpool.
My Uncle is on the board of directors at Leeds Football Club and although the club is in a lot of difficulty at the moment there is still one light at the end of the tunnel. None other than Dion 'The Bomber' Dublin will be joining up with the club soon. Comon Leeds we can get back into the Championship.
SAfc to sign Baines as early as next week for a £6– £8 million pound fee also SAfc will try and sign to top quility wingers and one forward
For all the speculation about N'Zogbia coming to Arsenal is rubbish, but Ljunberg + £2 million to Fiorentina will happen and in return Mutu will come to Arsenal. also Fowler could come to Cardiff City by next week. this is all from a reliable source.
To the Villa fan. Dead cert Koumas to have medical at Efc Saturday. soz