Football Rumours Archive March 08 2007
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AC 2 sign a total new squad. Staying is=
Green, Walker, Konchesky, Gabbidon, McCartney, Spector, Collins, Noble, Bowyer, Stech, Quashie&Upson!
Carlo Nash[800k], Jon Otsemobor[500k], Lee Cook[1m]
, Matty Jarvis[1m], Darren Huckerby[3. 7m], Joe Ledley[3m], Robert Earnshaw[4. 6m], Billy Sharp[2m],
Nicky Maynard[800k], Luke Varney[1m+Ephraim]&
PLEASE KEEP SENDING UR RUMOURS WHU
Rangers will have about £11 million in the summer to spend, and are seriously considering filling in the two corners from the main stand to take capacity up to about 60,000.
Interest will be in Brown, Nugent and Naysmith. All from a very good source
There are strong rumours permeating in Marseille, that if the proposed board takeover is completed, the new chairman will wish to recruit retired Marseille legend Zinedine Zidane. His role is not yet clear, but it seems as if he will start as a coach looking into taking on a manager role in the future.
I'll have to admit that I have no idea what LFC is doing. All my sources at and through the club are being very tight lipped. Last Time it was this quiet was when Alonso was brought over from Spain so I think something big will be announced after the season. Also, a little clarification, just because a player signs a new contract doesn't mean he won't be leaving. Often a player will sign a new contract simply to make sure that a team he's been loyal to will make some money on the back end of his Time there. Sure it increases cost so makes it a little less likely a sale will be done, but it also protects the player from being sold to the smaller clubs. GO REDS!
Expect AFC to sign woodgate to replace Senderos, With Adebayors agent telling him that MAN U want him see him leave 4 MAN U but 4 a very high fee like 20m or a plyer plus cash deal it is heard that MAN U player ALAN SMITHS agent who now knows about the deal with Adebayor is very interested with ALAN SMITH going 2 AFC in a swap deal . So if Adebayor dosen't sign a new contract within a month see him move 2 MAN U, but with the chance of ALAN SMITH going the other way to AFC .
First of all well done the Scousers!
MAN UTD looking to sign Colchester youth player Medi Elito, Ruben Gonzalez, Ezequiel Garay
TOTTENHAM want Nikola Zigic, Yossi Benayoun,
PORTSMOUTH also want Yossi Benayoun,
ARSENAL want Trinadad player Lester Peltier, Ryan Babel, Ruben Gonzalez, Ezequiel Garay, Ribiery
BOLTON keen on Tom Soares
READING after wantaway Bobby Zamora
LIVERPOOL Gary Mackay Steven, Tevez, Klose, Huntelaar, Alves, Lennon, Kompany, Villa
They have also been in talks over a co-ownership arrangement with Juve over beanpole Peter Crouch.
Tuttosport says Liverpool are willing to share half their registration for Crouch as part of a deal that would take David Trezeguet to Anfield next season. The arrangement could see Crouch play next season on-loan at Juventus.
Juve have also asked for Sissoko and Alonso, but were informed by Liverpool that neither were for sale.
Sorry no Chelsea Rumors they bore me cos they linked with evaryone who plays football!
Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz will be sold after just one season at Stamford Bridge following a string of disappointing performances and injuries. Jose Mourinho will be looking to sign a couple of defenders in the summer, including one top class centre back to partner John Terry. Ricardo Carvalho is the first choice at the moment, but Mourinho wants more than what Carvalho can offer. Porto defender Pepe will almost certainly be drafted in for a fee in the region of £14m, while Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro could also be on his way to the current Premiership champions. Cannavaro has apparently been told he can leave the Bernabeu and Chelsea know they could find the ideal partner for John Terry for as little as £4. 5m.
Rob Kelly is ready to give Leicester City youth prospects Andy king and max gradel first team starts after some inpressive youth apperances. expect Kelly to also sign enoch showunmi from Bristol City.
Arsenal will make big money signings in the summer even though it isn't like Arsen Wenger. I realises that if they are going to win some silver then they need to add to what lloks like a new era with the likes of, Fabregas, van Persie, Eboue, Rosicky and Hleb. These are the players I have heared:
Iniesta (14mil) Bale (10mil) Eto'o (20mil) Carson (3mil) Ribery (14mil)
Arsenal team 07/ 08:
Eboue Toure Gallas Bale
Ribery Fabregas Iniesta Rosicky
Van Persie, Clichy, Gilberto, Adebayor, Lehnmen
Out: Troure (loan) Denilson (Loan) Flamini (Loan) Ljundberg (Sweeden) and a couple more
These transfers definitely happening in the summer:
Ashton (Charlton 6m)
Robben (Man U 10m)
Carson (Charlton 5m)
Ribery (Arsenal 12m)
Song (Charlton 4m)
Quaresma (Chelsea 20m)
Zheng Zhi (Charlton 2. 5m)
Moutinho (Man U 8m)
Chris Dickson (Charlton free)
Wengers Shopping List Summer 07
Two from the following three goalkeepers, Buffon/ Ustari/ Pele. Right back, he's looking at is Daniel Alves, but so is everyone else, but who knows. He's tried before to sign Phillip Lahm and rumours are he's going to get him this summer. He wants two centre Halfs, to complete the defense and his main targets are Mexes of Roma and Woodgate, who nearly signed as part of the Reyes deal. Although Gilberto has done well and Diaby is going to be world class someday he still needs that bite in midfield, so don't be surprised to see a cheeky bid for Gattuso. He has enough power going forward from midfield, but he might try for maxi Rodriguez, who he wanted after the world cup. Up front, the only bids will be for Eto, and maybe Torres, who hasn't had a good season, and he may get him on the cheap.
Gunners for life.
The person that said Falcao will join one of a host of top clubs must've just signed him on the game! He may leave, but it won't be to Real etc, maybe a dutch or smaller la liga/ serie a team.
Onto some real rumours. Newcastle will extend the contracts of Sibierski and Bramble, as well as offering Milner a longer deal in the hope of tying him to the club. Onyewu will be signed permanently. Moore will leave, likely back to a club in Australia, and another defender signed. There has been strong talk of Woodgate to return, but personally I'm unsure if this will be the case (he may not even be considered) . Carr may also leave, but only if Newcastle sign another right back, but don't expect a big name to fill this position, maybe a Young player. Bridge will be pursued again for LB, maybe Baines, unlikely to be Bale due to other clubs interest and the fee involved, but Babayaro will stay. Luque will leave, as Owen and Shola will again be fit - a loan move to PSV could be on the cards again, or a Spanish club. Miller of Celtic won't be signed, don't know where these rumours are coming from.
Also expect a surprise of either Given or Harper leaving the club. Harper has received a few admiring glances from other clubs, and may wish to try his luck elsewhere. However, with Given having missed a dozen or so games, and Harper proving a capable number 1, the club may be willing to accept an offer for Given if the right sort of bid comes in. Although I'm not sure clubs will match what Newcastle believe he is worth, and he will likely stay.
DEFINITE PLAYERS OUT. hedman, hilario, geremi, ferreira, boulahrouz, wright-Phillips.
POSSIBLE PLAYERS OUT. cudicini, bridge, makelele, Lampard, Robben, shevchenko, kalou
LOANESS RETURNING OR PLAYERS PROMOTED TO 1ST TEAM SQUAD. yves makalambay, glenn Johnson, Michael mancienne, Scott Sinclair, (not Crespo) despite paper talk
POSSIBLE OR PROBABLE TRANSFER TARGETS. samuel eto, Aaron Lennon, deco, micah Richards, jermain Defoe, Johnathan woodgate, adriano, michel salgado, ledley king, jefferson farfan, jorge andrade
Everton will sign 2 highly rated players from the championship Derbys giles barnes and David Nugent from Preston
I am good friends with an Ibrox insider and he has a lot of information on the clubs signing policy for the end of this season. Contrary to what a lot of fans think of Walter Smith, he is looking for Younger players first to look to the future. The signings of Weir and Ehiougu for example were just paper over cracks and to help svensson and Broadfoot now in training. Although don't be surprised if they stay another year for strength and depth. Walter has already tied up Brown on a five year deal from Hibs worth around 3m. As you know Gow and Broadfoot will also arrive as good squad players. He is looking at the best Young talent in the SPL because the league is what counts. Smith does have a good budget worth around 10m but is looking for bosmans also.
Gordon 3m max offer (EPL clubs want him also)
Whitaker 1m (Prefers Gers to Celts)
Webster 1m done deal
Weir new deal year extension
Brown 3m done deal
Sidwell 45k max wages available (has option)
Naismith 1. 5m done deal
Prso new deal pay as you play
Papac 0. 2m
Novo 0. 3m
Smith has drawn the squad that he wants.
There are many other targets and in the same area as the ones who don't come but that is his first choice.
FW boyd naismith fleck
SS prso Gow buffel
LM Brown adam
RM burke sionko
CM ferguson Sidwell
DM hemdani Thomson
LB Smith Murray
RB whitaker hutton
CB webster Weir Broadfoot ehiogu svensson
GK gordon mcgregor
With Leicester City receiving a huge cash injection in the summer, there will be a lot of transfer movement at the Walkers Stadium.
Emile Heskey - £2, 500,000 - if Wigan are relegated.
Danny Murphy - undisc. fee
Jason Culina - £1, 250,000
Zat Knight - £1, 000,000
Geoff Horsfield - £500,000
Andy Bishop - £500,000
Linvoy Primus - £500,000
Jason Jarrett - £300,000
Mark Yeates - £200,000
Svetoslav Todorov - £400,000
Alan Thompson - free
Scott Sinclair - season loan
Jonny Evans - season loan
Matt Fryatt - Sheffield Wednesdays - £500,000
Paddy McCarthy - Wolves - £500,000
Alan Maybury - Dundee Utd - £250,000
Mark de Vries - Dundee Utd - £250,000
Elvis Hammond - Swansea City - £200,000
Nils-Eric Johansson - Reading - bosman
Danny Tiatto - Melbourne - bosman
Leicester will also announce a new manager and coaching team. Rob Kelly, Mike Stowell and Ian Miller will be replaced with Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Steve Walsh.
I have it on good authority (my brothers partner is an agent for second teir footballers, but has contact with bigger agents) that several unexpected transfers are in the pipeline for the summer.
Gilardinho to Aston Villa for around £15-20mil
David Albelda to Tottenham on a free
Lillian Thuram to Bolton for 500k
Also, Newcastle will try and poach a couple of the better West Ham players if they get relegated. I would think this is Ashton/ Tevez. Other teams will be in for these players, but Newcastle will overpay to secure their signatures (a la Michael Owen) .
Man United players in and out this summer, I have a very very good source from someone on the inside at Old Trafford.
David Villa - 25 M
Owen Hargreaves - 18 M
Arjen Robben - 20 M
Gareth Bale - 12 M
Christiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid - 35 M
Alan Smith - Everton - 6 M
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Molde - FREE
Sidwell might join Rangers
woodgate could join Arsenal in the summer
Sheffield United will make a £7m bid for smith
ragers are planing a bid for Nugent
Wigan will attempt to sign juan from leverkusen in the summer
Fulham are going to sign syvain distin
West Ham have put Curtis Davies as a target for the summer
Portsmouth want yossi benayoun
Leicester are trying to sign didier agathe
if Lee McCulloch moves to Rangers Wigan will attempt to sign sibierski
Sunderland are lining up a bid for Aaron Hughes
Paul huntington could go to Tottenham, Man City or West Brom
Tottenham have been linked withcrouch, Reo-Coker, kalstrom, Beattie, Kewell, Davies, zigic and viduka
toon 4 life
Kingston currently on LOAN at Hearts has impressed greatly since arriving in January.
Southampton and Preston are looking to purchase him for £2m from his Russian club in the summer
Chelsea next season
Alves Terry Carvalho A. cole
Quaresma Essein Lampard
sub:Torres, Robben, cole. j, Milito, mikel, bridge, cudicini
kalou, diarra will be laoned to Fulham
nd will offload khalid, geremi, swp.
they will pay 15m for Torres and 12 m for Alves and 15m for Quaresma and pay 7m for Milito . they will get 2om from the sales of khalid, swp, geremi.
Lfc next season
Richards carragher Agger risse
sub:huntleear, Garcia, palletta, Finnan, gonzalez, Bellamy, pennant, aurelio
man utd next season
neville Rio Vidic Heinze
Ronaldo carrick Hargreaves Ronaldinho
sub:Rossi, Saha, Scholes, Giggs, evra, brown, oshea, Soljskaer
Ronaldinho will sign for man utd for 40m which will be the sensation and will wear 10
Eboue Toure mexes Gallas
Walcott fabregas Gilberto Rosicky
sub:batista, Hleb, Denilson, Hoyte, senderoos,
ljunberg, Clichy, Robinho.
nd Arsenal will sell abedyaor for 15m who will replace Villa at valencia.
nd other transfers
Real Madrid will appoint lippi as their new coach
nd he will change entire team
ramos andrade lusiao marcelo
Reyes gago diarra maxilopez
sub:raul, suazo, guti, Cassano, nanni, bravo, Torres, cannavaro
zambrotta puyol marquez gio
messi Xavi deco
oddo nesta chivu jankuloviski
Kaka will be stayin at Milan to team up with Ronaldo and possibly Ronaldinho (over 30 million) and would prefer to play with pirlo and gattuso than any other midfield.
Spurs will make Uefa cup or possibly champions league and berbatov will stay along with Lennon. Murphy and Mido to be sold both maybe to man. city. Tevez will be bought if Liverpool don't sign him
To the person who said David Weir would join Rangers permently in summer. get your facts right he is a Rangers player not on loan just a short term contract
Sidwell has stated that he will not go to spl but to Villa and both Rangers and Celtic are interested in Nugent from Preston
brown 2. 5m (agreed in January)
Mcdonald 1. 0m (agreed in January)
gow pre contract
Broadfoot pre contract
alan Smith loan (Rangers daft and wants 1st team)
sebo 800k (austria viena)
papac 200k (austria viena)
expect more outs as well as the signing as a gk and a right back as well as a possible big name signing. bluenose
Rangers lining up webster (1. 1m) Neilson (750k) Broadfoot (free) Gow (free) McCulloch (1.3m) Brown (3.2m) . Smith has decided on the Scottish and Young players which he believes will win his squad the league next season.
Linked with David Nugent also (only if club bought over) - fee of around 5million will get him.
Out of Ibrox will be novo (linked with Derby) prso and klos to retire. Sebo and Papac have both been linked with Newcastle but expected to join french teams in the summer along with the departure of hemdani.
Man United to get Kevin Doyle in the summer for around 11. 75 mill. This is because Steve Coppel wants the most for his strikers. As much as I would love to see Kaka at Man United this will not happen because they want to look elsewhere to replace Scholes. A few names that have been tossed in the ring are De Rossi, Albelda, Fred or Jesus Navas as the Young option.
Bradford are going down to legue 2 but will sign Izale Mcleod and maybe Harpel Singh.
The rumours about Berbatov leaving in the summer do have a little truth, I found out from a good friend his agent is working hard in case Spurs do not make Europe which will trigger a Clause in his contract allowing any club in a european competition that bids 12 million to speak to him.
This is unlikely to happen but just to be on the safe side Spurs will apply the intertonto cup so the Clause can not be triggered untill later in the summer when most clubs should have spent there budget. But if Spurs make Europe he will be staying put.
Newcastle are unlikely to get bridge now as he is playing more regularly, but if Chelsea sign Bale or risse they may be willing to sell. Martins may also be on the way to Chelsea, but Newcastle won't sell him for less than 30million.
Newcastle will make onyewu a permanent signing but bramble will leave at the end the season on a free, paving the way for Wes Brown to sign for 5million. emre will be sold for 7million to Bayern so giles barnes will replace him, for 7million again.
Newcastle have a big problem at right back, with Steven carr sure to be sold in the summer for his appaling performances, and the geordie crowd have turned on him. kerria gilbert will be bought for 3million as his replacement.
Coventry City are in advanced talks over a proposed takeover by an American Consortium. This will clear the clubs £28, 000,000 debt and give Ian Dowie extra funds to help realise the clubs dream of returning to the Premiership. Here are a few transfers I have heard could be in the pipeline.
Ins - Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe), Michael Hughes (Crystal Palace), James Vaughan (Everton, Loan), Paul Telfer (Celtic), Calum Davenport (West Ham) .
Outs - Robert Page, Dele Adebola, Don Hutchison, Colin Cameron, Adam Virgo (loan return) .
07/ 08 Squad.
GK - Andy Marshall, Arran Lee-Barrett, Cameron Belford.
DF - Andy Whing, Marcus Hall, Elliott Ward, David McNamee, Stuart Giddings, Colin Hawkins, Che Bunce, Ben Turner, Ryan Lynch, Paul Telfer, Calum Davenport.
MF - Stephen Hughes, Michael Doyle, Chris Birchall, Khalilou Fadiga, Isaac Osbourne, Jay Tabb, Kevin Thornton, Liam Davis, Michael Hughes.
ST - Wayne Andrews, Kevin Kyle, Leon McKenzie, Michael Mifsud, Billy Sharp, James Vaughan.
Firstly Arron Lennon will not leave Spurs but they go for Joe Cole and Dean Ashton and G. bale
out will be
Defoe or Keane
Aston Villa have sign Sidwell they are just waiting until June to confirm it
villa Will also go for the follwing
1. Robbie Keane he's Martin oNeills first choice
2. Darren bent if they don't sign Keane
3. Sidwell done deal trust me
4. c Gordon
5. Reo Coker but must beat Everton to him
6. koumas if West Brom don't go up.
Big rumours to Birmingham fans
they will go for Darren bent, A Ferdinand, Robert green and Z. knight
Any Derby county rumours ? seeing as its looking likely we could be in the prem next year now
I have heard that there is set to be clearout at Barcelona. I have a cousin in Spain and he has heard that all is not well at the nou camp. A lot of the big stars are heading for the premiership for a new challenge. Eto'o will go to Arsenal in a straight swap for Henry who is unhappy at Arsenal. Ronaldinho will move to Chelsea provided that Barca get 30 million and first refusal on Lampard if he decides to lose. Lional Messi will stay but only if rikjard stays. Deco will link up with Mourinho again at Chelsea which will leave Ballack free to end his Chelsea nightmare and go to Real Madrid
Here's the dark horse rumour for the summer. Ruud van Nistelrooy to Liverpool. Don't believe it? Think about it, it ticks several boxes for all parties concerned. Plus Sir Alex will love it :D
Why all the Reo Coker/ Anton Ferdinand rumours at 6+ million? Both of their stock has fallen drastically this year as they have been awful. Both were over valued last year hence no big clubs made offers for them. Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal etc are not stupid and won't sign one season wonders any more and have been proved correct. WHEN West Ham go down there will be a few jumping ship (Tevez, Upson, Neill etc) but the others will stop for a while. Basicallt these guys are not as good as people think. Expect Tevez to turn up at a big club. maybe even a Chelsea size. Same as Mascherano, the big clubs know he has ability and may see him as a cheap, promising prospect.
To the person who said"how does Murray know who Celtic will sign"
No-one said he did.
Rangers will attempt to sign Nugent and Rasiak plus Gow and Broadfoot will arrive with Webster deal being made permanent.
They will look at Sidwell and offer him a bumper wage as will Celtic as will several Premiership clubs so it's his decision.
Also Wattie will sound out Gattuso about a return but it's highly unlikely as he wants to stay in Italy.
I watch these pages in amusement concerning our player Steve Sidwell. There are a lot of teams fans on here claiming that he has signed some kind of pre-contract deal with them. This season he has been linked with every Premiership team and the top 2 in Scotland. Let me tell you all 2 things which are fact. 1. Do you watch him week in week out like me? He is not good enough for the top 4 in England and he has stated to myself he does not want to go to Scotland as he has a Young family. 2. This whole saga is undecided and it rests predominantly on wether we get into Europe this season. Thats it and that's fact because he told me.
Expect there to be a few changes at Blackburn this summer. expect man u, Liverpool and Chelsea to come in early 4 bennie mcarthy which Mark Hughes will be tempted to do business with which will make room 4 Bellamy to come back. bennie has already stated that he was a Man Utd fan and Man Utd are low on goal scoring strikers. Bellamy liked it at ewood and recomended it to warnock. gamst pederson is heavily linked with Man Utd and Liverpool and because he isn't actually that good Hughes could cash in on him and then go for Duff which is a very strong rumour and ther is a good possibility of coming true. bentley won't be leaving as he has just signed a contract till 2011. I don't think shabani nonda will get a contract as he hasnt done enough to earn one but expect pompey to bid 4 him. so with Blackburn having 2 quality players 4 every position expect another brilliant season under Mark Hughes. the situation with Mark Hughes is that his dream job is Man Utd and when sir Alex retires in 2 or 3 seasons he will switch to man U. he has alredy proved he is good enough in my eyes after taking Wales to the best they hav ever been and getting bburn to europe when we should be fighting relegation. Hughes went 4 an interview at West Brom before the bburn job came available and he said that he wanted 1 job to take him to Man Utd and West Brom wasn't big enough to do so. all these rumours are very true unlike most of the stuff posted by all the Liverpool fans.
I've done the math&Lee trundle must want to live in Cardiff.
David villa- not to villa, lets get real!
Defoe / Keane to villa- possibly.
sidewell already done deal.
Steven Sidwell to Chelsea on a free transfer. joining him will be Robinho. Mourinho to leave as his relationship with Abramovich has deteriorated. huddink/ mancini to replace him
Manager rumours from both north and south of the border:
In England, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is in demand (this was the case before the Barca game) . Both Barcelona and Real Madrid will battle it out for him, and if AC Milan fail to win the Champions' League, they too will join th chase.
And in Scotland, Gretna owner Brookes Mileston will use his friendship with Hearts owner Vladamir Romanov to fill the manager's role if Rowan Alexander fails to return from his leave. Vlad will send Valdas Ivanauskas to them to be their manager, so he can develop his managerial career, and help pals Gretna at the same Time. This could see Gretna, next season het some fringe Hearts players on loan, though the players are more likey to go if Gretna fail to win promotion.
Chelsea are set to completely change their approach this summer. Abramovic wants them to play attacking, free-flowing football and so will ditch Mourinho, especially since the league looks unlikely. Players leaving could include Makelele (too defensive), Lampard (wants to go and is boring in Abramovic's opinion) and Drogba (Chelsea use him to play long-ball) . Joe Cole and Robben will probably become regulars. Ramos from Sevilla will take over and try to sign some attacking south american and portugese players. The main target being Quaresma.
Leeds United will sign Alan Smith on loan with a view to a permament move in the coming weeks. 100% True
Darren bent will join Everton in the summer with James Beattie going the other way.
Alex flood, a goal keeper for the Crewe youth team, is being tipped for a move to Arsenal in the summer as Arsenal scouts have been watching him for the past year with great interest, my source tells me. the physio at Crewe
Man United will carry out a mass sale of fringe players in the summer ie. Richardson, oshea, bardsley, fletcher and Silvestre. This will pave the way for Man Utd to bring in new Young talent in nani and moutinho as a replacment for Scholes. The money coming in from Uniteds new sponsorship deal will allow Fergie to bring in either Hargreaves or Torres, depending on if he feels Rossi will be able to battle his way in to the 1st team next season.