Football Rumours Archive November 10 2008


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To the guy that said that Lescott of Everton was being played out of position. Allow me to explain, Lescott might indeed fancy himself as a cenre half. However, his best position is left back. Therefore, Moyes plays him at left back. And even if he is pissed off with Moyes, I believe he would only move to a club that is equal to, or bigger than, Everton. That rules out small clubs like Sunderland. Next you'll be telling us that Henri doesn't like Barcelona so he's going to move to Stoke or something. If you're going to make up rumours, at least make them believable.
  LFC news – the Yanks will extend the loan deal until July at which time they will definately sell. The reason why they have abandoned the club sale in Jan is because they want to see if Rafa can win the league, thereby driving the price up. DIC will buy the club at that time and make a major statement by buying Messi for the right. They will also bid for Phillip Lahm for the RB spot.
  There will be a few comings and goings at ibrox.
Alan Gow may return to ibrox to try to get in the first team, he is quoted as saying '. .I'm just focused on playing for rangers' (within the last week, if he does well between janurary and the end of the season charlie adam will be sold.
Steven smith will be loaned out and if he doesn't 85 percent of his games with the team he is loaned out to he'll be flogged off in the summer with lee wallace his replacement.
David weir will finally retire in the summer and after a short break he'll be back as a defence couch.
Christian dailly will leave for free, leaving defensive availabilities with one of Berra, Tonel or Reynolds coming in. If andy webster leaves Darren bar of falkirk will be signed as back–up.
Hemdani will be leaving (edu was his replacement)
Lee mc cullough and Darcheville will both be leaving in the summer with a big hitman to play in europe their replacement.
  Liverpool will be taken over by next June– not any earlier.

Hicks and Gillett know that they can still borrow to buy players in January and that when D.I.C. take over, they will get profits on what has already been paid. For this reason, they are ready to make £20mil available for Benitez.

In January he will move for:

Keirrison (3mil)
Jakub Blaszczykowski (8mil)

Jermaine Pennant will be up for sale at prices above £4mil

In the summer, Benitez will have the resources to buy whoever he wants. He feels only a few classy additions are needed as well as continuing to add youngsters.

Aislan will join for 8mil, replacing Sami Hyypia.

Glen Johnson could also join for 8mil. This move will depend on the quality of Philip Degan but he may replace Arbeloa are Barcelona and Valencia are looking to add him for around 6mil.

Depending on how Dossena settles, a left back could also be bought. Gareth Bale is most wanted as he will add width and good set pieces to the team. However, he could cost up to 14mil.

Benayoun will also leave and it is thought Harry Redknapp is interested. Douglas Costa (8mil) , Philip Afellay (6mil) or Aaron Lennon (9mil) could be brought in.

Benitez may also offload Alonso if a £15mil+ bid comes in. Gareth Barry is still a target.
  Man City are looking to sign the following in January:

Close to definite:
Roque Santa Cruz (16mil)
Lassana Diarra (12mil)
Stephen Warnock (5mil)

Andrey Arshavin (17mil)
Xabi Alonso (17mil)
Glen Johnson (10mil)
  Jimmy Bullard has hinted at a move and the club he will be moving to is Sunderland for a estimated £8 million. Joleon Lescots deal is one step closer after handing in his transfer request yesterday. Expect to see McGeady to sign for sunderland also for £7.5 million. Robert Green will also sign for Sunderland and Gordon will go the other way. 100% Fact
  Real madrid will give up on ronaldo ans sign theo walcott for 35m instead and also want xavi alonso from liverpool.
  La galxay are set to sign robbie savage from derby
  Sergio Kun Aguero will not be moving to the premier league in January. However expect him to be subject to a summer saga which will see a battle take place between Man City and Liverpool over the Atletico foward, who could be worth anything up to 30 mil. Chelsea could also make a late bid, however with the unlimited transfer budget seemingly available to them, expect City to lead the race. City could also land Karim Benzema and Lukas Podolski between January and the summer. Benzema would be worth around 25 mil and Podolski around 20 mil. Expect Chelsea to make further attempts to sign Kaka in the summer, he could be made their top priority. The asking price could be as much as 70 mil. Liverpool will sign Rafinha in January for around 8 mil, as they need a strong right back. Yaya Toure will be on the move in January, whether its to Arsenal or Juventus for around 8 mil. If he opts for Juventus, Arsenal will re–look into Xabi Alonso in the summer, who would cost around 15 mil. United will look into signing a new left winger over January but will not sign one until the summer. Antonio Valencia is a possibility for around 15 mil.

The Arsenal Know It All
  West brom and fulham both want to sign sheff wed forward marcus tudgay
  Liverpool and man city are chaseing spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone
  Stephen Hunt will move from Reading to Everton in January for aroun £6 million. The clubs have already agreed a fee and Hunt is keen to play in the Premiership again.
  AFC – rob green, richard dunne,joloen lescott in jan
  The takeover of West Ham is nearing the final stages. The board is being trimmed and the final price will be agreed after next weeks hearings ref the Tevez affair. There will be a small number of exits in January, but a whole lot more in the summer. The final list will be dependant on when the new owners take charge, they hope to be in place before Christmas in order to bring in some new faces in January. The main outgoings will be Carlton Cole for around £10 million with various clubs interested, Robert Green to Arsenal £12 million, Lee Bowyer to Watford minimal fee, Danny Gabbidon to Watford £1 million, Louis Boa Morte, Lucas Neil and Hayden Mullins are also available if offers come in, alomg with a host of other fringe players. No decisions have been made about incoming players until the ownership matter has been settled.
  I Don't Think Rangers will get rid of burke or Beasley, Smith seems to rate beasley and as for burke allthough he is injury prone he is a very good player when fit! He has needed surgery on his ankle for several years but put it off to try and make the first team.
I can see Rangers trying to sign a new centre back possibly Tonel or trying to sign reynolds from Motherwell. Players who will leave in Jan: Hemdani,JCD,Smith (loan) McCulloch,
  Derby boss paul jewell wants to sign hartlepool striker james brown for 1m and centre back ricard wood from sheff wed about 1m aswell.
players leaving
teale to (leeds)
c davis to (preston)
todd to (crewe)
savage to (doncaster)
  To the person who said "Secondly, to the guy that said Joleon Lescott would join Sunderland in a £7m deal. Mate, Lescott is an England international. He was player of the season last year at Everton. Do you really think that (1) Moyes would accept a bid of £7m (try £15m); and (2) Lescott would join a wee club like Sunderland?" you forgot to mention that Lescott is also seriously teed off with David Moyes over a number of matters, including Moyes' stubborn refusal to play Lescott in his preferred (and best) position. If he has any sense, Lescott, like a few other Everton players currently being given the cold shoulder by Moyes, will move on to wahtever premier league club if only to save his career.
  AFC NEWS!!!!!

Arsenal will sign 20 yr old brazilian foward Lenny in Jan. He will then be sent out on loan to Salamanca to gain experience and to receive a work permit. Expect to see this in the papers over the next few days. In The Know
  Liverpool have been put into a dilemna with two standout rightbacks really impressing rafa:

Ilsinho from Shaktar–5 million
Rafinha from Schalke–8 million

Their first impression is Rafinha but Ilsinho could be landed if schalke do not want to part ways with rafinha
  Firstly, to the guy that said Moyse (sic) or Ramos would join Celtic. Are you seriously deluded? Moyes has just signed a deal at Everton worth £18m over 5 years. How could Celtic afford to compensate Everton if he was poached, and could the club come even near to matching the salary of nearly £4m a year? And if you think Ramos would go and manage in a league like the Scottish one then you're doubly deluded. Ramos will be waiting for a job with a big team, in a big league, with big pay. That rules your Grand Old Team out.

Secondly, to the guy that said Joleon Lescott would join Sunderland in a £7m deal. Mate, Lescott is an England international. He was player of the season last year at Everton. Do you really think that (1) Moyes would accept a bid of £7m (try £15m); and (2) Lescott would join a wee club like Sunderland?

Ok, so now onto some rumours that I have just heard, or made up, I forget which. Everon have again approached Moutinho from Sporting Lisbon about a move to Goodison. Moutinho is interested in a move, but is playing hardball about terms and conditions. This lad is very ambitious and wants any contract to consist of a get–out clause should a bigger club come in for him. A fee has been agreed with Sporting for the young superstar, thought to be in the region of £18m.

Liverpool have been in touch with Tottenham Hotspur about taking Lennon on loan until the end of the season with a view to purchasing the player at that time. This has been categorically refused by the Tottenham board. Benitez has been informed that if he wants Lennon in January, then he'd better return with a firm offer. It is thought that Benitez might instead use Kuyt as bait to land his man. A swap deal might suit both parties, and it is known that Redknapp is an admirer of the Liverpool forward.

Remaining with Liverpool, it is highly likely that Benitez will attempt to reinforce his strike force with one ickle Micheal Owen, currently of Newcastle. A bid of about £4m should secure the pint–sized striker. Benitez will not, however, offer Owen the type of wages that he currently receives at Newcastle. He will make a take–it or leave–it offer of about £60k a week. If Owen wants to escape his Newcastle nightmare and return to Anfield, he will accept what is a generous offer considering Owen's lack of quality playing time over the past 5 years.
  Rangers will get rid off JCD,Burke,Beasley,Gow(Blackpool)
Coming in:Obi Mikel (Loan)
Berra £1.5m
Reynolds £1.2
watch this space

As for them
Andy Driver from hearts as a replacement for the Irishman from castlemilk McGeady
and a shock move for danny invincible if they can find the funds.

Heard a rumour that rangers are planning a january swoop for lee wilkie for £700,000. Also are considering arfield of falkirk.

Celtic are said to be monitoring the financal stuation at west ham and are hoping to bring back craig bellamy for a knock down price, also van bronckhorst is again being linked for next season.
  To the person who said Michael Owen will go on loan to liverpool and that he could join them permanantly in the summer for 3 million, dude do some research he is out of contract so he would cost nothing if he was gonna be sold it would be in Jan, and he is more strongly linked with chelsea who are gonna make a 3 to 5 million bid IN JANUARY THOUGH
  Stoke will make a move for Serie B striker Daniele Vantaggiato, who has been in prolific form for his club Rimini this season.

Porto are set to open talks with FAT Ronaldo, he will be the clubs top earner with 100,000 a week.

Arsenal and Man u are chasing Asamoah Gyan for udinese, the club value him at 15 million pounds.

Man U Will let Fabien Brandy and Darren Gibson go out on loan, but Alex Ferguson has given up on Owen Hargreaves and will cash him in for 7–9 Million, Tottenham, Arsenal and Aston Villa have all expressed an intrest in him.

Blackburn will give trials to Christian Benitez, Kevin Prince Boetang, Evander Sno and Pablo Garcia (real madrid).

Ajax, Bolton, Fulham, Wolfsburg and Napoli are eyeing up Blackburns Johann Vogel, who has been told he can leave ewood park

James Vaughan is set to leave everton after being told he is surpless to recuirements, West Brom, West Ham and Stoke could move for the young striker, as a replacement Moyes will bid 2 million for Rangers's Darchaville.
  West ham will sell green to arsenal with cudicini coming in from chelsea, also hammers fans, expect bids for parker from blackburn/everton, also spurs, newcastle and bolton are looking at carlton cole as a target man,west ham will also unload several squad players on loan or permanant deals. A takeover of the east london side is on the cards, south african consortium in the frame, The Mole.
  Man city


Sergio aguero –40m[Athletico Madrid]
Klass Jan huntalaar –20m[Ajax]
Per Mertehsaker – 16m [Werder Bremen]

Total 76m


Darius Vassell – 2.25m [Hull]
Richard Dunne – 7m [Sunderland]
Dietmar Hamann – 500,000 [fulham]
Danny mills – 500'000 [Burnley]



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