Football Rumours Archive December 12 2008


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Strong rumour coming out of Watford that the new manager doesn't rate Jobi McAnuff. He took him off in his 1st game in charge, used him as a second half substitute in his second match & left him on the bench in his third match in charge. Looks like they will try to offload him in the January window.
  My mums dads brothers niece of my great nan who works in a butty shop that the local steward from anfield eats in told her that we are signing podolski on loan in january.

seriously. .ive heard from a real good source that this will happen.
  Here are some newspaper rumours

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is urging the Blues to make a £6m offer for Amir Zaki, currently on loan at Wigan from Zamalek. (The Independent)

Wigan do not have a binding fixed–price option to sign Egypt striker Zaki permanently but had hoped to pair him with his compatriot, Middlesbrough frontman Mido, if Emile Heskey leaves for Aston Villa in January. (The Independent)

Brazilian defender Alex has asked to leave Chelsea and AC Milan and Sevilla have already expressed an interest in the £10m–rated centre–back. (The Sun)

Greek side Panathinaikos also want Alex and have already asked about signing him. (The Independent)

Chelsea have agreed a £4m deal for SC Braga striker Orlando Sa but the Portuguese club hope to keep him for the rest of the season. (The Independent)

Blues boss Scolari is also keen on Fluminese defender Thiago Silva, available on a free transfer after running down his contract, but faces competition from Inter Milan, AC Milan and Villarreal. (The Independent)

Celtic are set to make a cut–price £5m move for West Ham's Wales striker Craig Bellamy. (The Sun)

Manchester City have also been alerted by the Hammers' decision to make Bellamy available for £6m. (Daily Mirror)

City are poised to make a £50m offer for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres but accept the Spanish striker is unlikely to want to leave the Reds. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz and Valencia forward David Villa remain on Manchester City's shopping list. (Daily Mirror)

Valencia say they will turn down any bids from City for Villa. (The Sun)

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has put Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery top of his January transfer hit–list. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa are battling City in a £6m scrap for Sheffield United defender Kyle Naughton. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are expecting a January bid from Manchester City for left–back Wayne Bridge but would prefer not to sell him. (The Independent)

Blackburn boss Paul Ince has been told to draw up a list of potential targets for the January transfer window, despite facing the sack if he does not improve Rovers' results before Christmas. (The Times)

Ince hopes to sign a right–back, midfielder and centre–forward. (The Times)

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is keen on Blackburn's £5m–rated defender Stephen Warnock. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn are stepping up their chase for Wolfsburg's German international left–back Marcel Schafer, who is Warnock's most likely replacement at Ewood Park. (Daily Mirrror)

Newcastle will swoop for versatile Fiorentina midfielder Juan Vargas in January and are ready to pay £8m for the Peru international. (The Sun)

Newcastle, Everton and Aston Villa are all tracking Inter Milan striker David Suazo. (Daily Mirror)

Watford have turned down Stoke's £1m offer for Tommy Smith and want £3m for the striker. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool striker Robbie Keane insists he will not leave Anfield, despite being linked with a move back to Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Ramos will turn his attention to Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra if he fails to snap up Zokora. (Daily Express)

Spurs will go for Diarra if Zokora does join Real – and Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo–Coker, West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green, Portsmouth right–back Glen Johnson, Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing and Pompey striker Jermain Defoe are also on boss Harry Redknapp's radar. (Daily Express)

Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos will raid White Hart Lane to take Ivory Coast midfielder Didier Zokora to his new side Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham captain Lucas Neill wants a pay rise to sign an extended deal at Upton Park but the Australian international defender is likely to have to accept a huge pay cut in order to stay at the club. (The Times)

Neill could even be sold in January if the Hammers receive a suitable offer. (The Times)

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola's priority is to keep hold of goalkeeper Rob Green and defender Matthew Upson but he will sell midfielder Hayden Mullins, defender Danny Gabbidon and forward Luis Boa Morte. (The Times)

Defenders Calum Davenport and Jonathan Spector and midfielders Lee Bowyer and Nigel Quashie are also up for grabs as West Ham look to reduce the size of their first–team squad. (The Independent)

Upson has emerged as a £10m target for Manchester City, who could turn to Everton's Joleon Lescott if the Hammers refuse to do business. (Daily Express)

Everton are looking at taking City's Brazilian striker Jo on loan. (Daily Express)

Toffees boss David Moyes has drawn up a list of 30 possible striker signings but Henrik Larsson's wage demands mean the former Celtic and Barcelona frontman, who is now a free agent, will not be coming to Goodison Park. (The Independent)

Wigan have opened new contract talks with England Under–21 defender Ryan Taylor, who will be a free agent in the summer. (The Sun)

Former England goalkeeper Ian Walker has had his contract at Bolton ended by mutual consent.Walker could now move to the United States and join a Major League Soccer club. (The Sun)

Kilmarnock boss Jim Jefferies is keen on former Dundee United striker Robbie Winters, who is a free agent after leaving Norwegian side Brann Bergen. (Daily Record)

Jefferies is also eyeing striker Armand One, who used to play for Partick Thistle and Wrexham but is now with Turun Palloseura in Finland. (Daily Record)
  My uncle works in cardiff. and seen adel taraabt and ricardo rocha arriving at ninian park.
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Gallas 2 probaly sign 4 Juventas .As its been known that Juventas sporting director Alessio Secco was in London last night and met with AFC new chief executive Ivan Gazadis 2 discuss Gallas . Expect Gibbs 2 be loaned out 2 Wigan 4 the season , Vela will noot be going out on loan 2 WBA as Vela himself has said soo . AW 2 move 4 a gk in Jan as its been heard hes fed up with Alumnia it might be WHUFC gk Green with Djourou moving the other way 2
  To the person that said Newcastle will be selling 11 first team players, and signing a load of past–its. You are very wrong, only first team players maybe to go is Owen and Ameobi. Incoming:
Suazo (£6m) Inter
Juan Vargas (£5m) Fiorentina
Lucas Mareque (£2m) Independiente
Obua (£1m) Hearts

Owen (£4m) Villa
Shola Ameobi (£4m) West Brom
Enrique (£5m) Ath. Madrid
Carroll (£1m) Norwich
  Heard from a good source in arsenal that they are signing gareth barry (8million) and adam lallana (2.5 million) from southampton, but will be loaned out till end of season. eboue (the clown) will be leaving for 2 million to lyon
  Big january rumour swirling celtic park at the moment is the return of Craig Bellamy.

West Ham like most clubs and organisations are finding current trading conditions extremely difficult. This will lead to a massive fire sale in january as previously predicted by some rumour posters.

I have been informed by Celtic insiders that a fee of 6 million has been agreed with west ham and negotiations are ongoing between the player and Mr Lawell concerning his weekly salary, which will be somewhere between 40–50 K basic.

He and sylvinho will be the only acquisitions in January as this will consume the entire budget for january.
  My mate Pat works at a Royal Mail sorting office in Ponti Pandi and has told me on good authority what gifts are being handed out this Xmas.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked for a copy of Baden–Powells 'Scouting for Boys'.
Villa's Martin O'Neill has requested Gordon Brown enters the UK into the Euro zone to avoid any further confusion over his inflated player valuations.
Marks & Spencer's in Blackburn say they will get the costume for Paul Ince's new role as Santa Claus but he has to get the sack.
Bolton's Gary Megson has asked for an Astronomy guide so he can count his lucky stars.
Chelsea's Scolari wants an atlas for Xmas. He still can't work out how 92 football clubs fit into a country the size of England.
David Moyes at Everton wants the club strip changed to a winning colour. .Red and the name changed also. He thinks that the club should reflect the city they represent. Bring on Kirkby Academicals.
Fulham's Woy Hodgeson has wequested a weally wollicking wead on the 10–0–0 formation.
Hull manager Phil Brown is getting a copy of 'Dreams Interpreted' so he can understand everything when he wakes up.
Liverpool's Rafa has signed onto a course on Interview Techniques hoping to omit nauseously repetitive phrases like 'we control the game', 'we have possibilities' and 'workkkkk har(d)'. He will be celebrating Xmas with a glass of Red Bull. .it gives you wings!
Man City manager Mark Hughes has asked for nothing but has decreed he will be handing out the presents this year.
Utd boss Sir Alex has renounced his knighthood. In the New Years honours list he will be given a Godhood and be known as Messiah. He feels he shares a similar persecution complex to that of Jesus.
Boro manager Gareth Southgate wants to know what Xmas is all about. . and football for that matter.
Newcastle's Joe Kinnear will receive the new FA punishment for unruly managers and won't receive a touchline ban. Instead he will be caged, suspended from the stands and be forced to wear a gimp mask and straightjacket for his outbursts.
Portsmouth boss Tony Adams will finally realise he is a manager and stop acting like one of the lads.
Stoke's Tony Pulis will distribute copies of Dan Marino's Quarterback Annual and use it as a template for all set pieces.
Sunderland's Niall Quinn has requested a new manager who doesn't ask for the same old 'get out' clause. . .offers from a bigger club!
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp doesn't mind what he gets so long as it's tax free, claimable on expenses and nobody knows about it.
West Brom's Tony Mowbray wants something pretty even if it's entirely useless.
West Ham manager Zola wants a box at Upton Park; just outside the dugout, about 2 feet high.
Wigan's Steve Bruce still hasn't decided what he wants, where he wants to go, when and who with.

All true folks. You heard it here first. Man in the know. 100% to happen (and any other cliches I've missed)
  Tottenham have been told that if they are to buy in the January transfer window then they have to sell first. As Harry Redknapp is keen to be reunited with Peter Crouch Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe, the following will be leaving The Lane to fund money. Also Harry Hudini will keep Gomes until the end of the season.

Didier Zokora= Real Madrid
Aaron Lennon= Liverpool
Benoit Assou Ekotto= Marseille
Kevin Prince Boateng= Hertha Belin
Cesar Sanchez= Valencia
Michael Dawson(swap deal plus cash for Matthew Upson)
Ricardo Rocha= Sporting CP
Hossam Ghaly= NEC Breda
Paul Stalteri= Herenveen

Also excpect Spurs to sign Frazier Campbell permanently for 11 million in the summer.

And whoever thinks that Giovani Dos Santos will go Chelsea you have got Bob Hope :)

You heard it here first

Freddy Johnson
  I havent posted on here for a while as my source within Liverpool has been away, but im back with a bang! Some of the rumours on here are absolute nonsense. Liverpool will not be buying all of the top players who are being mentioned, especially not in January. Rafa does not want to make any significant changes in January as he believes the squad are now developing into a 'team' and wants this to remain. In the Summer however, a couple of significant signings will be made. Wea ll know of the bond between Liverpool and the hierachy of Atletico, and this will be used to sign Sergio Aguero in the summer. Alonso will be offered as part of the deal, with Arbeloa going there on a season long loan and £20million given to Atletico. Liverpool HAVE first option on him too. Trust me 100% true.
Gareth Barry will buy out the remainder of his contract to move to Anfield as a straight replacement for Alonso. Rafa will look at Glen Johnson and Gareth Bale. Johnson does want to join but it may be harder to sign Bale as he loves life in Tottenham, and has a good bond between Redknapp from their Southampton days. The only other main signing will be that of a right winger, Rafa looking at Joaquin, Lennon, Valencia and Maxi Rodrieguez. All these are genuine facts. Plenty of players leaving, but Robbie Keane will remain a Red in January, and the Summer.
  To the numpty that posted this
Mick McCarthy is a done deal. He`s going to be re–appointed Sunderland Manager. I know Mick and he is very happy at wolves but he cant turn down the chance to return to premiership football. I even have a photo of McCarthy on a secret meeting with Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn on 4th december 2008 at a bar in ireland. I also know who he`s transfer targets are and can reveal he has drawn up a huge wishlist of players he wants. He has also agreed to sign Robert Green/scott parker in a double deal from west ham for 8 £million with Anton Ferdinand returning to West Ham.

How was Naill in Ireland AND the Academy of Light on the 4th? You really should pick a date where he WASN'T on telly live if you're gonna spread rumours. Also helps that i work at the academy and saw him there. . pmsl
  Paul Ince–New Wolves Manager. (after b`burn sack him)
Mick McCarthy – New Sunderland Manager.
Graeme Souness/Alan Curbishley– New Blackburn Manager.
  Matty Fryatt rejecting contract with Leicester and will go to Crystal Palace for 1.5m
  Liverpool will be looking for a new "D" and with A.C looking to buy Daniel Agger that will give us some money to look toward Signing Serigio Ramos. Also Babel won't be going anywhere in january considering Rafa has already said he is part of this team and he has to earn his spot. I don't see much happening for LFC in the transfer market there top of the table with the team they have no, maybe one or two changes.
  !!!!! you heard it here 1st !!!!!
merseyside news !!!
everton signings
harry kewell 2m
iwelumo 1.5m
denilson loan
hibbert 2.5m – stoke/west brom
yobo 5m – lyon
liverpool signings
jouquin 14m
upson 6.5m
pennant rangers 4m
hyypia psv 1.5m
voronin hull 2.5m
benyoun newcastle 5m
  Arsenal to keep Senderos and find another cb Naldo/mertersacker. Also Veloso, babel in and make a bid at sergio ramos and bojan krick.
  I can't help but laugh at some of the rumors on here about Citeh. I'm a United fan, but there is no denying their wealth. Their owner is more than 20 times wealthier than Abramovich, and he pretty much got whoever he wanted! Pretty naive to believe they're not going to be adding more huge names. .

I predict:

Villa (rumored to be agreed already)
Diarra (rumored to be done)
Cambiasso (rumored to be almost done)
Buffon (has said he'll demand it if they bid above 50 million)
Lahm (lots of rumors, has to be some truth)
Benzema (young and talented)

I also wouldn't be surprised to see:

Ivanovic or Alex (Both good, and reasonably young, not getting much playing time at Chelsea)
Mikel (Chelsea are hurting for money, and with Essien back by summer, he'll be expendable)

The bench will mostly consist of acadamy players as their acadamy is one of the best in the world – as much as it pains me to admit. None are really worthy of starting in a team the likes of us or Chelsea though, which is what they're trying to create. No point wasting money on players that won't play when they have worthy bench warmers already.

I wouldn't be entirely surprised though if the likes of Messi or Kaka end up with them in a couple seasons, but this is what I predict within the next two transfer windows.
  Expect a lot of changes at Newcastle next month. Ashley will sell as many players as possible and will allow Kinnear to make several signings. Some rumours ive heard already around the club include:

Owen – Villa, Chelsea or Spurs
Given – Arsenal or Spurs
Butt – Blackburn
Coloccini – probably to a Spanish club
Taylor – Everton
Martins – Arsenal
Guthrie – Bolton
Barton – whoever will take him
Geremi – Middlesborough

Nugent – Portsmouth
McCann – Bolton
Smith – Watford
Carney – Sheffield United
Windass – Hull
Dickinson – Stoke

Also a very strong rumour that Vinny Jones will join the coaching staff. After his recent trouble he is said to want to get out of America for a while and could join until the end of the season. There are rumours that he will also be registered as a player but i doubt there is much truth in it, at least i hope not!
  Louis aragones being lined up as new manager of man city. he will bring with him capdevilla. he will also try to entice casillas one more time. in the summer he will line up a move for senna and torres. WITHSTANDING COMPENSATION to fenerbahce sk. dubai sporting herald
  Westbrom and sheff utd are to both make a bid in january for highly rated striker simon cox from div 1 swindon town 2 plus could persuade the robins sell
  Some January rumours:
Doyle to Villa £7mil
Kitson back to Reading £2.5
Schweinstiger to City £7mil
Podolski to Tottenham Loan
Upson to City £11mil
Bellamy to Middlesborough £6mil
Mido to Wigan £4mil
Heskey to Villa £5mil
Carew to Hamburg Loan
Lennon to Liverpool £7mil + Insua(£4mil)
Seedorf to Arsenal Loan
Cambiasso to City £16mil
Just wait and see
  "Where do you wassocks get your information on Rangers debt?"

Companies House. Anyone can go and have a look. I suggest you do.

Also, it seems that Rangers move for Tonnel has been scrapped as they have so far failed to find any interest in the 6 players the club require to sell before they can buy anyone.
  Gerard Houllier to Sunderland as manager and he will sign Karim Benzema in january to partner Cisse. Big Sam Alladyce will takeover at Blackburn Rovers.
  Can i just say to the guy who said newcastle are selling all those players, your taliking absolute st, Newcastle have a waffer thin team as it is with all the injuries, why would we sell 11 first team players.

What i can say is owen will go to where is anyones guess but i would say man city as they are the only team that will pay his ridiculous wages of 120,000 a week, which if you work out the games he has played works out to be about 360,000 a game. Nzogbia will also leave to arsenal.

Given will stay, carrol will leave

newcastle will sign a left back and a new striker most likely doyle from Reading. The left back will be an argentian. All other players will be brought for the youth team. Nile ranger will come through to the first team soon as he is scoring goals for fun.
  For all you rumour merchants out there, here is a few to chew over down the boozer,. d villa to man city. butt to wigan,. heskey to villa,. ashton to m'boro (fitness to be proved). pazzani to west ham. boa morte to heereneven. duff to bolton. alonso to arsenal. nugent to hull. alex to barcelona. benayoun to villareal. mcgeady to liverpool. gabbidon to west brom. given to sign new deal at newcastle. END OF SEASON PREDICTIONS. Premier champs,, CHELSEA. Runner up, MAN UTD, 3rd, LIVERPOOL, 4th, ARSENAL, RELEGATED,,WEST BROM,STOKE,WIGAN. HAPPY RUMOURS PEOPLE.
  "Big movements at Celtic this xmas: OUT: JVOH (ajax 6m) Nakamura (yokohama 7m) McGeady (swap for Kuyt) Donati (Palermo 4.6m) Killen (Hibs 2m) IN: Kuyt (liverpool swap for wee Aiden) Maxi Rodreguez (ath. madrid 5m) Colloccini (Newcastle 5m), Big Artur is staying for the long term despite what the daily ranger says." are u having laugh. 7M for a player whos contract is up in january. Naka will leave for free in summer. JVOH, we would be lucky to get 2M for him. Mcgeady will leave in january at a knock down price as the football world becomes aware of his unsteady relationship with wee gord. Donati 4.6 and killen 2m somehow i think not. aas for ur ins well lets jst say no scottish club will be able to sign big like that for a long time. artur won't be sold but is a liability for us and as soon as we purchase a suitable replacement he will be sold by the board for as much as possible despite Strachans pleas for his goalie.Caldwells transfer already in place jst have to convince him to except. a few others to be moved on. expect us to do a rangers. NOT A PESSIMIST A REALIST.
  I have it on excellent authority that Tony Mowbray has had official discussions with Blackburn Rovers regarding the soon–to–be vacant post at Ewood Park. The BRFC board feel that Mr Mowbray would be the ideal replacement for Paul Ince, as he is more equipped with a relegation dogfight, along with Mr Mowbray believing that keeping WBA may be a lost cause.
  I have just moved into a new house and I was talking to my new neighbours and they asked me about my work life and i asked them what type of work they do one of my neighbours is a consultant for a top football agent I said I like football and he said Xabi Alonso is one of his clients and that he will join Arsenal in january as he has just brought a house in london. He also told me Lassana Diarra has had a bust up with Tony Adams and will sell Diarra to Spurs but Arsene wenger has been on the phone to adams and told him to name he`s price for Diarra returning to Arsenal the price tag is £10 million which wenger has refused so Tottenham will sign Diarra instead. with Portsmouth signing Jamie O`hara plus £5 million.

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