Football Rumours Archive May 12 2008


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Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arsene Wenger Will Be Forced To Spend If He Is Hoping For Any Silverware Next Season. After Flamini's Departure and Hleb Set To Leave, Arsenal Will Want To Sign A Centre–Back, Centre–Mid, A Winger, A Striker and Possibly A Goalkeeper. Possible Signings Include; CB: Michar Richards (£25 million), Philippe Mexes (£17 million – Man United Alson Chasing The CB), Vincent Kompany (£22 million), Raul Albiol (£12 million) – CM: Gareth Barry (£15 million – But Would Prefer A Move To Liverpool), Daniele De Rossi (£23 million – Unlikely Though), Renato (£8 million) – Winger: Adrian Mutu (£8 million), Niko Kranjcar (£12 million) – CF: Amauri (£25 million) Luis Fabiano (£25 million). Arsenal Will Not Sign David Villa As He Is Not Interested and Wouldn't Suit Arsenal's Style Of Play, More Liverpool's. He Would Opt For A Move To Either Real Madrid Or Liverpool After Speaking To A Spanish Journalist.

  Avram Grant will have to win either the Champions League or Premier League in order to keep his job and was told that in a meeting with Peter Kenyon and Roman Abramovic when he took over. They will stick to that promise and his fate will depend on either surpassing Man United in the Premier League or overcoming them in Moscow.

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  Peter Crouch will move to Portsmouth for £12 million in the Summer. Harry Redknapp will sell Pedro Mendes to West Bromwich for £2.5 million while Sol Campbell will head to Villareal for around £3 million.

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  Everton youngsters Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell rejected approaches from Chelsea in the January transfer window with scouts eyeing Rodwell as the new Rio Ferdinand and Gosling as the future holding midfielder for England. Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has already spoken to Everton about taking the pair on in a years time. Both will get more experience with the Everton first team next season.

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  El Hadj Diouf will exit Bolton this Summer, with a move to OlympiAkos on the cards although promoted Stoke and Lens are interested in the Senegal international.

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  Luton Town will recieve a £2 million windfall following Curtis Davies' permanent switch from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa in the Summer. West Bromwich Albion initially paid £3 million for the former Luton defender and Aston Villa look set to more than treble that sum.

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  Former Luton Town boss Mike Newell will replace Ian Holloway as Leicester City manager with the current manager to be sacked on Monday. Newell has had a meeting with Mandaric and has been told he is expected to gain promotion within the year and in return has a decent transfer kitty. Newell will bring in Kevin Nicholls and is also looking to prise Robbie Fowler away from Cardiff City on a two year deal, City are poised to release the former Liverpool forward this Summer and Newell will offer him a generous £35,000 a week deal to play in League One at the age of 33. Newell will also look to bring in Matthew Spring from former club Luton Town and will seal a move for Watford's Leigh Bromby on a loan deal.

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  Plymouth Argyle will announce the signing of Barnet right back Joe Devera very soon for a fee of £250,000.

  Leicester City latest:

There are 6/7 Premier League teams, all after Mattock and Stearman. It is looking very likely that they will leave but Leicester will not let them go on the cheap.

A number of Championship clubs are after Gareth Mcauley who can leave for £750,000 due to a Clause in his contract.

For all those saying that Kisnorbo is going to Norwich are wrong because he is out injured for six months and will not be able to pass a medical.

Hume wants to stay but if Holloway is kept by Mandaric then Holloway will get rid of our best player.

Leicester fans will find out on Monday whether Holloway will stay or not. Mandaric and him are meeting and be ready for a press conference later on.

If Holloway goes, his scout will stay and is dedicated to the club – Gary Penrice.

And the worst thing of all, possibly our best player who has never played for us: Max Gradel may move, with 1 Premier League club interested and several championship clubs.

It is also believed that whether Holloway stays or not, Steve Walsh will be involved in the club a lot more than he currently is.

It's going to be a long, stressful Summer for us Leicester fans.

  I have from high authority so can not mention any names that Aston Villa are on the verge of sighning vincent kompany at centre back and Aaron Lennon as LW as both both melberg and young are on there way out to supposeidly bigger clubs.

  Everton to sign big in Summer:








and for the future:



Josh Berno.

  Chelsea have bid 55 million pounds (roughly $114 million) for Sergio Ramos. Whether real will accept or not I do not know–this is fact.

  The Everton facts from the training ground:

Moyes has been looking at these players:

victor moses £2.5 million C. Palace

Cudicini 750 k–1 million Chelsea

Michael bradley £4 million hereenven

Steve Sidwell £2 million Chelsea

j Greening £2.5 million West Bromwich

eidur Gudjohnson £6.5 million FC Barcelona

Richard dunne £3.5 million Manchester City (only if Sven leaves City) total= £22 millionion

Moyes will look to offload these players:

vd meyde 3. 5 Ajax

Graveson end of loan

a. Gardner end of loan

wessels dortmund £4 million

total £7.5 million

total spend = £14.5 million

this is true because my cousin is a receptionist at finch farm

  A large stumbling block has been removed in the deal that will see Arshavin move from Zenit to Newcastle as the OLD Russian President, Putin, is to have poo pooed the idea of his favourite player leaving his favoured team. Although he still holds sway in many circles he can not stop the Russian captain from joining The Mighty Mags. Thought to be in region of £10 million Euros at least half will be clawed back by the sale of Duff but not Milner.

  Haveing had a couple of conversations with Kevin ball recently I have been told the following: –

Steve Sidwell approach made

tom huddlestone approach made

jonny evans Keane is prepared to pay over market value to get player

Fletcher interest confirmed to Man United

Giggs and Scholes interest confirmed

ben Foster offer to be put forward

ji–sung park high on wanted list

celleni interest confirmed

forlan offer forthcoming in matter of weeks

also Keane has scouts looking at a couple of young Brazilian kids

in touch with Gary owers and Paul hart for adam spears 15 year old player from Portsmouth

all the best

out will go

whitehead, higginbotham McShane stokes o donovan yorke Miller ethu prica stokes o donavan will go out on loan


  Offer received from Chelsea in excess of £14 million pounds for kenwyne Jones refused by Keane and the player himself

rumour aroumd aol is that Pennant and Riise may be on way

also may not be Forlan but big money deal and wage busting offer for Diego Milito from zarragoza

and Luis fabiano

  Andriy Arshavin will be heading to either Newcastle or Everton this Summer. Elsewhere Shevchenko will head back to Italy with AC Milan, Inter, Juve all keen although he could join Roma in the Summer in a deal that may involve a swap deal with Mancini.

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Only players leaving Arsenal are Flamini and Hleb. Deal for Hleb's replacement is already done in Ben Arfa. moving for a fee of £16 million pounds. The void left by Flamini will be filled by Kolo Toure/Denilson/Song/Gilberto (most likely staying). Arsenal will also bid for Miralem Pjanic from Metz to understudy Cesc and serve as backup for a few seasons. Only other transfer happening will be for a centerback. Names mentioned include Mertersacker, LeScott, Richards and Lucio. Senderos will be given one more season to prove himself. and do not be surprised to see Cesc given the captain's armband.

Gunner 4 Life.

  Tottenham have bid for Celluar and jurque as centre backs.

Also Joaquim form velencia and Capel from selvile

. Berbatov will go to Chelsea as Frank Aresen has been tracking with Jol for years. Chelsea have offered Tottenham £25 million + Sidwell and Hiam, Tottenham appertleny want the full amount and Malouda as they are unwilling to sell to a EPL side.

Diarra deal was done in January as part of Defoe deal, Arsenal would not sell to Tottenham Pompey pick up a holding fee, this will go towards JD deal.

Also Lennon to Liverpool also being agreed and Kaboul to Pompey but Newcastle have matched offer, Lee has gone to PSV, Essou Ektto to go on loan to France Tarrabat also on loan but wants OUT. Rocha to Sporting Cerny to Queens Park Rangers and Robinson to Middlesbourgh Tottenham would like Johnson but MFC will not budge 4.5 Million straight cash for Robbo. Gardner relseaed Stoke want.


  Liverpool rumours

Degen is stalling on his offer from us, it is not completed. Werder Bremen have also made an offer for him.

Silva and Joaquin will not come to Anfield. Either will Bentley.

Harry Kewell is off to Juve if the Hammers do not meet his wage demands.

Rafa wants Huntelaar to partner Torres until Nemeth is ready.

Ramsey (Cardiff) could be bought for 3.6 million.

  Sheff United


Luton Shelton (£750 k–£1 million)

Paul Gerrard (free)

Geoff Horsfield (free)

Chris Lucketti (£100 k)


Stephen Carr (free)

John Halls (free)

Darren Huckerby (free)

David Cotterill (£500 k)

Beattie staying, Hendrie in talks with Blackwell about his future.

  Rangers will sign the following

Steve Davies 3 mil

Klasnic – free

Kewell – free

Diaz – 2 mil

Nekounam – £2 million

A Smith 5 mill

Left back?

s + D Fletcher £6 million doble deal

its coming home

  Whoever put that Hull will sign Marcus Bent on loan from Wigan do not know what they are talking about. Bent is on loan at Wigan from Charlton. Get your background research done first mate.

Charlton expected to complete deals for Stuart Fleetwood (Forest Green forward) and Mark Hudson (Crystal Palace centre back) soon. Paul Connolly is in talks with 5 clubs as he is being released by Plymouth, with Charlton being one of these.

  Rumours from the Celtic boardroom. Strachan will not be sacked but may leave. if he does Tony Mowbray is the man the board want although Dermot Desmond wants David O'Leary, either way players out are

Boruc, bidding to start at £10 million













  Birmingham City are asking to buy back DJ Campbell from Leicester City if they get relegated from the Premier League. Fee is in the region of £500K + writing off the balance outstanding from the move earlier this season.

  Super Rumours for LFC fans.

Rafa has bid £19 million for Klass Jan Huntelaar and it has been accepted. He wants to come to play with his best mucker Babel, and also Kuyt. So, the list of Ins this Summer for LFC is:

Huntelaar £19 million

Young £5 million + Peter Crouch

Barry Carson + Pennant

Bentley £13 million

Degen free

As well as Kewell, Crouch, Pennant and Carson, Riise, Voronin, Finnan, Leto and Guthrie are heading for the exit

  Chelsea signs bosingwa from Porto they get their much wanted cover in the right back position now watch out for these transfers


villa for 20 mn + belliti

Gomes 15 mn + pizzarro

Huntelaar 20 mn

atleast one of these will take place n in case Drogba leaves two of them will take place or another forward will b signed with Anelka Kalou villa

  I have been hearing that there are several English clubs looking at FC Sion's (Switzerland) extremely prolific (31goals in 46 games) Costa Rican Forward, Alvaro Saborio. I have heard that Stoke City are especially interested. Before going to Sion he scored

over 100 goals in five seasons with FC Saprissa in Costa

Rica. He's still only 26 years old.

  Sad Villa fan here has to admit Barry IS leaving us. It's been a done deal for ages with Liverpool in pole position but I hear Barry would be very interested in Arsenal if they come a knockin'. I know a bloke who was on Villas books in the 60's and was in partnership with Andy Gray in a string of hairdressers shops in the 80's and 90's. He's still a close mate of AG now and Gray assures him Barry is definitely on his toes after speaking to him personally.

  To TIMMY who said Frank Rijkaard will be at Celtic park next season, even your talking rubbish. wakey wakey


Gers Ins – Klasnic (free) Gattuso (maybe) Steven Davis, Gio Van Bronkhorst, Lovenkrands (loan) Alan Smith and perhaps Darren Fletcher (Man U) maybe Steven Fletcher (HIbs)

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Manchester Anyone?

  Harry will leave Pompey if they win the F. A. cup. He has always wanted to finished 'At the top' and he would find it very hard to repeat the success he has had over the past couple of years with Pompey. He would rather leave a legend this season than risk leaving a failure next year if it all went wrong.

He already has a interest in Bournmouth, lives around the corner, and on Sky Sports last month when asked about the current plight of Bournmouth he replied 'i would never see them go down the pan'

Peter Storrie and Harry have already interviewed the chap who they hope will be the new Pompey manager, Paul Ince. Ince himself is looking to move on to bigger things and has hopes of becoming a future England manager and sees this move as a step in the right direction.


  Liverpool to definetly sell

Itandje 0–1 million

Riise 4–6 million

Pennant 3–5 million

Kewell Free

Crouch 8–12 million

Futures Unsure?

Carson 8–10 million

Alonso 13–15 million

Voronin 2–4 million

Finnan 1–3 million


Right Back

Possibly, Lahm (10 million) But most likely Rafinha (10 million)

Left Back is a mystery, names touted so far

Lahm £10 million, Abidal £8 million, Heinze £6 million, Cheillini £8 million but the one Rafa wants is Bale and Carson could hold the key to the deal, he enquired about Bale in January.

The Winger to give Kuyt, Babel and Yossi competition.

Silva £20 million, Quaresma £20 million, Maxi Rodriguez £12 million, Antonio Valencia £9 million


first choice Barry second choice Behrami third Marquez

  Everton Information:

Moyes although he has said there are no contract talks under way of yet, but will sign into next season. His funds will be told to him soon but not to us, because prices inflate if they know your budget. Heres who's on his list:

Bradley for £5 million

Joaquín Sanchez for 13.5 million

Arshavin for £8 million

Gattuso for free (if he cannot get Bradley)

Gonzalez for £10 million

Ebanks–Blake for £3 million

Ledley for £5 million


  Man United Rumours Ins

Micah Richards £20 million or phillip lahm

manucho back from loan

Carlos Tevez on a permanent 32 mil

A forward with a good presence in the area who can also 20 goals a season who could be



Dean Ashton

David Villa



Kenwyne Jones

Marcelo Moreno


Luis fabiano

  Bentley is not the only Blackburn player that could move to Anfield. Rafa is looking closely at Roque Santa Cruz who was clever enough to have a £7 million escape Clause in his Rovers contract.

Philipp Degen signed a pre–contract agreement at 1530 hours today ( 10/05/08 ) as a replacement for Arbeloa who is returning to La Liga, so Rafa is still on the Hunt for a first choice RB, the lad involved currently plays in black and white stripes ( at centre–back ).

  From a very good source, it is believed that Stoke City are on the Verge of securing a deal with Man United for young midfielder 'Chris Eagles'

  I went to the Man United supporters club last month, and Mr Quirzero was there rumour has he said the following to a friend close to the club and to ME.

Man United INS:

1. Miguelo Veluelso – (8 million)

2. Kamrim Benzema – (20 million) + (Saha)

3. Klaas Jan Huntelaar – (9 million)

  Hearts Rumours

Steven Pressley has been offered a player/assistant manager job with Steven Frail as manager for next season. It is expected that Frail will be given until Christmas to prove his worth and if all is not well, Pressley will be given the opportunity to take the reigns. Romanov will not give full control to either Frail or Pressley in terms of the transfer market, but has promised them both full autonomy in squad selection.

Frail has told Romanov the players that he wants to keep and the next few weeks will lead to a large number of first team players leaving, including some of the Lithuanians and big name player Laryea Kingston. Expect a number of surprise signings including the return of Paul Hartley.

  Sheff United are looking at the following:

Wes Hoosalan

Peter Halmosi

Darren Huckerby

Expect to see one of the above along with:

David Cotteril

Matthew Kilgallon will deffinalty be staying at Bramall Lane

  News just off the million. Arsenal sign Ben Arfa for £16 million. pounds. Tad expensive but probably justified considering his talent and international experience. Also to be signed: Per Mertesacker (Werder bremen) for £7 million, massive six foot six centre half who will provide physical presence with long ball in the centre of defense and a right winger probably Issiar Dia (AS Nancy) to compete with Walcott. Hleb 2 b sold for around £15 million and Kranjcar (12 million. ) or possibly Nuri Sahin (8 million. ) will b brought in with that money.

Tactical changes: Eboue to be pushed back to Right Back as a backup to Sagna, Alex Song and Abou Diaby to play Holding Midfield in place of Flamini.

  Celtic update:

Summer of changes at parkhead. Strachan will stay if Celtic win a third title in a row. In the Summer he will be given substantial cash to bring in the players he needs to make the bhoys a team of European class playing a good brand of football.



Van Buyten (Bayern)


Dindane (lens)

Gudjohnsen (FC Barcelona)


Fletcher (Man United) or Sidwell (Chelsea) – both if Brown leaves.


big bucks bid for Riise (Liverpool, unlikely to succeed)


unknown player from Sweden (not larsson.)





Brown (Newcastle)





3 in a row on it's way

in gord we trust

  Stoke City's Liam Lawerance will complete a dream move to Parkhead this Summer. The £5 million rated star needs to move to help his Irish international prospects.

  whu to sign:

Nicky Shorey/Wayne Bridge,

Steven Taylor,

David Wheater

Giles Barnes,


Martin Petrov/Morten Gamst Pedersen,

Marek Hamsik,

Darren Bent,

Mauro Zarate/Sylvan Ebanks–Blake,

Also I heard he might put in a massive bid to sign Tim Cahill.

Unfortunately I have heard Robert Green might leave to join Arsenal. if he does I have heard he will sign either Jussi Jaaskelinen or he might put in a massive bid for Chris Kirkland.

  Man United signings:

Philip Lahm (14 million)

Amauri (14 million)

Chelsea signings:

David Villa (25 million). Drogba (15 million)

Frank Ribery (Malouda + £17 million). Malouda

Bosingwa (16 million). Belletti (2 million)

Joaquin (14 million). Shaun Wright–Phillips (10 million)

. Sidwell (4 million) Ben Haim (4 million) Sheva (10 million)

Arsenal signings:

Hatem Ben Arfa (17 million). Hleb (16 million)

Lilian Thuram (free). Senderos (500 k)

Michael Johnson (10 million). Gilberto

Liverpool signings:

Michael Owen (6 million). Crouch (13 million)

Marcelo Moreno (8 million). Voronin (free)

David Silva (16 million). Kewell (free)

Behrami (6 million). Finnan (2 million)

Wayne Bridge (6 million). Riise (5 million)

Gareth Barry (13 million). Xabi Alonso (14 million)

Maik Taylor (free). Carson and Itjande (7 million and £2 million)

. Le Tallec (250 k)

  Will be a busy Summer at the Stadium of Light with Roy having around 45–80 million for 6–8 new players and with around 10leaving

the players I have heard to be arriving and departing the SoL are.

Jonny Evans (Man United) £6 million

Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munchen) £6 million

Mikael Silvestre (Man United £6 million

Micheal Kightly (Wolves) £5 million

Victor Moses (Crystal Palace £3 million

Steve Sidwell (Chelsea) £5 million

Mauro Zarate (Al–Sadd) £12 million

Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid) £15 million

Total = 58 million


Harte/Wright/Varga/Cole/Arnau – released

McShane (West Bromwich) £1.5 million

Russel Anderson (Plymouth) 500 k

Graham Kavanagh (? ) 500 k

Liam Miller (? ) £2 million

Stokes (? ) £2 million

Total = £6.5 million

also Roy O Donnavan will go out onloan as Keane wants him playing on a regular basis so when he comes back to the SoL he will be ready to step in the starting 11 and also Dwight Yorke will also move into a coaching role

  The Hammers are preparing to sell Craig Bellamy, Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole as Curbishley looks to bring in Andrew Johnson from Everton for around £8 million and 30 year old Benni McCarthy from Blackburn Rovers for £2.5 million. Bellamy could be set for a return to Blackburn in the McCarthy deal while Cole could be off to Fulham.

Alan Curbishley will look to also offload high earners Freddie Ljunberg and Lucas Neill as he looks to reshape his squad. He will hang on to Robert Green and will be looking to bring in Steve Finnan from Liverpool and Rafael Van Der Vaart for £12.5 million.

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  Queens Park Rangers and Leicester are keen about Sam Allardyce to manage the clubs respectively although Mandaric is lining up Mike Newell to replace Holloway.

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  Steve McClaren will be offered the managerial job at Bournemouth as they go into League Two next season.

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  I have it from a very reliable source that Michael Owen will be joining Man United for a cut price of $14 mill

  Liverpool moves this Summer. OUT: Crouch – Pompey £12 million, Alonso – Madrid £14 million, Riise (part exchange) – Aston Villa, Pennant – Blackburn (part exchange) Voronin – Anywhere any offer, Kewell – Celtic Free. IN Barry £8 million + Riise, Bentley £8 million + Pennant, Silva £18 million Valencia, Daniel Alves £15 million. MB

  First of all ignore all rumours that Liverpool are going to sign d Villa or Ronaldinho it are not going to happen.

G Barry will ask to move to Anfield, the temptation to play Champions League football is too good to miss out, he will not join Chelsea because he has seen the likes of S Parker and S Sidwell hardly getting a game, he will be playin more on the left wing as Liverpool will not have Kewell or Riise next season.

Abidal is to join the reds and will play ahead of aurellio at left back. Abidal's decision to join is only if Rikaard is no longer coach at Barcelona.

Lahm will not be joinin, Man United possible destination as replacement for Neville.

Crouch will leave to join Lyon as part of a swap deal to bring in benzama.

This might come to shock to most of you but Rafa will sell Alonso in swap deal with FC Barcelona to bring in Eto'o to which I am not pleased about.

Guaranteed facts you can to choose to believe it or not but remember where you read it first.

Leon "Famous Kopite"

  Liverpool football club rumours

these are the players Rafa had/is looking at:

harper, Canizares

Abidal, Lahm

Degen, Barry

Aguero, Bentley

Mancini, Keita

Rafinha, (forward)

but these are the lielyest to sign for us:


Canizares – free

Rafinha – 6–8

Abidal – 7 – 11

Barry 8–10 + a player

Mancini – 4 –7 (as he will buy out his contract)

a forward a have not got a clue

  Norwich City could offer Diego Sinagra (otherwise known as Diego Maradona Jr) a crack at breaking English football.

They will also bring in ex–AC Milan youngster Matteo Contini to the club.

   (could you add this to the rumour form I sent you earlier)

David Silva – 17–23




Pennant (realise niether of them went to the annual lap of honour at Anfield)





Alonso move is highly doubtful

  Richard Dunne will buy out his contract and City and move to Arsenal to partner Toure in the heart of defende with William Gallas joining FC Barcelona for a fee of roughly £8 million

Jeremy Menez (8 million), Michael Owen (7 million) Gareth Barry (12 million) and David Silva will be joining Liverpool this Summer

Chelsea will splash the cash on Bosingwa (16 million) and Quaresma (18 million) and Frank Ribery (12 million + Malouda) and David Villa (22 million)

Newcastle will sign Wright Philips for £12 million and Yossi Benayoun for £6 million.

Peter Crouch will join Manchester City for £5 million + Johnson

Didier Drogba will make a £15 million move to Madrid

Samuel Eto'o will move to Man United for £22 million. United will also sign Ben Arfa (15 million) and Philip Lahm (13 million)

  Everton are looking into the possibility of signing Fiorentina Striker Adrian Mutu in a £15 million deal. EXCLUSIVE

  Coventry City will confirm the signing of Gary mcsheffrey on a season long loan in the upcoming weeks.

Chris birchall will be sold or loaned to Brighton recently taken over by Micky Adams

Chris Coleman is also interested in xabi prieto and David Vaughan. Nicky Maynard wanted by a host of clubs is also being linked with the Sky Blues

  Pompey Rumours


ST Peter Crouch – £10 million Liverpool

ST Eidur Gudjohnsen – £4 million FC Barcelona (If Crouch bid fails)

RM Jonas Gutierrez – £7 million Real Mallorca

LM Nathan Dyer – £2 million Southampton

CM Akos Buzsaky – £2.5 million Queens Park Rangers

CB Younes Kaboul/John Mensah – £5 million Tottenham/Rennes


Toure – £2 million Rennes

Davis – £2.5 million Everton

Mendes – £3 million Villa

Baros – Back to Lyon from loan spell


Mark Kerr Craig Rocastle Darren Huckerby in

Riordan Maybe

O connor season long loan just bought new house near haddington

Only rumours but a couple of these may happen

  Chelsea Rumours


– Quaresma

– Bosingwa

– van der Vaart

– Berbatov

– An unknown defensive midfielder to shadow and eventually replace Makelele. Bids for Messi and Kaka will be unsuccessful.


– Belletti

– Drogba

– Sidwell

– swp

– Pizarro

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  I work in an administrative role at Everton football club. The last few days have produced much excitement. What I can reveal is that Bill Kenwright has all but secured an injection of funds believed to be close to £25 million to use on top of his budget (about £12 million) for transfer dealings. That would total a potential £37 million to spend in the Summertime. It is all but certain that some of that will be spent on securing the services of Arshavin and, if the price is right, midfielder Fernandes. But that would still leave over £20 million to fritter away on more talent. Moyes has already made a tentative approach to Middlesboro regarding Stuart Downing.

  David Moyes has a shortlist of players he thinks would improve the squad. They include a deal for Pienaar but not Fernandes. If a ood enough bid comes for Arteta, then it may be accepted dependant on what price Arshavin can be acquired for. Also top of Moyes wishlist is City wideman Martin Petrov to replace Der Meyde.

  When the owls takeover goesthrough they will sign and sell:


Claude Gnapka– Peterboro

Matt Sparrow – Scunthorpe

Adam Bolder – Queens Park Rangers

Franck Songo'o – Portsmouth

David Connolly – Sunderland


Bullen – retired

Gilbert – Doncaster

Watson – some League One side

Wallwork – Huddersfield

o 'brien – Blackpool

Burton – MK Dons

  Joaquin Sanchez could snub a move to Everton after Rafa Benitez has contacted Valencia about his availability. Joaquin will complete a £13 million trabsfer to Liverpool in the coming weeks.


  Stoke City have made an enquiry into possibly signing Paris Saint Germain player, Bernard Mendy after the player stated he had lost interest in the cluband had become annoyed at the fact the team were not playing well as a whole. Stoke have also enquired to Aston Villa about Marlon Harewood possibly joining on a three month loan deal at the start of the season to partner Ricardo Fuller if Mamady Sidibe joins club rivals, Cardiff City.

  Wigan, Sunderland, Birmingham and Fulham believed to be after Stokes Carl Dickinson for a fee of around £4 million.

Stoke to move for a forward from the top 4, supposedly Voromin or Pizarro or Shevchenko to proove their worth in the Premier League. One of these will sign on season long loan

pugh to sign for championship team

parkin and pericard and broomes and buxton to be released


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