Football Rumours Archive February 16 2007


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Although Rafa has not been given a specific budget, Hicks/ Gillett have told him to give them a list of the players the team needs, and money will not be an issue to get them. The Villa deal has already been agreed, plus expect Alves also for the right. Apparently Rafa has told John Arne Riise his days are numbered at Anfield after two years od inconsistent sub-standard displays.

To all those Liverpool fans who think Simao and Torres and Kaka are coming dream on. Rafa will try to bring in Dos Santos and Eto'o from Barca, Alves from Sevilla and Villa from Valencia plus a bunch of youngsters. Carson and Pongolle will return and fight it out like the others. Bellamy will not leave! He's in form and the only one's who could potentially leave are Crouch and Fowler (retiring) to fund the transfers of Villa and Eto'o. Rafa Benitez will not go waving the cheque book round stupidly. he has looked at Xavi of Barca and Defoe + a few others but expect those above to be his main targets. Kewell won't be leaving. if he manages to get fit and Palleta may be sold for around 3 million as he has struggled to cope. Next seasons team will see a few new faces and a lot of reserves such as Antwi and Anderson. Rafa wants the ultimate youth team. not the galictios!Red

Aston Villa to sign Anton Ferdinand for £5 million in the summer as well as Steve Sidwell on a Free transfer. With Bardsley set to return to Manchester United - Mellberg will move back to right-back and Ferdinand will play centre-back or the other way round with both of these defenders capable of playing both positions.

Shaun Maloney will play more of a squad role - and is unlikely to be favoured to start matches.

Sorensen, Mellberg, Ferdinand, Cahill/ Davis, Bouma, Agbonlahor, Petrov, McCann/ Sidwell, Barry, Young, Carew,


Frank Rijkaard could step down at Barcelona in the summer with Jose Mourinho favourite to succeed him at the Nou Camp.


Rafa Benitez is set to test the resolve of Valencia over youngster Aaron Niguez with a bid of £6million.

Leon Barnett to sign for Reading in the summer for £2. 5 million. Steve Copell is likely to lose Steve Sidwell and will sign Bolo Zenden as a temporary replacement - for the next 2 seasons.

Bobby Zamora will also sign and challenge Leroy Lita for a starting place with Kevin Doyle.


Chelsea are set to release Football Icon winner, Sam Hurrell on loan in the summer with Luton Town preparing to sign the young defender after he extends his contract at Chelsea.

Liverpool summer signings:

Mascherano Loan (any day now)

Villa 22mil

Lennon 14mil

Milito 7mil

Ratinho 2mil

D. Alves 9mil


Crouch 6m West ham

Pongolle 2m recreativo

Cisse 8m Marseille/ Lyon

Hyppia Free AZ Alkmaar

Fowler Retired

Kewell 3m Tottenham

Dudek 2m Ajax

How would GR know he can't play Martins and owen together? he wouldn't know, and therefore neither do U. we will not be gettin bridge either, he's already signed a 4yr contract at Chelsea so he will not be moving this summer. woodgates deal to boro has been agreed by the clubs, he is yet to agree personal terms though, I hope so much that he rejects and comes back to Newcastle but I doubt it. Curtis Davies is more likely, along with John o'shea or Wes brown.





Liverpool will certainatly sign Samuel Eto'o for around 30million. All the Liverpool fans are behind it and David Villa also. Arsenal cannot compete as they don't have the funds due to their stadium, unless Henry leaves in an unlikely swap deal. Man United will sign Hargreaves and maybe Morten Gamst Pedersen to replace Giggs. Tottenham will sign Kewell for 3million.

NUFC Rumours:

Carr is a deinate for Celtic this summer, deal already done.

Micah Richards and Barton are heading for St James'this summer, with Parker and £6m going to Man City. Parker has fell out with Roeder big time after disparaging comments he made to Crouch over the club during the Jan transfer window.


First of all - the rumours that Craig Gordon is going to Celtic in the summer are laughable. Gordon himself has always said Hearts are the only SPL team he would play for, and once his time at Hearts is up he wants to try his hat in the Premiership. Expect him to join Arsenal in the summer, with the Tynecastle whispers stating that the deal is already done.

Also on the Liverpool rumours, yes they have just been bought over - but you guys have them buying everyone from Nesta, Kaka, Eto, etc etc. Behave, we're not playing Football Manager 2007 here and this is not a forum to post your fantasy Liverpool XI

Shearer will not become the manager at the end of the season. that would be foolish. Roeder will be in charge till the end of his contract and if he does win that illusive trophy.

this summer will be a hive of activity around Newcastle. there will be a couple big name players and a couple relatively unherd of. just like charlie nzog was. expect Ryan babel to sign for either Arsenal or Newcastle

Arsenal Bulletin,

Expect a possable move with ETO of Barca moving 2 AFC but with either Henry or Adebyour going the other way . Aliadiare 2 move 2 Reading with a possable move with Sidwell going the other way 2 AFC . AFC 2 move 4 Scott carson and nooot Buffon as Buffon will stay with JUVE as they will move 2 serie A next season .

Manchester City and England youngster Daniel Sturridge is poised to make a swith to Liverpool in the summer for £6. 5 million with the possibility of add-ons.



Dowie will no take the Coventry job, he has turned his back on the job. Revealed by my mate who works at the bar their.

Kenny Jackett has since been intervied prior to leaving Swansea.

Seen inside the telent stand with Paul Fletcher on the 14th February around midday 100% true

LFC Rumours

Big Changes happening in Summer with Rafa having £75 million to spend. Rafa wants good solid squad to choose from to challenge on all four fronts next season, but mainly to bring the premier tittle back to Anfield with Rafa mainly opting for English youth with pace in the team.

Ins: 2 CB's: Anton Ferdinand £6. 5million and Gabriel Milito £8. 5 million

RB: Alves £12 million or Richards £12 million.

LM: Either Aarron Lennon (1st Choice) for £6 million + Kewell or Simao for £10 million.

CDM: Mascherano 18 month loan then to sign for £12 million.

RM: Shaun Wright-Phillips for £10 million rising to £12. 5million after appearances.

CM: Nigel Reo-coker for £8 million

CAM: Rafael Van Der Vaart for 8 million

2 ST's: David Villa for £25 million and Jermaine Defoe for £10 million

Total Sum: £84 million (excluding Mascherano deal)

Outs: Dudek £2. 5million, Hyypia £1. 5 million, Zenden £1. 5 million, Le Tallec £2 million,

Sinema Pongolle Loan, Folwer (retire), Bellamy £5. 5 million, Cisse £10million, Kewell (Swap)

Total Sum £24 million

Total Net Sum 60 million

LFC Squad 07/ 08

GK: Reina/ Carson/ Padelli

RB: Alves/ Finnan/ Arbeola

CB: Carragher/ Ferdinand/ Palleta

CB: Agger/ Milito/ Hobbs

LB: Risse/ Aurelio/ Insua

RM: Wright-Phillips/ Pennant/ Anderson

CDM:Alonso/ Mscherano

CM: Sissoko/ Reo-Coker

LM: Lennon/ Gonzalez/ Garcia

CAM:Gerrard/ Van der Vaart

ST: Kuyt/ Crouch

Villa/ Defoe

Remaining £15 Million will be spent on youth, with Anderlecht's Van den Borre and Deschacht being bought, Barcelona's Dos Santos, Southampton's Bale, Man City's Sturrige, Wolves Mark Davis, Real Madrid's Mita all being bought for the future of Liverpool. This may exceed 15 million but American Duo will supply extra cash for Rafa. The Future is bright kopites, the future is Liverpool FC.

If West Ham are relegated to the Championship, 33 year old Scottish international midfielder, Christian Dailly will take over as club captain with Nigel Reo Coker set to leave along with Ferdinand (Villa), Green (Arsenal), Tevez (Barcelona), Zamora (Reading), Konchesky (Man City), Sherringham (Sydney), Harewood (Fulham), Neill (Newcastle), Ashton (Newcastle), Boa Morte (Benfica), Benayoun (Fulham), Etherington (Fulham) .

Expect Upson, Gabbidon, Davenport, Quashie, Bowyer to also stay. Carlo Nash to come in from Preston for around £1 million along with Freddie Eastwood for £2. 5 million to partner Carlton Cole.

Nash, McCartney, Upson, Davenport, Gabbidon, Reid, Quashie, Dailly (C), Bowyer, Eastwood, Cole


IF Barnsley stay up, the team for next season will be

Poom (Free from Arsenal)


Nyatanga (If impresses during loan spell, will be made permanent)

Matteo (250k Blackburn)

Eckersley (Another season long loan)



Maher (600k Southend)


Rajczi (Signing permanently) Easter (1m Wycombe)

Fernczi Taylor Fletcher (500k Huddersfield)


Colgan, Mattis, Reid, Rajczi/ Easter, Fernczi/ Fletcher


Richards - Huddersfield

Wroe - Bury (free)

Tonge - Yeovil

Nardiello - Leeds (free)

Mattis - West ham

Hayes - Southend

Kay - Sheff wed

Heckingbottom - Blackpool

Austin - Southampton

Togwell - Port vale

Whether West Ham go down or not, there will be a massive clearout of players in the summer. The players going first will be Reo-Coker, Harewood, Zamora, Paren'tsil, Konchesky and Carroll.

Contrary to people believing that Florent Sinama-Pongolle will return to Liverpool for next season - the 22 year old French striker will have his loan spell extended at Recreativo for 1 further year!


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