Football Rumours Archive May 17 2007


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Gamst Pedersen would like to play at LFC.

He confirmed the rumours on Norwegian TV 2, and I guess Riise, who is a good friend, has advised Rafa that hes a good signing.

Manu also interested, as a replacement for Giggsy


Can we get one thing clear all you Newcastle fans DEAN ASHTON will NOT be signing for you eggy has said he will not be leaving this club even if we did go down. Good rumours for Newcastle fans it looks like you could be signing the lazy coker in a swap for Parker which is a good deal for West Ham. Judas looks like he could be cming home I personally think he is a great player but what he did was wrong. bent is on the list as a summer signin but I think he will go Liverpool. Gudjohnson another target for the Hammers could be happening as West Ham have icelandic owners and he has said he wants a move back to the Premiership West Ham are the only club that is not top 4 who can meet his wages. West Ham will be going for shaun wright Phillips for a second time if this does not go as planned kieren Richardson and Ruben Gonzalez are being lined up also. finally if anton and gabbas leave in the summer highly rated Ezequiel Garay is another player being looked at!

My sister works at the Emirates and came home crying last week cause Henry is off in the summer

Dean Windass won't be leaving Bradford for any less than 250k and the only club he's prepared to leave for is Hull. Carlisle can dream on

Norwich City will hang onto Rob Earnshaw as he's happy playing here. In will come Riordan and Marshall from Celtic, Otsomober from Crewe, Woods from Rotherham, McAllister from Irish side Dungannon Swifts (turned down Celtic to link up with PG) . Also a surprise or two on loan for the season with the goal of helping to get the club back in the Premiership.

I work at the madejski stadium and rumours going round the club are that Reading FC have already approached players to sign for the new season, believed to be a maximum of 7 new players coming in.

Kalifa Cisse (def/ mid) Boavista 1million

Michael Chopra (striker) Cardiff 1million+Shane Long

Julian Gray (left mid) Birmingham £400,000

Alexander Song (mid) Arsenal LOAN

Nicky Butt (mid) Newcastle 2million

and few unnamed players from abbroad.

Going will be.

Graham Stack (GK) Leeds £100,000

Steve Sidwell (mid) Chelsea FREE

John Halls (RB) Luton £250,000

Shane Long p/ e Chopra

Sam Sodje (def) West Brom 500,000




kaboul 7.5m

Elmander 8m

Barnes 3m

bale 10m

maresca 7.5m

Villa rumours.






l. young






s. taylor


As I have been saying for several months, Warnock's days at The Lane have been numbered for a quite a while. His inability to attract genuine Premiership class players has cost the Blades dear, and the powers that be have realised their worst fears for the club. His 'muck and nettles' approach just doesn't wash with quality players. The contract offered to him was only worth a fraction of what he actually demanded.

Now he has fallen on his sword so to speak, the club can get on with working their way back up, he can wallow in his own bloated self-esteem and the fans can look forward to the next step. a quality (none supporter) young manager.

Don't be surprised to see NW at Elland Road soon. you heard it hear first.

Top Premiership club signings

Man United:

Owen Hargreaves

Ricardo Quaresma

Samuel Eto'o


Benni McCarthy

Steve Sidwell



Fernando Torres

Simao Sabrosa

Dani Alves


David Trezeuget

Franck Ribery

Lukas Fabianski


David Nugent

Denny Landzaat

Sylvain Distin


Darren Bent

Nigel Reo-Coker

Wayne Bridge

Neil Warnock will speak to Man City about the managerial position. If he is awarded the job, expect the £6 million signing of Phil Jagielka whilst Sammi Hyypia will come in for £1 million and atleast 1 striker will definitely come in.

The Eastlands club will join Villa and Blackburn by sticking Craig Bellamy on their wish list.


PAFC ins. Titus Bramble, Lasse Nilsson, Karl Hawley and John Halls. Ben Sahar will join on loan along with Scott Sinclair or Lee Sawyer or Jonas Elmer or Tom Taiwo from Chelsea. Andy Cole will join on loan for 3 months from Portsmouth. and Peter Weatherstone from Queens Park in Scotland will join on a season long loan with a view to a permenant move. PAFC outs. Nick Chadwick and Bojan Djordic. Possible outs WIHT FEES Norris 500,000. Seip 1.5 M. Summerfield 2.7 M. Buzsaky 1 M. Larrieu 300,000. Rory Fallon will stay. so will doumbe. Halmosi and Timar will complete moves from there teams on Thursday. wooooo!


If it is true that Pique is returning to OT then we will effectively have the following defensive:

CB: Rio, Vidic, Pique (cover), Brown (cover)

RB: Neville, Pique (cover), Brown (cover)

LB: Evra, Heinze (cover), Silvestre (cover)

There is still utilty O'Shea. I will therefore expect to see someone leaving and it would be Silvestre or Brown as SAF will look to bring in some cover for Neville at RB. Whom I don't know?Does Brown want to leave? Maybe to Newcastle? Silvestre to Lyon. Bardsley to Villa. Simpson and Evans to remain on loan at Sunderland where they will achieve Premiership football.

In midfield I will expect Hargreaves (18m) and Nani (14m) to definitely make an entrance. Richardson to leave

Central Mid: Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves, Fletcher (can also cover on the right wing) .

Wing Attack: Ronaldo, Giggs, Nani.

I get the strange feeling we may see SAF bring in another midfield player. There seems to be rumours surrounding Cahill. So who knows?

In attack striking options are thin. Luckily we have Rossi coming back from Parma. I'll expect Huntelaar to come in along with another striker Defoe? or Bent? or Gudjonsen. Saha is definitely off in the summer. Strikers: Rooney, Huntelaar, Rossi, Gudjonsen?








Talk has also been said of Bayern vetrain Roy Makaay wanting to partner big Jan so Celtic are planning a £5million swoop for him









Man United "twist&turns"

Fergie spoke of 3 targets, Hargreaves and Nani are two which will be announced early in the transfer window. The problem is the striker situation which is changing daily. Fergie wanted Berbatov or Tevez initially but both now seem definite no no's. Then Eto'o or Ronaldhino were sought but Barca want silly money (and I mean silly) . Main targets now are Klose or Huntelaar (in that order of preference) . Defoe, Martins, Bent are not in the frame. Out of it all I expect Huntelaar to appear at OT next season. Bale won't be coming, again too much cash for unproven talent where cover is not essential. Sylvestre will go as will Saha with Pique and Rossi filling the gaps from loan and both now capable to fill in when needed. As I have said before the up and coming loaners and reserves will start to feature next season especially in the Carling cup which is usual but less senior player prescence will be on show in these games. Hopefully some young talent will shine as in the 90's and come through the ranks.

Also heard BENT and Young to West Ham will happen following Mr Kerbs and Big Sam wants Peter Crouch.

=Man Unitedmick=

I have heard that Richard Money has already contacted 6 players to replace all the players he has released in order to do better in League 1 next season, they are Jorge Leitao (Feirense), Michael Ricketts (Preston), Kevin Harper (Stoke), ndy Johnson (Cardiff), Crainey (Southampton) and Andrew Whing (Coventry)

Teddy Sheringham, recently released by West Ham, will join former club Nottingham Forest if they are to suceed in their bid to regain promotion to the Championship.

Stuart mccall to be sheff utds new manager. paddy kenny to sign for Fulham. as well Dave Healy. Tevez to be signed by West Ham for 25 million but this will not affect their original transfer budget as magnussonn will fund the deal with his own personal money. warnock has applied for all vacant managerial positions but will not get any of the jobs. kia joorabichan has taken firm interest in Fulham and will buy a large stake in the club with al fayed looking to get out asap. indaknow more soon.

Arsenal Transfer Rumours .

Arsenal have already signed Fabianski . There next transfer looks to be confiremed as Florent Malouda from Lyon . Arsene relised Ribery will be to much and will lose out to Real Madrid . So Malouda is he's next option,

Leaving will be Freddie Ljunberg with Portsmouth, West Ham and Newcastle all acfter him, The price Arsenal are looking for are 5-6 million .

Flamini will leave with Lyon, Newcastle, Intetr all after him .

Eto'o has offered himself to Arsenal amd he wants 7 million a year deal . If Arsenal agree to this then Eto'o will join up with Henry to be the best strike force oyut there .


After pulling out of the race to sign the ridiculously over-priced Scott Brown, Rangers will prevent a fan backlash by the fantastic signing of Alan Smith from Man United for around £3.6m and the much more realistically priced and more talented James McFadden for around £2.4m from Everton. Gers only other outlays will be on Stevie Naismith, Steven Whittaker and the permanent transfer of Andy Webster.


Alan Smith (Man United) £3.6m

James McFadden (Everton) £2.4m

Stevie Naismith (Kilmarnock) £1.1m

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) £1m

Andy Webster (Wigan) £500,000

JC Darcheville (Bordeaux) bosman

Alan Gow (FalKirk) bosman

Kirk Broadfoot (St. Mirren) nominal fee

We welcome the chase. 51 and counting


Arsenal Rumours

Wenger will be meeting with the board next week to discuss his budget for the coming season. According to reports in the Italian media, he still hasn't given up hope of signing Buffon and has enquired about his availability recently; if the transfer goes through expect Lehmann to play understudy and the new polish keeper to line up as third choice. Almunia will return to Spain, manone may leave. He has targeted 2 defenders they are Philippe Mexes of Roma and Micah Richards of Man city, combined cost roughly 15 million. He apparently has rekindled his interest in Stephen Appiah as he needs more bite in midfield, if he fails with his bid, he may go back in for Yaya Toure who has had a good season with Monaco, but is said to be keen to move. He will sign Ribery 100% as this deal was done at Christmas, with Aliadiere going the other way probably along with Flamini. The big transfer will be Eto, and he may break the bank to get Tevez, even though Bendtner will return to the Emirates.

Buffon: 8 million + Viera Debt

Mexes: 7 million

Richards: 8 million + Hoyte

Appiah: 5 million

Toure: 4 million

Ribery: 13 million + Aliadiere + Flamini

Eto: 25 million

Tevez: 17 million

Gunners for Life

Repoprted hayy Kewell is on his way to Ewood park for MGP+5milll. I personalyy would luv 2 c MGP at Anfield his has to potential to be a legend.

Sunderland 2 sign zat Knight 4 2m and Patrick Vieira 4.5m

Lyon, Manchester City, Benfica and PSV are the list of clubs chasing Djibril Cisse from Liverpool whilst Arsene Wenger is also interested in bringing the French striker to Arsenal!


Norwich will confirm the signing of Ostemobor later this week. They have also enquired about his team-mate Billy Jones, at around £750 000 plus add-ons. They also fancy Robbie Blake and/ or Richard Cresswell from Leeds, especially if big Dion leaves.

Loan deals may also be struck for Liverpool centre back Jack Hobbs.

Canaries! OTBC

Sheffield Wednesdays 1.5m bid for Billy Sharp was rejected obviously because Scunthorpe want to keep him and secondly it wasn't 1.5m up front it was 800k and the rest if the owls get up to the Premiership. Told this by Tony Daws coach at Scunthorpe.

Major Transfers this summer, according to my sources.

Huntelaar to United (15M) -nailed on cert.

Cahill to United (8M), if they don't get Hargreaves

Giggs to move abroad, possibly Spain

Drogba to Barcelona (15m + player. )

Hyypia to Man City (2m)

Tevez to Chelsea (20M)

Lampard to Real Madrid (12M) -Certain to happen

Pato to Liverpool (12M) -Almost done, to be announced after C. L. Final.

MAN UNITED 2007/ 2008:


1. Pique back to cover at CB

2. Bardsley back to cover at RB (if a RB is not bought)

3. Hargreaves (18m) from Bayerm

4. Nani (14m) from Sporting

5. Huntelaar (15m) from Ajax

6. Rossi back from Parma


1. Richardson (4m) to ?

2. Silvestre (4m) to Lyon

3. Saha (8m) to Lyon or Newcastle

4. Kieran Lee out on Loan

NETT SPENDING: 31 million pounds

Keeper: Van Der Sar, Kuszchack, Foster

CB: Rio, Vidic, Pique, Brown

RB: Neville, Bardsley

LB: Evra, Heinze

CM: Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves, Fletcher

WING: Ronaldo, Giggs, Nani, Park, Ole

ATTACK: Rooney, Rossi, Huntelaar, Smith

Have to admit that Reading this sometimes makes me laugh. berbatov to Liverpool for #15m - try doubling and you may get near the correct price. I have it on very good authority he does not want to leave whl as very happy there. also Spurs may be bidding for his bulgarian mate petrov from villa.

also expect to see defender for cover - kaboul from Auxerre looks favorite.

lastly, expect a bid in for Nakamura from Celtic. if you have seen the new away and third strip you will see chinese written onto it. Spurs want to make a big move in far east market and what better way to do it than with one of the biggest stars.


From the reliable and very strong source that tipped me off that Chadwick was set to sign yonks ago&also for the signings of Seip, Gallen&Sinclair (On Loan), comes more rumours. Firstly argyle will not be following up their interest in Karl Hawley from Carlisle United, Ian holloway believes that strikers we have are good enough. However it has been outlined by Argyle that they are looking for; Rightback (to give Connolly some competiton for the position), Goalkeeper, Right Midfielder/ Central Midfielder and a possible striker (if we let go of Reid, Samba or Chadwick) .

Expect Interest Expressed and were I have placed an (!) exclamation mark, strong interest or a bid, for the following:

Hatem Trabelsi (!) (released by Man City)

Gabor Kiraly

Ben Sahar (loan) (Argyle get first option if any bids come in)

Billy Jones (!)

Luke Varney

Chris Porter

David Healy

Tresor Kandol

Armand Traore (!)

Randall (Arsenal)

Argyle were expressing interest in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink but as a result of possible high wage demands did not follow up on this.

To the guy that said Rangers are getting Appiah.

Nonsense, it has been shown how the transfer market in Scotland works. We (Celtic) want him, therefore Rangers can't have him because he is out of your price range. We are the financially dominant power in Scotland.

Anyway, expect this to hit the old media soon. Celtic will make audacious moves for two major Premiership stars. One is Joey Barton and the other in Craig Bellamy. Bartons agent was on Real Radio last night saying that Barton want's CL football and if the package was right he would definitely move to Celtic Park.

Bellamy was quoted in a Liverpool fanzine as saying that he had unfinished business at Celtic Park and that he wanted to go back one day to finish it. Expect that to be this summer.

Mon the hoops. We welcome the chase.

BERGKAMPWORLD Franck Ribery will sign for Arsenal within the next month!He has an agreement with Arsene Wenger from last summer. The striker signing will be Ryan Babel (Ajax) who AW thinks could be one of the best players in the world.

It is also possible that two lifelong Gooners will arrive at the Emirates?Micah Richards has already stated that he only wants to sign for Arsenal and Gareth Bale (who is at the Emirates so often that he may as well move in) will snub all other clubs to join Arsenal in the same way that Theo Walcott did.

A quick question to the Carlisle United fan who posted yesterday. How on earth are Carlisle United going to stump up £850k fot the three players you mentioned? Honestly, how?

Also, as many may already be aware, Big Sam is after Carlisle United manager Neil MacDonald as his assistant.

Birmingham's Steve Bruce will be looking to bring in a completely new back 4, he has been sending scouts to Fulham, Newcastle&Villa over the last few weeks. Targeting L. Rosenior&Z. Knight (both Fulham), T. Bramble&O. Bernard (both Newcastle), L. Ridgewell&J. L. Samuel (both Villa) . The only 2 Birmingham defenders likely to survive are M. Sadler&R. Jaidi.

Villa are also trying to sort out a new defense with Distan (Man C) a definite purchase&G. Johnson&W. Bridge (both Chelsea) also likely candidates.

Roy Keane is set to continue buying Irish, with Paddy Kenny (£1.5m)&Matty Holland (free) . Also linked with bringing Ian Harte back to England.

The Transfer of Phil Jagielka to Blackburn is nailed on! Details will be announced within the next 2 weeks.

Finally with Zat Knight leaving, Fulham are lining up Danny Shittu as his replacement.

West Ham will be the busiest club in the transfer window. A whole host of players will shown the door, Reo Coker to Newcastle with Parker heading in the opposite direction. Anton Ferdinand to Tottenham or Newcastle. Konchesky to Fulham. Roy Carroll back to Wigan, Paintsil is going back to Isreal on loan, Matty Etherington to Fulham or Middlesborough if Downing moves on. Marlon Harewood and Danny Gabbidon will be offered as bait to tempt Charlton to part with Darren Bent. Benayoun will also leave possibly to Ath Madrid. Tevez is off to sunny Spain (No shock there) . A number of reserve players like Teddy Sherringham will be jettisoned as well.

Incoming will be similar to January. Negotiations are difficult due to all the rubbish with Sheffield United, however deals are being sought for the following players: - Darren Bent-swap deal with Charlton, Saviola-freebie, SWP £12 from Chelsea, Gudjonson £6 million, Scott Parker-swap deal with Newcastle, Gabriel Heinze or Leighton Baines. A deal is also being sorted out for Barnetta.

Real Madrid Rumours:

They will sign

Metzelder, Diego, Right Midfielder and take Baptista, Soldado, Balboa, home from loan

De la Red, Javi Garcia, Sergio Sanchez, Codina, Negredo will come from the Castilla team. And Capello will stay

Out will Diego Lopez, Cassano, Pavon, Meija, Beckham

Real Mdrid team 2007/ 2008


Casillas, Codina;

M. Torres, Cannavaro, Ramos, Cicinho, Sergio Sanchez, Helguera, Marcelo, Metzelder;

Gago, Diarra, Emerson, De la Red, Javi Garcia, Reyes, Diego, Balboa, ?;

Baptista, Raul, RvN, Negredo, Soldado

Kenny Miller is on his way out of Celtic park after a disappointing first season, it looks like he may be heading back down south to West Brom. Strachan has told him he is surplus to requirements with Scott MacDonald, Maciej Zurawski, Derek Riordan and a new striker thought to be Arouna Kone with whom Jan Vennegoor paired up with at PSV Eindhoven. Craig Beattie is also expected to leave the club during the summer with a move to Aberdeen likely, and moving the other way will be Aberdeen's defender Zander Diamond. The deal that will bring Stephen Appiah to Celtic looks to have stalled as Celtic do not agree with Fenerbahce's valuation of the midfielder. Craig Bellamy will not be signing for Celtic in the summer, and neither unfortunately will Riquelme, but Celtic have the next best thing in Scott Brown. Rangers on the other hand look set to raid Walter Smiths former club, Everton, as they have made moves to sign Richard Wright and Gary Naysmith although it looks unlikely that they will sign James McFadden. There is still no rumours on whether Steven Naismith will join Rangers but a deal sounds likely. Hearts fans should not kid themselves on, whoever stated on here yesterday that Romanov would give "Nevio Scala" (more like Owen Coyle) £10m to spend needs to take a reality check as the club are still heavily in debt. Although in saying that it was not as bad a rumour as the guy who said Henri Camara is worth £12m. BF

Arsenal to sign klose for £5m as his contract expires after this seaons.

Wenger has kept Henry by saying he sign some world class players which are Ribery has he is friends with Henry, the other is Eto'o he fallen out with board and manger, he is also friends with Henry and a fan of Wenger, don't know how they cost put that what I am hearing.

Tottenham to go for Marquez. This is because Frank Rijkaard want to have a clear out as he feels Barcelona players have lost there passion and Martin Jol wants to strengthen his defense and might put in a 10-15 mil bid.

I was shopping in Sunderland centre yesterday and spotted Alan Smith in an estate agents. I have a friend who is close to Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn and he says it is a done deal.

Roy Keane is also looking to bring in an established central defender, possible targets sol campbell, Phil jagielka.

Roy Keane has also been strongly linked with paddy Kenny in his search for a keeper.

Thierry Henry is not leaving for Liverpool with Barcelona his desired direction. Liverpool will settle for Samuel Eto'o or Carlos Tevez Instead.

I'm a police offier and I was involved in the call out to the Jose's dog story last night, he ended up getting let go with a caution but whilest in the office was more quizzed by my colleegues for xfer rumours.

Chelsea Ins

Villa or Martins


Ben Haim


Chelsea Outs

Bridge (pos Martins deal)

SWP loan


And surprisingly they are willing to listen to offers for Drogba !

Leicester City will add to their squad with, South African Gareth Allen, the towering centreback has had loans spells to Zenit St Petersberg from Orlando Pirates. It is reported he will command a transfer fee of around £450,000. Also Leicester City face strong competition from Arsene Wenger to sign French Under 21 left back Florian Marange from Bordeaux. He is seen as one of the brightest youth talents currently in France.

Both of these transfer targets are from a reliable source.

I've heard that from a good source that Arsenal would get Gareth Bale if the Saints didn't go up.


Player Outs:

Silvestre->Lyon (4.5m)

Saha- >Lyon (10m)

Bardsley- >loan made permanent

Brown- > Newcastle (6m)

Player Ins:

Eto'o- 28m

Hargreaves- 17m

Nani - 12m

= £57m

Rossi- (return from loan)

Pique- (return from loan)

Foster- (return from loan)

and if you remember Sir Alex has got £60m Transfer budget so he will use the extra 2m left on young south american talent in January. Names on his short list include: Alexandre Pato, Kerlon, and Palacios.

I'm 96% certain except for eto'o because he might cost £40m it would be the best if it did

Pele (le mans) and diakhate (nancy) wanted by Manchester United

Just a short one!

Big Sam will have his little diamond in his new team, Andranik! Small price for a big player.

Everton fc

To sign:

Thomas Myhre (nominal) -Charlton

Wayne Bridge (4m) -Chelski

Phil Jageilka (3.5m) -Sheff u

Manuel Fernandes (Loan) -Benfica

Sanli Tuncay (6m) -Fenerbache

David Nugent (7m) -Preston

Mark Viduka (free) -Middlesbrough


Richard Wright (released) -Ipswich/ Rangers

Alessandro Pistone (released) -Lecce

Gary Naysmith (2m) -Rangers/ Celtic

Andy Van Der Medye (nominal) -FC Twente

James Mcfadden (4m) -Rangers

James Beattie (2, 3m) -Middlesbrough/ Bolton/ Sunderland

Andrew Johnson (15m) -Westham


First of all I would just like to say that these are all true cause I got a inside source at Reading so expect these plaers to sign for Reading in the summer ok?

They are:

Leon Barnett

Gavin McCann

Reading have also signed a foreign midfeilder but name not given now but I can tell you in 24 hours time when he is inveiled.

Also Reading we try and sign John Mensah of Rennes and Emerson Fae of Nantes.

I have it on good authority that Exeter will sign veteran Torquay left-back Andrew Tapp if they win their play-off final. Andrew has just returned from a broken ankle and is still hopeful of playing more league football.

Hibs will use some of the Scott Brown transfer fee received to sign former player (and that of their rivals), Paul Hartley. Things have not worked out at Celtic, and he will rejoin Hibs for £750,000. He is likely to become Hibs highest earner, bur willl earn significantly less than at Celtic, so to make up for that he will get a £250,000 signing on fee, making the whole upfront cost £1 million. They will also sign Dorus De Vries from Dunfermline, and snap up his name sake, and another ex Hearts player, Mark De Vries, on a free transfer

FIFA will instruct the FA Premier League to deduct 10 points from West Ham before the start of next season. Middlesborough will then along with Wigan Fulham Sheffield Charlton Bolton Everton and Manchester City . Challenge that in the high Court.

Man United

Gareth Bale £7 million Plus Adam Eckersley going the other way on 12 month loan. He is currently on loan at Brondby.

RANGERS- Expect a joint bid to Wigan for McCulloch AND Aghahowa, Smith sees him as the ideal from man/ winger to replace Novo if he goes as his side would severly lack pace! Smith might also consider throwing Craig Moore a lifeline having been released from Newcastle. Also would people stop saying Hansson will sign, he signed for a German club over a month ago now!

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