Football Rumours Archive May 17 2008


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Rumours from the Emirates:

AW is going to buy 3 well known names this Summer. His top target is a CB, Mexes is a candidate however is more than happy at Rome so Kompany's name has sprung up, however expect the new addition to be Thuram of FC Barcelona as Arsene Wenger is a long term admirer. Yaya Toure will not be signed as Song/Gilberto/Diaby and Denilson are all strong holding replacements so expect the second signing to be attacking midfielder Samir Nasri of Marseille for around £12 million. Ben arfa is close but not a done deal, Chelsea may put in a large late offer and if they do Krankjar of Pompey is second choice. Expect Gervinho of Le

Mans to join and Mputu (African Wonder–kid) to be signed but loaned 2 championship side (Derby likely). Ronaldinho, Robinho and Eto'o have all been mentioned but the asking prices and wages have put Arsene Wenger off making a formal approach. Lehmann has gone and is to be followed by Hleb, Djourou, Eboue and possibly Bendtner. Bendtners departure would accomodate arrivals of youngsters Vela and Merida. Also do not be surprised to see Van Persies time at the Emirates end in the Summer, although his vulnerabilty to injury concerns Arsenal, he is being kept tabs on by Munich who are in pursuit of a big name forward. Trust me these are not wishes this is all provided information from reliable sources. Gooner87

  Arsenal Ins: –

Michael Johnson (M. City)

S. Nasri (Marseille)

D. Wheater (M'Boro)

V. Kompany (HSV)

M. Gomez (Stutggart)

J. Hart (M. City)

Arsenal Outs: –

M. Flamini (Milan)

A. Hleb (Inter)

W. Gallas (Barcelona)

E. Eboue (Marseille)

L. Fabianski (loan)

Gilberto (Getafe)

  – –

–As new assistant manager at Liverpool Sammy Lee has taken no time in suggesting future transfers to Rafa and luckily one name in particular was already being strongly considered by Benitez. Stewart Downing, however this is very unlikely due to the price and will only happen if Hicks or DIC take full control before the end of the Summer.

–Most likely future left winger looks set to be Albert Riera. However it will not be as part of a deal involving Sebastian Leto.

–Rafa 'wants' Gareth Barry, Nick Shorey, David Bentley, Aaron Lennon, Glen Johnson. but is likely to be priced out of most of these due to the inflated transfer fees for even mediocre English talent.

–No one from Valencia will be joining Liverpool. (No Villa, Canizarez, Silva or Joaquin)

–Most likely (major) Ins: Philipp Degen, Gareth Barry, Albert Riera, Antonio Valencia, Mauro Zarate

–Most likely (major) Outs: Riise, Finnan, Crouch, Voronin

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  You Heard it here first.

Owen on his way back to Liverpool In part–x for Crouch.

Riise also on his way to St. James Park in a cash deal already agreed.

Zarate will join for a season long loan with the view to a transfer next season.

Valencia will join from Wigan, for a fee of £6 million.

and finally. Malouda will join from Chelsea for £10 million as a result of Villa not willing to accept a deal for Barry.

Can't reveal my source but in eight weeks time you will know it was reliable.

  Ronaldo is going nowhere, for the next two years at least. When United win the Champions League. which they will. They will make an offer of £68 million for Lionel Messi. Also, they will make offers for Karim Benzema and a cheeky bid for Robinho should the Messi bid fail. Micah Richards will sign a four year deal in a transfer worth £18.5 million after the Champions League. Ronaldinho is off to AC Milan and Krancjar will be at the Gunners.

Chelsea will not make any major signings apart from signing Rafael Van Der Vaart for around £20 million.

Liverpool will not sign anyone mentioned in the other rumours, but will go all out to sign David Silva. Possibility of David Villa coming to the Premier League with Arsenal and Man United suiting him best.

Come on the Reds

  To the genius who said Hibernian are planning a shock move for Amadou Konte, you must be kidding. As a season ticket holder and Easter Road, I have endured some of his performances and I can assure you he is one of the worst football players I have ever seen. And £1.6 million. We would be lucky to get 500 k this year for transfers.

Real rumours:

Expect Alan Gow to sign from Rangers on a season long loan.

Derek Riordan to head back along the M8 also.

  To the Rangers fan who claimed they will have 40 Mil to spend in the Summer – wake up mate.

Rangers have overheads, wages, debt and bills like every other business. They also overspent by 7 Mil last Summer (David Murray said so himself). And they will also have to pay tax on any profit they post. Murray and Bain have already announced there will be 10 Mil available – Welcome back to reality.

Anyway Celtic rumour I have heard is James McFadden in a straight swap for Scott Brown.

McFadden does not want to play in the Championship and is Celtic daft, while Brown wants away – This will suit everyone.

Tommy Twists, Tommy Turns, Tommy Burns – RIP

  If Bristol City will get in the Premier League

Stephen Hunt from Reading

  Walsall Fotball Club are ready be taken over by former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis, this is why the Saddler have not yet appointed a new manager. David Kelly is the manager Doug Ellis will want and hopes a £5,000,000 transfer kity will help persuade him to join.

Doug wants to sign: –

– Darren Pratley – £500,000.

– Darren Byfield – £10,000.

– Paul Hefferman – £250,000.

– Wes Morgan – £750,000.

– Lee Holmes – Free.

– Matty Fryatt – £150,000.

– Andy Robinson – Free.

– Dennis Lawrence – Free.

– Lee Frecklington – £500,000.

The Saddlers are also looking to make Wolverhampton Wanderrs forward Freddy Eastwood their first ever player to break the million pund barrier by offering £2,000,000 for the want away forward.

Total Spending – £4, 160,000.

  Hearts FC

Hearts are interested in FC Vaslui attacking midfielder Marko Ljubinković. The 26 year old has scored 16 goals in Romania this season and was linked to Newcastle in December. He has one year left on his contract and his club want to cash in.

Zelimir Terkes and Adrian Sikora are also targets. Terkes, is a 27 year old Bosnian forward and is soon out of contract from NK Zadar. He is the top scorer in Croatia with 21 goals.

Sikora, plays for Groclin and is out of contract next month. He scored 18 goals in Poland this season.

  Rochdale's Adam LeFonde could move to Leicester City regardless of whether Rochdale secure promotion to league one.

  Scott Carson is not signing for Villa and does not really want to sit on the bench for Liverpool again. I heard that he maybe on his way to Tottenham with them playing European football. Plus, Robinson looks like he is on his way as well. So he will definatly be No. 1

  Sunderland have agreed a fee with the Hammers for Carlton Cole however the stumbeling block appears to be Coles Wage demands currently costing the Hammers £40 k a week.

Sunderland will complete signings of Paul Scholes on a two year contract and John O'Shea on a four year deal


Sunderland will sign within the next two weeks:

Aiden mcgeady

Johnny Evans

and they will also launch a surprise bid for Makoun


–Zoggy is not leaving if he has anything to do with it, he loves Newcastle and does not want to leave

–Given is not leaving, why would he? He has been injured but will come back at full strength for Newcastle

–Martins is close to signing a new deal and will not leave

Ins (Possibly)

–Huntelaar 15–20 million (If Owen leaves)

–Diane (If Ashton is not secured) £5 million

–Ashton £7 million + Viduka

–Dunne £4 million or £1 million+ Faye

–Giles Barnes £4 million

–Larsson £6 million

–C. Davies £8 million or £5 million+ Faye

Expect Newcastle to raid ManC, Birmingham and Reading

–Arshavin £15 million (Price up after UeFa Cup)

–Sidwell (If Arshavin is not secured) £4 million

Expect Newcastle to raid Championship teams for young players

Outs (Possibly)

–Cacapa 500g

–Faye £3 million+ Davies or Dunne or £5 million (Blackburn)

–Geremi £2 million (Monaco)

–Duff £4 million (Blackburn, the Hammers, Birmingham, Fulham) or part exchange for Larrson

–Viduka Part exchange for Ashton

–Alan Smith £4 million (Middlesbrough, Rangers)

–Rozehnal £2 million (PSG, Lazio etc. )

–Emre (If Arshavin comes in) £4 million (Middlesbrough or abroad)

  major charlton news.


Cory Gibbs Released

Chris Powell Retired

Paulo Monteiro Released

Osei Sankofa Released

Dean Sinclair Millwall, 500 k

Amdy Faye Rennes, £2 million

Marcus Bent Wigan, £3 million

Jerome Thomas Portsmouth, £3.5 million

Jonathan Fortune Stoke, £1 million

Zheng Zhi WBA, £3 million

Ben Thatcher Crystal Palace, £1 million

Chris Iwelumo Queens Park Rangers, £1 million

Darren Ambrose Wolves swap


Michael Kightly – £2 million (+ Darren Ambrose)

Greg Halford. – Free, Sunderland.

Kris Commons – Free, Nottingham Forest.

Richard Stearman. – 500 k, Leicester City

Mark Milligan – Free, Sydney FC.

Wes Hoolahan – 250 k Blackpool

Barry Nicholson – Free, Aberdeen.

  Marcelo moreno will not be joining Tottenham. He will instead sign for Man United. Sir Alex sees him in the same mould as Fernando Torres and does not want to miss out on him. Also expect Daniel Alves and miguel veloso 2 sign and Joao moutinho to sign a pre contract for 2009/2010 season. A bid of £30 million 4 micah Richards will be rejected by City

  Man. United are to sign Samuel eto'o from FC Barcelona as FC Barcelona have alredy said he can go and have set a price of 40 million euros, which is around £30 million.



Jose Bosingwa (Porto) £15 million

Gareth Barry (Aston Vila) £20 million


Paulo Ferreira (Aston Villa) £5 million

Branislav Ivanovic (Blackburn) £5 million

Claude Makelele (Marseille) Free

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) £5 million

Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen) £2 million

  I have heard that Liverpool are interested in this young kid from Atletico Madrid called camucho can somebody tell me if this is true cause iv heard it from somebody who knows all this stuff and iv seen him play 1 or two games and the boy can play

  Chelsea are preparing astonishing swoops for Lisbon youngsters Felipe Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso, Avram Grant was impressed by both players impacts during the Champions League and could launch a bid after the European Championships.

They will also be battleing with FC Barcelona for German forward Mario Gomez if AC Milan tempt Drogba from Stamford Bridge

  Luton Town rumour possible return of Kevin nicholls was watching Luton legends game last week and all members of the ltfc 2020 were there nicholls name was on list to every one suprisment. also there could b a few fisher Athletic forwards joining next season who already have pre argreements to do with them wining their play off game but they lost. Dean brill going to Hull as cover for myhill and Talbot to link up with Paul Sturrock at Plymouth for £150 k




brill £300,000 luton town


halls free reading


armstrong (fit again)


timar £500,000 plymouth a




montgomery (fit again)

HOWARD £1.5 million BARNSLEY


hoolahan 750,000 blackpool

speed free bolton w

halmos £800,000 plymouth a


hucklerby free norwich

earnshaw swap for stead derby co




webber (fit again)

transfer fees total £7, 350, ooo




stead swap for earnshaw

gillespie free to burnley

transfer fees total £11 mill

Deaf Postie

  Brian Howard will sign a new three year contract at Barnsley in the few two weeks. Also likely signings are

: Lewin Nyatanga

: Stern John

: Daniel Sturridge – Loan

: George Boyd

: Dean Windass – If Hull Go Up

: Julien Bennett

: James Coppinger

If by some chance Howard get's prized away, Kris Commons is being lined up.

Departures will include

: Kim Christenson

: Andy Johnson

: Istvan Ferenczi

: Sam Togwell

: Daniel Nardiello

: DWayne Mattis

: Paul Reid

All public knowledge plus

: Bobby Hassell

: Martin Devaney

: Miguel Mostto

All maybe's.

Decent source, club reserve team player.

  Liverpool will bid for the following as first choice:

Diego (15 million)

Philip Degen (free)

Gareth Barry (12 million)

David Silva (17 million)

Marcelo Moreno (6 million)

James McCarthy (2 million)

Aaron Ramsey (5 million)

Leaving will be:

Peter Crouch (12 million)

Andrey Voronin (1 million)

Harry Kewell (free)

Scott Carson (7 million)

Charles Itjande (2 million)

John Arne Riise (5 million)

Danny Guthrie (2 million)

However if DIC take over, we will sign another winger and Pennant will leave

  Plymouth Argyle rumours

Doumbe will not sign a new contract and is returning to France, but Abdou, Smith and Summerfield are staying.

Sturrock is targetting young English players as most of the foreign players he's looked at are too expensive (fees and wages). Sturrock is very interested in defender Matt Taylor at Exeter and possibly Moxey. The Moxey transfer depends on whether the Barnet 3 sign. Sturrock is trying to sign Dickinson from Stockport, failing that he will go for clive Platt at Colchester.

  Plymouth have been linked with Aberdeen youth player Ian porter. has scored a few goals and has impressed highly

  Liverpool Transfer Rumours.

Rafa Benitez is not off the market as some people have said, he has founds provided by Hick, Gillet will not give nothing, expect Benitez to spend £30 million pounds this Summer.

Possible Ins: (of course not them all)

Milligan – Sydney FC (done)

Barry – Aston Villa

Riera – Espanyol

Garcia – Zaragoza

Zarate – Al Saad (loan)

Silva – Valencia

Possible Outs: (same)

Carson – Aston Villa (Barry deal)

Pennant – Aston Villa (Barry deal)

Leto – Espanyol (Riera deal)

Benayoun – Valencia (Silva deal) or Villarreal

Itandje – Monaco

Voronin – Stuttgard

Finnan/Riise – Newcastle (combined fee)

  The guy who posted the other day about riccardo fuller was right, I am friends with fullers agent and he told me he will DEFINATELY be joining the Hammers. This deal will be £3 million or possibly £2 million + Carlton Cole. Stoke are holding out for the £3 million though and this money will be used to battle Portsmouth for AC Omonia forward Musawengosi Mguni. Mguni favours a move to Manchester City where he can link up with Benjani, his national strike partner, though until sven's future is decided there will be no signings there anytime soon. but Mguni will be playing in the Premier League next season

  To the berk who wrote "also I saw Moyse at the UeFa Cup final, watchin Arsavin. I know this because I was there. " You have just embarrassed yourself there, mate, because Moyes was watching Arshavin. from the TV box providing expert analysis pre–match, at half–time and after the match. You're an person.

Current rumour doing the rounds both in Liverpool and in the Midlands is Zoltan Gera will sign for Everton on a free.

I tells 'em like I sees 'em.

  All this stuff about Newcastle spending big this Summer is rubbish. Their wage bill is already at 80 percent of the club's turnover so do not expect any big signings unless they offload several overpaid players. Expect moves instead for young talent. I have heard they may try to take advantage of the situation at Manchester City to sign Vladimir Weiss, who is a brilliant prospect; an agile midfielder with pace and class.

  My frend works at the offices in the Everton ground and has heard a few names being thrown around. One name is Riquelme. Last year it was a joke but this time it isnt. Wages have to be thrashed out but deal is nearly done. It will initially be a one year loan with the option of a permanent deal. One other name mentioned is Gudjohnsen for around £5 million. the Hammers, Newcastle and Aston Villa are also interested but Everton have already made contact and seem to be in pole position.


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