Football Rumours Archive July 19 2006


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Saviola to Arsenal was almost a done deal, but he was a luxury rather than a neccesity. Arsene pulled back when he learned Senderos was out for at least two months, Djourou is hurt, Clichy is hurt, and Ashley is brain dead, and he realized he had to buy at the back. Curtis Davies will come in for 8m. Thuram is possible for a year as Arsene wants an 'elder statesman' at the back with Sol's leaving. AW knows Almunia and Poom aren't a long term replacement for Jens, but he may go for Pele or either of Casillas or Buffon, whoever is out of favour (presuming Buffon is on his was to Real). Arsenal old boy Vieira is on his way to Lyon- the only person he hates more than RVN is Alex Ferguson, I'm not sure why Man U fans don't know/remember this.

As for Ashley, he's going to Madrid because his wife calls the shots.

The two or three more players Rafa mentioned are Kuyt (£8 million + Dudek), Zapater (£4 million) and Camornesi (Loan for 12 months). Traore (Charlton), Daio (Sheff Utd), Le Tallec (PSG) and Pongolle (Rennes) to leave.

I work in the backoffice of a large London based merchant bank. We have just processed a large euro payment to a subsidiary of one of the relegated Italian clubs on behalf of CAFC Limited (Charlton). My boss wouldn't say exactly who it was but said it's "a fee for a French national defender". The amount was around €2.5mn - not sure who you would get for that, maybe Lilian Thuram? Anybody heard anything else to confirm this? Not a Charlton fan myself but thought I'd pass it on for those who are...

I've worked at Newcastle for five years now, and have always got good info from the transfers. I've been a personal friend of Roeder's for a few years now, and he tells me he wants:


-Saviola 3.5mil

-Klose 7mil

-Tim Cahill 6mil

-Oddo 1.5mil


-Babayaro Free to Qatar

-Steven Taylor to Arsenal 5.5 mil

-Solano 1mil to Reading

-Boumsong to Marseille on loan, being bought for 4mil next season.

I've never been wrong, and nor will these be!!!!

Reading will sign former Everton defender Per Kroldup for £900k


Manchester United chief David Gill cut short his trip to South Africa to return to England and finalise the transfer of Michael Carrick from Tottenham.

My Sources say United should be able to unveil former West Ham star Carrick in the next week or so.

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to sanction a £12m fee for the England midfielder ... and is prepared to throw in John O'Shea as well. Tottenham have been trying to resist United's move for Carrick but know they are fighting a losing battle.

Spurs boss Martin Jol is understood to have responded to the offer of O'Shea by demanding Wes Brown instead.

But while the two clubs cannot agree on the player to be included in the package, it now seems they are not that far apart in agreeing the Carrick move.

just backin up that kopites story if its not in the echo it ain't gonna happen ps to the muppet who said young everton striker victor was french he was born in nigeria but brought up in liverpool BLUE NOSE SLIM

Arsenal Transfers Balance Cash 25M Cashley 16M Rosicky -7M Buffon & Zambrotta -18M + Debt relief of 7M Davies -8M + Lupoli/Bendtner on loan Lehmann <--> Sahin Appiah/Toure -7M Merida -1M Net Balance-----------0M

soccer news

aresnel will be trying to sign curtis davies and liverpool will try and sign villa or alves kuit or camornesi or david trezuget and madrid t sign MAHAMOUDOU DIARRA!!! LAMPARD IS OVERATED TO

in>viera, riberry , curtis.

out> obviously A. Cole, he has decided not to play with "lo$$er$", nway we wish him success.

Talk about saviola is disgustingly fake, too un-EPL player and overrated.

BIG NEWS!!!!!!




ladies gentlemen and others


an informed source tells me he saw Ivan Genaro Gatuso walking out of Gills office with the words when will i meet my new team mates by the way answer when they return from South Africa

cannavaro will go to real and so will emerson

To the guy who said Celtic are signing mark burchill and ross tokely. I have heard the same story. My friend Jock at CP knows about all the transfers. Burchill will cost us £2 million and tokely £500,000. Mad bhoy.

News Flash

The Hammers will NOT be selling Dean Ashton and rather then talking to the media Alan Pardew is concentrating on the club's tour to Sweden.

The Hammers are no longer a selling club and Pardew will not let the highly rated hitman leave the club especially for NUFC.

Pardew will end up signing Pantsil, Emerton and Green before the transfer window closes.


Micky Adams will add to the signings of Andy Marshall (GK), David McNamee (RB), Mikkel Bischoff (CB), Elliott Ward (CB), Jay Tabb (LM), Colin Cameron (CM) and Wayne Andrews (ST) by snapping up David Thompson (free), Geoff Horsfield (£500,000), Shefki Kuqi (£400,000) and Marton Fulop (£200,000).


McNamee Bischoff Ward Hall

Thompson Doyle Hughes McSheffrey

Horsfield Kuqi

Subs- Marshall, Whing, Page, Heath, Giddings, Turner, Lynch, Tabb, Cameron, Osbourne, Jorgensen, Hutchison, Thornton, Webb, Adebola, Scowcroft, Morrell, John, Reid, Andrews.

Players possibly leaving include Robert Page, Claus Jorgensen, Andy Morrell and Stern John.

Expect plenty of Premiership clubs to enquire about Gary McSheffrey and Kevin Thornton although neither of them will be leaving Fortress Ricoh.


Just to clear up a few issues that have arisen from some suprisingly unintelligent posts. Firstly to people claiming that Nuri Sahin would be unable to join Man U because Arsenal have been given first option as part of the Rosicky deal. Even if such a deal existed, which is by no means concrete (what does the Rosicky deal have to do with any further transfer dealings?), This would only mean that Arsenal would be informed if any club had made a bid. On this basis, Arsenal would still have to match any bid from opposing teams, and could still be easily outbid for the player.

Secondly to those saying that Patrick Viera has a clause in his contract forbidding him to join any other Premiership club... Do you really think such a clause exists!?? If Arsenal sell a player, it is because they feel that they are a sufficient team to cope without the player, and can improve without him. Why would they then care where the player ends up in the future? They have made the decision that they are better off without, they have no bearing on where he goes with his career, nevermind the fact that Arsenal would have expected the player to have stayed at Juventus for years to come, so the issue wouldn't have arisen during negotiations at all. Where do these people get their ideas from?

No deal is concrete untill it is finalised and all parties have signed on the dotted line, so all these people who claim to have a definate knowledge of the future are disillusioned. Stick to rumours and opinions, because definates do not exist. Do not count on or discount any deals going through untill the evidence is there and everything is finalised. Everything in business has a loophole, any player can join any team. Dont be surprised to see some very unexpected signings before the transfer deadline, along with some very expected ones being completed.

------ Thanatus -------

Valencia do want to sell star striker David Villa to fund a Christiano Ronaldo transfer. Valencia are also after Liverpool's Sanz Luis Garcia. Valencia want Christiano Ronaldo to play just behind Luis Garcia and Morientes in attack.

Valencia are keen to cash in on around £13 + Luis Garcia million for David Villa and then put in a £22 million offer for Christiano Ronaldo.

Roberto Ayala will also be replaced at Valencia this summer.



Celtic to sign-


Sol Campbell-CB

Pavel Nedved-MF

Ryan Giggs-MF

Diago Tristan-CF

All these to be signed by end of next week

Going out by end of next week

Petrov (thank god for that !!!!)

Alan Thomson (thank's for 5 great years bigman !)

Adam Virgo (there is a god after all !!!!)

Mo Camara (yepeee !!!!!)

Pearson (thank you, we'll take £600,000)

So lookout !!!!!!!

Watford are expected to make a bid for DC Utd hotshot Alecko Eskendarian. 500k should do the trick. In other MLS news, Taylor Twellman is tipped to replace Borghetti at Bolton and West Brom are lining up a bid for Landon Donovan to replace Gera.

Charlton Athletic are to be believed holding talks with Newcastle's 24yr old Defender Titus Bramble after a fee of £2.5Million was agree, Bramble has travelled down from Newcastle to London to agree terms and if agreed a full medical will be held on Wednesday.

Scott Carson has today signed for wednesday. 100% Guranteed

I am a youth coach at PLYMOUTH ARGYLE. Ian Holloway, having secured Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from Man Utd and Barry Hayles from Millwall is now setting his sights on bolstering his defence and midfield. Portugese centre back Mauro Almeida is currently on trial and IH has been in discussions with Mo Konjic (Derby), Leigh Mills (Loan from Spurs), Robbie Elliott (Newcastle), Gerard Pique (Loan from Man Utd), Eddie Lewis (Leeds) and Idio Idiakes (Derby)... expect him to land at least 2 of these. The guy is sharp!!

LIVERPOOL FC are on the verge of signing Dirk Kuyt for 10.3 million. Kuyt will fly in tommorow to agree personals and to take a medical. This will complete front line, Bellamy Kuyt Crouch Fowler and Sinama.

Saviola will go on a season long loan to west brom as no premiership clubs have shown any interest - deal will have option of becoming permanent if he guide west brom back to the prem. Curtis Davies will be heading off to arsenal for £9m but west brom fans can expect to see clichy and eboue on loan for the season as make-weights in the deal. Robson will use some of the money to bring in want away chelsea centre-back robert huth and look to snatch pennant of west midlands rivals birmingham, this may mean the departure of jonathon greening with alaves and celta vigo both interested. - Dj Kain -

West Brom Albion want Man U to sign Tomas Kuszczak but they want cash plus Frasier Campbell to join them on a permanent basis and Gerard Pique or Guessepi Rossi on loan.


Following the signing on Ebanks-Blake, PLYMOUTH will sign experienced Striker Baryy Hayles from Millwall to aid the development of the young strikers at Home Park, and will also sign Trialist Defender Mauro Almeida

GOONER NEWS Arsene Wenger will turn his attention to Micah Richards(man city)as he will not pay over £10million for Curtis Davies.Franck Ribery should be unveiled as an Arsenal player within the next 2 weeks.Another possible signing though could be Jacques Faty(stade rennes)who would be availible for around £4.5 million.

man u signings:

torres = 25m

carrick = 14m + o'shea[permanent] + rossi [on loan]

kusczack = 3m + liam miller[permanent] + pique [on loan]

kalinichenko = 4.3m

riquelme = 20m

defoe = 13m

out: miller[part exchange], pique[loan], o'shea[part exchange], rossi[loan], RVN[12m-madrid], obi mikel[12m], ebanks-blake[500k], fortune[free]

team for next season:

van der saar

neville ferdinand vidic heinze

ronaldo carrick

OK before my rumour a bit of nit picking; when you refer to AC Milan please dont refer to them as 'AC'. AC stands for Athletics Club so calling Milan 'AC' is like refering to Man United as 'FC'. See what I mean? Right rumour.

Newcastle will unveil their first signing tomorrow don't who Im afraid. The rest of the transfers depend on Uefa cup qualification there are 2 lists of players, players who will only come if in Europe and players that will come regardless. All the usual names Ashton, Klose, Bent, Swp (may come regardless on loan 10mill nxt season) other list includes Mcbride, Trundle and some others who I dont know but the majority of which have prem experience. There will be signings but unlike the previous manager Roeder is taking his time researching his short list ready to swoop as soon as Europe is sorted (hopefully) ta.

Ashley Cole will sign for Real Madrid with cash and Julio Baptista coming the other way.


bolton will sign ferrari pennant mido emerton and reid

My best friend works for s prestigous Estate agency in Manchester, one of their current clients who is looking for a house in Manchester is....Fernando Torres, deal is done, contract sorted just waiting to announce to the press.

Celtic will sign:

Glen Johnsen (4 million)

Diego Tristian (2.5 million)

Freddy Adu (2 million)

Christian Pander (1 million) (guarnteed)

Andy Webster (1 million)

David Trezeguet (loan)

Tottenham team for next year


Chimbonda Dawson King Bridge


Lennon Duff


Berbatov/Toni Keane








me and my mate work at the reebok, and we over heard a conversation between big sam and gartside, they were talking about the possibility of bringing luis garcia to the reebok, liverpool have accepted an offer of 8million and talks are underway.

no lies...100% truth


Steve Lomas MID QPR

Stephen Pearson MID CELTIC LOAN

Manchester United will make a shock £17 million bid for David Beckham.

Reports in Spanish newspapers say Real madrid will make a £12 million bid for Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze and also a £12 million bid is set to be finalalized for Ruud Van Nistlerooy.

Roy Keane to be named Sunderland manager by end of the week. May take Pique from Utd on loan.

Newcastle to loan Boumsong out for the season to Marseille freeing up his salary to bring in Ujfalusi, who is a far classier CH than the Frenchman and at a fraction of his price. With Craig Moore only having one more Prem season in him before he heads back home, Ujfalusi will be a stunning buy to partner any of the present Newcastle CH's particularly Taylor.


I have a season ticket at Charlton so don't care bout this but Arsenal will be signing at least one player 1st one is Sebastian Frey - Wenger has followed this lad for ages and was seen in Spain with Mr wenger and a David Dein? this week finalising a deal.

They are in spain to seal a deal.

Don't know whether its to sell a player or to sign but at a guess I'd say sign a player hence Wenger being there!

I'm really fed up of people saying they are best mates with certain players. I am a GENUINE friend of steed malbranque. So heres the gossip, he doesnt want to move to west ham as he says they dont suit his style of play and middlesborough he thinks are unambitous as a club especially after they let there manager leave without a fight. Villa he says arent good enugh to be honest. So liverpool is his first choice as they are a big club and can afford his wages and transfer fee. I happen to know(as he told me a couple of weeks ago)that he and fulham value you him at 4.75 million and liverpool will decide as soon as they find out about david villa . as its doubful villa will be heading to anfield expect steed to be there in a week or so. you heard it first here

Liverpool have offered £4.5m + Jan Kromkamp to PSV for striker Jefferson Farfan. PSV are yet to respond. Expect them to decline the offer though.

real madrid 06/07 casillas,zambrotta(juve £10m),helguera,cannavaro(juve),ramos,beckham,fabregas(arsenal £12m +baptista),nilmar(corint £20m),robinho,raul,ronaldo

Newcastle are looking to bring in Brazillian Fred from Lyon for approx 12.5 mil deal of cash and Boumsong. They will also sign Mellberg from Villa and Wayne Bridge from Chelsea

Reading will bring in Gavin Rae from Rangers and Andy Reid from Tottenham (loan)

Reading set to sign Javier Portillo from Real Madrid for £1m. He has 1 year left on his contract and Madrid are Eager to sell.

Transfer News

Ruud Van Nistelrooij will sign for Real Madrid next week for around £12m, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are also interested, but Ruud would favour Madrid.

Daniel Alves will not sign for liverpool. Every time Liverpool make a bid for the Brazilian full-back Seville up the asking price by a couple of million pounds s they've given up trying.

Premiership new boys Reading will announce the signings of John Mensah (£4m) and Dean Whitehead (£1.7-2m) in a press conference on Thursday.

Juventus striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is wanted by Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea but looks most likely to join Barcelona in a £13m deal.

With Van Nistelrooij moving to Real Madrid, Julio Baptista will be allowed to leave should anyone be able to reach his £17.5m asking price. Arsenal, Real Betis and Inter Milan are all interested in him.

Real will also look to offload Antonio Cassano, who only joined them in January for £3.5m, Roma, Palermo and Udinese have all made bids in the £4m region.

Shaun Wright-Phillips will not leave Chelsea, as they do not want him to leave on loan and as of yet no-one has reached the £19m asking price set.

arsenal will sign masherano,ribery and curtis davies. no italian stars comeing to da emirites 4 next season

Man Utd are considering a double swoop on West Ham for Nigel Reo Coker and Anton Ferdinand. The deal is worth approx 12mil. SAF beleives that Anton is a better player than his brother was at the same age and he regards Coker as the best young midfielder in Britain.

Crystal Palace are set to sign David Nugent for £3million with Tommy Black and John Maken going in the other direction

Nottingham Forest FC will unveil the signings of Duncan Ferguson (Calderwood's friend) and Sean Thornton (300 k) by the end of the week.

Thornton is wanted to play alongside Gary Holt in the middle of the park and provide the team with the kind of creative spark that was largely missing last season.

Stumbling block may be the medical for Ferguson as the board want to be sure he is fully fit and in good enough shape to play a full season before committing to a contract.

Calderwood is also in talks to sensationally bring Paul Gerrard back to the club after his struggle to find a new team. He supposedly will not echo Gary Megson's demands that he move to the area and will let him stay where he is and commute.

Also I have heard reports that Neil Mellor was seen at the City Ground, However I find it hard to believe he would currently drop to this level and also isnt really needed with Grant Holt a very similar player.

Big news for NUFC fans.

Nufc have come to an agreement wit At Madrid for prolific striker Fernando Torres. Only downfall is the £21M will make him the first and last signing this season. Nufc could have signed him 3 year ago for £2m but didnt heed scout Hixons advice. Better late than never though

liverpool have signed villa deal done but will not be confirmed till august

Alves is a done deal.He would be signed in two to tree weeks.villa would not comebecause he is epensive.Instead trezeguet would be singed on two years loan deal with the buyout clause of 6 million pounds.zepater is also coming for 3.5 million.

Jorge Acuna of RBC Rosendaal and Ferenoyd is undergoing physicals with Blackburn and should be signed by the end of the week.

Here to Post Some Inside Transfer News For Middlesbrough Fans!!!!!

First Of All GarethSouthagte Will Electgeorge Boateng As New Club captain To Reward Him For His Loyalty To The Club!!

Out The Exit Door Will Be Frank Quedrue To Fulham For £5M or A Straight Swap For Steed Malbranque. Although Expect Late Interest From Liverpool Who May Offer Djimi Traore In Exchange Aswell As Cash!!!

Ugo Eghiogu Will Move To W.B.A And This Deal Will Allow Boro To Swoop For Zoltan Gera... Gareth Southgate Will Link UP Wiht Formel Pals To Try And Attract players and His Will Bring In Lee Hendrie(undisclosed) And Gareth Barry As A Replacement For Frank Quedrue!!!

Steve Gibson Has Handed Southgate A Big Budget And Withj This May Smash Boro's Trasnfer Record To Bring In Freedy Ljungberg Or harry Kewell Both Who Are Heading For The Exit Door For Around £9M!!!!!

Downing Off To Spurs For £8M Deal Completed And Is Good Business As Middlesbrough Will Have A Huge Trasnfer Kitty!!

Boro's Team Next Season


Parnaby Riggott Gardner(£2.5M) Barry(£6M)


Malbranque(SWAP) Rochemback Kewell(£9M)

Yakubu Viduka




The Barnsley squad this year but this will be the one that will get them promoted.Including signings and sellings.

Goalkeepers: Nick Colgan, Darren Ward,Shwan Jalal

Defenders: Paul Heckingbottom, Paul Reid, Sam Togwell, Anthony Kay, Bobby Hassell, Neil Austin, Dale Tonge, Shaun Gray, Ian Roper

Midfielders: Paul Hayes, Robbie Williams, Michael Mcindoe, Brian Howard, Richard Kell, Anthony Mcparland, Martin Devaney, Billy Jones, Dean Keates

Strikers: Danny Nardiello, Billy Sharp, Justin Richards, Lee Steele

everton will sign Saviola, Maniche, Buckley ,Thompson and Webster before the transfer window.Barton will sgn a new deal at Man City

Jose Mourinho has had a combined offer worth £33m for Van Nistelrooy and C ROnaldo turned down. It is unknown whether or not he will make a fresh bid.

Also, do not rule out a surprise move for Morten Gamst Pederson.

Liverpool will this week complete the signing of jermaine pennant. Dont worry though, this wont rule out a move for daniel alves as rafa is still really keen. Two right midfielders means gerrard will play his preferred, and better, role in the centre. I also believe the david villa deal is done, but l.f.c have told the echo to keep quiet until investment is secured. The trezuguet rumour is just to draw atention away from it. Djimi traore, jerzy dudek, jan krompkamp will all be sold, while stephen warnock and pongolle will be loaned out( both maybe to fulham). Any other signings by rafa will be youth.

Manchester United will certainly be selling R.Van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid for at least £15million in the next 24-48hrs. Shortly after that, ManUtd. will launch a £20million offer for F.Torres first, if not succeed, they'll launch another bid at £25million. During that time, Kuszczak will come at £2.5-3million and Carrick at £10-15 million.

Also, Gattuso will certainly be coming to Old Trafford also, seeing that AC Milan will not be a good place to play football nect year. As for Viera, he MIGHT come, but i doubt it'll be for a permanent basis.


Kuyt will go to either Liverpool or Newcastle

SWP will be loaned to Newcastle

Zambrotta to ACM

R.Carlos and Ashley Cole to Chelsea, maybe even Nesta.

Kaka, Emerson, Cannavaro will go to Real Madrid, same for Pirlo

Duff and Nedved to Tottenham

And Diego Tristan of Deportivo La Coruna is available and he'll likely to follow his ex-teammate Albert Luque to St. James' Park.

Liverpool will also get their winger they so wanted in Camoranesi. Trezeguet? Maybe.

Del Piero will stay with the Turin faithful.

Thuram to Barcelona

Zebina to Spurs

Buffon to AC Milan as Dida will likely retire/play somewhere else because he'll very unlikely play on the bench as 2nd to Buffon.

Luca Toni to partner with Adriano in INTER.

Ibrahimovic to Bayern Munich after Munich failed to sign V.Nistelrooy

Oddo and M.Diarra to AC Milan

Ribery to Lyon

Cassano to Ac MIlan

Saviola to Bolton

And finally, Simao will likely stay with Benfica until January transfer window as Joaquin is MOST likely goin' to move... to where?.. He'll stay in Spain, likely to Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia.


By tomorow we wil have completed the signing of 30 year old bernardo Corradi for a undisclosed fee (1m). He was on loan at parma last season scoring 10 goals in 35 games.

Also the signings of steed malbranque and Lua Lua will be completed by the end of next week leaving space for joey bartn to depart the club for a fee of 3.5million to middlebrough.

Finally the contract of sylvain distin will be finalised by the end of the week with him agreeing a 35,000 week contract, making him the highest played player.

thuram for rangers apparently thuram wants coaching badges and out of juve pl guen has been seen with thurams representatives and all looks good especially with thuram able to gain coaching badges at largs same place as mourinho etc

Liverpool to sign villa for 12 mil and camronasi for 6 mil and possiblly trezegeut on loan. Harry Kewell 2 leave for 6.7 mil to bolton because gonzalo is better

man utds liam miller will join leicester city on a season long loan if no clubs come in for him with a cash offer

it will be all action at everton this week with saviola,d thompson and joey barton all coming in and the outs will be kilbane and carsley

My mate's mistress is Peter Kenyon's secretary and swears she has seen a contract for Ashley Cole and Canavaro this week. BELIEVE


Hearts to sign Karapidis and Pinilla on Wednesday to make the Champions League deadline.Later on in the week they will be joined by Ahn Jung-Hwan from Duisburg and Tomas Ujfalusi from Fiorentina. Other reports suggest that Sulley Muntari is one of Ivanauskas' targets to replace Skacel but he may favour a move to England. Popkhadze and Tiago Costa are also signing within the next 72 hours so the title race is on!!

Alan Thompson and Stilian Petrov to leave Celtic and strangely enough: Thompson and Petrov to sign for Celtic. Sounds funny eh? Well, this will go down in years to come as the funniest pub quiz question but Celtic looking to snap up Martin Petrov and although Kevin Thompson has signed a new deal at Hibs, expect him to make the switch across the motorway to Glasgow. You heard it here first: Thommo and Petrov OUT - Thommo and Petrov IN.


The Hoops have tied up deals for two players who will join them after they come back from America. One of them is Thomas Gravesen and the other is a striker whos identity has not been disclosed yet so the league championship is staying paradise. Cmon the hoops. Lets all laugh at Rangers

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