Football Rumours Archive August 01 2008


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I'm bored so rather than do work I thought I would give you my predictions for this season

Stoke (to finish bottom and to do a Watford – to slow for the league and no goal scorer to get the 15 –20 + needed to keep them up)
West Bromwich (Sold there best players in Philips and Gera)
and one of Hull or Bolton to make up the three (Both bought heavily over pre–season but one of these will loose out on the final few games).

The League and Top 4
Liverpool to push the likes of Chelsea and Man United with berba (once Tottenham sign Arshavin in the next few days) very hard for the league this year with the Gunners in the mix for the last top 4 place. With the likes of Denilson, Nasri, Walcott, Bendtner and Vela actually proving this year how good they are along with the obvious Cesc, Adebayor, Van Persie. But take Kolo Toure who court malaria over the Summer out the mix their pretty light at the back which leads me nicely into my "surprise packages for this season".

Everton, Pompey and Villa will be sniffing around the European spots as usual but do not rule out the likes of Blackburn (Ince had the MK Dons Playing awesome football when there and kept a miserable Macclesfield side up so he has pedigree), Manchester City (Jo a exceptional player and Hughes is a proven high quality manager) and Fulham (finished last year on a high and with Bullard fit and some good signings in + the like of Andy Johnston to come expect Roy's men to over achieve this year).

But the team most likely to push the Gunners are Tottenham and if you do not believe me check out there starting XL

Hutton Woodgate King Bale

Bentley Modric Arshavin

Dos Santos

Bent (Pavlyuchenko)

O Hara
and possibly another CD as cover for the often injured "King" of the lane

Correct we may not sign Pavlyuchenko but if so it's a simple swap for Huddlestone, Zokora, Jenas or Bostock in the midfield making a 4–4–1–1 with the dynamic Darren Bent as the target man. Hopefully not but still with the service from the likes of that awesome midfield He would be hard pushed not to score 20 goals + and also both Arshavin and Dos Santos can play as a second forward.

I'm not suggesting Tottenham we'll win the league or even make top 4 as most fans predict every year. But a serious bet for the Uefa Cup, League cup and FA cup with a strong push for Top 4 campaign. I love being a Tottenham fan so much optimism at this point in the season then we'll probably head up to Middlesbrough on the opening day and lose to a side that struggled to be Carlisle 2–1 at the home of football "Brunton Park". But that is being a Tottenham fan is all about. "To Dare is to Do"

Ps Carlisle for promotion to the Championship this campaign mark my words
  Silva and Villa will be joining the Rafalution
18 million from the barry deal and Rafa has £10 million so when Alonso leaves a further £16 million be added leaving 42 million for the 2 Spanish starlets at the start of the season Benitez will use plessis with Gerrard in the middle or Kuyt even
you heard it here Alonso will either go to fernabache, Atletico, or Madrid unsure
kopite 8. 9.7
  Rangers to sign
Davis – Perm 3 Mill
Gomis – Perm 750 k

An unknown winger around £2 million mar or possibly loan.

Out the door

Cousin, Adam
  Rangers Ins:
Davis (This transfer deal will lag on and will be similar to the Naismth one)
Purovic (Lisbon) – Rangers are to enquire about him later this week
Etuhu– If Purovic deal does not work out.

S. Smith

Woo Hoo go me right again. I said weeks ago Boughera would sign for gers. Yet again look what happened
  Ronaldo is leaving and that is why the Van Der Vaart deal to Real Madrid has not been confirmed by the Spanish giants, their bid has been accepted by HSV.
I do not know how many times I have said this but once more for good measure–
AGUERO TO BE THE NEW NO. 7 at Man United

i don''t understand why Liverpool need Barry when they have a class act of a midfielder in Alonso, a euro winner at that.
All because Gerrard is Barry's best mate.
Well this are not a Tea party that you invite your friends to.
Remember when Rafa went to Gerrard and Carragher a year back to ask for recommendations on a forward and both said Owen (lol)
and he bought el nino
So I do not think the gaffa should be pushed around like that.

More rumours–
Tottenham– Arshavin for £17 million pounds and only if Berbatov goes, David Villa will come as a record signing, also Newcastle could face a fight for Coloccini from the Tottenham.

Man U– Ronaldo out, aguero in, also lahm and Sergio Ramos are being seriously looked at for that RB position, But Sir Alex prefers Ramos

Some Shock rumours–
Mario Gomez to Fulham?
Xavi to Newcastle?
Podolski to Everton? ( I totally LOL'd when I heard this one)

  I think it is time to forget all these Ronaldo rumours, as Alex Ferguson said Spanish papers are full of crap. Rumours about Man United bringing in thierry Henry is complete nonsense as he used to play for Arsenal. ManUnited's signings will be as follows: Berbatov (24 million) OR Aguero (34 million) Moutinho (15 million) and lahm (12 million). Manu need to make a move quickly as manu is not big enough for both berba n kun so they need to make up their minds. Alex Ferguson's secret bid will be revealed before the community shield. IF Ferguson does not make a move for a forward he will consider bringing campbell into the first team n watch out for manucho. UNITED4EVA.
  Some facts>
1. First of all Ronaldo is going to Madrid in a deal that would see Guti and £10 million coming in other way.
2. Surprisingly sir Alex will make a move for Darren Bent. and a deal worth £15 could well be struck within the next three days.
3. Liverpool will sign Valencia from Wigan in a £12 million deal.
4. Another shocking news is Rafa will use Alonso in Barry deal. Alonso + £3 million should be enough to convince O'Neil to sell Barry.
5. Everton will sign Salgado from Real Madrid for £7 million.
6. Newcastle to make an ambitious £15 million bid for FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi.
7. Arsenal will sign Eto'o from FC Barcelona in a swap deal that would see no. not Adebayor but RVP going the other way.
  Would all these Sunderland fans stop going on about Aiden McGeady leaving Celtic. He is a Diehard Celt and wants to be a Celtic Legand. He has signed a new five year contract this month and why would he waste his time languishing in mid table with no Euro football. Frank Rijkard put 2 men on him when FC Barcelona came to Paradise (other teams did the same), that show is you how high some people in Europe think of him. If he went to Sunderland or any other team, apart from the obvious, it would be seen as a step down.

Celtic will make 2/3 signing.

Marc Crosas, Barcelona, £2.5 million Done. but no major signing's, strachen know's that Celtic are stronger than Ranger's. Strachen is waiting to see who Ranger's sign before showing his hand and it is with firm belief amoungst many inside money men that if Ranger's do not improve there squad Strachen will feel he does not have to either and will play a similar game as last season and only making major signing's in January if the league table show is that Celtic have to. Now fact, If Celtic win the league this year Strachen will go all out to win a Euro trophy the following year. Thats why he has not spent a lot this season, the money bhoy's have a business plan in place and are trying to conserve as much as possible for an assault on Europe 08/09. Now you now where you heared it first. Big Stuart. KPSTAR
  Celtic will sign four new players buy the end of the transfer window. One will be Tamas who will drop his wage demands and check in at Paradise. Expect Crosas of Barcelona to sign also and an unkown forward. Then on the last day expect the huge signing of Seedorf. The manky mob will sign Loovens by next week and will sign Gomis of Dundee United also expect boyd and cousin to move out of castle greyskull
  Sunderland Arsenal Transfers and Rumours:

S. Malbranque (Tottenham)
T. Tainio (Tottenham)
P. Chimbonda (Tottenham)
E. H. Diouf (Bolton)
N. Colgan (Unattached)
D. Meyler (Cork City)

G. Halford (Loan–Sheff United)
A. Cole (Nottingham Forest)
R. Wallace (Loan–Preston)

(Some Unlikely)
L. Saha (Man United)
T. Taiwo (Marseille)
A. Ferdinand (the Hammers)
D. Bent (Tottenham)
J. Lescott (Everton)
V. Anichebe (Everton)
A. Johnson (Everton)
  My mate has been doing a bit of work for Craig Bellamys sister an she told him that her brother will be moving back up to Scotland signing for Celtic again
  Newcastle United will add three more players to the ranks before the end of the transfer window, two of these will be before the start of the season. The first is Fabricio Coloccini for £11.0 million, the Depor president is worried by the threats he will pay of his contract which will only cost £2. 42 million. The second is Arda Turan for £8.7 million, this deal has been on going and Turan is expected to double his wages. The third is Per Ciljan Skjelbred, they will steal him from under the noses of Blackburn for an initial £2.2 million, rising to £4.0 million after appearences.
  Tottenham have been liked with Stephen Bywater according 2 Paul jewell.I have never laughed so much in my life and I would love it if he went there ha.
  Julio Arca returning to his spiritual home at the SOL.
A Fee of around £3 million.
Also rumours that Gavesen could be down from Celtic if he agrees to wage cut, apparently on £40000 a week in Glasgow.
Keep the faith FTM
  Terrible times for the Toffees. We will not sign Moutinho. finances are too tight. We will not move to a new stadium anytime soon. The only new players in will be loan deals. Bill Kenwright is desperate to sell – it will be a knock down price to cover debts (rather than a huge investment allowing for new players and a new stadium). Moyes will resign as soon as he returns from the USA. Last season's achievement offifth place seems all the more remarkable now. From 'best of the rest' to relegation favourites thanks to poor finances. Thanks Everton board. is Peter Johnson still behind all of this?
  This is what will happen at Ibrox.
If Broadfoot can be shifted on Phil Bardsley will return to Ibrox on loan and Whittaker will be played at left–back or else one of Wallace, Naysmith or Michael Ball (if Hughes can get another left–back in).
Another center–back will definitely be brought in and it's likely to be either Loovens (Ajax were never interested just Cardiff trying to get a good deal) or Berra.
In Midfield Gattuso is 50 percent likely He wants to spend another season in Italy but with Milan only in the UeFa Cup there is a chance he will sign if Rangers get through this qualifying round and get a decent looking draw for the final qualifying round as well as get rid of Hemdani.
Two other midfielders are being looked at as well as a right winger.
Midfield options (1) Davis or Vayeren (PSV)
(2) Pearson or Quasie
Right winger (do not know who maybe Maloney as he wants to work with Walter again)
On the leaving front Outs will be; Broadfoot, Papac, Hemdani, Cousin and Gow if he will take a pay cut.
Darcheville will stay as an impact sub/European forward.
  Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Activities 2008/09 –
Players In –

G – Heurelho Gomes (PSV Eindhoven, £7 million)
M – Luka Modric (Dynamo Zagreb, £16.5 million)
S – Giovani Dos Santos (FC Barcelona, £4.7 million)
M – David Bentley (Blackburn Rovers, £15 million)
M – John Bostock (Crystal Palace, £750 thousand)
S – Andrei Arshavin (Zennit SP, £18 million)
G – Stephen Bywater (Derby County, £1 million)
M – Diego Capel (Sevilla, £9 million)
D – Anton Ferdinand (the Hammers, £6 million)

Players Out –
G – Paul Robinson (Blackburn Rovers, £3.5 million)
D – Pascal Chimbonda (Sunderland, Undisclosed)
M – Teemu Tainio (Sunderland, Undisclosed)
M – Steed Malbranque (Sunderland, Undisclosed)
S – Robbie Keane (Liverpool, £20.3 million)
D – Younes Kaboul (Porstmouth, £6 million)
  The Hammers are trying to sell Matthew Etherington due to his gambling addiction. The reason he played in the MLS showpiece game was to show his fitness to interested parties.
  Anyway, Simon Davies is a target for WBA. Sorry that is all I know.

  To the guy who says mcgeady is a one season wonder Needs his head checked. Also Chris Eagles has signed for Burnley days ago

Tamas to sign within days, Also Paul Robinson from West Bromwich

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