Football Rumours Archive December 01 2008


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It's me, the one who's dad plays golf with several current senior players and staff and former players. Not been on for a while because there was nothing to say. Now however. . . . . .
expect a bit of a clear out at Xmas and season's end. Player's out on loan will be re–loaned but to better clubs to improve their match skills. Targets for Xmas – Left Back – Gabriel Heinze (cash plus Lucas) , Right Back – Rafinha. Rafa also desperate to change to 4–4–2 come 4–3–3. Robbie Keane /Torres does not work. Here come the shocks. In – Barry to partner Gerrard & Masch in midfield. Out – the big shock – Robbie Keane to be replaced by hopefully Aiden McGeady from Celtic or if he won't leave Nico Kranjar from Portsmouth. Next season would see back four of Heinze, Skrtel, Agger, Rafinha. Midfield of Barry, Mascherano, Gerrard. Floating winger of Riera and up fron Torres with McGeady or Kranjar in support. Rafa is also deeply unhappy about what is happening at the club and unless the yanks sort their act out then he will leave by the end of next season. He is one more serious row away from walking.
  In January Hicks & gillett will still be in charge. They will give Benitez 15mil to strengthen.

Firstly, Jermaine Pennant will leave for 4mil. Itjande & Voronin will also secure permenant deals for 1mil and 2mil respectively.

Coming in will be:

Kuba) 8mil He will be given 6 months to settle with Benitez hoping to use him more next season.

Michael Owen) 2mil Benitez is concerned with the fitness of Torres and Owen is a guaranteed source of goals.

A loan swap between Elano and Benayoun is also on the cards.

In the summer, when more cash will be available, Benitez will move for:

Clarence Seedorf) 3mil Versatile, experienced and still a quality player.

Glen Johnson) 8mil Provide more option in the RB role

There will also be a big name signing but I do not know who it will be.
  Rafa's Liverpool Targets. (In January you will see one of the following in red, not sure which one yet though)
Simao/Joaquin/Antonio Valencia
Glen Johnson

Alonso staying, Arbeloa moving if Rafa gets Johnson.
Dossena staying
  "Secondly – if anyone wants to be taken with any degree of serious–ness spell the players names correctly!!!

Thirdly – Degan for 4m and Dossena for 6m?!"

sorry but you spelt degen wrong! how can we trust anything you say! lol

ipswich to invest in a goal scorer in january. a possible bid for emile mpenza of plymouth and almost certainly a bid for david nugent to bolster the front line.
  Arsenal signings:

Chris Samba – 6mil pounds
Yaya Toure – 8mil pounds
Steven Defour – 7mil pounds
  Manchester City
Elano £6m– Hamburg
Ben Haim loan– West Brom
Vassell £2m– West Brom
Petrov £5m– Bayern Munich

Moutinho £16.5m
Afellay £9.5m
  United will not sign Tevez and will sign Douglas Costa in January. .

To the guy who rated Dossena as an average player––come on mate. he is far below than an average player. .

Just because some players have had fall outs with their clubs (although nothing has happened) doesn't necessarily mean they will join Liverpool does it?
  Watch Roy Keane walk out of Sunderland and into the job at Forest with Owen Coyle replacing Keano. Remember you heard it from Dan the Main Man
  It's funny that Liverpool fans think they're going to spend £40–60m in January. I think not. This will happen at Liverpool:

Antonio Lopez (LB) (£2.5m) (Atletico Madrid)
Michael Owen (ST) (£3m) (Newcastle)

Jermaine Pennant (RM) (£4.5m)
Ryan Babel (LM/ST) (£6m)
David N'Gog (ST) (LOAN)
  West Brom will target Mick Mccarthy from wolves as manager. Im the son of one of the directors at West brom so i thought i would share this gossip with you. Tony Mowbray Will be sacked this week.
  Leeds united

Jan signig rumours floating round Elland Road

David Healy from Sunderland(on loan)
Wayne Brown from Hull (on loan)
Dean Windass from Hull (on loan)
Deon Burton from Sheff Wed (100k)
Chris Birchill from Coventry (on loan)
Krisztian Nemeth from Liverpool (on loan)
  Henry back to Arsenal is a Real Transfer that's going through in January. Arsene Wenger will sell bendtner and resign Henry.
  ––AFC–– Arsenal are about to make an amazing bid to sign Bojan Krkic(fc barcelona).The young striker has told Pep Guardiola that he wants a move away from the Camp Nou.It is also rumoured that Arsene Wenger is prepared to write off a lot of the £29million that the Catalan club still owe Arsenal for Thierry Henry and Alex Hleb.
Arsenal are also looking to make moves for Eljero Elia(fc twente) and Brede Hangeland(fulham) during the January window.
  The following transfers will happen in January or the Summer; Rafinha – Liverpool, Tevez – Italy either Juventus or Inter, C. Ronaldo – Real Madrid, Podolski – Man City, Barry – Liverpool, Alonso – Barcelona, Huuntelaar – Real Madrid, Benzema – Man Utd, Ronaldo – Man City, Giovinco – Chelsea. auusieLFCfan

From a Blackburn scout, there are only 2, yes 2, players in Scotland that are attracting teams from the EPLs attention:

John Fleck from Rangers and an unknown 12 yr old Somalian asylum seeker currently training with Celtic.

Start to worry Rangers fans as possibly THE brightest talent in the UK is bound to be off; we all know Walter Smith's policy on youth – let them rot in the reserves whilst he persists with Chris Burke, Naco Novo, DaMarcus Beasley, Charlie Adam, Jean Claude Darchville, Kyle Lafferty, Kirk Broadfoot, Lee McCulloch.

Expect them also to lose the extremely talented Dean Furman who, instead of being given a chance, was loaned to Bradford and has been impressing.

Walter . . Play the kids!
  Blackburn and Bolton will battle head to head for highly rated Droylsden youngster Paul Budimir in January. Budimir, a striker, was spotted by scouts who watched him train before Droylsden's recent cup win over Darlington.
  Liverpool ins:
Aiden Mcgeady 12m
John Fleck 1.5m
Sergio Ramos around 15m (Had a fallout a Real)
Aislan 10.5m
Ben Arfa 12m
Dani Aquino 4m
Mario Balotelli 14–15m
Sebastian Giovinco 12m
Matías Fernández (unknown)
Gareth Bale 13m
Alan Hutton 7m
Sergio Aguero 33m

Nemeth–Stoke (LOAN)
Pacheco–Almeria (LOAN
Pennant–Stoke 5m
Aurelio–WBA 3m
Lucas–Hull (LOAN
Xabi Alonso– Arsenal 20m
Hyppia– Stoke 1m
Adam Pepper– Derby (Loan)
Damien Plessis–Monaco 5m

DIC to take over and with Hammmil and Anderson back from loans we'll win the league!
  Owen will sign a new contract in the summer
newcastle will also buy henry and Bale in the summer i can garentee these are real my dad told me and he doesn't lie

NUFC 4 Life
  First of all Gallas will not be going anywhere, at least not until summer. Nor will Vela (loan or anything) and Bendtner who is seen as the elusive "fox in the box" striker that Arsenal desperately need.

Secondly – if anyone wants to be taken with any degree of serious–ness spell the players names correctly!!!

Thirdly – Degan for 4m and Dossena for 6m?! Are you people crazy?! Have you seen these players. . who is going to pay 6m for an average wing–back with a temperament to match Robbie Savage!?

Look out for Podolski in England by summer, not to one of the "big four" though, who do not require him. Particularly Arsenal, who have enough players of the same calibre in RVP and Eduardo. Fernando Cavenaghi of bordeaux could also try and ply his trade over here for Tottenham or Everton next season.

Nothing big to happen in Jan.
  ust to clear that up, Jimmy, the use of the term "paperweight" instead of "makeweight" was intended as a pun, regarding the fact that Degen is not good enough to be a makeweight, although i can see that that one flew straight over your head. I'll try to make it a bit clearer next time.

Barnsley: Iain Hume's cranium? Expect a verdict in favour of the unfortunate Canadian striker at the forthcoming hearing, and a fine for Chris Morgan and Sheffield United. What a kick in the teeth for Blackwell's side, just when they thought West Ham would be paying them a hefty sum, they must pay one themselves, and quite right too. Chris Morgan shouldnt be allowed to play again this season, screw the fine. .
Burnley: Play–off contenders? It's looking likely, with the Lancashire outfits current form. However, the club could be in for an unpleasant surprise when Bolton and Newcastle come calling about the availability of boss Owen Coyle. Also expect the departures of winger Alan Mahon and striker Adeola Akinbiyi in January, despite his goal against Chelsea. Ade just isnt pulling his weight consistently enough anymore (cough, past it).
Norwich: January action? It seems to me that Glenn Roeder is not getting enough support from his "wonderful" happy–family shareholders. Hence the incredible number of players currently on loan at the club. I don't see this changing either, unless Delia's latest cookbook makes some serious dough. Still, Elliot Omozusi and John Kennedy may have their deals extended, as The Canaries look to bolster their lacklustre defence.
Yeovil Town: Strikers? I've always found it odd how clubs like West Brom, Man City and Blackburn get by with inordinate amounts of strikers, while Russell Slade has to get by with just the one (Paul Warne)at Huish Park. It just goes to show that the striker is not the most important player on the pitch. Kudus to you, Russell. Good luck with the signings of poor Paul Warne's new support, Luke Rodgers (Port Vale) and Scott Rendell (Peterborough) in January.
Malcolm Shaffer, telling it how it is (or could be)
  The following transfers have been confirmed for January: Dean Kiely – tottenham – free; stacy long – rotherham – 75k; albert adomah – west brom – £1m; jack collison – sheff wed – loan; nicklas bendtner – spartak moscow – 5m; edgar davids – fc dallas – free; Jacob divis – pompey –400k ronaldo (brasil) – qpr –free and finally, david elebert – sheff utd – 250k
  Mr davies. peace out
Typing is not your forte.

News from Liverpool is that Rafa will only make a move in the new Year for an additional striker. Babel will go back to Holland with Heskey or Owen (I know !!) being signed on the cheap. Sorry but I wish we were able to sign players in the £30m bracket.

John C
  To those that seem to be so sure Johnson and Bale are signing for liverpool. .

Bale WILL NOT be signing for liverpool, i have no idea where this popular rumour has come, yes liverpool are looking to replace their full backs backs but not with an overpriced average full back. Bale has not even been considered by Liverpool.

Johnson is more of a possibility but still very UNLIKELY. I will stick my neck out now, with confidence and say, despite popular gossip, NEITHER will be signing for Liverpool!

The gentleman that Mentioned Rafinah (RB) from Schalk, has got it Spot on. He will be Rafas first target for 'Operation replace full backs!'

Mr JS.
  This is not a rumour but fact, Bojan has had a falling out at Barclona and will be heading for Anfield in Jan 2009. I know this as I am a close friend of Tom Jones a Merseyside football agent. The papers were sent via DHL last week
  These transfers have been, or currently are being negotiated:
Marvin Emnes – Doncaster – Loan
Lanre Oyebanjo – Sheff Wed – £100k
Wesley – Bolton – £4m
Russell Penn – Brighton – £125k
Shaun Densmore – Rotherham – £90k
Cristian Daniel Ansaldi – Everton – £2.5m
Martin Cranie – Newcastle – £2m
Lucas Neill – Tottenham – Bosman
Glenn Whelan – Sheff Wed – Loan
Patrick Kluivert – Sydney FC – Free
Ronaldo – QPR – Free
Rabiu Afolabi – Stoke – Bosman
Tamir Cohen – QPR – £450k
Stacy Long – Rotherham – £80k
Hawar Mulla Mohammed – West Brom – £2.75m
Kieran Gibbs – Wolves – Loan
Felipe Caceido – Rennes – £3.6m
Fred – Man City – £1m
Darius Vassell – West Ham – £2.3m
Michael Johnson – Arsenal – £12.5m
David Elebert – Sheff Utd – £1m
Richard Heneyake – Doncaster – £750k
  Pompey are trialling Nikk Scotlink, a young player coming through the ranks at AC Milan. He was with the squad for the UEFA Cup game and discussions were held after the match. Watch this space – IN THE KNOW
  Mowbray will be out of a job by December 1st. Peace is fed up of his loosing and being an embarrasment. He will not be part of another Derby County of the premier league. With all the loosing goes all the top loan players from Man U, Liverpool and Chelsea. We are going to off load MacDonald, Greening, Robbo– both to Bolton–– tired of the mistakes. Hoeffkins and Beattie and Slusarski will go for good. Moore will be gone on loan as well. . .
  Benn out with some bigwigs from prem this evening. seems sheff utd very very keen to settle out of court as ongoing battle between fa and prem league may see blunts first team to gain promotion(if they should earn it)yet be refused entry to premier league due to bringing game into disrepute and going against prem rules preventing one club seuing another after agreed prem decision has been made. 1 off 30 mill payment. or exclusion from richest league in world. campaign for hypocriscy has finally been exposed!!
  Nice rumours about settlements coming through the media from West Ham, but Kevin McCabe, Blades Chairman stated on the BBC (Friday) that although United would be prepared to discuss an out of court settlement, no settlement or out of court figures have been discussed at this time. Media speculation, nothing more.

Also media inspired, is the scaremongering about clubs suing for what happens on the pitch. You need to stop confusing the things that happen on the pitch with the things that happen off it.

All players have recourse to law if they feel that a player has maliciously injured them, but it is hard to prove in a free flowing game. Craig Fagan of Hull 'could' be suing Danny Guthrie for the 'tackle' that broke his leg, but is he? You might also look at Roy Keanes tackle on Alf Inge Haarland, for which he received a red card, and a standing ovation. Thats soon forgetten isnt it?

The Sheffield United case against West Ham and the Premier League is for breech of contract, that West Ham failed to act in good faith to Sheffield United by allowing a player with a contract that was outside League rules to continue to play, not the first time, but the second time, after the fine was levied. This was permitted by the Premier League by a phone message that West Ham had 'torn up' the offending contract when in fact they had done no such thing and continued to play Tevez illegally.

How the PL would merely accept the word of people who had already admitted to lying about the exact same contract, God alone knows. Anyway, the tribunal found in Sheffield Uniteds favour for this reason, and so the consequential losses must be paid.
  Gillett and HIcks have no choice but to sell up by June. It will not be DIC to take over but just Sheikh Mohammed. He will pay around £410mil for the club and will speed up works for the new stadium. He world also back Benitez in the market with a total of £100mil for the first 3 years (if Benitez wanted it) whilst trying to develop a transfer policy such as Arsenal's.

Benitez will want to sign:

Keirrison (free)
Glen Johnson (8mil)
Matthew Upson (4mil)
Fabian Delph (6mil)
Kuba (8mil)

I do not know anyone else he definitely wants to sign

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