Football Rumours Archive January 01 2008


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  Luke Beckett of Huddersfield Town will return to arch rivals Oldham Athletic during the transfer window for a fee of 60 k.

  Blackburn Rovers have agreed a pre–contract with Australian international centre back Mark Milligan of Sydney FC. The move will come in the Summer as Sydney will not let the move go through before the upcoming finals series.

  To the Emirates:

Richards (20 million)

pandev (15 million)

benzema (18 million)

  Got a few. firstly alrite Neily71

#Jose next Man United boss. definitely happenin after this season alec trusts him with his young squad finks queroz stabbed him in back.

Also hutton is off sad to see him go.

prob to Tottenham big talk is Defoe to gers. unlikely though

def Rangers signing is gudjohnssen of FC Barcelona and a try for Ballack from Chelsea

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Villa to sign Wes Brown for £6 million.

Also on Fergie's Summer wishlist as he wants to build his squad with the best of british.

David Bentley £15 million

Kenwyn Jones £7 million + John O'Shea

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  A deal has been struck between Arsenal FC and Bordeaux for the services of 17 year old Henri Saivet who is touted as the next Titi When it comes to his pacey skillfull goal–poaching style the terms of the deal are still not clear but it looks likely he will be bought in January and loaned back to his current team until the Summer. Wenger has shown he has a superb eye for spotting young French talent more so than English ones. But we have faith in young Theo.


  Mcsheffrey in a suprise move to West Bromwich funding maloney and Quashie coming to st andrews and with money from board a new left back (possibly David Murphy at Hibernian) but more likley to be Michael ball at Manchester City also Mcleish will look for a centre half to take on loan with djorous loan ending and Taylor on the way out. then with the money from Taylor and vine he will look for a new forward possibly Mcfadden on loan and with the money from Taylor and vine make schmitzs loan pernament. also rumours about Kris boyd.

  Darren Huckerby, of Norwich City, could be off to the LA Galaxy in the Summer.

  DC United to sign Sheva in the Summer.

  For all of those who claim they know who Arsene Wenger will bring to Emirates in January, they really do not. First off, nobody brings in that many players in January, but especially Arsene. Arsenal is surprisingly, albeit due to a little bit of luck, in first place at the end of 2007, and will not do much to tinker with their lineup. If they do, here is how it will work.

Firstly, Arsenal is not so needy at CB, even though Toure will be going to Africa. He will be back, and besides, they have Djorou back from loan, Senderos, and even Gilberto Silva and Fran Merida are there in a pinch. Arsenal will not be signing any big–name CBs like Mexes or Richards. Sorry.

Secondly, Arsenal is content at forward. No big–name pickups (i. e. Anelka) there.

At LW, things are a little different. Drawing Milan, who will be much more beatable with a swift, skilled left–winger through whom Arsenal can run some play on the flanks, changes Wenger's game plan. Modric, abundantly skilled, is way too pricey, is not a pure LW (and hence too much like Arsenal's other MFs), and may not even be available. Ben Arfa is cup–tied. Expect Arsene to make a move here for either Menez or Dimitrov (but only if he convinced Arsene Wenger while trialing that he is ready to play vs. the likes of Milan).

At GK, it is a mystery. Lehmann leaves and they probably will want somebody. Do they sign a solid backup (i. e. Muller), a potential star, (i. e. Brad Guzan), or a star (i. e Boruc)?

Finally, they will take any bargain if price and quality are right. Hence, Mputu and Dimitrov, + any number of young Frenchmen, might come regardless of need or who else they sign.

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With on loan gunner Matthew Connolly having beeen told 2 return to Arsenal by Jan 2 instead of staying with Colchester until the end of the season will mean Arsene Wenger not be signing Micah Richards or any other defender. As 4 Diaby who is not a regular 4 Arsenal might see him leave Arsenal maybe 4 Tottenham.

  ManUnited will not be signing Anelka. They will try to sign Huntelaar. Berbatov will not be coming unless Tottenham agree for the swap deal involving Saha, Brown + £6 million.

  Expect Joey Barton to go to prison and never play football again, Newcastle will get £5.8 million compensation and will buy Kevin Nolan to replace him for £5.5 million.

  Norwich Citys board are to suprise manager glenn Roeder with a big transfer fund this January.

Transfers will be as follows;


James Brown (Hartlepool)

Shola Ameobi (Newcastle)

Martin Taylor (Birmingham)

Fleetwood (Forest Green)

Wes Hoolahan (Blackpool)

David Bell (Luton)

Jimmy Smith (Chelsea, loan)

Matty Pattison (Newcastle, loan with a veiw to a permanent deal)

Mo Camara (Derby, loan)

Ched Evans (Man City)

Rob Earnshaw (Derby)


Simon Lappin (Falkirk)

Ian Murray (Hibbs)

Chris Brown (Leeds)

David Strihavka (Austria Vienna)

Julien Brellier (Hibbs)

Ryan Jarvis (Leyton Orient)

Darren Huckerby to leave in the Summer along with Dion Dublin who is going to retire but be hired as a coach.

  Leeds to Sigh Luke Rodgers from Port Vale for 400K, Joe Anyon also to leave Port Vale for Championship/Premier League Club and to be loaned back for rest of season.

  All the rumours of Valencia players moving to Liverpool over the two transfer windows are true however only if they (Valencia) fail to qualify for the Champions League. Rafa's main targets are a centre back rb lm and a sc.

outs: Carson–Aston Villa (7 million), Riise–astone Villa (4 million), Pennant–the Hammers (6 million), siisoko–Juve (10 million), Crouch–man. City (8 million), Voronin–hamberg (1 million)

ins: Heinze (4 million), miguel (3 million), Silva (17 million), David Villa/aguero (25 million/20 million), Mascherano (17 million)

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Expect Arsenal 2 sign 15 year old Luke Freeman from Gillingham he's the youngest player 2 play in the FA CUP at age 15. It's heard he could be one of the best English prospects ever. Boruc 2 stay at Celtic and not move to Afc, but if Hoyte moves 2 Aston Villa then expect Arsene Wenger 2 move 4 a replacement.

  Derby to sign Jason Roberts, and also get Danny sismspon on loan the info came from my mate I do not know if you have heard of him before giles Barnes midfield for Derbyail. com

  Funny site, with all the LFC and Arsenal rumours that never come true. Havent seen any materialise yet and I have been on here for many years.

What seems destined to happen in January is Chelsea buying two forwards, most likely Anelka and one of Villa, McCarthney or Ronaldinho (forward, yes I know). It's likely that Man United buys another midfielder or forward, Arsenal might get a defender and LFC a CB.

Outside top 4 the only interesting buys will come from Tottenham, City and Newcastle as most of the other teams have Ok squads. City will buy a winger and a centre back along with two forwards. Tottenham will buy two more forwards. only kidding, they are looking for wingers and CM, possibly a fullback.

Newcastle to buy whatever they can afford as SA is dependent on players who committ, and so far only a handful of his squad are.

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to the guy who said Arsenal will sign Gouffran, Ben arfa, Benzema, Nasri, Boruc. what planet are you on?. It'd cost at least 50 mil. for Mr. Wenger to sign'em all. that is not going to happen.

Arsenal will sign No one in January and so will United. that is fact.

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Although Arsene Wenger expressed he will not add to his club does not mea he is not looking. Tresor Mputu's £3.4 million deal to make a switch to Arsenal has not changed as the Congo International Striker really wants a try in Europe. While Nikolay Dimitrov's move was actually ment to happen in January as the two clubs Levski Sofia and Arsenal agreed on a four year deal to sign Dimitrov for 8.1 million Euros which is like £5.3 million. Inter want Arsenal Duo Tomas Rosicky and Gilberto and have put up £29 million for the 2 and two players from there squad. Arsenal young French forward Gilles Sunu will go out on loan to either Toulouse or Caen.

  Manchester City have no intention of selling any of their young stars. That could mean even Miller is recalled from WBA. Boss and owner want a core team of players under 25 so they have high resale values in the future.

Plenty of others will leave though – Samaras, Vassel, Isaakson, Corradi, Dickov, Mills x 2 for sure. Bianchi will go also if the right exchange can be made with an Italian or Spanish club. Player + cash also considered with Juve, AC, Palermo and Athletico Madrid all contacted about such a deal.

City are negotiating for Modric and are close to a deal.

  Many deals will be going on at Villa Park during January.

IN: Carson, Gudjohnsen, Bosingwa, Barnes, Hoyte, Defoe.

OUT: Sorensen, Moore, Harewood, Osbourne (loan), Mellberg (in Summer)

  Luton Town could sign John Filan, former Wigan keeper on an six month pay as you play deal, that will be extended to 18 months if Luton stay in League One.

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  Middlesbrough will be signing Andrei Voronin in the Summer for a fee of £3 million.

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  No Liverpool player will leave Anfield in January. Rafael Benitez will however secure the permanent signing of Javier Mascherano for £17 million while he will snap up Kaladzhe or Heinze respectively to bolster his defense.

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  Fabio Capello will give the captains armband to David Beckham for his 100th cap match in February. He will then review the situation after the game and take the armband away from John Terry in favour of either Steven Gerrard or possibly even Rio Ferdinand.

Capello may also shock many by introducing Carlo Cudducini into the England squad. Although Italian by birth, he qualifies to play for England through citizenship, having not been capped at senior level for Italy.

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  Just heard Charlton will be going for Burnley winger Wade Elliot in January for around £1.5 million

  Man United news:

players In:

Manucho undisclosed

Fabio pre–contract

Rafael pre–contract

Ochoa £7 million

De Silvestri £8 million

Veloso £14 million

Rabul Ibrahim £4 million

Jo £12 million

Ivanovic £10 million

Jovetic £7 million

total 62 million

players Out:






Dong fangzhou

total £25 million–30 million

these transfers will happen other the next two transfer windows although I suspect most will happen in the Summer when players are not cup–tied.

remember where you heard it.

  Klaas Jan Hunterlarr has agreed a deal to sign for Juve in the Summer.

Loius Saha is a target for the Hammers

Lassana Diarra is ready to sign for the Hammers in the window, he is a solid strong midfielder who will fill the place of Mullins (Reading) and Quashie (Wolves) in the January window.

Shorey and Mullins to swap clubs soon

Tottenham will try and resign Kanoute from Sevilla with either Bent or Defoe leaving.

  This is not a rumour but I am a Rangers and Scotland fan. and I want to say R. i. p Phil o donnell. Motherwells club captain who tragically died on the pitch in a game against Dundee United. all of Scotlands thoughts are with your family at this time. R. I. P from sp

  Arsenal will swoop for Nikolay Dimitrov (levski sofia) and Yoann Gourcuff (Milan).

Gourcuff has been told he has no future at the rossonieri and will make the move to North London as soon as the two clubs can agree terms.

Arsenal will also sign two 15yr old forwards, Pablo Sarabia (Real Madrid) and Luke Freeman (Gillingham). Sarabia will arrive as soon as he is 16yrs old.

  Falkirk starlet pedro mounthino will sign for Tottenham for a fee for a nominal fee due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

in his place manager John huges will sign Alan Gow and Daryll Duffy from Rangers and Swansea respectivly.

  I am lead to believe that these are the players Wolverhampton Wanderers will be signing in the January transfer window in order to make a real push for promotion.


Wes Hoolahan will be joining from Blackpool to cover up that troublesome left hand side and will provide the attacking instinct required for the left hand side of midfield. £1.5 million

Lee Naylor has not started well at Celtic this year despite having an eye opening season last year and will be returning to his home club to take up the left back position. £3 million

Carl Baker from Morecambe who is a promising 24 year old with 11 goals so far this season will be the attacking midfield spark that Wolves have been missing so far this season. £750 k

Billy Sharp will be joining his friend Andy Keogh to reunite one of the best partnerships in League One after having a dismal period at Sheff United, he thinks he can go places under Mick McCarthy rather than BRyan Robson. £2 million

Also DArron Gibson's loan will be extended to cover up the absence of Seyi Olofinjana during the African Nations Cup.

Outs will be:

Denes Rosa to Plymouth FC

Charlie Mulgrew to Hibernian FC

  Sunderland will sign Leroy Lita on a £4 million deal which could rise to £6 million. Lita has not featured for Reading in the last eight games and is said to be desperate for first team footall.

  Manchester City's Elano has become hot property. Inter will most likely prepare a bid for him. Real Madrid may also step in trying to look for a more creative replacement for Guti. But Chelsea need an influential and creative midfielder so expect that link to surface. Chelsea may not bid for him, but it is safe to expect that reports out of England may surface about this transfer.

  Celtic will sign an entire new defense for the start of next year. It is clear to everyone that it is not whoever partners Steven McManus that is the problem but McManus himself. He will be eventually 'rested' sooner rather than later. Pressley will leave in the Summer, along with Lee Naylor. Mark Wilson will be kept as he's constantly injured so selling him would be problematic. Balde will join the departed in the Summer at long last. Celtic will sign in the Summer Russell Anderson for 500 k, Zander Diamond for 200 k (why I do not know), Rob Jones for 500 k and in January Hinkel for £2.1 million and Coelho for £1 million.

In Midfield Celtic will sign Kingston from Hearts for 750 k, Barry Nicholson for free (as Strachan continues the trend he can sign ex–Ranger's players to show he can do what he likes).

James McFadden is the 'big' name to be joining in January for £3 million. Strachan may try and spend all his money on Peter Crouch (6 million) if can convince the giraffe–shaped lad to join the 'tic.

As half the reserves are bemused that Evander Snow is in the first team squad before them –such as Grant, McGlinchey, Ferry– most will move on in the summmer.

The Monk will sign from Dundee United for free when he stops signing monthly contracts and will be perfect back up to Borac as Strachan is well aware that having Mark Brown in goal is no better than having a injured gopher inside a burst glove.


  Curbishley wants to sell Anton Ferdinand as he's fed up with his gangster ego. Curbs is also hoping someone makes a bid for Ashton as he feels he is a slow healer and a bit heavy

  Villa Rumours.

Villa to complete the transfer of Alan hutton for £7 million pounds. the deal was nearly completed in the Summer, but Alan pulled the plug at the last minute due to Rangers success in champ league, Smith already had brought a replacement in Whittaker. Giles Barnes will complete his move before the end ( likely with MON) of the transfer window. Expect a few Foreigners to come in due to the fact that he already has a core of English players

  To all the people who say Gattuso is going to Rangers come up for air everyone knows his missus is from Glasgow and he is here for Christmas so they let him train there. Mcfadden will definitely sign for the famous and be joined by Hinkel and poss one more problem benji from Hibernian with Deek going the other way as a makeway for the deal

Hail hail

  Koumas to sign for Leicester City on loan in the transfer window. fact.


  Berbatov is on his way to Manchester City.

Done deal

  Man United new January signing berbotov from Tottenham

  Police escort booked by Celtic on thefifth of January, comes from a taxi drivers good source. looks like were gettin a big name signin. Get in mon the hoops

  17 Year Old Grimsby Defender Ryan Bennett will be on his way to Wolves for around £800,000 while Lincoln City Midfielder Lee Frecklington will be Comibg to Grimsby Town in exchange for Tom Newey who will be replaced by Shaleum Logan on a six month loan deal from Manchester City


Rumours around Anfield are that Lfc will sign Garay and Mascherano in the January window and that is it

In the Summer expect a clearout and only a couple of expensive signings, with mostly youth players being brought in, and 1 or two forwards.

  Rangers FC pick–ups for the tranfer window:

Pascal Feindouno (St. Etienne)

Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan)

Phillipe Senderos (Arsenal)

Ryszard Gorski (Treasure Coast GalLeons)

Arsenal pick–ups

Heinz Muller (Barnsley)

Jeremy Menez (Monaco)

Phillipe Mexes (AS Roma)

  Manuel Fernandes is guaranteed to arrive at Goodison Park during the January transfer window. The deal was agreed a little over a week ago in Spain involving Everton Chairman, Bill Kenwright. This is a loan deal which gives the Toffees first option to sign the midfielder for £5.5 million. This will give Everton a 49 percent stake in the player. A deal has also been negotiated with the player's representatives to purchase the final 51 percent of the player's right if the loan deal proves a success. I have yet to gain information on how much the final payment would be, but will post when I receive the final figure.

  Bayern Munich could stun the fooballing world with a cheeky £26 million pound bid to lure the Bulgarian ace Dimitar Berbatov to Germany. The Bayern chairman has already stated that Berbatov would be the ideal forward to replace Polish–born Mirislav Klose who may be offfloaded in the Summer although Klose was only signed in August. Lukas Podolski could leave. The young German international has been linked away from the Allianz arena with Everton and Porto sniffing around. If the Berbatov deal does not go through in January, Darren Bent and bench–warming Jermaine Defoe will leave to seek fist team football and Portsmouths Benjani will join Juand Ramos's new look Tottenham. Also Barcelona's Raafael Marquez may be a Tottenham player. (Frosty)

  James McFadden to join Rangers for a straight swop for Alan Hutton


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