Football Rumours Archive January 01 2009


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Despite fan worries about the financial situation at the club, Barnsley are set to announce the signing of Manucho on loan for the rest of the season from Manchester United. Manager Simon Davye is also targeting Jay Simpson (Arsenal), Chris Gunter (Tottenham), Batman (Gotham) and Gareth Bale (Tottenham) as short term loan targets.
  Celtic will be in for James Mcfadden very soon also Chris killen and Bobo going to Birmingham.Celtic are also in for German Cap Marcel Schafer, Donati–Atlanta,Also heard Rangers are in for Lee Wilkie and Dean Sheils.Boyd on his way to WBA.
  If Arsenal and Zenit cannot come to an agreement for Arshavin (as Wenger is only willing to pay 12 mil and Zenit want 20 mil), Arsenal will look to Evertons Mikel Arteta. David Moyes will has precious little funds to spend in January if he does not sell, and he is in desparate need of a new striker. Wenger would be willing to spend 12 mil on Arteta, which Moyes would accept. He would use this money to buy Wagner Love.

In Arsene We Trust
  West Ham are in a better financial position than the press would have people believe. Zola does not have to sell any of the big name players,but does want to reduce the squad somewhat.He will be looking for another striker in January,to play alongside Bellamy. The only regular first team player who might leave is Scott Parker,who wants to talk to Man.City about a possible move.
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Miguel Veloso is unlikely 2 be loaned out 2 AFC by Sporting Lisbon as his agent Paulo Barbosa has said soo .Possable move by AW 4 Wigen gk Kirkland as a possable replacement 4 Alumnia in Jan . Aston Villa 2 move 4 NUFC player N'Zogbia . Its been heard AFC youngster Rhys Murphy might replace Jay Simpson who has gone out on loan 2 WBA .
  Stoke City to re–launch teir bid to sign Jermaine Pennant again. Sammi Hyppia is no longer a target after he began playing for Liverpool again. Dramani to sign on Loan until end of season and Marlon Harewood to be signed immediatle at any cost with only two strikers available for 3 games.
  From a reliable source, my friend was the doctor who saw Benitez in hospital and got talking to him about the goings on at Anfield. In January expect a change of faces.
Leaving will be Dossena to Udinise, this is partly to do with him not being happy at the club and, the emergence of insua at his posistion. The Itallian will make around 5m for the club by his departure.
Voronin will be staying at Hertha Berlin swapping his loan for a pernament deal costing 3m
Jermaine Pennant will be the 1st signing for Juande Ramos and will go to Real Madrid for 4m.
The players that have been targeted for a move in January are;
Emile Heskey from wigan for 8m
Glen Johnson is also on the list and will cost the club in the region of 4–7m
That will be it, Liverpool will have to sell to make funds so it is essential for them to sell the players who do not perform on the pitch and also those who are surplus of requirements

Monty Man
  Why is it that a lot of the posts on here are wish lists and not rumours, I can honestly say that the buisiness i work in tells me that this will be one of the lowest figures in transfer fees for many of januarys. Clubs are finding it hard for credit loans (it all works on servicable loans). Man ciy aside most clubs are on the racks at this time. the money is drying up at the moment due to banks leaning on clubs for payments. So lets be sensible and wise up to the fact that endless lists of players won't end up at arsenal,man utd ect, and certainly won't be going to anywhere in glasgow. FOOTBALLS BUBBLE IS BURSTING PEOPLE,LESS BUMS ON SEATS IN THE STADIUMS/LESS PEOPLE SUBSCRIBING TO SKY AND SETANTA due to cash problems while players demand £100,000 a week (£100,000 a week for lets face it FOR KICKING A BAG OF FG AIR, cmon) only means one thing. POP and its gone. SO LETS STOP THE WISH LISTS AND START WITH THE COMMON SENSE PART OF IT, happy new year rumourites, lets hope for a close league all season.
  St mirren striker billy mehmet is linked with move, to either hearts, crystal palace or tranzonspor. wigan made an offer of 700k in the summer.

st mirren midfielder, andy dorman to sheffield utd.
  Been told that Matty Fryatt is close to agreeing terms with Cardiff.

Also Bristol City are close to signing Ricky Lambert and Chris Lines from Rivals Bristol Rovers with Steve Brooker going the other way as Johnson is fed up with his injuries.
  CELTIC and RANGERS rumours. . Stephen APPIAH the Ghanean midfield powerhouse is being courted by most of Europe it seems. Celtic had him over as a guest and showed him around the stadium and the Lennoxtown training facilities. Wages remain a problem (he is available on a Bosman)but moving on Bobo to Birmingham would free up some money for wages. Also STILIC from Polish club Poznan looks like a £2.5million January buy. Celtic are also keen on Hutszi from German club who are not keen on selling him while they remain in relegation trouble. A striker with real pace remains a priority for Strachan. Bellamy? Heskey? Owen? Rangers will be offloading and will make serious efforts at signing Driver and Berra from Hearts. Pedro Mendes is said to be regretting his move to "the wrong Glasgow team" and a reunion with Harry R is a possibility. All the best for 2009
  Hot off the press in Glasgow Smith to resign in the summer. Mccoist and Durrant take over the helm. Heard it from a source close to walter. Rangers Januray Ins –

Mark Reynolds 1 Mill (Mwell) to shore up defence
James Mccarthur (Hamilton) 500K – Definite
The blockbuster signing for the summer will be Carlos Vela from arsenal 3 million + add ons.

Rumours eminating from the soon to be 4 in a row champs is that Hernan Crespo will definately sign on loan from Inter.

Plus, more recruitments will be made from the Barcelona youth team either on loan or buy back clause.

The famine aint over yet as its another year without the title for the gers. Mon the hoops
  Michael Spillane and Chris Martin to sign PERMANENT deals with Luton Town.

The Hatters have submitted offers for both players which HAVE been accepted. The ONLY issue is whom will be Norwich manager within the next 7 days as Roeder is expected to be sacked.
  Arteta––>Arsenal 15M
Chiellini––>Arsenal 12M + Gallas
Alonso––>Arsenal 15M(summer, until then a loan move will be made for veloso, which could increasse his value with a good showing in his short time in england.)
Wagner love––>Everton
  Owen WILL be leaving newcastle within the next few days. Inter Milan are the favourites but Owen will wait for an english side to make a bid. With Bellamy being so expensive Redknapp is keen on making a $4m bill for Owen. Expect to see him at spurs.

Arteta will not be signing for Arsenal despite popular belief. Wenger will make a decent offer for him but Arteta loves playing for everton way to much to be a stand in player for the gunners. Arsenal will not be making any big signings. Expect to see the gooners in the uefa cup.

Keane will be sold by Rafa. I say by 'Rafa' because his coaching staff want him to stay. This was made obvious by keane starting games while rafa was out and put straight back on the bench when rafa returned. Rafa wanted a striker to help torres, instead he got a striker that plays the same role as torres but no where near as good. Keane will be sold to Aston Villa.

Mr JS.
  Barnsley will unveil Carlos Edwards on friday morning, most probably on loan. Aaron McLean is likely to be in before the Southampton game and an unknown Premiership left back is thought to be close to signing. Davey is also looking to bring in an attacking midfielder, thought to be either Andrew Surman or Marcus Tudgay.
  Haha Huddersfield To get Kevin Phillips. Hahah,

Wtf! Hes 1st Team at the Blues, one of the biggest clubs in the Championship.

He Left, WBA Premier League Club to Cum To Birmingham Championship Club.

They Will Never Let Him go, Dream On Terriers Fans.

Real 2009 Transfers.
Santa Cruz– M.City
Toure– M.City
Crouch– Tottenham
Pennant– Madrid
Luis Garcia – Spurs
Bridge – M.City
Ljajic & Tosic – M.Utd
Fabio Quaglieria – Everton
Nolan – Blackburn
Davies – Blackburn
James Morrison– Bolton
Gignac – Bolton
Ebanks–Blake– Everton
Simpson – WBA (lOAN)
Trejó – WBA
Mustapha Riga – Stoke Loan
Shittu – Bham
Bobo Balde – Bham
Boyd – Bham

More Tommorow
  Rangers to sign McArthur from hamilton, fee is 1.5 million plus jordan mcmilan on loan for 6months. Andrew driver to burnley. Andrius Velicka to hearts on loan. Kapo to rangers to sort out the left wing problem, darren barr of falkirk may sign to play reserve center–back fo rrangers.
  To all Liverpool fans posting on here. This is actually what will happen in January.

G Johnson–Portsmouth £10.5m
L.Garcia–A.Madrid Loan

J.Pennant–Wigan or Spurs £3m
A.Voronin–Berlin £2m
C.Itanje– Rennes £500,000
S.Gerrard–Walton prison Loan (joke)

Hicks and Gillet have £5m set aside for transfers.
  Rangers ins
An exciting young left winger.
Velicka loan to hearts
McCullough(may be used as bait to sign fuller)
More to follow, but the other player's future is in their hands
The rumour from the celtic fan claiming that o'niel is interested in louring (think he ment luring) is spot on.
To all bitter celtic fans don't write rumours like, Bellamy 3.5 million west ham rejected a 6 million pound bid from tottenham. and when you do manager to make up a good 'rumour' don't ruin it by putting the normal old tatty jazz like (gers going bust 'rankers' fire sale etc etc) at the end.
  Madjid bougherra is not injured at all but is being readied for the exit door.stories of a thigh injury are rubbish as i saw him running out of the foyer of the hilton glasgow at 11:45 on sat 27th they are just making sure a fee will not be hampered by any chance of injury similar to the cuellar transfer earlier in the season
  Grahame souness going to be the new rangers manager if walter fails to close the gap to celtic
  Liam Lawrence to Sheff Weds !!! You're having a laugh mate. Lewis Buxton to sign permanently though and a queue of Stoke fans to drive him to Hillsboro.

Dindane in on loan at the Britannia from Lens with a view to a permanent deal.

Harewood looks very much on the cards but West Brom interested also.

Stoke have dropped their interest in Joe Ledley from Cardiff after last offer rejected.

Stoke have had NO offers for Fuller although the Everton rumour still ongoing.

Stoke have one big signing on the cards which will break the 5.5 million transfer record believed to be a current Prem player.
  Trust me i have on good word that Luis Garcia will join on an initial 6 month loan deal. Followed by the signings of Defoe and Johnson, Appiah will sign for a free transfer and O’Hara will move out on loan as wel as Taarabet and Rocha. Sold will be Zokora and Assou Ekotto who will return to france and Campbell to return to ‘Ol red nose at the end of the season.

Expect to see the emergance of youngsters to, Danny Rose, Thomas Pekhart back from So’ton, Bostock, Dorian Dervette and Archibald–Henville.

COYS– In Redknapp we trust.

  I think its rediculous when people try and say that what they are posting is 100% true, this is a rumour site. . . .
if u generally did have facts then y are u posting it on here? :S
if i had a genuine fact i'd go and tell sky sports or some1 worth while

any way down to some rumours i have heard:
Man Utd are interested in signing:
Fabian Delph – Leeds United – £4,000,000
Zolta Tosic–(sorry cant remember club)– £5,000,000
Adem Ljajic–(same club as above)–£5,000,000
all of these players will be placed straight in the first team but will only play scarcley

Chelsea are after a new striker as Didier Diver is looking certain to leave soon. so here are some possibilities:
Kevin Davies – bolton – £7,000,000
Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth – £15,000,000
expect them to move for the latter

Liverpool, loserpool will look to buy a left back as they need major cover there Rafa ill look to buy:
Gareth Bale – tottenham – £15,000,000
and possibly
Jolean Lescott – everton – £17,000,000 (worth every penny)

Arsenal will look for cover for Fabregas and a centre back for possibly leaving Gallas and rumoured Toure
Mikael Arteta – Everton – £15,000,000
Jolean Lescott – Everton – £17,000,000
Michael Dawson – tottenham – £3,000,000
(i have no funny name like intheknow, just call me Sam)
  Quating this person

''In a note to the person who said Wilshere free to WHUFC, A: he has a six year contract.

B:– FREE?? More like in excess of 10m if he was even available. Dream on. .''

You are right here Arsenal will not sell Wilshere as he is a blinding prospect but please get your facts right. He is 16 therefore under Fifa rules unable to sign a professional contract until his 17th Bithday therefore making your claim that he is under a 6 year contract total bolls.
Hence under this rule Arsenal were handed a 2 year transer ban suspended for the way they signed Fran Merida from Barcelona because they tapped up a youth player. They also done the same with Fabregas from the same youth set up.
  Man city to bid 8 million for phillip lahm if they don't get wayne bridge. City are going to place a 4 million pound bid for michael owen
  Fulham and Sunderland are chasing £6M highly rated Leeds player Fabian Delph.
Newcastle already have had any bids rejected and neither premier league team will land the 19 year old.
Leeds have clearly stated that any bids will be rejected.
  There are all sorts of rumours going round at the minuet but most of them are unrealistic,


whos money will get round 20 million so why would the waste all of it on a CAM like arshavin when what they really need is CHEEP cover for fabrigas and a CB also cheap and effective, expect maybe arteta coming for round 10–15 mill and then a no–nonsense CB like Pape Diakhate but might be out of there price range as Dynamo Kiev see his rating at 10 mill, also shay given is not for sale so theres no need for that bid to be made.


May get a bit of money but due to the credit crunch will only get about 25–30 mill, (still quit alot for january transfers) What they need is cover upfront, they may make a bit for santa cruz but as the days go on that's looks more unlikely, Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa is another target aswell as Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano which are both class players and both in there price range.


Pritty much sell to buy, with the likes of pennent going for 3–4 mill to athletico madrid if real buy valencia for his 15 mill price tag, a target for lfc is glen johnson but the money for him may see the end of degan / dossena who havent yet adapted to english football, Babel who considerd a loan deal to ajax may just get that move or another just to get first team but will NOT be sold, two other sales may be voronin and itanje who want first team action. And liverpool desperatly need cover for torres but forget hesky, he is a threat but liverpool are not gonna buy another hamsting struck injery proned player as a cover for one, expect a cheap but dangoures player who can put headers in the back of the net for liverpools main wing player with kuyt, riera and if loan doesn't got threw then babel who can all get crosses in, and one other thing, swap deal maybe for benayoum who is despreat to leave for elano who is in the exact same position. ? !

Man u,
Not much action hear, sir alex has insisted on not much change for the world club champions, maybe we will see some young guns. i think though we may see the end of neville with rafeal storming that position also scholes and giggs reaching the end with anderson and nani forever pushing and great pressure is being put on sir alex who has too many options that are young to the 3–4 oldies who soon won't cut it.

man city,

well what do i say,

torres, ronaldo, buffon, kaka, messi and villa. i highly doubt any but one of these will go through, maybe if there lucky they will get willa, who club is almost bankrupt, but they will be holding out for about 30 mill + and maybe also a good couple full backs. but they do have endless recourses and hey how many people put robiniho to city ? i never saw 1 so lets wait and see .


  Birmingham to offer Coventry £5m plus Gary McSheffrey for Keiron Westwood, Daniel Fox and Michael Mifsud. Coventry will also have the option to take Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle on loan for th rest of the season. 100% reliable source
  Arteta will be allowed to move to arsenal to free up funds for moyes to stregnthen the rest of the squad, price is 8million plus bendtner and also Diaby on loan. Arteta's short term future at arsenal will be replacing cesc while his long term future will be out on the right.
This is the player will definately sign, the player who isn't a cert is alonso for whom he may have to wait until the summer to sign.
The van buyten rumour is very plausible, however with the Gallas Toure bust–up Gallas may be shipped out to juventus in return for chiellini with a considerable sum going to turin, wengers other options are Zapata and Richards for zapata senderos may be used as bait if milan don't want to sign him permantly while the deal for richards may include first option on toure.(richards wants out as he sees a storm brewing.)
  My uncle is married to a friend of the Rangers FC Physio's sister. At a recent Christmas party she alluded to the fact that Rangers will be signing David Healy, a lifelong Rangers fan who is at present attempting to negotiate a release from Sunderland.

Other ins and outs that were mentioned

Kris Boyd – CSKA Moscow (replacement for Wagner Love who is Everton bound)
Hemdani to PSG, link up with PLG
Surprise move is also Charlie Adam being sent on loan (with a view to a permanent transfer) to PSG to get fit, with PLG an admirer of him.
Stevie Smith to Burnley – done deal.
David Weir to Qatar, akin to the de Boer brothers finishing off their career.
Big exclusive, you heard it here first, Riordan has not settled in Edinburgh, too many distractions / hangers on. Rangers were in the frame to sign him prior to Celtic making the move. he will be coming to Ibrox because he feels Walter will be able to tame his wayward ways.
Novo to Deportivo.

David Healy – Sunderland
Craig Gordon – Sunderland
Jo – Man City
Berra and Driver from Hearts
Severin – Hearts
Gary Neville – Man Utd
Tonel – Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal to buy Arshavin then loan him to Rangers for 6 months to acclimatise to British football.
  Phil Brown is being lined up as the next Man City manager.
  For those daft enough to talk about Dean Ashton being sold let me remind you all that he is unlikely to be fit enough for 1st team action this season!!! Would anyone be daft enough to spend out on this injury–prone liability? Answer a resounding NO!!! Same goes for Danny Gabbidon another in the same boat.
  Premier league rumours

arsenal will bid 12m for evertons arteta
arsenal will also move for gokhan inler for 10m
everton could land chelsea defender mancienne on loan with a view to buy him permantly for 2m
bolton will bid 3m for west broms james morrison
liverpool are confident of signing glenn johnson for 10m
liverpool are preparing a bid for emile heskey at 4m
arsenal also preparing a 8m bid for shay given
wigan set to swoop for 3.5m rated shaktar donetsk player mariusz lewandowski

  Well for a start Vleicka to Bolton as Nolans leaving –no chance they are totally different players

Also Rangers ins will be Gattuso loan when he returns from injury – the friendly fixture with milan is part of the deal.

Rangers ins – berra
Gattuso in feb –on loan
Posibly driver
and possibly fuller on loan

but no big money will be spent.

Celtic wil get no one maybye fuller on loan aswell if he does nto go to rangers and theres no chance steven fletcher will leave hibs in january and he would not go to celtic anyway just look at riordan.

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