Football Rumours Archive June 20 2008


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Newcastle will not be splashing anything like the £16 million now being placed on Turan's head by Gala as they eye alternatives. Especially when Van de Vaart's contract is up next season and can go for £1.5 million so Hamburg are looking to cash in, not that he is on his way to SJP but £16 million can get a who lot more than what could be a flash in the pan performer. Look out for bids for Andrei Arshavin, which everyone knows about, but also team mate Roman Shirokov as well as

Moscow's Pavlyuchenko. Also Guy Demel as well as Jérôme Boateng but with several clubs already eyeing many of Hamburg's squad their prices could go through the roof. Wise has also highlighted Nuri Şahin as a possible loanee.

Barton will not play football for a while as the 'City Assault' charge is about to come up and now that he goes into the dock with form, something he struggled with at Newcastle, things are not looking very rosey.


  A friend of mine is close to Ched Evans's family and I have been told that Ched is off to Cardiff City next season, deal done this one and it will be made public Friday afternoon or Monday morning.

  John Gregory has confirmed he will appoint Steve Walsh as his #2 when he is appointed manager of Leicester in a bid to win over fans that object to his appointment

  New Blackburn manager Paul Ince will raid his old club for star midfielder Keith Andrews.

With David Bentley looking for a transfer and Tugay nearing retirement, they need to strengthen in that area, and Ince is a great admirer of his former captain. Out of respect to his previous employer, he is unlikely to quibble over the £1.5 million asking price.

Meanwhile, MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman is thought be lining up former Southampton manager Nigel Pearson as Ince's replacement.


Arshavin is a done deal.

Carson might be a shock transfer.

Fernandez to sign full–time (done deal)

  Steven Taylor to Palace from Newcastle for 4 mill

Bentner from Arsenal to Palace on loan for whole of season

savage to Palace from Derby 1 mill

ridgewell to Palace from Birmingham £750,000

ian harte from Sunderland to Palace (free)

Yours sincerly ure favorite Palace fan

dean mitchell

  Kevin Tunani – the captain of the Bordeaux reserve side for two seasons – is currently linked to several top championship teams. Kevin Tunani a defensive midfield player in the model of Patrick Vieira.

Being a friend of Kevin I know he was fed up of being groomed as the next big centre midfielder, he just wants to play first team football. Plus his game is more suited to the English game.

In France they nurture their best players and then bring them into the first team slowly when they have sold the player in front of them. That is the French way.

I am trying to convince him to come to Queens Park Rangers, but he has not made up his mind as yet.

  I hear that Aston Villa are turning their attentions to Italian U18 talent Paulo Rezoni.

The 17 year old currently with Torino is also turning heads at Everton, Hamburg and a clutch of Italian clubs.

I also hear that Aston Villa are looking at a cheeky bid of £12 million for Arteta of the Walton White Sox, MoN s a HUGE fan, Tottenham are also lining up a deal believed to involve three players going to the Sox.

You saw it here first folks


  My nephew is a 17 year old trainee with Dutch Club Heerenveen and he rang me to say Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Ipswich have all been in contact regarding the availability of Dutch Under 18's Goalkeeper Brian Anjo. He tells me it is thought Villa have already made a small bid for the 6ft 2inch shot stopper.

Sadly my nephew tells me he himself does not look like he will be getting his contract renewed for next season.

  Danny Shittu's best friend's girlfriend told me that he's already a done deal and signing for Everton

  Norwich will not sign Ameobi, at least not in this transfer window. He is hoping to stay in the Premiership and Glen will not put all his cash into one signing considering the desperate lack of depth. With no–one willing to match Newcastle's 3–4 million valuation expect a move in January. We will sign McCourt but there will be a buy out Clause– if he does sign he will look for a move to the Premiership (if we do not go up) and recognises a season (at least) in the championship would do him good. Also likely to sign Carroll (NEW) and Evans (MNC) both on loan but not until a few days before the start of the season.


Neither Vladimir Weiss or Gudjon Thordarson are in contention for the position of Head Coach. A new 3 man short list has been drawn up and I have been told that Temuri Ketsbaia is on that short list. The other 2 are an Englishman who is currently working abroad and a South American.

  Plymouth Argyle ins:

Jason Puncheon

Gary Speed

Boa Morte

Aaron Maclean

Scott Sinclair


Paul Wotton – Southampton

Peter Halmosi – Hull City

Rory Fallon – Man United

  Man United

A deal is being worked out between Man United, Ronaldo, Real, Nike and Adidas. Ronaldo will be staying on an improved contract with massive endorsments from Nike. Real will have first refusal next season, where a deal is being worked out with massive endorsments from adidas. Fergie will step down if Man United win the league next season letting Ronaldo go, if they do not win it he will step down the season after.

Poss Signings are:

Carlos Kameni – Goal Keeper – Espanyol – £6 million

Dimitar Berbatov – ST – Tottenham – £29 million

Joao Moutinho – Sporting – £19 million

Sergio Ramos – Real – £29 million

Karim Benzema – Lyon – £25 million

  MUFC Rumours

Great source from inside club

If Ronaldo goes expect Robinho, Sneijder and Ramos + some cash as United will hold Real Madrid to ransom

If ronald stays expect bids for benzema £23 million + Saha and either Alves or Richards £22 mill

Silvestre on way out for £3–4 mill

Fletcher £5–7 million depending on who bids

  Arsenal to sign Nasri, Boruc, De la red and Podolski within the next three weeks.

  Boruc to Tottenham, larrson back 4 six month november;

Rangers stunning transfers (not) celts shaking in

their boots.

hail hail

4 in a row

  Afc Bulletin + + + + + + +

Arsenal have noot made an offer 4 Valencia defender Raul Albiol as his agent has said soo. With Nasri set 2 move to Arsenal expect either Gilberto or Diaby to leave Afc. And there probaly will not be any replacements, as it's heard Arsene Wenger intends 2 use Mark Randall this season.

  I have it from a source close to Alex Ferguson that Ronaldo will not be leaving this year.

  Paddy Mccourt (Derry City) flying into Glasgow tommorrow morning for medical with Celtic.

Fee is £350,000 up front + two friendlies.

  Sorry lads but Arsenal signed Arshavin last January. To be announced after russia's exit from the euros.

  Informantion straight from the horses mouth

Martin Bain has told me of the following players the Rangers are gunning for.

Kyle Lafferty – Done deal should sign today

Paul Robinson – Straight swap for McGregor

Noel Hunt – Walter sees him as a good wide man in the spl

Zander Diamond – Impressive displays against us could see him arrive

Juninho – Looking to end his career outside of France and was impressed with our displays in Europe

Lillian Thuram – Like Juninho, looking to finnish with the bears

  Ok. This is what I have heard. Allegedely Rafael Benitez has run out of patience with Aston Villa. Instead of placing a fourth bid for Barry he's now looking at no one other than Jimmy Bullard – a experienced hard–working midfielder that would suit his game very well.

Might upset some of you who thinks Villa or some other foreign star is coming. Nonetheless, this is from a source close to the club.

  Bilic is lined up as Moyes's number two.

  Tottenham rumour and fact; Tottenham have signed David Bentley, subject to medical the fee has been agreed it will be a set price rising to another set price. reason ramsey signed for Arsenal and not Man United or Everton was to be near best friend Tottenham' Chris gunter and other close friend gareth Bale also of Tottenham. had Tottenham gone in for ramsey there is no question he would have signed for Tottenham, Tottenham feel they have bought better potential so far. ramsey was gutted that Tottenham did not make a move for him.

  I was on the plane back from Austria and spoke to Stoke City director of football John Rudge. He told me that Stoke will be making bids for Austrian defender Martin Stranzl and midfielders Jan Polak from Czech Republic and Holland's Orlando Engelaar.

  To the guy who said Engelaar to Everton, Engelaar has already agreed to sign for Schalke 04 as Fred Rutten has moved there and immediately signed Orlando Engelaar.

van der Sulc

  Harry Kewell to Roma...

  To all the West Bromwich fans who are moaning about the club not signing Paddy McCourt, I have it on good authority that the real reason was due to the new owner of club not wishing to be associated with low inadequate signings. The talks are at an advanced stage and the new unamed owner, made it clear to the chairman Mr Peace that the quality of players that will come in to the club will be of a standard much higher that what the club have been used to. Due to the chnge of ownership being so close the new owner insists in being kept informed of all possible signings. Money for new players will not be an issue.


This is 100 percent accurate and I cannot name the source as I have only found out in the last hour.

James McFadden is up in Scotland tomorrow and my source has revealed he will have discussions with Celtic over a move with the fee believed to be £5 million pounds which was the release fee if Birmingham City were relegated. Strachan has already spoke with McLeish and will not stand in McFaddens way as he has always shown his desire to play for Celtic.

Celtic have £18 million to spend.

this is true

4 in a row here we go.

  Heard from a friend who works for Tottenhams official homepage that Ledley King is going to a Swedish team over the Summer to gain match fitness for the start of the season.

  SAfc news. I have a source within Celtic park and he has informed me Sunderland have tabled a £8 million + stokes bid for Aiden McGeady. Also strong rumours around Sunderland Keane is keen about pavychenko currently starring for russia at euro2008.

  The person who reported seeing Noel and Stephen Hunt leaving Parkhead was quite correct, the reason being was Stephen Hunt who was taking time out to visit his brother Noel who plays for Dundee has met a delagation from Sunderland at Parkhead who are there to finalise the transfer of McGeady to Sunderland, whether this involves a part exchange with Keiron Richardson depends on how much Celtic value McGeady, but it is quite plausable.

Also in a suprise move Richard Dunne soon to sign for the Makems along with the long awaited Hunt.

  I have just seen David Healy In Leeds City Centre. Shopping?

I think not.

Jerry Smart

  Scottish football rumours:

sorry old firm fans but there will be no massive buys this year, Seedorf will be no where near Celtic park (good joke tho) noel Hunt of Dundee United on the other hand is very much on wee gordons radar for £1 million to warm the departing Riordans space on the bench.

Hibernians Steven Fletcher looks set to stick it out for one more year at Hibernian as he looks for a move to the Premier League also Rangers and Celtic unlikely to hand Hibernian the £4 million they want for there star man.

lastly the Hearts manager saga/circus continues to rumble on with no man or there dog wanting the post, as said before Mark mcghee stayed well clear to stay on with mighty Motherwell it now looks a head on race between gudjon thordarsson and slovakian vladimir weiss.

  Rafa is ready to drop the gareth barry deal – as he feels villa's asking price is too much (£20 million).

talks between xabi and Juve have been put on hold as Liverpool asking for £16.5 million and Juve are offering £13.5 million – Juve looking at alternatives – namely Marcos senna.

Rafa looking to spend the money saved for barry – £15 million on other areas, mainly attack. Rafa looking at Ivan Klasnic available on a free, and Rakitic available for around £10 million.

Rafa also hoping to bring in Lassana Diarra and niko kranjcar from Pompey – offering £10 million + Crouch.

  The point of this website is for rumours – not wishes. Please keep it realistic.

Arsenal have ALREADY signed Samir Nasri on a four year deal believed to be £11–£13 million.

Hleb is already in talks wiht FC Barcelona, expect Yaya Toure to go the other way.

AC Milan have made an approach for Adebayor.

This means Arsenal will sign a forward, not Villa but probably Santa Cruz.

Man United are likely to sign Berbatov from Tottenham for around £28 million.

Expect Ronaldo to go to Real for straight cash or a deal involving Sergio Ramos.

They will not be getting Dani Alves as he has already signed for FC Barcelona.

Liverpool are not strapped for cash and probably have more money than Rafa is letting on.

Expect signings of David Villa, possably Silva, a left back either Wayne Bridge or Dossena and Barry.

Riise has already left for £4 million to Roma expect Crouch, Alonso, Carson, Pennant and Voronin to be sold.

  Arsenal Latest

Arsene Wenger is sure to sign Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg for £10 million, and is also making an offer for David Villa, £17.5 million and Yaya Toure for £6 million. The David Villa transfer is not for definite, but Arsenal have basically got Arshavin and Toure in the bag.

Toure will definitely move has Yaya's brother, Kolo Toure, will be in the same squad as him.


  Barnsley are in talks with Go Ahead Eagles midfielder/forward Orlando Smeekes. He could sign within the next two weeks if personal terms can be agreed.

  I just want to make clear that you cannot write down about a rumour when the transfer already done.please read the papers 2 real transfers: Riise to Roma and Nasri to Arsenal (I'm a Liverpool fan)

  NUfc rumours, No "my dads sisters husbands Uncle is a groundsman at. " I have it on good authority that Newcastle will sell to sign the following players


Smith – £4 million (Rangers or Wigan)

Shola – £2.8 million (Norwich, pretty much sealed)

Carr – free – to whatever "lucky club" wants him

Cacapa – £1.5 million – (Nice)

Milner: ( – £9.5 million + guthrie – (Liverpool)

Given – £6 million – (Arsenal)


Gomis – £10.5 million – (st ettienne)

Arda – £12 million – (galatasarey could higher the price because arda has had a gr8 euro and also Arsenal are ready to rival the toon)

Arshavin/Diego – 11 million, if NUfc fail to bring in Arshavin they will turn to original target Diego who they targeted before they lost out on modric.

Zherkov – £5 million (zennit) Keegan likes this attack minded LB.

Boruc – £8 million (Celtic) NUfc may lose given to Arsenal so Boruc is the back up if this happens

Spears – 500 k (Plymouth)

mcgeedy – £6 million (Celtic)

Other possibilities are Emana, however he has stated he wants to move to Spain. Also croatia lb pranjic is another possible target as are Zigic and pablo Aimar. The lack of defenders linked is a huge worry.

  West Bromwich are considering offering Harry Kewell a contract at the Hawthorns but the Aussie winger will have to take a 50 percent paycut in joining the newly promoted Premier League side. Wigan and Tottenham are also interested in the Aussie winger.

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  Rafa Benitez could make a move for Chelsea winger Shaun Wright–Phillips this Summer with new Scolari prepared to let him go for just £8 million. Manchester City are also chasing him. Scolari is keen to bring in Ribery – despite being injured.

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  Jermaine Pennant could be heading to Newcaste in a straight swap for James Milner.

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  Argentine Javier Saviola is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid for Panathinaikos although Rafa Benitez may swoop for the Argentine as he knows he is available on the cheap for just £4 million. Benitez wants to sign Villa but is restricted by funds and is now considering Argentines Saviola and Mauro Zarate.

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  Danny Wilson is being lined up to replace Paul Ince at MK Dons–done deal. The more interesting thing is that Wilson will be replaced by Hodgson from Darlington who is frustrated by the lack of transfer funds.


Dirk the man

  Arsenal look set to lose Adebayor, Rosicky and Hleb. Wenger may even look to sell Gallas, with Toure and Fabregas in contention for the captaincy. Wenger will look to bring in Croatian forward Olic for £10.5 million with the some of the money from Adebayor to partner Robin Van Persie although he is also after Klaas Jan Huntelaar (also a target for Real Madrid). Bendtner will be the third choice forward until Eduardo returns. If Gallas is stripped of the captaincy, he may put in a transfer request in which case Wenger will sell and bring in Vincent Kompany.

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  Aston Villa will resign in their efforts to hang on to Gareth Barry with Liverpool finalising the move next week. Villa will replace him with Steve Sidwell while Pasqual Chimbonda will arrive for £4 million. Villa are also chasing Liverpool duo Yossi Benayoun and Scott Carson and Chelsea's Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright–Phillips.

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  Florent Malouda will be leaving Chelsea this Summer with Juve set to snap up the French winger.

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  Manchester City are considering an audacious swoop for Everton's Tim Cahill if they fail in their efforts to bring in Ronaldinho. The Jo transfer will happen despite problems with ownership but it may drag on until August. Mark Hughes will also bring in Benni McCarthy from Blackburn and will bid for David Bentley, although the latter is keen about Champions League football and Liverpool.

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  Sir Alex Ferguson will resign to losing Cristiano Ronaldo in a fortnight and a fee of around £48 million + Sergio Ramos will complete the deal.

Ramos will slot in at right back for United alongside Vidic, Ferdinand and Evra in defense. Gary Neville will be spared but even if free of injury will have to settle for the bench.

Ronaldo will be replaced by 25 year old French winger Franck Ribery although he is currently injured. Ferguson will beat Chelsea to the signing and will offer £26 million + either Louis Saha or Mikael Silvestre for the talented France star.

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  Lafferty will be a Rangers player by 2 moro. Gow will accept a move to Burnley. Rangers will then look to finalise Davis's move an strengthen the defense with pasanen, torosidis or cufre at RB an possibily Shittu or thuram at centre back. expect a couple of attacking midfielders or wingers at Ibrox next season.

  Celtic – I posted here weeks ago that WGS would make a move for Derry City star Patrick McCourt, expect to see him unveiled this week. In same posting I mentioned that Celtic would also make a move for the following; Pavluchenko, Samaras, Kadlec and D Bent. I admit that Samaras is probably a no go now after his very poor showing at Euro 08, however a deal to bring Pavluchenko to Parkhead is on the table, with Celtic just falling short of Moscow's asking price but with sell on Clause built in the Russians see this as a great earner. Kadlec is still possible as a left back is a must but look out for a deal to bring another Russian over – Yuri Zhirkov – for around £3 million. A move will be made to get Darren Bent on loan until January with first option to buy. Bent is keen as he sees his Tottenham chances getting less and less. As for the manky mob. Smith has tried to outdo WGS by signing Lafferty of Burnley, but at £4 million this surely equates to bad business, apart from Wolves no other English team showed an interest – Why? Also the purchases of Miller and VeLuiska have not gone down to well with the bears as they thought Boyd would get an even chance this season, but apparently not. Are the rotten mob panic buying already. seems so. 4–in–a–row–here–we–go


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