Football Rumours Archive April 22 2008


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If Portsmouth win the F. A. Cup, Harry Redknapp will leave Pompey. Harry has always said he would leave at the top of his game. Winning the cup would be the pinnacle of his career as well as being Pompey's biggest achievement in recent history. It would be hard for Pompey to re–achieve this and last season and if he left now he would leave a legend instead of leaving when Pompey are not doing so well.

So where will he go? He already has a vested intreast in Bournmouth, Lives nearby and is best mates with manager, as well as openly admitting he loves the club and has recently stated on T. V. he would not let Bournmouth "go down the pan", considering there current plight. So the good money is on Bourmouth.

If you wanted to put sensible monney on who is coming in? Paul Ince has already had a meeting with Peter Storey in the Hilton in Portsmouth City centre.

  Mourinho to go back to Chelsea

ben arfa to Man United

Sheva to AC Milan

allan mcgregor to Newcastle

nacho novo to Birmingham

menez to Arsenal

  Javier Saviola is attracting interest from Inter but could be set for a Summer move to the Premier League. He is certain to leave Real Madrid on the cheap this Summer and a host of English clubs are after him. Even Sir Alex Ferguson is contemplating bringing in the Argentine as a replacement for Louis Saha. However Manchester City are confident of landing Saviola with Erricson considering selling Benjani already.

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  Confirmed Stoke news (on basis of their probable promotion):

Ameobi – £4 million agreed

Hibbert/Carsley – £3 million/free

Expect higginbottom/duberry to return – pulis will also move for Berger and Hendrie.

Other targets will be on the basis of the budget the board give TP.


  I was at the glenavon v Linfield match and was sitting behind Mr Brown (Rangers scout) and I was to believe the rumours I heard after the match he was scouting Sammy Stewart– an attacking midfielder who was on loan at Watford, the fee would probably be 500 k and another friendly.

  Aberdeen are looking at an array of players, as they look to strengthen.

Amongst the most ambitious possibilites are Alan Gow and Derek Riordan, who will be free to leave their clubs in the Summer.

Staying on the attacking theme, James McCarthy is being watched by the club.

But The Dons are also looking to patch–up a weak defense, and Scott Wilson and Lee Wallace are being watched.

The club need a new goalkeeper due to the departures of Derek Soutar and Greg Kelly, and Stefan Postma and Michal Kula look to be the strongest candidates.

  Flying around Merseyside this= Crouch and Kewell are being lined up for a sensational swap deal to bring in Arteta supposedly a done deal as we speak. and this is another sensational scoop John Terry as had a Volcanic dust up with Avram Grant and as expressed his desire to play for Sir Alex Ferguson should he cough up the £35 million necessary to bring him to the theatre of dreams no bull

  Sunderland are going to hav a massive £50 million in the Summer to sign world calss players


Bendtner £3 million Arsenal

Duff £6 million Newcastle

Kewell free Liverpool

Carr free Newcastle

Konchesky £2 million Fulham

Miller £2 million Derby

veron £10 million estudiantes

Taylor + nolan £15 million Bolton

Sidwell + Ben Haim £10 million Chelsea

Beattie £2 million Sheff United


fulop £2 million Leicester

Chopra £4 million Sheff United

Miller £3 million Ipswich

Connoly £1 million Coventry

o'donnovan £2 million Derby

etuhu £3 million Charlton

you heard it here first corey

  Tony Mowbray will make Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura his number one target should West Bromwich reach the Premier League this season.

  In a recent sky sports interview after the Fulham victory rafi commented on how he is looking to bring in 3 first team players and 2 youth players. one of which he said is completed and he speaks very good English but not English. with the weakness in areas in rb and rm and the space in midfield made from the selling of sissoco, Liverpool will bring in Bently and barry. Bently seeming more certain since he has commented on how he will need to move to a big four club to cerment his place in the England set up. And with Liverpool being the logical choice. Barry has worked well with Gerrard in the England team and is also a close mate of the Liverpool captin. I am unsure who the rb will be. but the failure to land these targets will result in the dissmisal of Parry. Liverpool till I die

  This will no doubt be castigated as arrant nonsense but I have it from someone who has access to high level information from inside Hearts FC.

1. After the debacle of the AGM last Friday, Vladimir Romanov is livid about the performance of Chairman/interim Chief Exec. (and No. 1 son) Roman. He will be sidelined at the end of the season.

2. On the manager issue, the Romanov ego has decided that only a BIG name will do to save face. So, forget about Mark McGhee, Billy Davies and (of course) Stephen Frail. The word is that Vlad has his people trying to make contact with the representatives of Avram Grant. On the assumption that Chelsea elbow him, Vlad wants to amaze the world by taking him to Tynecastle, with the usual full control promises. Grant has personal knowledge of British football and is an experienced coach, which VR wants. However, he also has experience of Eastern European megalomaniacs, so do not hold your breath.

Failing that, he is eyeing up good young managers in the lower leagues, with Billy Reid of Hamilton and Paul Ince of MK Dons being targetted.

  Arsene Wenger will look to bring on the next group of kids next season, Merida, Vela and Nordtveit likely to feature in the first team squad.

No forwards will join as Van Persie, Adebayor, Walcott, Eduardo, Bendtner and Vela will fight for attacking roles.

Personally I would love to see David Villa, Karim Benzema or Klaas Jan Huntelaar join the club but it's not going to happen.

Gilberto Silva will leave with a central defender, most likely to be Johan Djourou with Justin Hoyte (watch out for his brother Gavin).

A central defender and Goal Keeper are the main targets.

Liverpool will look to sign David Villa, battling it out with Chelsea and Real Madrid. They may look at Lucho Gonzalez of Porto too.

Chelsea will Sell Shevchenko, either back to AC Milan however Tottenham are optimistic.

Chelsea will move for Daniel Alves and Philip Lahm. This will see the departure of Wayne Bridge – probably to Newcastle. New Manager Frank Rikjaard will also make a move for Thierry Henry.

Frank Lampard will of course be staying.

  Grant will go no matter what he wins this season. Kenyons backing just a front 4 the media. he did the same last year with Jose. Hiddink is favourite as his close relationship with Abramovich and the Dutch connection at the club ten caate, P. de visser, arnesen. However Sven emerging as candidate giving the situation developing at City. Well liked by Lamps and JT.

Ins: Kaka is on the way just to agree a fee with Milan. possibility of part ex with Sheva and Drogba. he has acknowledged the strenght of the Premiership with 3 teams in cl semis again this year. this is why Ronaldinho and Sheva are being lined up to quell the AC fans. Eto'o now in contention to replace Drogba. As Villa does not look likely. Other option Huntelaar, amauri, palacios. Van der Vaart done deal just to agree a fee with Hamburg. Possibility of Modric but Sulejmani more likely. RB also area for strenghtening with Alves and miguel favourites with part ex with Belleti and Boularouz expected. Possibility of Gareth Barry. Alcides from PSV Brazilian Defender Chelsea owned similar story to Alex last Summer

Outs: Malouda, Sidwell, Ben Haim, Shaun Wright–Phillips, Boularouz (Permanent), Drogba More than likely, Pizzaro, Sheva 50–50, Ballack 50–50, Cudicini 50–50.

  manchester united

coming in.

Manchester are makinh a peplacement for the thr retiring Van der sar. The replacement is more than likely to be Werder Bremens Tim Weise he could move for a currently unknown transfer fee.

Also Ferguson is also making a definite swoop for Alexis Sanchez from Chile he is currently having a good loan spell with River Plate. Udinese value the 19 year old at £13,000,000.He spent time at Udinese in his youth days (His owning team are Cobreloa)

Man United almost certain to set to make a swap deal for Readings Kevin Doyle with the French forward Saha going to Coppels side for six months of the 08/09 season.

Benzema is also a target for Fergusons new squad and has been linked with Arsenal and Man United.

coming out.

Christiano Ronaldo was spotted in Madrid with his agent just two days ago and is supposably negotiating with the club. The transfer fee has not been releasrd but is in the region of about £80,000,000 (If he goes) odds are currently 4–1

It is not yet certain if the Veteran Paul Scholes will be leaving in the Summer but Roy Keane is adament to sign his former team–mate. Scholes was not willing to comment on this remark when questioned by the media.

Ben Foster set to go on loan to Charlton next year for all of the next season.

Also Wes Browne is linked with Seville and could be moving in the Summer for around £7,000,000

Van der sar due to retire at the end of this season due to his on going injury problems this year.

  Genuine Inside Anfield Rumours

After Rafa confirmed that a deal for a first team player has been wrapped up, many people believe this is Rafinha whereas it's actually David Bentley. It's no secret that Rafa and Bentley held a long meeting after the LFC–Blackburn match, and it was all decided there and then between both player and clubs. This is why nothing has materialised with Blackburns offer of a new contract to Bentley. The fee I am unsure of A. t. m, but Pennant could be part of the deal. Rafinha is one of the South American youngsters (he is only 22) Rafa has been raving about they are in negotiations with club and player, only fee will be stumbling block. Gareth Barry will only sign for Liverpool if Xabi Alonso leaves for a Spanish team. All of the money paid for Alonso will be spent on Barry. Thierry Henry wants to make a shock return to the EPL this season, expect Liverpool to be one of his desired destinations, whether Rafa would want him at 30 is another matter. Modric will not be signed, Rafa has been told by one scouts that Modric is a quality player but not worth the asking price. Expect a bid for a versatile winger such as David Silva to be made. Plenty of players leaving, mainly all of the names being mentioned on this forum, ill keep you all updated

  Emre will leave Newcastle likely for Bayern Munich. He will be replaced by Keegan's targets of Deco, Sidwell or Kapo.

  Randy Lerner has been busy. Far from just flying in just to watch the local drubbing between pints, he has been putting finishing touches to some very important Summer moves. I hear that Villa are quietly confident of pulling off some unexpected Summer coups. Far from leaving, Gareth Barry will agree to stay for one more season. His only current preference of a move – Liverpool – will not happen – his best mate Steven Gerrard is not happy there. Expect to see some important additions to strengthen Villas squad – Jan Venegoor of Hesselink and Nakamura from Celtic will come in, (Maloney, Osbourne and Gardner will go the other way), Also in – Nelson, Kevin Nolan and John O'Shea. The only deal left to be finalised currently is Michael Owen – who despite current form is still not committed to KKs style of management and play at Newcastle, and is weighing up the mouthwatering idea of playing off Carew and linking up with Englands future attacking force of Young and Agbonlahor.

  Got a few contacts at Everton and this is what is coming out of Goodison. nothing special but all true

: Fernandes will not be signing permanently regardless of his peformances between now and the end of season

: Justin Hoyte will aldso be arriving as well as the completion of the pienaar transfer

: Moyes main target is a left midfeilder. unsure who but maybe (hopefully) Asharavin

OrmsKirk Blue

  Here is my informants inside information on the Lfc transfers (first team only) this Summer (below prices apprx only in pounds):


Crouch – £10 million (Manchester City)

Pennant – swap + cash (Blackburn)

Kewell – free (Juve)

Voronin – £4 million (Birmingham)

Riise – £6 million (Aston Villa)

Finnan – £2 million (Rangers)

Alonso – £14 million (FC Barcelona. January sale only though. deal is done)


santa cruz – swap + £6 million (Blackburn)

schweingsinger – £8 million (Bayern)

bridge – £5 million (Chelsea)

rafinha – £8 million (shalke)

modric – £15 million (jan sale only. all tied up though)

hobbs, insua and possibly nemeth to come through to gain experience with first team, do not expect to see a lot of this lads straight away, second half of the season a real oportunity for these lads.

  Arsenal will sign Gourcuff, Ben Arfa and King.

Out will be Lehmann, Gilberto, Eboue, Senderos.

Also iv heard Juve want Adebayor, so Wenger could be tempted to buy David Villa

  I always post pretty accurate rumours on Queens Park Rangers as I know people on the "inside"

We are signing the following.

Peter Ramage

Lee Cook

Martin Cranie (loan)

Roberto Saldado (loan)


Peter Halmosi

Also possibly another Real Madrid loanee and Kristain Timar.

  Arsenal Rumours (big intake of French talent)

Toulahan from Lyon £10 million (if Gilberto leaves).

Ben Arfa Lyon £12 million or Nasri Marseille £14 million

Hildebrand Valencia £8 million

Possible– Flamini + £10 million for Benzema.

  The reason that Ronaldinho's AC Milan move is in doubt is due to a new approach from Liverpool who will surprise the world in completing an £18 million coup in the Summer. Furthermore Benitez has already agreed terms with Schalke for the move of Rafinha and has also signed a Dutch teamer, it could possibly be Rafael Van Der Vaart. Benitez is also considering bringing in either Gareth Barry or David Bentley as a squad player.

Benitez would play Ronaldinho on the right hand side and roate Van Der Vaart with Babel on the left. He is also looking at now signing Gabriel Heinze.

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  With Owen being told that King Kev will target big name signings he will put pen to paper on a new four year contract. The buzz is back at St. James and Ashley wants some big name signings to really make an impact next season. They will target either Modric or Diego as their major signing. They want Richard Dunne to come and help Taylor and suprisingly Diaby from Arsenal to learn Butts role.

These are all strong rumours from the North East.


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