Football Rumours Archive June 23 2008


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There will be a few more changes at Liverpool than expected.

Yossi Benayoun will be going to join Newcastle who will offer £6.5 million for the Israeli. As a 28–year old Benitez will let him go.

Jermaine Pennant will also be leaving. Blackburn is a possible £5 million destination to replace Bentley who will leave this Summer.

Scott Carson and Charles Itjande will both leave, raising another 6–7 million. Crouch will go to Portsmouth for £10 million and Alonso will complete his move to Juve for £14.5 million.

Guthrie and Finnan will also leave, raising another £2 million with Riise already having left for £4 million.

Benitez will move to replace Benayoun and Pennant with Rafael Van Der Vaart (12 million) and Andrei Arshavin (9 million) who are both very versatile attacking midfielders.

Benitez's first choice as back up forward to Torres is Nicklas Bendtner, but with Adebayor leaving, Wenger will not sell him. Next choice is Zaragoza's Diego Milito for £9 million.

Andrea Dossena will join for £7.5 million and Gareth Barry for 16.5 million. A cheap and experienced goalkeeper is also wanted

  So all of a sudden after I link Silva to Liverpool the press catch on.

Gillet and Hicks have now kissed and cuddled in public. So money is in the bag baby Expect all of the three signings I confirmed a week ago. Villa, Silva and Lahm. Barry still very unlikely. Just got news in Rafa is going to look at a slightly cheaper forward aswell, possibly Huntelaar or Arshavin. We all know Rafa likes to rotate. Babel may have to spend another season on the wing for experience.

If anyone wishes to know the source of my rumours. I found them all written on a soggy torn up beer mat wedged down the side of a bus shelter opposite Rafa's house.


  Arsenal to sell Hleb and Adebayor to FC Barcelona for the combined fee of 40+ mill

Hleb to be replaced by the fantastic Arshavin and Santa Cruz to replace Adebayor.

Arsenal to also bid for Diogo from Portugese or sumin lyk that and Podolski. Expect a bid for Albiol and Toulalan

  "After signing Steve Sidwell Villa will get

Paul Robinson £5 mill

Pascal Chimbonda £4 mill

Nickey Shorey £3.5 mill

David Bentley £15 million

Peter Crouch £10 mill

Also they will reject any bids from Liverpool for Gareth Barry"

So Liverpool will just accept being rejected for one England international then give you another who scores more regulary links up well with others for a measley £10 million. Crouch is the same age but has much more experiance at both international level and in Europe. If anything we should hold out for Barry+ cash for Crouch. Some peoples valuations of players is so funny. How much they value their own then wildly under value everyone elses.

  Wolves are close to signing Watfords Jay Demerit for £1 million. The deal could be concluded later next week.

  I think Man United will bid for

Phillip Lahm–14 mill

Franck Ribery–31 mill

(if Ronaldo leaves)

Dimitar Berbatov–26 mill

Phillip Lahm–14 mill

And no I am not Fergie's cat.

  I have it on very good authority that David Moyes will not be the Everton manager for very much longer. David Moyes is yet to sign the contract that is on offer to him from Everton (it still does not pay like the other managers in the division), and Moyes's request for 'substantial' transfer funds is falling on deaf ears within the Everton boardroom.

This will spark Newcastle into action in trying to land their man, but here is the surprise, Moyes is being widely tipped to go to Man United as Assistant to Sir Alex, IF Queiroz as expected, takes the Portugal Managers role.

This move by Moyes is on the understanding that he becomes Man United manager when Sir Alex retires.

Interesting what with Moyes's spat with Rooney.

Where does that leave Everton. Unclear as this really is hot news at this time, but I would suggest they are up that creek without the proverbial paddle?

I predict a season of turmoil for the Walton White Sox, which could end with a battle at the wrong end of the table. Oh dear.


  Luton Shelton is expected to sign for Blackpool from Sheff United in a swap deal for Wes Hoolahan later next week.

  These are some rumours I have heard from Ewood park that was suppost to have been sold to a mistery buyer Friday night and Paul Ince was appointed as manager Saturday morning and will be unvield later this week and will have about £25 million to spend on new players.

he will replace the full midfield by signing

Lennon–7 million, huddlestone–5 million, turan–8 million, arashvin–9 million, diaraa–7 million he will sign a new right back

either sagnol, castro or rafina for £8 million

and will sign a forward to parter santa cruz next season and will either sign

van nistarooy, antonio Reyes, millito, £10 million

but he is concentrating on keepin the big name players at Ewood like santa cruz, Bentley, samba, McCarthy, Nelson, warnock and friedel

  Hammers Signings:

Mensah (£5 million)

Shorey (£3.75 million)

Johnson (£9.5 million)

Harper (£5 million)

McAnuff (£1.5 million)


Ferdinand (£6 million – Aston Villa)

Ljungberg (£2.4 million – Roma)

Quashie (£500 k – Hull)

Cole (£2 million – Sunderland)

Solano (Free – Pompey)

Boa Morte (£3 million – Newcastle)

  Not really a rumour, but Terry Henry was quoted yesterday as saying Anfield was the most amazing stadium he's ever played in and being a Liverpool player must be amazing. Now if that does not say 'come and get me' I do not know what does. Maybe he's already signed? Maybe he's the 'star' Rafa was on about a few weeks ago? Fingers crossed x

  Tommy Smith to move to West Bromwich for £2 million by Tuesday. Also expect Mifsud to move to Watford for £2.5 million in the next couple of weeks.

  Andy Cole is a definite for Norwich after he passed a medical on Wednesday. we will also be getting hoolahan. there is a slight chance of Roeder getting Alex pearc on loan or Martin tayloy permantly, ched evans is also on his wish list. ON THE BALL CITY.

  Afc Bulletin + + + + + + +

Expect Arsene Wenger 2 make a rebid as Arsene Wenger first bid was rejected and sign Portugesa forward DIOGO. Diogo is one of the hottest properties in Brazil after scoring 18 goals in the league last season. Benfica, Fiorentina, OlympiAkos are all linked with him. possable move by Arsene Wenger 4 a defender and he might be English but not Micah Richards.

  Saw the rumour about archie thompson to STOKE CITY again, all I can say is I really hope not he is USELESS beleive me I live in Melbourne and have seen him play several times, he could not make Port Vales first team let alone the Potters

  Right, I am not going to say that my mum's Uncle's Dad works in a chip van outside White Hart Lane and I rarely post but these signings are facts –

Ins –

Modric (Done)

Dos Santos (Done)

Villa Or Podolski

Van Der Vaart (90 percent )

Boruc (Close)

And A centre back Or RB

Outs Will Include – Dawson, Lennon, Bent, Kaboul

Pyo and Boateng. FrOsTy

  Will fans stop saying that they have seen major European players at there stadium, even though they are still in the euros. This has been done by Everton fans before so I am going to set the record straight as I am the nephew of Keith Wyness.

Possible Ins.

Arshavin (£10 million) if we get in there first

Engelaar (6 million) we should be more appealing than Newcastle

Manuel Fernandes (£6 million or loan)

Two more players from the Euros have been added to the shortlist but have not been named.

Possible Outs.

Arteta (£12 million) Athletico Madrid, wants to go home

Wessels (free) Done deal.

Andy Johnson (£10 million) the Hammers

Carsley (free) Done deal

These are just on the shortlist. So they may not happen but these are confirmed as most likely by my source.

  Newcastle are looking to off load Given, Duff, Barton and smith. other players maybe sold if the money is good enough. Newcastle targets include: Boruc, Zhirkov, Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko. Van Buyten, Bridge, Wright–phillips, Podolski, Gomis, A. Ferdinand and Dunne.

  A friend of a friend (I know) is close to Arsenal physio David Wales. What he has said to my friend's friend regarding potential transfers has worked it is way along to me and this is what we have learned:

Basically, despite reports otherwise Arsene Wenger is still wanting to sign a tall, "Athletic" centre back and we are currently negotiating a fee with another Premier League club for one. I was wondering who this could be. Joseph Yobo, JoLeon LeScott, Christopher Samba could all be possibilities but I am sure there are many other "tall, Athletic centre backs" in the Premier League. Unfortunately he was very vague on this.

He also said that Samir Nasri did indeed complete a medical yesterday as was widely reported and we are just waiting on results from this and a couple of "tiny tiny" contract issues to be sorted before we officially unveil him.

This is all that was passed on but the potential signing of a current Premier League centre back is very interesting. It is also a relief to hear that Nasri's transfer to Arsenal is imminent considering that it has been "99 percent complete" for the past month or so.

  Heard from my mate Miles Chennels, who's a trainee at Man United, that the following is going to happen this Summer. United will hold out as long as they can in the Ronaldo Saga but will eventually give in. They do not want Robinho as they feel he is not suited to the EPL. Instead they will eventually get Sergio Ramos (Nevilles replacement) + 60 million pounds. United will use this money to aquire a new number 7, none other than Beckhams original replacement, Ronaldinho.

Fergie feels that he can become the best again under him. The fee would be in the region on £20 million. The remaing money will be used to get Micheal Owen on the cheap at £7 million and also a deadline transfer for Aguerro of Athletco Madrid. This will see Tevez used as a winger at times next season. United for life.

  Celtic are being heavily linked with Kevin Davies today after he was rumoured to have visited their Lennoxtown training complex.

Celtic are also said to be keen about bringing Petrov back to the club from Villa.

Riordan, Balde, Naylor, Sno and Donati are soon to be offloaded.

  My best friend is a football journalist for Sky Sports, and he told me some news on Arsenal:


Ramsey (done) £5 mill

Nasri (completed by Tuesday latest) £11.9 mill

Santa Cruz £12 million or Arshavin £10 million (if Adebayor leaves)

Robert Green £11 mill

Ledley King (Possibly) £15 mill


Hleb £16 million Real Madrid

Adebayor (possibly) £20 mill

Eboue interest from Spanish clubs would go for around £5 mill

Flamini (done) AC Milan Free

Lehmann (done) Stuttgart Free

The Van Persie and Clichy rumours are a lie, and Wenger also said he wants to sign a defender to replace Gallas as he said he was dissapointed with his leadership last season, so he needs a new partner for Kolo Toure.

  Sir Alex Ferguson will buy Aiden McGeady from Celtic as one of a couple of players in to Replace Ronaldo, when he leaves for Madrid.

Sir Alex has been a fan of McGeady since his early teens and attempted to sign him as a school bhoy, he knows he is no where near Ronaldo's level, but feels that as a winger, he can improve playing with the United first team next season, Sunderland and Newcastle were also watching McGeady, and were willing to match Celtic's £13 million valuation, but the Irishman fancies United.

  My mate saw Rafa Benitez shopping in Liverpool's Met Quarter on Friday afternoon. He was talking into his mobile phone, but my friend clearly heard the players Scheinsteiger and Klose mentioned. He also swore that he heard Rafa say Thanks Didi. maybe Hamann is helping him to do a double German swoop?

  Old Firm Rumours

Celtic are watching several centre backs, John Mensah, Martin Stranzle and Khalid Boulahrouz have been mentioned but the big target is Fernando Meira from stuttgard.

James McFadden will engineer a move away from Birmingham and wants to play for Celtic.

Rangers a far donwn the line with discussions for Mark Suchy from Sparta Prague and are also keen to bring in George McCartney from the Hammers

  transfers this summer.

Arsenal will sign Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg for £12 million. This will see Emmanuel Adebayor depart the Emirates for the Nou Camp as Samuel Eto'o is on his way to AC Milan.

Aliaksandr Hleb is off to FC Bayern Munich and this will see Euro 2008 star Lukasz Podolski move in the opposite direction.

Roque Santa Cruz will sign for Man United for around £10 million and Louis Saha will go out on loan to Sunderland.

Gareth Barry will stay with Villa to play in the Uefa Cup with his boyhood club. They will strengthen their squad for this campaign with moves for Vincent Kompany, Ivan Klasnic and Hasan Salihamidzic.

Chelsea's new boss Big Phil will start a new revolution at Stamford Bridge with many coming in and many departing. Coming in will be FC Barcelona's Deco with Frank Lampard off to Inter to team up again with Jose Mourinho. Also coming in will be Gattuso to replace Claude Makelele who is off to Paris Saint–Germain. Others coming in will be Simao, Joao Moutinho, Adriano and Daniel van Buyten as cover. Leaving will be Belletti, Lampard and Makelele as I said earlier and Didier Drogba.

Hull City will begin their first ever Premier League campaign with a host of new faces including.

Stelios Giannakopoulos, Marcus Rosenberg, Albert Luque, Hakin Yakin, Andreas Isaksson and Lee Naylor from Celtic.

Fellow new comers Stoke City will be signing Milan Baros (loan), Ivan Campo, Justin Hoyte (loan) and Jason Koumas.


These will happen


  St. Mirren to sign Steven Thompson of Cardiff as he thinks football is more competitive in Scotland and better fans. Also, Cardiff will make a bid for Motherwell hitman Chris Porter and Kris Boyd will not be moving. Also, Hull City will attempt to sign former Hearts forward Michal Pospisil who is unsettled in Belgium. Stoke City will sign Celtic misfit Bobo Balde and will sign Aberdeen forward Lee Miller. Reading to sign Dundee United's Noel Hunt and James McFadden will move back to Scotland to sign a three year deal at Celtic. Dundee United will attempt to sign Wycombe Wanderers forward John Sutton. Wolves have failed in a bid to sign Andy Dorman for £150,000.

  A reply back to the guy who says Mcfadden will be staying with Birmingham for one more year and I was wrong. I think I am right mate as I know his agent on a friendly basis and he has handed in a transfer request. I never named my source, but now that names have been mentioned in todays papers I have given my source (His Agent Willie McKay). I have spoken to willie yesterday and he again says McFaddens desire to play with Celtic and in thje Champions League totaly outweighs playing in the Championship. He went to play Premier league football and has a Clause in his contract in the event that Birmingham were relegated.

Do the Maths. Birmingham need the cash.

I am the same person that said months ago that Kenny Miller would be a Rangers player by July and I was 100 percent spot on.

my friend. (:



  Tottenham have agreed a deal with Valencia for David Villa. He will be joined at WHL by Van der Vaart, SchnEider, Arshvin, Eto'o has changed his mind and will also join. Commoli is currently in process of agreeing a deal for Casillas which will be announced once Spain are eliminated from Euros. Bebatov will stay – why would he leave when this lot are coming.

Definitely top 4 next year

  Rumblings from Across the Atlantic.

SAF is possessed. He wants to force Ronaldo to stay and gradually rebuild bridges. He is gambling that time is a healer and he will also remember the backing that was received from both Rooney and himself following the 2006 World Cup.

The Glazers are concerned that they may be keeping a non–performing, depreciating asset.

Look for an impending "retirement" announcement to be the HEADLINE of this Summer.

  Bad news for PNE fans Simon Whalley should be a Queens Park Rangers player before the end of the week. PNE need to raise cash to buy players as they are £10 million in debt due to ground development over the last few years and failure to succesfully make it to the Premier League. Word from the boardroom is if PNE do not make promotion this year or have good cup runs administrators may be called in before the end of the season.

  I have not got a mate who knows the dog walker of Martin o'Neill, but do have a friend who works around bodymoor heath, villa's training ground.

He has seen the following players shown the faciltities, this does not mean we are going to sign them, but shows Villa are looking at top players.

Steve Sidwell

Wayne Bridge

Andy Johnson



  Finally Walter has been watching the Euros and is spotting some actual talent for Rangers next season

Players he is looking at:

Gabriel tamas from Romania and Auxerre. strong and uncompromising centre back, perfect partner for Cuellar

or Dario Simic. Croatian centre back available relatively cheap.

also fellow croatian darijo srna, to play right back/midfield or left back/midfield

Tranquillo Barnetta of Bayer Leverkusen and Switzerland also caught the eye as the type of midfielder we are screaming out for.

and dmitry sychev of russia and lokomotiv moscow as a possible replacement for the sadly departing Kris boyd.

  Newly promoted West Bromwich Albion have been following the progress of Turkey's Colin–Kazim Richards, and are considering making a £2.5 million bid for his services. Richards has been recorded as saying that he would welcome a move back to England.

  Have been informed that David Bentley is scheduled for medical at Tottenham this week, as Blackburn are prepared to finalise deal now that they have installed Paul Ince as new manager. Expect a fee of £10 million which could rise to £15 million. It is also expected that deal for PSV's Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes will be sorted either this week or next unless a move for Akinfeev can be done at similar fee. Tottenham have narrowed their forward targets down to four players who are David Villa, Diego Milito, Sergio Garcia and Lucas Podolski. Expect 1 or two of these targets to arrive dependant on competition for their signatures and whether both Berbatov and Bent leave WHL. Contrary to rumours Bent will not be going out on loan, as Tottenham do not want him to have a bad season elsewhere and risk his market value dropping to a point where they would have to take a big loss on him, but a £12 million offer will secure his signature. There are only three clubs now in the running for Berbatov's signature and these are Man United, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid although it's still not a certainty that he will leave. Aaron Lennon will be given the opportunity to stay on the basis that he will be a squad player – if he does not like it he will be sold to whoever wants to pay £8 million for him.

  – –MUFC– –If Man United do not get Robinho in exchange for Ronaldo then they will target van der Vaart for a pretty cheap 15 mil. as they are similar types of players. –as for a replacement for Pique we were originally looking at Garay but he's gone to Real so Sir Alex has set his sights on bringing Cathcart a promising centre back from the reserves through to the senior squad. –as for the ongoing forward rumours Fergie is looking for an experienced tall goalscoring CF in the same mould as Toni or Gomez but after both having dissapointing Euros so far he looks to be chasing Luis fabiano or Berbatov or santa cruz

  I've heard from what I would say is a reliable source that Arsenal will announce the signing of miguel veluso within the next two weeks the fee is thought to be worth around £15 million pounds and will be funded by the sale of Alex Hleb to FC Barcelona, as for the Adebayor story I have heard that Arsenal have tried to get bojan as part of the deal and are waiting for FC Barcelona to respond, laporta is desperate for them to sign Adebayor as he may be facing a vote of no confidence from the FC Barcelona supporters association if that happened he would lose his role as club president.

  HEARTS are close to signing Serhat Akın. The player and his representatives have held talks with owner Vladimir Romanov and a deal for the forward should be completed in time for the start of pre–season training.

  The Cristiano Ronaldo saga will end inside the next three weeks when he will join Real Madrid for around £55 million on a six year contract. However, Man United are playing hardball and have demanded that all the cash is paid up front and they have insisted that Robinho and Wesley Sneijder are included in any deal, thus taking the total up to around £90 million. Both Robinho and Sneijder are keen to be used as makeweights as neither expects to be first picks next year and would rather move on to United than play bit–part roles next season.

  I have heard that Newcastle have had an £8.5 million pluss add ons offer accepted for the Tottenham outfit Aaron Lennon what a signing

  Sunderland have made approaches for Tal Ben Haim £5 million, Bent £11 million, Pennant £7 million, Hunt £7 million (pretty much signed and sealed) and Phil Philip Neville £4 million. Expect fulop to be sold to Stoke within the next two weeks for £3.5 million.

  Andrei Arshavin's performances in Russia's last two games have caught the eye of many clubs around the world, but unfortunaly for them, Arshavin signed a deal with Everton before the European Championships. The only reason that it has not been announced is that Arshavin requested for it to be announced after the Euro's so that media in Russia pay all the attention to Russias performance and not his transfer. Everton have not announced that Moyes has signed his new contract as they are waiting to announce it at the same time as Arshavin.

  Harry Kewell will be an AS Roma player withing the next 48 – 96 hours

  Just spoke to ex Liverpool player and although he would not name names, he said Liverpool are signing 2 big names in early July and that it's already been agreed but waiting for euro to finish to finalize deals, and not that I care but Moyes is thinking of jumping ship from Goodison for financial reasons

  The word in Australia is that Harry Kewell is on his way to Roma. I can assure you that he will not be in the Premiership next season. And definitely not at Hull lol


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