Football Rumours Archive January 26 2009


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Rafael Benitez is keen to bring in 2 players during the transfer window, Javier Saviola and Micah Richards. Liverpool have made enquiries regarding Saviola who is said to want £60,000 per week – a considerable drop from the reported £125,000 he was said to be getting at Real Madrid. Portsmouth and Newcastle have also been in contact with Real Madrid but Saviola is believed to be 'very keen' to link up with his friend Javier Mascherano. So far there has been no agreement with any clubs but expect Liverpool to finalise a deal within the next week if Saviola's wages prove to be acceptable. Micah Richards is a target for Arsenal but Benitez hopes Liverpool's position in the league can help them fend off any competition from Arsenal. Richards is an Arsenal fan so this transfer is less likely. His position in the team may sway his mind towards Arsenal as Rafael Benitez wants him as a right back whereas Arsene Wenger wants to use him as a central defender. Anfield Insider
  Darren o'dea will sign for burnley today on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move if we get promoted. also out of favour QPR striker patrick agyemang could arrive for round £500k.
  Wenger will attempt to sign Richards as he wants to sign him before he picks up his form and his price tag.
Veloso is likely as he's young and relatively cheap if the deal for arshavin falters there may also be a bid for veloso's sporting team mate Moutinho.
Marcos Senna to man city for 25m(the buyout clause in his contract) lets face it city are they only team who will pay 25m for a 32 year old!
Carlos Puyol may join him at city but i don't see him leaving barca.
Diego is also a possibility for city.
  Gunny in busy transforming the Norwich squad,known fact City need a centre back,DON'T be surprised to see Alex Bruce arrive or the return of Martin Taylor.A foward in desperatly needed so Lita or Ched Evens is a possibility on more loan deals but Andy Bishop is still strongly linked.Expect some movement away from City as well,purely to free some money for wages etc.
  From a reliable source i heard these:
nocho novo to stoke
harewood/ashton to stoke 4 5mil
aiden mcgeady to stoke

ricardo fuller to celtic

van nistlerooy to man city
gourcouff to man city
diego to man city
  Aston Villa News
I understand the following pieces of information are currently on top of MON & Lerners agenda:
1. Laursen fitness – Laursens current knee is not related to the career threateniing injury he sustained a couple of seasons ago. Still expect a defender to come in, Richards (Man City) is the favourable option but Upson maybe the likely choice.
2. Harewoods future – MON does want to keep Marlon despite the arrival of Heskey but the player wants first team (Premier League) football, two options are currently available, Newcastle have expressed an interest and a swap plus £2m for N'Zogbia could be on, there is also a chance WBA bid of 3m bid is due.
3. Sturridge & Johnson (Man City) – MON is a known admirer of these two young and gifted footballers. Both players, if bought will start as squad players but will be given first team oppoutunities in Cup games and next season.
Possible January Departues
Harewood – Newcastle or WBA
Taylor – Tottenham
Shorey – Reading (Loan)
Osbourne – Leicester (Loan)
Possible January Arrivals
Richards – Man City
Upson – WHU
N'Zogbia – Newcastle
Johnson & Sturrige – Man City
Bent – Tottenham
  David Graham of Carlisle to sign for Norwich by middle of next week.

Norwich also the front–runners for Hibernian captain Rob Jones but he also interests Ipswich, Colchester and Preston.
  Ade Akinbiyi interesting Ipswich. Fulham eyeing Gary Caldwell. Djimi Traore may move to Sheffield United for a token fee. Liam Lawrence could go to Reading from Stoke.
Arsenal will buy Micah Ricards for around 10mil.
They may also raid Man City again for Joe Hart as City are close to signing Given.
The Arshavin deal is looking weaker everyday due to Zenit's demands. Arsenal are close to completing their Plan B sigining in Arteta who did not feature for everton yesterday due to 'injury'.
Expect to see Bendtner leave perhaps even to Everton as well as Eboue who is unhappy with his recent treatment.
  Lee Miller to Rangers when Boyd goes. Possible monster of a defender coming in to replace Davie. Lee Wilkie is in with a shout, i hope not though.
  I work inside goodison park and have heard that moyes will sign a striker in darren bent on loan with a veiw to a permenent 7million pound bid in the summer, or eidur gusjohnson for 4.5m, the other signing will be a creative midielder in either andrew driver for 1m or scott parker for either 8m or 2.5m and p neville
this is true
  Robbie Keane has agreed a deal with a new club that's why he was left out against Everton on sunday in the fa cup. The team i can reveal is Tottenham welcome back keano.
  BIG NEWS FROM CELTIC PARK! my brother is good friends with the holy goalie and enjoys many a good night out or in with him and a posse of "ladies" . anyway he has told me that wgs is definately off in the summer which pleases the hg as they have never got on due to lifestyle choices. the hg came to celtic because of the clubs youth club activities. . also a new big signing is imminent and as always it will be at the last minute for maximum effect!
GK; Robert Green (£10m)
RB; Bacari Sagna
CB; Kolo Toure
CB; Micah Richards (£8m)/Matty Upson(£14m)
LB; Gael Clichy
RM; Mikel Arteta(£15m)/Andrei Arshavin(£15m)
DM; Yaya Toure(£8m)/Miguel Veloso(£12m)
AM; Cesc Fabregas
LM; Samir Nasri
CF; Adebayor
CF; Robin Van Persie

Subs; Eduardo, Silvestre, Fabianski, Walcott, Delph(£6m+ add ons), Moses(£4m+ add ons), Denilson.

I think I'm playing to much Fifa to think Wenger will sign 6 players this January.

Yaya, yeah I know Citeh offered £25m

Prices may not be right, but considering Barcelona still owe us for Hleb and Henry, it will boost the fee up, if we write off what they owe. Also give them first option on Cesc.

  My hairdersser visits players homes to cut their overpriced hair. One Spurs player reckons Harry is just like his players, full of it! One day it's "we've got a great bunch of talented players" next "it's they're sulking" followed by some bllcks about no balance. The cracks are showing since the players can't figure out what KB is up to as a coach and TS has him sussed as a (fill in the blank) It's so bad that even my version of FM2009 has Sir Les as a Goalkeeping coach! They're probably right such is the mess at WHL right now. I asked my hairdresser for a razor to take home!
  Monday 26th Jan will see West Ham unveil SAVIO NSERKEKO. . German, Savio is playing at Italian club Brescia and will sign for a club record fee, believed to be around £10 mil. .At 19, this 'wonderkid' is believed to be the best thing from Germany in many years!
  True man city news

w bridge – 12m (done)
j moutinho – 19m
a lennon – 8m
c bellamy – 14m (done)
de jong – 17m (almost done)
hughes will but bids in for these players
g johnson 15m
van der vaart 24m
k jones 14m
j ledley 7.5m
m richards – 7 – 12m
r dunne – 3– 7m
robinho – 20 – 35m
ceicedo – 2.5m– 6m
bijinov – 4 – 10m
  I work as a PA to a well know London based agent. Arshavin is going to sign for Tottenham before the end of the transfer window and Tevez is going to Juventus as he's fed up with being messed around by Man Utd. Real Madrid are still after Ronaldo, although they'll have to wait till the summer to get their man.
big news coming from both sides of Merseyside today, both Robbie Keane and Mikel Arteta will leave Liverpol and Everton respectively for manchester city,the fees are looking like being 20 million each. With the money from the Keane sale Liverpool will sign Zigic from Racing Santander. Everton will sign Stephen Defour from Standard Liege to replace Arteta. Watch this space!
  Well ther will only be 1 player leaving molineux during the transfer window and that will be mark davies who will go to bolton for 1.5m and wolves will sign micheal mancienne on loan for the rest of the season and wolves might try and nick callum davenport from birmingham's finger tips for 2m and try and get jack wilshere on loan from arsenal


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