Football Rumours Archive June 27 2009


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I am hearing persistent whsiperings that Liverpool are using the interest of Real and Barcelona in their players to keep those Spanish teams away from certain Valencia players that Liverpool are interested in. Sounds plausible, but is that how things really work?

As a LFC supporter I'd prefer to keep Alonso and Mascherano and not get Villa and/or Silva, rather than vice versa, but maybe beggars cannot be choosers.
  To all the liverpool fans that say your signing villa and silva.

They have both said on numerouse ocasions that they will not leave spain. Yet you think your 'spanish contingent' will swing it.4 spanish players isn't really going to get someone to come when they have catagorically said they WONT leave spain.

p.s m uncle told me united have alleady agread a fee and personal terms with ashley young.Will be anounced day before the asia tour.

other rumours
sanchez to manu
arteta to manu
shaun wright–philips to liverpool
davies to liverpool
piennar to liverpool
cahil to villa
murphy to villa
agger to spurs
beneyoun to chelski
  My sister works at ibrox and she is very close to walter smith andrangers will sign the folowing for 300k. a return for peter lovenkrands for free. ben foster and rafael da silva both for cum in for a season loan deal. shony aluko from aberdeen 200k. george boyd from peterbrough for 600k. rob jones from hibs 800k. craig gordon p/e warren feeney 500 outs will be charlie adam for 750 to cardiff. allan mcgreogor 3m+p/e to stoke. barry ferguson 1.5m to birmingham. demarcus beasley for 1.5m to psv. allan gow 500k to watford. andy webster 600k to hearts. steven smith 500k to bristol city. lee mcculoch 750k to wolves. ins total=2.4m outs total=8m yi heard it fae jamster mon the teddy bears
  On the low–down, word from Stamford Bridge is that Carlo has a broad four point plan for Chelsea. Here it is:

1. Sell / remove elderly players (a common misconception is that CA likes old players, but it's simply that at AC players liked him and that meant they stayed with him and as a result, AC is now an team with a high average age.) This means Ballack won't be in favour.

2. Sell players with a connection to Jose M (certain players play well for certain coaches and when that coach leaves, it can be best to move them on). This means Carvalho and Deco (I'll put Deco in this band to keep it simple).

3. Buy some width (CR has identified this as Chelsea weaker link). He'll prefer Maicon, Zhirkov and a few youngsters. Essien will be converted into a right sided midfielder.

4. Buy some young depth (Chelsea need depth and younger players will be willing to spend some time of the bench, this is the man who found and nurtured Kaka, Pato etc.). Young depth does not mean Pato, it means a few unheard of South Americans and a few Europeans and a few young English players.

So in summary, Chelsea transfer movement:

Maicon (15–20M)
Zhirkov (15–20M)
youngsters (nominal)

Ballack (?)
Deco (5M)
Carvalho (5–10M)
  Celtic New Transfer Targets:

Steven Hammell (motherwell)
Robert Lewandowski (young polish striker)
Balotelli (Loan from inter)
James Beattie
  Palace Rumours:
Sears Done
Ambrose Done
Greg Sutton–Free–Toronto FC–Possible
Ostemboor–RB–P/X for Lee

Over and Out
  As i stated a week ago Samuel Eto has agreed in principle to join LFC along with kop fan sergio aguero.

Along with Johnson they will be introduced at some stage next week as Aguero and Eto are on holiday.

Their will be no other signings but LFC will release several fringe players.
  Mufc in: the hulk – Porto
Diara – real madrid
  Liverpool will not buy Aguero and Villa. it will be one or the other and that is an IF because Gerrard has found his spot behind Torres! the only needed spot left will be filled by Silva for between 21M– 24M or less with a player swap (BABEL)
  Leeds United News


Lee Hendrie from Sheff Utd (Free Transfer)

Darryl Flahaven from Palace (£400k)

Billy Sharp from Sheff Utd (£1m) (Yes Ken Bates is going to spend money!!!)

Sam Sodje on permanent deal (whilst Rich Naylors out)

Simon Cox (free transfer after apparently rejecting contract extension from Swindon)

Simon Gillet from Southampton (£500k after club looking to sell players.)


Jermaine Beckford to Burnley (£5m)

Alan Martin to Accrington Stanley (who are they??) (On loan)

Fabian Delph to Wolves (£4.5m)

Jonathan Douglas to Barnsley (released)
  I heard this from someone working inside lfc: alonso is going to madrid, but the reds are stalling for 45M pounds while Madrid values him at 35M. Expect to hear about this July 6th.
  To the person who said "Tevez is set to return to west ham and owen will join him up front!! this will be announced next week. watch this space. com'on you IRONS"

You are joking? keep living in your dreamland he signed for Manchester City on the 23rd of May same time as Barry.

Teves child as got her name down of a Cheshire school which she starts in september.

Eto is to follow after 1st july and about 4 more to come in after him there will be about 9 players on there way out and they will Not be Dunne or Richards.

Manchester city do not need to sell to fund there transfers like the rest of the prem.
  Man United will sign Benzema as his agent and lyon have reporteed that he is on the market for 30 mil and they do not expect the price to go higher as they know that if david villa is valued at about 40 mil then benzema should be valued less due to his less experience.Sergio Aguero will also sign with a cash plus berbatov deal expected.Valencia is a done deal.The shocker is that nani plus cash will be offered for silva as he has rejeced being a galactico.
  I normally read the rumours on this site. Many are very interesting however the rumours have got out of hand as of late so i decided to post something in between a rumour and fact. The following is likely to happen at my club, Old Trafford.
Valencia: The most likely signing. A deal is almost complete however a late surge of interest from Real may turn Valencia's head. its down to Luis now.
Ribery: Extremely unlikely. The price is high and it is understood that the fantastic frenchman prefers Spain as does. .
Benzema: Unlikely. SAF would not want another signing that would prefer Real and he himself wants to stay in France for a further year.
Villa: Again unlikely as he loves Real.
Torres: No chance.
Daniele De Rossi: This could happen. it depends on how much SAF believes that the midfield needs upgrading.
Dodo: An agreement is in place. Although when he will join is uncertain.
Costa: SAF is keen but is unwilling to pay the inflated price. He has a march on his rivals for Costa's signature but for how long. SAF will want to take him on trial but Gremio are reluctant.
Silva: Interesting situation with him. SAF likes him and he won't have to pay as much as he would for Ribery. It depends on wether Silva wants to move to Man Utd.
Eto'o: Wants money over success. Appears destined to go to eastlands unless barca give him a new contract.
That's as much as i know. if anyone has other ideas please inform me.
Thanks guys.

  Patrick Vieira– INTER MILAN is a shock summer transfer target for Birmingham. Could the France international make a surprise return to the Premier League?
  Liverpool News

Transfers In
Name – Club – Fee

Glen Johnson – Portsmouth – 17.5m (7m Crouch fee)
David Silva – Valencia – 21m
Alvaro Negredo – Real Madrid – +
Micah Richards – Man City – 6m

Total = 44.5m

Transfers Out
Alvaro Arbeloa – Real Madrid – 8m+
Andriy Vorinin – Bayern Leverkusen – 3.5m
Sebastien Leto – Panathenaikos – 3m
Adam Hammill – Barnsley – Loan
Paul Anderson – Swansea – 250,000

Total = 14.75m
  Have Kasper Schmeichel signed for Liverpool or Everton? My mate just rung and said he's seen him in his car around by Anfield, please help as he may be winding me up! but he swears it.

I Can confirm to you, Leroy Lita Was down at Oakwell this Morning (Friday) and was being shown round
Adam Hammill will sign end of July of a season long Loan deal
Charlie Adam is a done deal but won't be announced till next week at the latest

Barnsley also are in for
Jermaine Beckford
Henri Lansbury
Marcus Bent
Colin Doyle
Ritchie De Laat (Spelling)
Jamie McCombe
Michael Mcindoe

More to follow as they develop
  JULY 1st 2009


New website launched along with the announcement of 4 new players . .

1 is Argentinian
1 is from Camaroon
1 is from the Ivory Coast
1 is from Brazil

a 5th an England defender playing on Merseyside will be announced soon after . . .
  LIVERPOOLIn (rumours): Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow); Brede Hangeland (Fulham); Alvaro Negredo (Almeria via Real Madrid); Kleber (Cruzeiro); Gabriel Heinze (Real Madrid); Paolo De Ceglie (Juventus); Goran Pandev (Lazio); Mathew Upson (West Ham); Micah Richards (Manchester City); Hulk (Porto); Leandro Fernandes (Dynamo Moscow)
  Celtic will resist a £4.75m bid from Hull for Scott McDonald. Celtic will also frustrate Hull by signing Fortune from Nancy for excess of £3.8m. As of yet, no other official offers have been made for players.

Paul Hartley is expected to accept a new 1–year extension with the aim to take a look at coaching with Celtic.

Balde is obviously leaving and will join Burnley or Birmingham.

Vennegoor, Doumbe are all but gone and Celtic are willing to listen to offers for McManus, Naylor AND McGeady.
  Liverpool will be adding the following players:

Marouane Chamakh for 9mil. Benitez feels he would be able to play with or without Torres.

Maxi Rodriguez for 5mil. His versatility and experience is something that Benitez feels would be invaluable to the squad.

Arbeloa (6mil), Dossena (5.5mil), Leto (3mil), Itjande (2mil) Hobbs (500k) Anderson (1mil)

Degen & Voronin will both be kept.
Spearing, Plessis & N'gog will be loaned out.

Hamill & Kelly will be more involved in first team actions.

Benitez will also invest in talented youth such as Suso who has already been signed from Cadiz.
  Hello i am new here but wanted to write a quick note. I know a PR at Ibrox & last night after a few beers he let slip the mighty Blues are trying to secure Seydou Doumbia from Swiss side FC Young Boys. Now if this goes through next 7 days remember the oracle that is RAYMAN.
  Bolton or Wigan to sign Lee Bowyer.
  Yuri Zhirkov apparently will sign Chelsea on Monday, Ancelotti will bid for Pirlo since ac milan doesn't want him anymore,Also theres the possiblity Maicon signs Chelsea in a swap for Carvhalo(spelling),Deco n some money .
Inter is also interested in Drogba for 28m
  Liverpool Football Club

Breaking News: Monday David villa will personally announce his transfer to. No David Silva. Only other fringe players, no one leaving except the usual suspects.
  To anyone wondering why United have not spent any of their money yet the reason is because SAF has been on holiday. SAF returned from his holiday in France 3 days ago and shall now focus on strengthening the squad. Here's the players he is looking at:
– David Silva
– Sergio Aguero
– Antonio Valencia
– Douglas Costa
– Dodo
– Sergio Asenjo

The players that could be leaving this summer are:
– Nani (Sporting Lisbon, swap with Joao Moutinho or he will be going on loan to another premiership side to prove himself)
– Frazer Campbell (Hull City)

Those are the main targets for SAF this summer. He will be chasing Benzema still but Benzema wants to stay with Lyon til after the world cup even though SAF is keen to sign him this summer. David Villa is still be looked at aswell but there is only a 10% chance of him arriving in the premier league as he already stated he is staying in Spain unless somebody makes him and Valencia an offer that neither can refuse.
  Big man united news. . . . . . .
essien to united, he,s desperate for the move. . . . . valencia deal done. . . . .manuchio to boro, season loan,giggs and scholes given backroom moves.
Fulham Transfers:

OUT: 7m
Moritz Volz – 500k, Sheffield Wednesday
Andranik Teymourian – 500k, Barnsley
Julian Gray – FREE, Southampton
Elliot Omozusi – 500k, Peterborough
Fredrik Stoor – 500k, AZ Alkmaar
Leon Andreasen – 2m, Hoffenheim
Chris Baird – FREE, Nottingham Forest
Hameur Bouazza – 2m, WBA
Seol Ki–Hyeon – 1m Al–Hilal
Collins John – RELEASED

IN: 37m
CM: Danny Guthrie (3m)
RW: David Bentley (7m)
CB: Michael Turner (5m)
LW: Chris Brunt (5m)
LB: Paul Robinson (2m)
ST: Darren Bent (8m), Tuncay Şanlı (7m)
  Michael Essien of Chelsea to put out in a transfer request. Ancelloti has inquired about Gattusso and De Rossi to replace replace him in midfield.
Real Madrid are interested if they don't land Xabi Alonso. My money is on that he will be at Manchester United player next season.
  Mountinho, delph, Mbia, and valencia to Everton during july. FACTS
––– Ryan Newman ––– heard it here first –––

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY will be making a number of signings in the close season, however nearly all of them will be free transfers due to budget limitations.

1. Ryan France– Hull A central midfielder, hard worker and a known wednesdayite. Released by Hull after nine years of service with the club.

2. Darren Potter– Wolves central midfielder, creative and on loan at Hillsborough for five months last season impressing boss Brian Laws and is now surplus to requirements at Wolves. Would Require a Nominal Fee however.

3. Scott Flinders– Crystal Palace Goalkeeper who was deemed surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park; a promising player who although still young has accumulated more than 1m in transfer fees in his relatively short career.Laws and Billy Mercer believe they can get the best out of the 23 year old.

4. David Carney– A talented winger who has recently been transfer listed by Local Rivals Sheffield United after falling out with manager Kevin Blackwell. Manager Laws wanted to sign the Australian before being beaten to his signature in the summer of 2006.

5. Victor Anichebe– Another Bright star available on loan from Everton in his recovery from injury. Would be a driving force in the Championship. Wednesday have now turned to Anichebe following Freddie Sears move to Crystal Palace.

LEROY LITA– Available on a free transfer following release from Reading wages may be an issue however.
DARREN AMBROSE–Talented winger available on a free transfer from Charlton after rejecting a new deal. Stalled in talks with Crystal Palce.

James O'Connor–if 2 midfielders sign
Rocky Lekaj–Unsuccessful spell in Sheffield
Francis Jeffers Possibly to Leeds
Richard O'Donnell To Grimsby Town
Academy Pro's to gain invaluable first team experience
  Man Utd Transfers:

Ins: ( the possibilities we have bidded for )

Douglas Costa (13 mil). . 75% we hav near sighned!

Karim Benzema (32 mil lyon will let him go)

Valencia (near done deal 17 mil)

75% likly (iff top dnt come)

David Silva (24 mill)

Ashley Young (25 mill)

Sergio Aguero (around 45–50)

50% possiblity

Guiseppie Rossi (15 mill bay back clause)

Nilmar (20 mill)

Edin Hazard (10 mil)

Marcus Berg (12 mil)

We Will Not Get:

Torres. . . . valdez. . . . teves
Ribery. . . . cassilas. . . . eto

possible outs:

nani (loan) – wigan/porto/bayern
F.Camble – 6 mill hull city
expect to see some youngsters loaned and sold.
Scoles and Giggs to retire soon.

Gossip: Ronaldo will compleat a 6–year deal before the 1st of july and manchester utd will have a new sponser A.O.N in 2010–2011 season.
The new kit is red and black as its on the website

if, Robben , Snider , huntelaar , d.Bentley , Aaron Lennon and Evan Asenjo arravie don't be shocked but that's only roumer and speculation ATM.

When It all happens plz remember me :)
  Just got back from Chester races (so a little worse for waer but bear with me). Saw Michael Owen sporting a yellow and black tie – proof he's going to Hull? Loads of fake tan around so Phil Brown may have been there too. . .You heard it here first.

Celtic are apparently in the running to sign plymouth argyle defender Marcel Seip, however they face stiff competition from three championship clubs who are desperate to capture the highly rated centre back.
  Catalan television channel TV3 claims that there's a deal on the transfer of Palmeiras forward Keirrison (20) to Barcelona.
Barcelona would have used the first option they had to buy Keirrison and paid a transfer fee of 13 million euro° plus 3 million euro° incentives. The Brazilian stiker would sign his contract in the coming days.
It's nevertheless not yet clear what the final destination of Keirrison will be since Barcelona is expected to try to include the player in another transfer deal, which means the Brazilian could end up at Valencia in a deal that sees David Villa coming to Barcelona. .FCB would obviously still have to pay some amount money to Valencia.
VISCA BARCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  After acquiring Glen Johnson for around €20m, Rafa will step up his pursuit for another major signing. He will target a left midfielder and top of is wishlist is none other than David Silva and he is willing to bid €27.5m. Ronaldinho is also surprisingly on his wishlist and if the Silva bid fails he will bid €18m for the buck–toothed superstar. Also on his list are Juan Mata(€20m) and Ashley Young(€30m). Only two major players want to leave Anfield and they are Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso. Xabi won't leave but Masch will move to Barcelona for €55m or €35m plus Bojan and Yaya Toure. They will be Rafa's only signings this summer. Fringe players such as Andriy Voronin, Sebastian Leto, Philipp Degen, Charles Itandje and Andrea Dossena will be offloaded to rake in about €20m. Alvaro Arbeloa will leave to go to Atleti for €8m, so Rafa will have €28m for two more signings. Gabriel Agbonlahor will surprisingly sign for €20m and Steven Defour will join for a cut price €8m because he wants to play in England and the Champions League
  A 2–way battle is being fought out 4 Lyon superstar Karim Benzema between Man Utd and Real Madrid. Man Utd and SAF have been following Benzema since his breakthrough 06–07 season and are now cashed up. Real Madrid have given up on David Villa and have also been following Benzema for some time and Lyon president Aulas has admitted that he would rather sell Benzema 2 Madrid while Benzema has previously admitted his desire 2 play 4 Los Blancos.

Madrid have completed the signing of Raul Albiol from Valencia 2 add 2 CR7 and Kaka. It is belived that they have set aside 50 million 4 Bayern's Franck Ribery.

Barcelona are close on the signing Brazil's hottest talent Kerrison from Palmeiras they have bid around 15 million and are expected 2 use him as bait in a bid 4 David Villa and are willing 2 go as high as 35 million + Kerrison (on loan) and Caceras. This could encourage Man City in a 30 million bid 4 Eto'o.

Arsenal are still on the look out 4 a new CB it is expected that no–one except Senderos will leave Arsenal (Not even Silvestre!)but Sakho and Hangeland are looking less and less likely. Alternatives include Cristoph Metzelder and Bayern's unsettled Lucio. Arsenal are still extremeley interested in Felipe Melo and have Miguel Veloso as an alternative.

Chelsea are close 2 signing Yuri Zhirkov 4 around 18.5 million while Daniel Sturridge will move 2 Stamford Bridge 4 whose fee is yet 2 b determined. Deco and Carvalho are expected 2 leave 2 Inter who have offered an initial 8.3 million which they are open 2 negotiation.

Liverpool will make one last signing and the favourite is Alvaro Negrredo who Benitez has a stron perchant 4 and is willing 2 pay 12 million which will make Almeira (+Real Madrid)'s asking price or alternatively they may ask 4 him as part of an expected move by Madrid 4 Alvaro Arbeloa.
  I was on my way home for work in Leicester, going past the walkers stadium and jermain beckford pulled up alongside my car, As leeds have put him up for transfer this could be a possible move for beckford as leicester have been promoted back into the championship and then he can player a higher standard of football than league 1. The day I saw him he could have been talking to milan mandaric and nigel pearson about a possible move this summer.
  Rickie Lambert is being strongly lined up to join Leicester City have the club confirmed they have given up hope of signing Simon Cox.

Also, the Leicester City scouting team have been searching around Eastern European countries so expect some unknown, young talented players to come to Leicester, just like Tunchev last season.

Joe Mattock is to leave the club and join Burnley or Bolton.

DJ Campbell is to remain at the club.

Doncasters' Matt Mills now looks set to join Nottingham Forest after being told he would not be guaranteed a first team place and that McCarthy is still recruiting in that area, what a fool!!
  ARSENAL FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. vermaelen came, senderos will leave
2. gibbs, wilshere, simpson, merida. . go on loan
3. if adebayor leaves aresenal will sign chamakh or huntelaar.
4. rosicky will probably be sold in january or net season. if not rosicky then it will be nasri (probably not)
5. arsene wants to sign a defensive midfielder (m.diarra, melo, hitzlsperger– ONE OF THESE!!!)
6. hazard will come (youngster)
7. arsenal will play 4–3–3
8. gallas and toure will probably stay, the only defenders leaving will be senderos, gilbert, silvestre (maybe) and loan deals

arsenal all the way!!!!!!!!!
  I work for an engineering company who maintain Melwood Training Ground and the engineer has just told me that he was sure he saw Elano being shown round yesterday. Not sure how accurate this is with the news of him being offered to Inter Milan, but interesting noe the less. The last time he said he saw someone it was Torres, I didn't post it that time as I didn't believe him myself.
  Celtic Fc

Celtic are close to signing midfielder Michael Stewart from Hearts. Tony Mowbray is a huge admirer of the midfielder having managed him at Hibs. Stewart will meet Mowbray next week to seal the deal. Stewart is desperate to join Celtic and rekindle the special relationship he had with Mowbray. Stewart will demand Hearts allow him his dream move and will write a transfer request. Stewart is in the final year of his current three year contract.
  Big breathe in. . here we go. .

Firstly to the bitter blue who had a go at LFC fans from all over the world for posting rumours – just because LFC have a larger and wider fan base than Everton does not mean that there are more Everton fans than Liverpool fans in our city. You are clearly dillusional if you believe that stupid 'fact' that most blues go on about presumably because you have nothing else to celebrate. We have fans from all over the world because of our many successes over the years – the same is true of Manchester United – it does not mean that people from the city do not support them. I supose all of the fans who turned out at such short notice after recent champions league and FA cup successes all drove into the city and started to decorate random people's houses!!!

Secondly, I do have to have a go at the 'fans' who are posting 'rumours' stating that we are going to sign about 7or8 player and sell a couple as well. If you knew anything about LFC and actually went to any games you would realise that Rafa has built a really good team ethic at the club – he wants to try to keep this squad together as much as possible and wants to keep balance to the team – so reports of us signing 3 strikers and 4 wingers are well wide of the mark.

There is some concern over us losing players – most notably Alonso and Mascherano – Benitez has stated neither are for sale but that will not stop Madrid from bidding and the same goes for Barca and Masch but ultimatley Rafa will see if the players are fully committed to the cause by stating that they are happy at Anfield (it may well be that both are given an improved contract) and that will end all specualtion – but for the moment Rafa has to wait.

Arbeloa has been linked with a move to Madrid and Dossena with a move back to Italy (perhaps not after that own goal!!) and both may be allowed to leave if the price is right.

However as I said Benitez wants to keep the squad together and only wanted to add 1 or 2 players (one already done – G. Johnson) the other is not known to anyone – not even players themselves – Rafa has a list of striker/attacking player options and he will go for whoever he thinks he can get – David Villa has been mentioned but i'm not sure we could meet the asking price.

Lets keep the rumours sensible please!!

(I am told not to post the names directly. .so work it out. .)
United will sign two attackers –– 'AS' and 'SA' with the first one, who is being dubbed as someone, being a player of an Italian team and the latter one,who is being dubbed as another great ,is playing for a team which play in Liga BBVA. . .

United are also chasing a 'Monster' midfielder who plays in the premier league and who wears blue shirts. .

''Dead sparrow" "

Let me guess. .

1 – Alexis Sanchez (Udinese)
2 – Sergio Aguero (Athletico)
3 – Michael Essien (Chelsea)

  Burnley have agreed a fee for Tyrone Mears for around £1 Million. When he returns from holiday this week he will come to Turf Moor to agree personal fees.

Also David Edgar will come for a medical at Turf Moor this week, where personal terms will be agreed.

Owen Coyle also wants to bring in Andrew driver and because he has only spent £1Million on two defenders, it looks as though he will be wanting to use the majority of the money in the attacking area, so Driver will sign for Burnley for around £3 Million.
  Liverpool rumors. I have heard that liverpool are prepairing to move early in order to get the team together for a good pre–season. Rafa is going to use the David villa story as a smoke screen to launch a cheeky 14.5m bid for Huntelaar. Then it will be a 8m bid for Richards and a 7.5m bid for downing, with him coming in the January window if he passes a medical. Rafa is keen to get these two to boost the English numbers to meet the new regulations. My source is usually very accurate but he won't tell me where he gets his info. Perhaps he just makes it up like everyone else who use this as a fantasy wish list. He does have a 80% sucess rate. I/he has no info about players heading out of the door.
  Arsene Wenger wants to bring in a new striker as the departure of Robin Van Persie is imminent, I heard that there are at least 4 bids for him on the table in excess of £12 million. (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man United and Inter)

With this money he will try to tempt Bojam Krkic to the club, this is also likely as Barcelona could be interested in swapping him and £6 million for Robin.
  yellow feather defense. . . with the likelyhood of toure going to all spending man city, arsene will replace him with one of the following, mexes, sakho, micah richards or taylor of newcastle. the signing of melo will be confirmed shortly, with senderos + £9m going the other way. midfield. . . if fabregas does leave, then a bid for tim cahill and alonso will be placed, with cahill the likelier of the 2 to arrive in north london, also a november loan move for beckham if rosicky does not come back from his injuries well enough and walcott doesn't pull his fingers from his rear and start performing. forward. . . no signings will be made unless ade leaves, if he does, then a young brazillian (who's name i cannot remember) from corrinthians wil be signed, he top scored last season playing alongside ronaldo. one last thing, wenger is the key to this team, he has built it and this season a fine tuning will see arsenal step up and be a force to fear in football. . . . bring on 2010.
  Bcfc are looking to instantly make joe harts move permanent so that they can bring in another loan signing. mark hughes wants £9 million for the keeper so it is therefore unlikely to happen.
  Salif Diao is going to Burnely today to sign a 1 year contract with an extra option.
  Big sam want frazier campbell to replace santa cruz at blackburn for 6 million on 50,000 a week.
  According to sources in Spain, Sergio Ramos' Agent Has Held Talks With Man United
  NeWsFlAsH! Liverpool have rejected a £9 million offer for Dan Agger.
  Fulham could be set to swoop for Middlesbrough duo Stuart Downing and David Wheater, however Stoke City, Everton and Sunderland are also interested in Downing as are Wigan.
Tuncay Sanli could be heading to Arsenal with Wenger a long term admirer. Liverpool are also interested in the Turkish forward whilst Birmingham and Blackburn are ambitiously targetting him aswell.
Breaking news at Anfield!. .Following David Villas admission that he was definetely not leaving Spain. .Rafa decided to pull out of the race completely and late last night sent two represntatives to France to dicuss other possibilities
The first was in Lyon for a Shocking enquiry for none other than Kareem Benzema! Rafa has is willing to pay upto 35 million for the player but is going to make opening bid of 25 million. United have apperently pulled out of the race as they are not willing to go above 25 for the player.
The second player was in Maraselles to dicuss a joint packege for Hatem Ben Arfa and Lorik Cana which Liverpool need as Masch is leaving almost def. .talks apperntly started just after the Cl final
Watch this space.

Tyrone Mears has cut his holiday short, completed a medical and agreed personal terms. The fee is 500k with add–ons making it up to £1.3m

David Edgar is completed as well – tribunal to decide fee, no idea how much.

Jason Scotland on the back burner – another bid is in for another striker.

Matthew Kilgallon has been asked about, they've told us £2.5m – Coyle is hoping it will come down but rates Edgar just as highly.

Burnley have been told £5m for Adam Johnson, and we've told them where to go – fee should come down, hence the signing of Mark Yeates at Boro.
  Rafa Benitez is looking to sell a few players with Sebastian Leto set to leave for £3 million, Alvaro Arbeloa set to go for £10 million, Andrea Dosenna set to return to Italy for £5 million, Andriy Voronin to leave permanently to Hertha Berlin for £3 million and Charles Itandje for £1 million. The outgoing sales will reach just over £20 million. Of course Glen Johnson's transfer will take a big chunk of this but Benitez will have money from the owners. He will only consider the sales of Alonso or Mascherano if offers exceed £30 million and it subsequently gives him a chance to sign top targets David Silva and David Villa from Valencia or if the deal for Mascherano to Barcelona includes a part swap for Bojan. Benitez will be looking to add an experienced winger and a striker before the season begins.
  Liverpool striker Craig Lindfield could be off to MK Dons on loan for the season whilst several clubs have enquired about taking Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfounso on loan for the season including Championship sides Watford and West Brom.
  To the Guy who said ' beckham will come on loan to Chelsea in November.' That's a good shout the other possible destination is spurs. It's one or the other.

However, you are wrong about ballack as a potential target for Man City. He signed a new contract three weeks ago and is staying as chelsea. . sadly.

With regards to other rumours, players like tevez will be wanting to play CL football as its world cup year and his place may not be secure in the national team. You got to rememeber Man City aren't in europe, so this could be a stumbling block for them.
  I have a very reliable source inside anfield. I expect the following to happen during this summer:–
a.)Their will be no takeover of the club from any arabs, but an investment from a spanish consortium is currently being negotiated. This will be for a percentage share of the club. I expect this transaction to completed by middle of july.
b.)As for transfer signing, there will not be too much activity. Silva will be the big signing together with a couple of good british youth/squad players.
c.)The sale of both alsonso & mascherano are both unlikely unless the players hand in a transfer request. Only in this instance will rafa look at purhasing any further high value players.

Lincoln Berj
  Love the Teds views on here, souness to invest and pay off the debts, classic, unless he is in cahoots with bill gates the debts won't be paid! Also Caldwell to Burnley for 1.5mil?? Mowbray will make him captain and give him a 5yr deal. Boruc won't go anywhere, Celtic to sign, Shabrini, Fletcher, Fortune and Swedens u21 captain, Misun will fill in at LB and Mizuno McCourt McGinn Maloney and MCGEady will cover Nakas abcense
  Norwich boss Brian Gunn & assistant Butterworth have invited young Czech duo of Bořek Dočkal and Jakub Řeznνček two week trials with Norwich, when the squad arrives for pre season training on Tuesday. Bořek Dočkal is a free scoring midfielder seen to strengthen scoring from the midfield and Jakub Řeznνček is rising talent at centre forward.
With both players contracted to Slovan Liberec and Mladα Boleslav there will be a small fee involved but with the current economic & political upheaval in Czech football Brian Gunn has seen an opportunity to gain some high level technical players required to add to the grit already signed for the long campaign in division 3, long term building a squad to challenge for top flight football.
As every Norwich fan is aware Sammy Clingan will be sold to fund further squad development but a brighter future looks on the cards for all Norwich fans.
  Heard from an extremely reliable source that Roberto Martinez is pulling out all the stops to get Joe Ledley to Wigan. Offer of 4.5 million has been made.
  Ive Just been passed Goodison Park and seen Michael Owen in the car park.

Watch This Space!!
  LFC are set to beat spurs to sign Atletico Madrid winger Maxi Rodriquez, reports say 4 million!!
  Sheffield United News.

Blackwell as got til January to have United clear at the top of the Championship or his job could be under threat.

Already signed

Kyle Reid
Lee Williamson
Young Spanish striker ?

Expect to see:

Kyle Naughton, Billy Sharpe, Paddy Kenny, Matt Killgallon, Gary Naismith, Stephan Quinn.

Craig Beattie, Gregg Halford, Andrew Surman, Richard Wood, Micheal Macindoe, Carlos Edwards, Bobby Zamora, Victor Anichebe & Carl Hoefkins.

Good times Blades.
  In reply to
"Just a question more than anything else. As a beloved west ham fan for all my life, would love to see carlos and joey back at our club. I was just wondering to the person who backed the first rumour up, where do you get your information from to have such confidence that this transfer will go ahead ?"

The information came from a source very close to MSI. The transfers will go ahead IF the takeover happens. Cole will only happen if Chelsea are able to sign one of their midfield targets.
Also the Ashton rumours are just that. Stoke made an enquiry and were told no. Spurs would have no chance as West Ham have a clear policy that they will not do business with Spurs under any circumstance.
  The word around the Reebok Stadium is that Gary Megson is looking at signing Kris Commons from Derby and Leroy Lita on a free. Elmander also wants to leave with a couple of Italian clubs interested.
  Gonna be a busy summer in Italy will all the clubs looking to play catchup to Spain and the EPL. Inter milan will release/sell half there huge squad and bring in Deco, Carvalho, Barzagli and Zaccardo. AC will add Dzeko, Giovinco and Albiol. Fiorentina will add Cassano and Tissone, Juve will sell Trezeguet and Sissoko and bring in Mario Gomez and Van Der Vaart. Genoa want Niang and Napoli will add Zubar. There will be many, many more I assure you.
  I have it on good authority that Gilberto Silva will be returning to Arsenal this summer. This move is due to the fact that Arsene Wenger cannot find a suitable holding midfielder in the current transfer market. He targeted several players for the position, however those players have either snubbed the chance to join Arsenal or have been priced out of a move, for example, Felipe Melo and Yaya Toure. Therefore Wenger has decided to re–sign Gilberto, who will play a significant role in the first team in the 2009/10 season, before becoming a squad player due to his advancing years the season after. When the two year contract expires it is believed that he will move into a coaching role at the Emirates, and an agreement for this is already in place regardless of whether the transfer occurs. Panathanaikos will be reluctant to sell but they will respect the players wishes and allow him to leave. A fee in the region of £2 million pounds should be necessary to obtain his services. This transfer is purely intended to fill the gap for a season, after which Wenger will sign a younger but proven replacement to fill the void. This player is unknown as he is yet to be targeted, but my source tells me that they will in fact be tutored by Gilberto throughout the 2010/11 campaign. The deal is in place and should only take a week or two to complete.

  Nooooo! The news all Rangers fans were dreading. Artur Boruc is to leave Celtic. Apparently he will sign for Aston Villa for £1.8m.

O'Neil, for some strange reason, rates the shakey keeper. Bad news for the Brummies.

Laughing Boy

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