Football Rumours Archive December 29 2008


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I know that many people have said that 'arsenal will sign this guy and that guy, etc, and very few of them are likely, however, from what I can gather, arsenal will tie up a deal to sign shay given either in january or in summer, as wenger has long been an admirer, and given has been told tha due to some difficulties at newcastle, he may be sold – and arsenal is his preferred destination.
Steven taylor may sign, as he knows that newcastle are struggling, and in the same way wenger has always admired taylor, taylor has always wanted to play for wenger.
CHarles nzogbia is the other possible arsenal signing – his contract runs out at the end of the season, and with newcastle too bothered about renewing the contracts of their star players, he has become slightly forgotten. Thus, newcastle will accept a fairly small offer in order to not let him go for free in the summer.
As for Yaya toure, I doubt it, if he signs taylor, and sylvain distin (whom he has also been interested in) then he is likey to let toure (kolo) leave and go somewhere alse, in this case yaya will go to juventus/ wherever kolo is playing.
  To all the Arsenal fans out there:

Let's face it Arshavin,Tevez and Ribery etc. will not happen Wenger has complete faith in the current squad and players like Song, Diaby and Denilson will not leave. He may add a new Defensive Midfielder and Centre–Back but that's it.
  Celtic – Aiden McGeady was waiting for Celtic to get beat at Ibrox yesterday in a hope of "strengthing" his claim against them by getting the fans on his side. This has failed miserably, in fact so miserably that one song about him has his name out and Koki Mizunos in!! WGS will now field offers for McGeady from around £6–£9 if bidding war. Bobo Balde will go to Birmingham in January and look for Chris Killen going to Motherwell on loan till end of season and Donati to Italy (loan or £1.5m–£2m perm) Celtic will add in January, but now with 7 point lead not as earier anticipated. Along with Misun, McGinn, Zaluska who have all signed, Strachan will add more younger players now and supplement that with one huge loan deal HERNAN CRESPO!!! Crespo needs football and Celtic will give him that. 4 in a row here we go. The league race is over why don't you go home!!
  Mark Noble is heading to Arsenal as cover for Fabregas. £10 million plus the loan of Vela until the end of the season.

Defoe in – Benjani+ cash.
Toure in
Senna in
Upson in
Bellamy in
Santa Cruz in
Bridge in
Big players to come in the summer, depending on who is the Manager.

Vassell out
Jo out
Ben Haim out
Hamann out
Mills out
Fernandes out
Castillo out
  Spurs to sign green, Hammers to replace with cudicini, chelsea to sign adriano on loan with view to permanant, man city to go for bellamy, Top gossip though, Liverpool to do delings with chelsea regarding Agger/bridge/malouda,

With the new year approaching, my predictions for the new year.
Chelsea will be crowned champions.
man utd will be runners up.
liverpool 3rd
arsenal 4th
villa will be a very close 5th.

Relegated will be. .
18th M'boro
19th west brom
20th sunderland.

Promoted. .
Birmingham Champions
Reading Runners up
Wolves play off winners.

Roy Keane to manage forest/sunderland to be looking for new manager by june/ scalari to walk away from chelsea at end of season/ clarke to be named west ham manager for next season. .LOOK TO THE FUTURE. .WHEN ALEX FERGUSON CALLS IT A DAY, HIS REPLACEMENT WILL BE,,,,NO OTHER THAN MARTIN O NEIL. IN RUMOURS WE TRUST, see what odds you get if you ask the bookies, worth a punt aint it.
Jermaine Defoe (Portsmouth–£10.5m) or Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn–£14m)
Kevin Doyle (Reading–£6m)

Marlon Harewood (Stoke–£3.5m)
Zat Knight (Blackburn–£1.2m)
Craig Gardener (Middlesbrough–£1m)
Isaiah Osbourne (Championship Team–£1.1m)
Nathan Delfouneso (Championship Team–LOAN)
  Forest Manager Rumours

I am an Arsenal fan but my connections with the Gunners have led to some other stories, namely about candidates for the Forest manager job. Mark Arthur (Forest Chief Exec) wants to choose from the following names and make a decision by the first week in January:

Billy Davies (won't be popular with the fans)
Paul Ince (better track record in lower leagues)
Gus Poyet (surpise choice)
Roy Keane (fans favourite choice)
Neil Warnock (proven record in taking teams up the divisions)
Alan Curbishley (good at getting best out of teams with limited resources)

Thx – Jimmy 'Gooner'

Drogba to Inter
Ryan Babel to Arsenal
Lukas Podolski to Liverpool
Luis Fabiano to Chelsea
Ivica Olic to Bayern Munich
Inler to Arsenal
Ronaldo to Real Madrid
Yohann Gourcuff to Man Utd.
Lucho Gonzalez to Inter Milan
  My dad plays golf with the physio of arsenal and he says that wright–phillips will come as a swap with the out of favour toure. Plus that Tony Adams will come at the end of season as assistant manager now that pat rice is off.
  Carlos Edwards to Barnsley for a record fee of £2m. Jamie Cureton will be one of two Strikers brought into the club as he is hitting form at just the right time and Norwich will be securing the permanent signing of Reading's Leroy Lita. The fee for Cureton is thought to be in the region of £500.000 – £750.000. The other striker is thought to be Aaron Mclean from Posh or David Connolly from Sunderland. Davey is also looking out for a left sided defender to help a possible push for the Play–Offs. Heinz Muller is unfortunately going to be on his way to Portsmouth as David James will be moving to Tottenham, the fee is thought to be around the £3m mark.

You Reds!
  News in the Capital Of scotland,

first of all over at tynecastle,
hearts to have a major clear out

Berra to Fulham/Rangers/Celtic
Driver to Rangers
Zaliukas to Russia eiter Spartak or Loko
Mikolunias to FBK Kaunas well he has been on loan for 4 yrs!!
Kingston to Portsmouth
rumors of Oboua going to newcastle cumon eh lets be serious he couldnt get a game for Hamilton never mind Newcastle!!
Steve Banks to Falkirk!!
and last of all Expect to see hearts talanted youngster Gray Glen at Dundee Utd,
Balogh will return to hungary as hearts can't afford 150,000 to keep him,

Ins for the Jambos
Black from inverness done deal!! pre contract,
expect to see loans for Kaunas
also Kiraly from burnley
couple of youngsters from hungary are expected

hibs and hearts have been credited an intrest in out of contract midfilder Scott Severin.

On the other Side of Edinburgh

Hibernian are considering the future of manager mixu!
after a poor result on sat to killie.

If mixi stays here are some of the strong rumors for Hibernian

Fletcher to Westbrom/Middlesborough/OldFirm/Blackburn
Shiles to Rangers
David Grof to Celtic (this guys nothing but trouble!!)
Mcneil to Ipswitch
Marshall to leave and is heading for Motherwell.
Alan O'brien of off back to england (Championship)
Chisolm to Falkirk

Ins At Easter Road
Johanson from malmo Done Deal.
Combe from Kilmarnock
Steven Smith from Rangers
Darren O'dea From Celtic
expect and additious bif from hibs for steven hughes of motherwell and ivan sproule (god)!

Will keep everyone posted with news up here in scotland Capital

Happy New Year
Capital Hibee ;)
  Breaking news

curbishley to return to charlton till end of season
  Hearts FC

The club are in talks with Ajax about signing Edgar Manucharyan and Robbert Schilder. Expect a move to be made for Slovakian goalkeeper Jan Novota of FK DAC 1904.
  Was chatting to Scott Duxburry after the Stoke game and he hinted that the following players will be leaving Upton Park in Jan; Walker, Collins, Gabbidon, Etherington, Stokes, Quashie, Bowyer and Cole. With the exception of Cole they are all squad players and will be easily replaced by the latest crop of Tony Carrs starlets. Most of the funds raised by the player sales will go straight into the club coffers but there will be a small outlay to replace Cole, he didn't say who but when i mentioned Heskey he just smiled and winked.
  Been a while since ive been in here and i can see some things don't change lol.
arshavin,crespo and rangers dispanding and going bust. .absolutely outstanding.i was a bit depressed today at work but my god this gave me a right good chuckle thanks guys.
realistically we are looking at smith staying
novo heading south for around 1–1 1/2 million max charlie adam pretty much the same
darcheville confirmed off to valenciennes to partner up with sebo
dailley getting turfed anywhere,prob go back to dundee utd
velicka(the forgotten one)will probably head back to the scandanavien mob he came from
alan gow to leeds
brahim hemdani back to france
david healy from sunderland
tonel from from sporting
ive heard rumours of andy driver is on his way
also been told from a very reliable source that a very surprising loan deal will be struck up,but the my source wouldnt give me even so much as a sniff of who it is but has assured me it is a biggie(not aguero lol)
  Pennant will be used as bait for Liverpool to land Heinz from Madrid.Babbel will be ditched to anyone as Rafa feels he is not a squad player and cannot cope with his constant sulking.
Liverpool not be spending a huge amount of money in January, in fact none of the top 4 will, but some deals will be completed. Rafa is looking at a number of positions that need to be improved on but with a lack of money in Jan will need to 'wheel 'n' deal' to strengthen the squad. Players that are being considered for sale are, Itandje (has been available since summer, some interest from French clubs but no official offer as yet), Pennant (will definately be leaving in Jan 100%), Dossena (simply because of the emergence of Insua and the availability of Heinze, that will be discussed later, Rafa would allow Dossena to leave in order to raise funds), Voronin (Rafa trying to strike deal with Hertha that will see £500,000 knocked off the set price agreed at the start of the loan if the deal is completed in Jan). That pretty much completes who Liverpool may sell in January though some loans will be done with Plessis, Spearing and Nemeth looking to go into the championship for a few months.

The players Rafa is looking to bring to Anfield are, Gabriel Heinze (Real looking to offload the Argentinian that Rafa see's as a very versatile option, could cover LB or CB and would be happy with a bit–part role due to age), Now the RW spot is one that Rafa is looking to spend the most money on and has a few options that are being scouted at the moment, these are Kuba of Bor. Dortmund, Lafita of Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia of Wigan (unlikely due to price being £11m+), Lennon of Spurs (Redknapp wants Downing and with Bentley for RW Lennon may push for a deal) and finally Joaquin of Valencia (found form this season and Los Che need cash), these are the options for RW and expect to see one join next month. Finally Rafa is looking for a cheap striker that can lead the line if Torres is to get injured again and while Heskey is an option Rafa is much more interested in Zigic of Valencia who is available fairly cheap for the same reasons as Joaquin.

Don't expect massive money to be spent in Jan as simply LFC do not have it, however Gillett and Hicks have imformed Rafa that money is available to improve the squad and push for the title.

My PERSONAL OPINION is that this will happen:
Pennant – £3m
Dossena – £6m
Voronin – £2m
Itandje may go on loan but no bids to buy will be made.
TOTAL – £11m

Heinze – £1.5m
Kuba/Lennon – £8m
Zigic – £4m
TOTAL – £13.5m (£2.5m spend from G+H)
  Manchester United will loan number two goalkeeper Ben Foster to ex–club Stoke City if Thomas Sorensens, finger injury appears worse than first thought.
  Blackburn Rovers News–Will sign Diouf 3.5million(Sunderland),Eboue 3million(Arsenal),Joaquin 7.5million (Valencia), Appiah Free. Sold will be Santa Cruz 18million(Arsenal,City or Real Madrid), Mokoena 1.5million(Stoke),Gallacher 1.5million(Plymouth). Big Sam will be handed a large budget in the summer to buy a center half,left–mid and a new Foward, if Rovers stay up.
  Rangers want to complete a loan deal for West Ham's Julien Faubert.
  Arsenal are looking to sign either M. Veloso or Sebastien Dubarbier from Cluj.
  I am the person who posted the fact 2 months ago that Dean Ashton would not play for West Ham for the rest of the season. I have been proved correct as the info supplied was 100% correct. WHU have now announced it will be March but in March it will be announced they're getting him ready for next season and at the end of the season he'll retire. I also posted the fact about Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal failing a drug test last year and being banned for a year, he'll be back playing in April with no hint of an injury as Arsenal led evryone to believe.
  Big names potentially on the move in January and the summer include:
–Andrei Arshavin (20 mil) – Arsenal/Chelsea/Man United/Spurs/Barcelona/Real Madrid
–Karim Benzema (20 mil) – Chelsea/Man City/Real Madrid
–Sergio Kun Aguero (40–50 mil) – Chelsea/Liverpool/Man City
–Didier Drogba (20 mil) – Inter/AC Milan
–David Villa (40 mil) – Chelsea/Real Madrid/Barcelona
–Cristiano Ronaldo (70 mil) – Real Madrid
These stars will all move over January and the summer.

In Arsene We Trust
  LFC ins:
NIL (no money from american owners)

LFC outs:
Dossena (Udinesse – 6 mill)
Pennant (R.Madrid – 3 mill)
Nemeth (QPR – Loan)
Plessis (Wigan – Loan)
Spearing (Wolves – Loan)
  Whoever posted
'First of all, Tevez is never going to Arsenal because even though he doesn't get first team footy, he gets amazing wages, and hed rather have money than playing time.'
seems to be forgetting that Tevez doesn't have a club, he's on loan to ManUre from his agent. Therefore he'll go wherever it takes to get the cash, even Arsenal, if United don't want to keep him.
  To the guy that said the big 4 are in dream world regarding Fellaini leaving Everton??? What are you on? Why would any of the top 4 want to buy him? He is crap! Seriously LMAO. Now onto some red merseyside rumours; Liverpool will send Pennant packing. Alonso will leave in the summer, going to Barcelona for around 14mil pounds. Babel may go out on loan to try and regain some form, however this will not happen until the summer also. Keano will stay, this was the case even before his brace against Bolton, Expect Rafa to sign Valencia or Heskey in part exchange for Pennant from Wigan. Owen will not come back to Anfield. Dossena will go in the summer as Insua is starting to show he can offer more to the first team. If Rafa doesn't bring back heskey he will go for Zaki or Kenywn Jones. aussieLFCfan
  This is happening at Glasgow Rangers
Andrei arshavin on loan with view to a permanent deal 8 mill if the gers win the league.
Deals for Tonel, Lovenkrands,Berra and Driver will be done.
Way out
S Smith
G Smith(goalkeeper)
As for them. . . . .Richard Offiong? Who cares

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