Football Rumours Archive January 31 2009


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Celtic to make a cheeky bid for Steven Fletcher on deadline day after having an initial approach turned down. Nielsen should complete his move from Chelsea by tomorrow.
  Liverpool boss rafael is going to concentrate on attack in the window(winter&summer)as he things the defence is good enough and will aim to bring in navas/silva,adriano,aguero the aguero deal may involve a swap for alonso(sad to see him go or best player but imagine torres and aguero up front
joe ledley is flying up to newcastle for talks after game today,newcastle have had 7 mill bid accepted with andy carroll possible coming on loan,cardiff will then sign tommy smith and are trying to revive kenny cooper deal from usa.
other rumours tony capaldi could be joining notts forest after game today and eddie johnson could be leaving,hodgson not happy hes not playing.
  Celtic Rumours:


Stephen Fletcher: Hibs; 2.5 Million

Darren Fletcher: Man utd; Big summer signing!!


Massimo Donati: 1 million; Sampdoria

Chris Killen: 750k; Hibs
  SPL Rumours: Fletcher(Hibs) to Celtic 4 million plus with possibility of player swap, Willo Flood now Celtic player having signed 2 year deal, hearts lining up international defender if Berra moves to Wolves for 2 million, dean shields(Hibs) in discussions with doncaster. Allan McGregor(Rangers) may be target for Newcastle if Shay Given moves to Man City. Coventry have made 1 million bid for Andrew Driver(Hearts). Inverness have signed Richie Foran and Eric Odhiambo. Don cowie(ICT) has signeg pre contract with watford. Kilmarnock have signed Kevin Kyle from coventry. Chris porter(Motherwell) will sign for either derby or cardiff.
  Auld Firm rumours, with Given on his way to Man City, expect Newcastle to make a bid for either McGregor of Rangers or Boruc of Celtic, both quality Keepers. To all the folk that think Rangers or Celtic could not compete in the EPL, get a grip! Both teams playing in the EPL would have more pulling power than most teams, both teams are continually in Britains Rich list of Football clubs and that is without the monies received by SKY. Fact is, with that sort of TV money and sponsership both would easily compete and regularly be in Europe, hence the reason no EPL team want them in the league
  Charles n`zogbia at new hall hotel in birmingham talking to wigan manager steve bruce as i write this i would say the deal is done
  Newcastle will be busy over the last few days of the window. Expect the following to happen. IN – Ryan Taylor/Wigan, Stephane M'Bia/Rennes. OUT – Shay Given/Man City, Charles N'Zogbia/Wigan.
  Julien Faubert, hasn't exactly set the world on fire in the EPL. However Real Madrid are looking to take him on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal if he impresses.

With the reports that Jermaine Defoe has a broken foot. Expect Spurs to try to spend big again on either Santa Cruz or Robbie Keane. Rafa is livid that they should try tapping up Keane. Liverpool may well tell them where to go. With the deadline fast approaching any deal for Santa Cruz may be to late as well.
  Everton will sign bobby zamora on loan from fulham with a view to a permanent deal which will cost them £9million. I have heard this from well known sources at the club. WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!
  Celtic have made a sensational swoop for Hibs wonderkid steven fletcher. They may also include Chris Killen as part of the the £3.5 million deal. However the transfer is unlikely occur in this transfer window.
  I live near upton park and i have heard that Joe Ledley will be coming to west ham on monday to have a medical after west Ham and Cardiff agreed a fee for the welsh international. The Fee is rumoured to be around 6 million pound but west ham may offer a player in exchange most possibly Callum Davenport. Zola has been given the 14 million to spend from the sale of Craig Bellamy and as he has already signed savio he has around 4 million left to spend so Davenport plus 4 million looks more likely.
  David Villa will make a 50 million pound move to Manchester city in the summer as Valencia lowered there asking price as they are in massive debt. They are also looking to sign David Silva from Valencia and will pay around 30 million for him. So manchester city will make a combined swoop of 80 million for valencia's 2 best players. That money will go along way to clearing there debts. Over in spain i have also heard that Athletico Madrid will make a triple swoop on liverpool for Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa. Rafa is looking to get wonderkid Sergio Aguero in part–Exchange for maybe Alonso but not Pepe Reina. He may consider selling Arbeloa but only if he can get Glen Johnson from Portsmouth in the summer for 10 million. Real madrid are also in talks with west ham over the possible loan signing of Julien Faubert.
  To the Guy who said this !!!!

I watched Rangers run in UEFA last season and they played 8 defenders for most of the time. I remember Smith being our boss and he did the same here. Steady, boring, and never going to win anything major. There is hope for you Rangers fans though as Smith steadied the ship so you are only about 10 years behind Everton. Put all your first XI on paper (Celtic & Rangers) and write ours down and name 1 that you would swap (possibly nakamura for Osman). Cheers. Nil Satis Nisi Optimum. JD

Why didnt you watch your own team ? Thats right they got put out again !

Dont think we would want any of your players !!!
We had your best one and he couldnt handle the physical nature so why would we want any of the rest !

Moving on !!!
Rangers to have a few suprises for the end of the window !!!
Ferguson To leave for Wigan 2.5 million
McGregor Newcastle 5.5 million
Smith and Adam loan to inverness
Beasley Osasuna 500,000

Driver and Berra 5 million
Graeme Smith motherwell 150,00

Moyes new Rangers manager in the summer !!
WE ARE THE PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  Deal for fletcher still very much on. will sign before transfer window closes. from good sources inside celtic staff. final negotiations scheduled.
  Rangers ins and outs

  Man city have made several inqueries for top players but none of these will happen until they prove there a team that can challenge in europe. De Jong and Bellamy are decent signings but mark hughes will target alot more high profile players. these include andrey arshavin(if arsenal fail to sign him this jan), messi but this will never happen,roque santa cruz,given,Marcelo(real madrid),de rossi,veloso,ribery and believe it or not Kaka will come but not until the summer. . .All of these might not happen but these are the people M.Hughes has enquired for. . . man city will finish just out of champo league places next year as it will take a couple of seasons for them to gel. . by that time M.Hughes will be out and ancellotti in. .
#1 Lfc fan jus writin bout city for the fun of it. . Billie Marshall
  Glasgow rangers trying to tie up a few eals before the transfer window shuts which will be funded by ferguson for 3million to birmingham and bougherra to marseille 6million
Gio free
gattuso summer free
Micheal Johnstone 4million (cut price)
Ivo Iličević 1.5million
adam johnson/andy driver loan/1million
tonel 2million
bjasmyrr 2million
  Newcastle to buy Scottish Football, AKA McManus and Ferguson.
David Healy to the Gers in summer. Rangers also to sell 8 players in this window and summer. SDM wants to reduce squad from 28 down to 20. Rangers not to buy anyone this window.

Celtic would like Willo Flood and after missing a decicive penalty in the League Cup Semi–final, has sealed his move, be it now or summer. Ginger Strachan will be well chuffed.

PS i thought this was football rumours, not Old Firm vs Everton Wars. but if your asking, im for the Old Firm, and Everton are more succesful than Aberdeen, season in season out.
  I have reason to believe that these following deals may happen in the next few days:

Christophe Berra– Hearts to Wolves (2.5 Million)
Fred– Lyon to Tottenham (3 million)
Antonio Valencia– Wigan to Real Madrid (Swap)
Javier Saviola– Real Madrid to Wigan (Swap)

  Hull are set to sign Willo Flood
  Stoke have made bids for Lee Croft and Dele Adebola
  Heard off a serious source that Billy Mehmet will be making a £1million move to Rangers as a replacement for Kris Boyd
  Villa will NOT be signing Owen, he can't even play a game without getting injured and 100k a week, i don't think so.
MON will only buy one more player before the deadline, expect N'Zogbia for around 5m.
  Rangers to have a summer clear out as they are desperate for money. mcgreagor linked with portsmouth if david james leaves. novo linked with deportivo. 4 million is expected fee. boyd has been linked with birmingham and wolves who will make improved bids in the summer.other departures may include steven davis and kenny miller. lewis mackie
  To the gut that said

"I have seen andrey arshavin outside the emirates stadium currently undergoing a medical tomorrow and the deal is supposedly set to be around 20.5 million pounds this is not a lie i am a arsenal fan"

how have you managed to see him outside the emirates having a medical? surely he would be inside??

even stranger, how can you have seen him tommorow? that makes no sense!!

real news: my sister works in a rather exclusive is an estate agents near Hull, she has just shown Jimmy bullard around a plush residence in brough. not a rumour, and i know he has already signed, just a bit of news and celeb spotting!!
  I've heard from a trusted source at a major premier league club that kevin davies is on his way to spurs for 6 mil to solve thier striker crisis.
  Some true rumours

shay given newcastle to man city – 9m

wigan will want saviola in any deal with antonio valencia going to real madrid

stephen apiah will sign for tottenham

lescott will sign for man city for 16m

sunderland will sign callum davenport for 3m

man utd and chelsea will offer leeds 7.5m for fabien delph

daniel agger will sign for ac milan in the summer for 8m

boro will but a bid in for james harper for 5m

ivanovic will sign for either panithonikos or newcastle for 3.5m

everton will loan darren bent for the rest of the season

faubert will sign for lyon for 4.5m

  Spanish giants transfer news!

Tevez in from Man Utd before January transfer window closes (next 4–5 days)

Javier Saviola to join Wigan on loan with view to permanent move after Hesky departure

Rafael Van der Vaart to join Inter Milan in 17Million move

Puyol to go to Man City for 22Million in January transfer window

Ashley Young in the Summer for around 19Million plus either Busquets or Yaya Toure

David Villa to join Bayern Munich for 12Million with Podolski goin in the ther direction as part of the deal

Antonio Valencia from Wigan for 16Million
  Delphinho (Fabian) leeds utd–Liverpool. £20 million
  Anyway, on with rumours. .Shay will be leaving unfortunately, for about 9 mill, and we (Newcastle) will be using this money to. . . . line MA's pockets. Ive heard though that we may be signing Delph in exchange for Krul and Edgar.Peace out
  We all know this is a rumour site and not one to settle scores between rival clubs but I feel obliged to comment on one particular point.

Martin O'Neill leaving for (ahem) family reasons??

Sorry but Martins wife contracted lymphoma and anybody who knows what a good man he is, completely respected his decision. Martin had done so much for Celtic that even if he had of wanted a move to the Premiership, the board would have granted it and the fans would still be singing his name (as they are).

Onto the rumours, Willo flood on the verge of signing for Celtic,
McManus to Newcastle? While alot of Celtic fans would like to see the bag of the big man I'm not sure selluing your captain sends out the best message. I expect WSG to hold onto him for now.
  I have heard from a good source that Adams is being sacked this week and Alan Curbishley has been sounded out about joining pompey. His only remit will be to keep pompey up this season. The reason for Adams going now is that Gaydamak can not afford to take the chance of pompey going down as he looks to sell the club this year. He hopes Curbishley will boost the exsisting players performance and have enough time to turn it around. This is why Adams will go this week (Heard it will be tomorrow) to give Curbishley a chance to bring in some of 'his' players during the transfer window.
  I have it on excellent authority that Darren Bent is on the verge of joining Everton on loan for the rest of the season. My source only passes on evidence–based information and has assured me that Everton and Spurs are in an advanced position regarding a final fee for the striker should Everton sign him in the summer.
  Everton will not sign anyone in this transfer window, Moyes is happy to stick with what he has already got rather than be forced into buying players he doesn't want. Man City to sign Shay Given when an offer of over 10 million is made. Arsenal to sign Mbia and Veloso, good on Bolton for trying for him but he will snub you like Moutinho snubbed Everton. Blue08
  There could be some truth in the robinho story, last week on here someone said that he had gone back to brazil because he had been a bit naughty in a night club with a young lady, that was over a week ago, so either someone knows whats going on or that's when the rumour started, if it is true the guys career is in ruins and city will be ouy of pocket big time,it could be another van persie , ronaldo , and was it evans who were all accused and found to be innocent, me personally think it's a load of tosh , we'll have to wait and see.
On another note Given will sign for City but only after the game and for a price of £8 million and Zarrate will arrive on last day of window for £ 22 million, trust me i'm in the know. THE TROYSTER. CTID
  I'm a Liverpool fan with some news on our Blue neighbours. At 11am today, they accepted a 12 million pound bid from Man City for Lescott.

As for Moyes, he is an excellent coach and organiser and destined for bigger things eventually. I also think he is astute enough to know that despite the size of Rangers/Celtic, his career will be defined by success in bigger leagues.
  West Ham will make pull of a major coup, by signing one of Italy's biggest prospects Mario Balotelli on loan for 6 months after Inter growing tired of Mario's attitude as a result of not being played in the first team. West Ham will also move for Kovac from Spartak Moscow, and will also sign Siena defender Camilo Zuniga. Nani is also trying to get Marek Hamsik for a knockdown price from Napoli, after first bringing the midfielder to Brescia, however a deal looks unlikely.
  Birmingham City will secure the signing of Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko for £2m.
  West Ham Rumours:

Savio Nsereko (Done Deal)
Radoslav Kovac(James Collins/Mullins replacement)
Dos Santos(Etherington replacement)
Micah Richards(Gabbidon replacement)
Walcott (Faubert/Dyer replacement)
Miguel Veloso (Mullins replacement)
Alan Hutton (Lucas Neil replacement)

James Collins – West Brom
Etherington – Done Deal – Stoke
Gabbidon – Boro
Faubert – Lyon
Dyer – Blackburn
Mullins – Done Deal – Pompey
Lucas Neil – Tottenham

  Aiden McGeady to sign for Aston Villa (£6m), Stephen McManus to sign for Newcastle (£4m) and Scott Brown to sign for Pompey (£8.5m)
  Darren Bent to QPR for 5.5 million before the transfer window closes, to give Rangers that big push for the play offs they require
  onto rumours. .

David Beckham will sign a permanent contract at AC milan before his loan deal is up.

Shay Given will sign for Manchester City within this transfer window.

Tony Adams will attempt to bring in exciting, big name players as promised but will end up with a mediocre squad (mullins and pele).
  A very good source has informed me that Arshavin will join this thursday PM. Done deal!!! Just waithing to get the everton game out of the way to avoid any distractions. Will be available for the FA cup replay against Cardiff
Arshavin will be the last signing for the Jan transfer window.
As for Rosicky, he was indeed banned for 1 year for a failed drugs test. He was not taking a performance inhancement drugs but more of a social drug (very similar to Rio Ferdinand) He is back as of the 26th Jan which makes it a full year.
  As the Arshavin deal continues to be negotiated, heres the current situation. Zenit are happy to accept the bid that Arsenal have offered for Arshavin and the player is happy to lower his wage demands to suit Arsenal. All that now stands in the way of the deal being completed is Zenit's demands of compensation from Arshavin, that was a clause in the contract he signed which said that if he was to leave before the contract was up he would have to pay the club around 3.5m in compensation. Arshavin wants this money from Arsenal, however Arsenal would not pay this. Zenit however have offered a life line to the deal by announcing that they are willing to lower the transfer fee as long as the compensation is payed. This makes no difference to Arsenal as they would be paying roughly the same amount. However Arsenal have said they have made their final offer. The deal now essentially depends on Arsenal being bothered to sort this out. As Wenger is very keen on signing Arshavin, he will give Zenit want they want as it is no more money than we have already offered, as the transfer fee will be lowered providing the compensation is payed. This means the deal is very likely to go through before the weekend (Thursday or Friday) as Wenger is fully concentrated on the Everton game tonight and come the weekend will be fully concentrated on the West Ham game. This deal should happen and looks likely to.

  As a rangers fan, i have to admit that i have a bit of a soft spot for Everton. Some links include ex players and managers of scottish nationality, big walter, big dunc and also they hate the red mob as well!!!!

However, i find it hard to beleive that you lot think you are a bigger club than Rangers, come on. We may play in a bad league, but the Uefa Cup was not a bad league, yes Cuellar was a big reason, that's why he was worth 8 mil. We never played Everton in the final, what round did you lot make it too, who put you out again???

Also another point, someone talked about rejects in the EPL moving up to Scotland. . . Arteta had half a good season with the Bears, didnt like the rough and tumble and all of a sudden he was homesick cough cough and liked the sun too much, popstar!
  I have just spotted micheal owen getting into a ppl carrier ouside the villa stadium
this is big news for villa fans (although bad for newcastle. )
  Not a rumour, just a pat on the back really to the dude that said Robinho would get questioned about the nightclub incident. Nice to see someone bang on the money for once.
  a small rumour coming out of parkhead is that McGeady will go in the summer. Apparently he questioned not just Strachan's commitment to celtic but also scott brown as he said he was a 'hun' and 'what did he know about playing for celtic'. He also gave out the same treatment to Caldwell and Robson and his attitude is still a problem. Look for him to go to Newcastle or Citeh for £12m
  all arsenal fans big news!!
i have a very good record with posting on this site (rosicky, Hleb, Flamini to milan, Gallas, & eduardo moves have all been posted by me!) so take from this what you will.
Arshavin deal is now not happening however AW is now looking at an english talent in the shape of ASHLEY YOUNG!!! i understand that the fee is around 15m plus 2 players (possibly Gallas & Bendtner although this is speculation. If aw doesn't agree this then expect a move for either joe Cole or Gareth Barry in the summer.
Richards is looking more and more likely and don't be surprised if Richard Dunne arrives as well although first options on Vela & Walcott are part of the deal.
Veloso WILL be arriving in the summer for around 11.5m.
expect a keeper to arrive in summer. Robert Green looks likely but aw is keeping a close eye on long term target Seb Frey
Adebayor to get flogged in summer if his form turns around as he is proving inconsistent fee depending on form is 20 – 30m Milan is the most likely as Inzaghi may retire at the end of the season.
If cesc does leave for Barca Wengers is insistent that bojan comes as part of the deal. If not Wenger will look at Giovinco again particularly if walcott moves to a more central role after ade leaves.
Arsenal fans get excited i'm rarely wrong and only post when i get my facts right!This is not fantasy football these WILL happen. The only stumbling block is if we finish outside the top 4 which i'm sure we won't
Come on you Gooners
Wengers sidekick

as relegation looms over the horizion for the pilgrims, it should not go unnoticed that the board and manager have been building a team to play attacking football in league 1. something i said would happen last june/july. The lower league and non–league players bought in are good but lack experience, they are currently on loan to get match practise, while some have already impressed. more are being scouted and a forward/ 2 midfield players, a goalkeeper, and 2 defenders (right/left back) are being sought. expect a massive summer clear out, of most of the fringe/and some over–the–hill first teamers on large wages as the overall running cost of the club need to be reduced. Sturrock will not be sacked but moved upstairs if things do not improve if plymouth do not get promotion next season. oh and the car park is to be relayed.

  Rumours abound in D.I.F.C (Dubai International Financial Centre) that RBS and Wichovia have guaranteed the Maktoum family first shout at purchasing Liverpool when the Yanks go belly up in a few months. Any and all financing has been agreed with the Maktoums but it is all down to timing. Angered by Hicks greed the Arabs are just waiting to snatch the club up for less than they offered a few months back. Sheik Mohammed will have no connection to the club, rather it will be his second son, the current deputy ruler of the emirate, who will be the figure head. The other family in Dubai that were interested in buying into the EPL have supposedly chosen another sporting route, F1 by all accounts, to mass market their empire.
  Leeds United: Okay, now the rumours are that Chris Taylor, Tim Krul, David Edgar, Micheal Nelson and Joel Porter will have signed by the end of the week. We will also, apparently, be buying back our beloved Thorp Arch. Now, I don't mean to be rude, but Mr. Bates is no Sheikh Mansour, and he is currently working on several developments around Elland Road, so I'm wondering how he'll finance this. Okay, the debts are settled, but lets not get carried away. Taylor looks most likely, with up to 1mil and Neil Kilkenny going the other way, but I personally would love to see Nelson too, he is well worth a hefty transfer fee. Nice to see Grayson make a good start, 3–in–a–row, wow. . All im saying is, Kenneth Batesworthy isn't well–reknowned for his generosity. Ah well. Malcolm Shaffer
  Inside knowledge regarding Celtic FC: –

Celtic will sign Willo Flood from Cardiff for £120K on Monday 2nd February 2009. They are also in talks about tying up a pre–contract agreement for the Hannover winger Hutzsi, however Bayer Leverkusen are keen on him and he prefers the German climate apparently. Expect a last minute £100K offer to bring the Dundee Utd keeper Zaluska in January.

Stephen Appiah has contacted Celtic to give him a contract as they rejected him last month due to his greed. £65K a week has been quoted, however celtic are only prepared to offer a pay as you play deal due to a long existing knee injury.

Steven Fletcher is keen to join ex Hibs team mate Scott Brown at Parkhead and has been in contact with Gordon Strachan numerous times. Will probably happen in the summer. Another summer signing will be James McCarthy of Hamilton for around £800K plus add ons. Special player.

Rumours of club captain Steven McManus possibly leaving are unbelievably true. His respect at the club his dwindelled recently and they feel any offers above £3m would be good business for a home grown talent. Gary Caldwell to take over as captain with the young O'Dea to play along side him.

Heard possiblities of foreign signings fallen through numerous times, crespo and saviola both agreed terms only to reject at the last minute.

Couple of loan to buy bids to be made for Ched Evans, Luis Enrique, Javier Garrido and Gelsen Fernandes but probably only 2 will be accepted.

+++++++++ Enquiry has been made about Robbie Keane's situation. Possible 4month loan deal costing over £2m + wages. ++++++++++

  1.mcgeady to newcastle 6.5mill
2.ferguson to wigan 3mill
3.mcgregor to newcastle7mill
4.keane to celtic loan till end of the season
say hello to 4–in–a–row!!
two shirts
  These are transfers that will happen in january for Manchester United

No – one

Fabio – loan Plymouth
rafeal loan Plymouth
Foster 5m Blackburn
Brown 6m Chelsea
Neville 2m Everton
eckersley loan stoke
fletcher 6m Celtic
O'Shea 3m West Brom
  I have seen andrey arshavin outside the emirates stadium currently undergoing a medical tomorrow and the deal is supposedly set to be around 20.5 million pounds this is not a lie i am a arsenal fan
  Man City will sign Andrew Johnson from Fulham FC in a £7.5million deal which will see Nedum Onouha go in the other direction.
  I have a very big egg head with plenty of knowledge and i can confirm that tottenham are in for fred , and yes ashley barnes a rather unknown plymouth youngster with high hopes! Watch this Space!

~ Egghead Ov Plym
  I have heard there are a few bonds building between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion (Evident with the loan singing of Simpson), with Arsenal keen to add to their young English talent.
They have alreay singled out two emerging talents, George Thorne (England under 16's midfielder) and Ryan Allsop (England under 17's Goalkeeper), with a couple of others being closely watched by the gunners.
  Jack Lester is close to joining Notts County from Chesterfield. Hope not we can't afford to lose another striker.
  Andy Reid to Tottenham is absolutly ridiculous??

Some real rumours which I have are as follows

Carlton Cole – Juventus 8Mill
Appiah – Tottenham Free
Saviola – Portsmouth Loan
Harewood – Portsmouth 2.5 Mill
Santa Cruz – Man City 25Mill
Antonio Valencia – Man City 20 Mill
Van Nistlerooy – PSV 10Mill
Florent Malouda – Inter 14Mill
Micah Richards – Arsenal 16Mill
Bentdner – Bayern Muncich – 7Mill

Have also heard from an inside source that Frannie Jeffers is off to Sheff Utd to replace big Beattie. Heard this from my best mate who plays academy there

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