Football Rumours Archive April 03 2008


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With Kewell and peanant departing, Rafa will go for both Lennon and Bentley

  REAL rumours.

There will be no mass influx of players to Arsenal in the Summer, just the 3–4 proven quality that are needed to enable Arsenal to challenge on 4 fronts next year.

Nasri/Ben Arfa/Gourcouff/Delgardo are being looked at for the midfield, two of 4 will come.

Vela returns and providing RVP can stay fit, there is no need for a new forward.

To the horror of many gooners, Almunia will remain the first choice keeper – the other two signings will be a centre back and a RB replacement for Hoyte. –

Wenger will try again for Mexes and Richards.

Outgoing Gilberto, Hoyte, Djourou and Diaby.

Thanks for Reading

  Didier Drogba will leave Stamford Bridge in the Summer along with Andrei Shevchenko. Avram Grant will also be out although Henk Ten Cate will stay at the club as assitant manager to the incoming Frank Rijkaard. The pair will bring in £8 million Boca Juniors forward Rodrigo Palacio and will also sign Klaas Jan Huntelaar from Ajax for around £14.5 million to boost their attack.

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  The recent formation used by Keegan is his blue print for Newcastles future with on paper three upfront, though one CF plays deep. In order to do this he will have to bring in several new faces because of the likelyhood of injuries. Heskey is the surprise card as he can play in several of the positions in the three with Ashton/Gomis and/or Lennon. Eidur has been mentioned too and a surprise bid for Jean–Claude Darcheville who KK has long been an admirer.

Wes Brown will come in to tie up the defense at RB and more importantly CH. Dawson has been mentioned as well as Carlos Cuéllar but this will be at the expence of Cacapa and Rozenhal. Bridge/McCartney in at left back but he will be pushed hard by Enrique next season as he improves. Ramage has been making some fine displays at RB for the reserves too.

Barton will not be leaving for Everton tho. He will joined by Bullard and Sidwell as KK looks to have flair and agression in the midfield. Keegan has been looking hard at the Pander too of Schalke.

And the big names coming in? This could be anyone but whoever it is it is going to be a wildcardAnother Tino addition

  Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is confident of beating off competition from Atletico Madrid to land Blackburn's David Bentley in a sensational £12 million swoop. Bentley is desperate to join a side who regularly compete in Europe. And the lure of playing in the Champions League could see him quit Ewood Park for Anfield. Rovers have offered the 23–year–old new terms of around £30,000 a week, but Liverpool could easily offer him double that. But the blow of losing a player of Bentley's stature to their north–west rivals could well be softened by the inclusion of Liverpool wide–boy Jermaine Pennant in any deal. Money is far from the likeable Bentley's main motivation and he knows that, if he is to push on and become David Beckham's regular replacement in the England set–up, he has to be playing his club football at the highest level.

"Big Rumours at Anfield"

  "We have agreements with two young players and one senior player who will be a starting XI player. That deal is already done, " said a bullish Benitez. "We are also making plans for our preseason tour and talking to players here about new contracts. "

Benitez has been strongly linked in Germany with Schalke's Brazilian full–back Rafinha, who is known as 'Little Rafa'. The two younger players are believed to be from South America.

Sami Hyypia and young keeper Dave Martin are in talks about new deals as Liverpool try to prove they will not stagnate because of the impasse between the American co–owners.

Significantly, though, forward Peter Crouch will not discuss a five–year deal until the Summer while Jon Arne Riise and Harry Kewell have not been offered anything.

"Big Rumours at Melwood"

  Should Rupert Lowe succeed in regaining control of Southampton FC, he will look to raise much needed revenue by hosting a Poland international friendly.

Southampton has one of the UK's largest Polish communities and the club has already tried to attract them by signing Tomasz Hajto, Kamil Kosowski, Bartosz Bialkowski, Gregorzj Rasiak and Marek Saganowski.

Now they are ready to take things a step further, with 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa shortlisted as a possible opponent.

  There is some real rubbsih on this site. Rumours are what may happen, not what you want to happen.

Inside information tells me Rafa is lining up the following as Summer transfers:

Sergio Aguero (22 million)

Oscar Trejo (7 million)

Adam Johnson + Lee Cattermole (7 million)

Gabriel Heinze (5 million)

Leaving will be:

Charles Itjande (3 million)

Andrey Voronin (whatever Rafa can get)

Harry Kewell (free)

John Arne Riise (5 million)

Yossi Benayoun (5 million)

Lots of youngsters (loan)

The only changes in terms of Rafa's first team will be Aguero for Kuyt and Heinze for Aurelio.

Kuyt will be back up for three positions: RAM LAM ST

Rafa is trying to get as many English players in as possible now. Next season he will have:

Martin, Carson, Spearing, Guthrie, Cattermole, Gerrard, Crouch, Carragher, Johnson

However, a couple may be loaned out.

  Wolves rumours for you.

Freddy Eastwood going to Coventry for £2 million is a done Deal. Billy Sharp will be replacing him for £2.2 million from Sheff United which is also a done deal. This is not a rubbish made up rumour like half the ones on this site. 100 percent true. Sharp is desperate to link up with his former strike partner Keogh and has not enjoyed his time at the Blades despite being in the team more recently.

  Lets get this straight once and for all, for the Pool, Gooner and United fans. Ashley Young will not be signing for any of your teams. He wants to play for an British manager who will play him in 95 percent of all games, and yes he wants to play in Europe, but he was aware of the situation at VP and still he signed.

That is unless an offer of £20/25 million is put on the table.

MON is eyeing the Bentley situation and waiting to join the scramble when it starts.

He is likely to sign Brad Guzan as he will connect AVfc to the lucrative USA market.

MON will not sign Carson, especially at the insane prices being quoted, as he is not fulfilling the early promise and his errors may well cost AVfc a European place.

MON is looking at an east European midfield playmaker, cannot even pronounce the name but he is on the wish list of several top clubs.

Finally expect Ashton to move from the Hammers to AVfc as MON needs a goal scorer. He has several strkers but none who score goals on a regular basis. Ash and Gabby and others create many chances but very few get taken. Any real C/F will become a hero at VP. Sorry Big John, we want a hero, not just a forward.

  A rumour that I have herd is very storng in the past few days is that Rafa Benitez will sign pablo aimar. not sure how true this is but the speculation about him has increased over the last day or so.

news regarding Lfcs future ownership for the return leg of the Champions League tie at anfeild both hicks and gillet are flying over but have requested seperate seats. gillet will sell his shares first to DIC + hicks will give up in the end and sell the only obstruction now is the price this will depend on how far LFC get in the Champions League. expect DIC to be in charge next season but do not expect the rediculus transfer funds being suggested. a transfer kitty of around 40 million + sales will be avalible

–el nino –

  Just a quick reply to the Villa fan who quoted a Frenchman in Spain wants a return to the prem? sorry mate but it will not be to Villa park if it is Henry surley it will be to Anfield? even us down south know of the Henry–Gerrard love interest lol and if it is kanoute sorry again but he likes to use his passport every now and then, you remember European football do not you?

  Lfc Xabi Alonso will be moving back to his homeland with FC Barcelona in a £12 million move.

He is apparently to be replaced by AC Milan's Andrea Pirlo for approx £20 million

  Huddersfield town have drawn up a 4 man shortlist for the vacant managers job.

Martin Allen

Chris Hutchings

Alan Shearer

Steve Cotterill

  Lfc scouts have been looking. that is LOOKING at.

Scott Loach gk Watford

Fernando Amorebieta –Athletic Bilbao

Wayne Bridge Chelsea


Lee Cattermole

The following players are said to be on their way

out of Anfield.

Scott Carson

Sami Hyypia

John Arne Riise

Harry Kewell

Yossi Benayoun

Danny Guthrie

Xabi Alonso

Peter Crouch

  "Moyes is a boyhead Rangers fan? He and Roy Keane sat behind me at the Celtic v Porto UeFa Cup final. He had a Celtic scarf on and it is common knowledge that his family are Irish Catholic. Some of the posts on here make me laugh"

You're making me laugh – Moyes is a Rangers supporter, as are his family. Know them from growing up. If he was there (lets face it, half the population of Scotland claims it), then it was purely for football reasons.

Re Ted Rogers – good source in Ibrox gave me that info, so will need to see. He may be after the Buffalo Bills and Rangers – might be a mass marketing drive


  Kevin Keegan's Summer signings:

John Arne Riise (6 million)

David Bentley (10 million)

Stewart Downing (8 million)

Peter Crouch (12 million)

Sol Campbell (free)

Tal Ben Haim (4 million)

  LFC news

It looks like Tom and George are finally going to crack after their meeting at the Emirates and will sell to DIC and pocket a cool £80 million each for sitting on their backsides and attending the FC Barcelona game last season. DIC will not give Rafa a budget, he only has to ask them which players he wants and they will get them. This Summer the activity will be as follows:

INS: Aguero, Rafinha, Huntelaar, Bentley, Lahm, Quaresma, Johnson (City), Kompany

OUTS: Crouch, Voronin, Riise, Kewell, Pennant, Finnan

There will also be a few youth players coming in and some being loaned out.


At the end of the season Taylor will sign a new contract, he has said Newcastle is the only club he truly wants to play for unless we did not want him (which we obviously do). Obafemi Martins will also tie up a new £26 million deal along with Owen signing a 5–year extension to his contract. N'Zogbia will leave as he has not found regular first team at left wing since Graeme Souness.

Milner will stay and so will Duff.

Summer ins:

Aaron Lennon (£4 million + N'Zogbia) Tottenham

Aiden Mcgeady (£8 million) Celtic

Kevin Nolan (£6 million) Bolton (only if they go down)

Olsson (£2.4 million) NEC Nijmegen

Wayne Bridge (£5 million) Chelsea

Richard Dunne (Free) Manchester City

Micah Richards (£18 million) Manchester City

Summer outs:

Ameobi (£3 million) Stoke

N'Zogbia (Player exchange) Tottenham

Rozehnal (£1 million) Portsmouth

Cacapa (£1 million) Lille

Enrique (Loan) Promoted team, probably Stoke

Carr (Free) the Hammers

  A few rumours Liverpool is interested in rafinha but Schalke will demand 10 pounds. Schalke is a Rich club and they do not have to sell, rafinha is under contract until Summer 2011

Liverpool along with every other European club wants Sergio aguero. Athl Madrid knows that and will not sell him for anything less than 35 million pounds – fact. And if they qualify for the Champions League which is very likely they will not sell at all. Besides Aguero signed a new five year contract with athl Madrid in January with a buy out Clause set at 35 million pounds.

Schalke player Rakitic will not leave for less than £12 million pounds because Schalke do not have to sell and they know british clubs are loaded with cash.

for some real Everton rumours

out Gravesen Van Der Meyde and Fernandes. Everton will not pay £8 million for him

ins Michael Bradley Herenveen5 million pounds

Kim Kallström Lyon £8 million

cosmin contra (Getafe) right back on a free transfer

Andrei Arshavin Zenit st Petersburg £9 million

Adam Johnson Middlesborough 6 mill

Fellaini standard liege 7–8 mill

Lorik cana Marseille 8 mill

van Buyten Bayern Munich 6 mill

Not all will sign Obviously. But with a £30 million pounds transferkitty expect 4 or five signings. No one will leave so everybody can forget about buying LeScott, Arteta, A Johnson or Cahill. they are playing at a big club which in on the verge off breaking the top four

  Norwich boss Glenn Roeder is keen to ship out a huge number of players in order to clear the decks.

Outgoing will be Darren Huckerby, Dion Dublin, Matthew Halliday, Robert Eagle, Ryan Jarvis, Rossi Jarvis, Steve Arnold and Patrick Bexfield. Simon Lappin will be sold for a small fee.

Signing new contracts will be Bally Smart, Andrew Cave Brown, Mark Fotheringham and Gary Doherty.

Lee Croft and Darrel Russell are reportedly interesting others, with Croft being sought by Stoke, Sunderland, Reading and others and Russell by Crystal Palace and Watford.

With these outgoings (and the loanees returning), Roeder anticipates having the best part of £5 million to build a squad.

Reported targets include Burnley's Wade Elliot, Leeds' Jermaine Beckford, Blackpool's Wes Hoolahan, Derby's Robert Earnshaw, Blackburn's Marceo Rigters, Nottingham Forest's Nathan Tyson, Birmingham's Martin Taylor and a return for loanees Ryan Bertrand of Chelsea, Alex Pearce of Reading and Ched Evans of Manchester City.

  Arsenal will sign niko kranjcar as Rosicky will leave for Inter. Bendtner will leave for Liverpool. Voronin will leave for Portsmouth. Arsenal will sign Ashley young for £9 million. Gilberto will finaly leave after his upsettin season. He will go to AC Milan for £4 million and Eboue 2 Juve for minimum fee off £5 million.


MAURO ZARATE–16.5 million–not £20 million because alsadd just want profit.

KRIS COMMONS–2 million– Birmingham have already seen the talent in the past and is the time to bring him to st. andrews.

SIMON JENTZSCH–2 million–expirenced German goalkeeper that would be a great addition.

BOBBY ZAMORA–4 million–blues need up to stratch forwards with O'connor and Jerome looking to be gone.

STEVEN DAVIS–3 million–good young player goes forward with the ball and creates chances.

SASA PAPAC–1.5 million–good strong defender something missed this season.


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