Football Rumours Archive April 04 2009


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I want to apologise to all the Geordies, a number of months ago i stated that Shearer would never take over the reigns because he was too comfortable sitting in his TV pundit armchair criticising rather than having a go at management. And before anyone says anything he was taking his coaching badge at the time. However he's done it and he has gone right up in my estimation. OK he says its only for 8 games but he is putting his messiah ship on the line. Thank God he doesn't believe in it himself or everyone would be in trouble. I like his honesty and the manner in which he calls upon all the previous managers ( I notice he won't be calling Ruud Guillit though) it was a nice touch. I wish him all the best as much as teams don't get on with each other I'd hate to see the Geordies go down. I wonder if it gets so bad that he'll select himself as sub, especially if they're getting beat and the passion is not there I'm sure he can still do the business. Good luck Geordies.
El Torro
  Rite to set the record straight i am 100% scotish but got to say that england hav got sum of the best players in the world but i don't think they will win any thing in the near future(world cup next euro)cos they can't play togetger (obviously)plus they need to bring in an english manager.look what happened last time u went with a forgien manager with club experince isn't that the same as capello,good club manager but not proven at international.on to rumours,celtic to buy fletcher and mcarthey plus maybe another player,rangers will ot be bought as D M will not sell up cos all his finances are thro rangers and expect a mas clear out

5 in row??? its lookin more and more a possibilty

c'mon the hoops
  Hearts Fc

Hearts will sign a whole host of new players in time for next season. Steven Pressley(free– as player coach) Rudi Skacel (free) Paul Hartley (free) Andy Webster (free) Andrius Velicka (free) Jose Goncalves(loan return) will all join for a title push.
Out will go Karipidis (free), Zaliukis (£900,000), Kingston(1.5m) David Obua (1.2m) Kello ,Mikolinous Cesnauskis J. Thomson ,Tullberg, Elliot and Mole will all leave along with a number of youth players.
Bruno Aguiar and Robbie Neilson will sign new 3 year deals.
  To the guy who wrote this. 'Huntelaar will move. He is unhappy at being 2nd choice behind Raul and Higuain, so expect him to move to Arsenal, where Wenger has always been a big admirer of.'
Which Real Madrid team have you been watching over the last few matches, because I'm assuming it's not the one I've been watching, where Huntelaar and Raul start up front, and Higuain comes off the bench, and thus it is Higuain who is unhappy at playing second fiddle. However, you were correct with the destination, as I believe that Wenger will place a bid for the Higuain in the region of £10–£14 million, however it is unlikely that this will be accepted, and Wenger will go no higher.
  Liverpool will bid for the following this summer:

Kuba (8mil)
Gareth Barry (8mil)
Diogo (7mil + Leto)
Renato Augusto or Yoann Gourcouff (10mil)
Glen Johnson (9mil)

Benitez feels that signing a big name striker or winger is too big a risk and hed prefer to work with talented youngsters who can adopt his tactical style and can improve in the way he wants.

David N'gog. Spearing, Kelly, El Zhar and a few others will be loaned out. The following will leave, permenantly:
Jermaine Pennant (free)
Charles Itjande (1mil)
Philip Degen (2mil)
damien plessis (3mil)
Andriy Voronin (4mil)
Andrea Dossena (5mil)
  I heard when i was in manchester that manchester united's ronaldo will eventually go to real madrid next season or the season after and coming the other way from real madrid man utd will get rafeal van der vaart.when fabien delph dosn't want to play for leeds he will go to man utd
  To the guy who said 'To all those who say rafa's no. 1 target was silva last season is rubbish! he was sir alex's no.1 target and he even tried to sign him but valencia refused to sell him last summer as the economic climate was quitee good then (this was confirmed by his agent if u remember).silva will sign for MAN UNITED this summer!! UNITED will also sign benzema.'
You obviously don't know anything about spanish football as Valencia have been in massive debt since the end of the Benitez era, why do you think he left, and Benzema has already stated the only clubs he would leave lyon for are Real Or Barca.
  From an unamed, but reliable source.

Vicious rumour from Parkhead sources that Michael Owen has been sounded out about a Bosman move to Celtic in the summer.

For this move to happen, it has been rumoured that many of the high wage earner's will be sold to allow for Owen's significant wage package. It is thought, however that Owen's marketing power will generate 25% of his package.

Summer Clearance at Parkhead:–

Vennegoor of Hesselink – back to Holland, PSV.
Bobo Balde – back to France, Nice mentioned.
Nakamura – back to Japan, Yokohama. (this was the reason for Mizuno being groomed for his departure).
Mark Brown – SPL team / championship
Chris Killen – Oz league / championship
JP Doumbe – Not enough quality. Possible lower division french league beckons.
John Kennedy – Recurrent injury problems – may retire.
Samaras – Has not settled well in Scotland. Wants move back to Holland.
Donati – Serie B.

Gordon Strachan has briefed the board that he plans to build the future of the squad of British based players as the previous foreign imports do not have the heart for the physical nature of the SPL.

Summer Targets: –
GK – Zaluska from Dundee Utd – Bosman
ST – Steven Fletcher from Hibs – done deal apparently.
DC – Ryan O'Leary from Kilmarnock.
DL – Lewis Stevenson from hibs.
ST – Sandaza from Dundee Utd.

This together with 2 blue chip signings from the Continent will provide the basis for next's years championship.
  I have a source whos a Gers player he says next season team will be–

Whittaker– Broadfoot– Bougherra– Miranda(St Mirren)

Davis– Thomson(C)– Mendes– Fabio(Manchester United)



Memhet(St Mirren)

Management Team–
Ally McCoist(Manager)
Ian Durrant(Assistant Manager)
John Brown and Kenny McDowall(Coaches)
  Liverpool Transfer Rumours

There are many rumours flying around regarding Liverpool at the moment, some have got plenty of truth within them, others are well wide of the mark. First of all, lets look at the Samuel Eto'o story. One of the best strikers in the world, has just 15 months remaining on his contract at Barca. Rafa has finally seen the light that he is relying on goals from Gerrard and Torres too much as needs a striker will real quality to stepup to the task and get some goals flowing. Barca, who said at the beginning of the season Eto'o does not feature in their plans for the future (and this is still the case) would prefer to cash in ASAP in order to get the maximum amount they could. Liverpool will offer around £16million for him with Barca wanting £18million, with the only stumbling block being his high wage demands and would he be willing to be usedin Rafa's rotation policy. If he is, a fee with Barca will easily be agreed. This is the same situation with Gareth Barry, who Liverpool will now sign for anything between £8–10million.
David Silva. The reason why Rafa said he won't be signing Silva is due to Valencia's 20millionEuro valuation of him. Valencia are in around £300million debt which is written on the club and they will need to sell some of their top stars to ease the financial sitaution slightly. Rafa could offer the likes of Voronin and Benayoun plus cash but the wholepoint of him saying they didnt want him any longer is to make Valencia realise a significant amont of money will be lost if they don't sell therefore, if they lower their valuation to around 16–18 million euros, Rafa will again be interested.
David Villa, Carlos Tevez, Raul Albiol and Sergio Aguero going to Anfield are a load of rubbish. Glen Johnson and Aaron Lennon are serious possibilities. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger and Alvaro Arbeloa will all sign new deals in the coming weeks. Jay Spearing and Stephen Darby will also sign new deals but will leave on loan next season for 1st team experience.
  I currently reside in a town close the the city of Southampton, I am infact a lawyer and know for a fact that my company is working on two very different scenarios should Southampton FC cease to exist.

The first one is going to really upset the Southampton population and cause worry for Hampshire Police, Portsomouth FC may well move to St Mary stadium on a season long deal whilst they redevelop Fratton, also being discussed is a permanent move to Southampton, however the team playing there will be known as Portsmouth, this is being discussed with the Englisg Premier Leauge.

The second one is for St Mary to be delevoped in to a stadium of multi use, e.g. concerts, athletics etc, also the local non leauge clubs would be welcome to use the ground if they were to reach a level where they play a big club in the fa cup etc.

I think it is very much accepted that Southampton FC are not going to come out of this situation.
  SAFC News
Sbragia to step down in the summer, irrespective of Division. Big Niall will bring in Curbishley to build solid foundations that will last.
Cisse will not sign, Bent and Ashton to lead the line – Jones to Spurs.
  ¿¿¿Big Man United news:¿¿¿

big news coming out of Old Trafford that Sir Alex will dump Dimi Berbaflop in the summer and will rather sign Tevez permanently.
And I can exclusively reveal that Sir alex is also after Werder Bremen star Diego as he thinks he needs some firepowers in midfield. but this might not happen as Juventus are leading the chase for Diego currently.
But Berbatov will be sold and that's for sure. [i apologize for my bad english]
  Due to the financial crisis troubling Valencia, they are now preparing to offload many of their top stars during the Summer transfer window. After speaking to my cousin who now lives in Spain he believes the following transfers will take place. .

Juan Mata to Seville
Vicente to Bayern Munich
Ruben Baraja to Mallorca
David Villa to Barcelona
David Silva to Real Madrid
Carlos Marchena to Barcelona
Raul Albiol to Arsenal
  Liverpool fans , George Gillet is a goner he is selling his shares to the Kuwaities who will also buy haf of Hicks stake but Hicks still wants to be in control
  To the guy who said –

To all those who say rafa's no. 1 target was silva last season is rubbish! he was sir alex's no.1 target and he even tried to sign him but valencia refused to sell him last summer as the economic climate was quitee good then (this was confirmed by his agent if u remember).silva will sign for MAN UNITED this summer!!
UNITED will also sign benzema.

ronlado saga seems unending and if he leaves united will also sign aguero(preferred) or mayb ribery(very unlikely)

Get your facts right Silva turned down a move to United and it had nothing at all to do with the financial situation. He dosent want to leave Spain and was only cosidering liverpool because of the amount of Spanish players and Staff at the club.
Rumour has it that this seaasons Silva is likely to end up at Barca wit their strongest rivals being Liverpool. Financially Barca could outbid Liverpool any day of the week but they don't want to pay over the odds for the player so They have reached an agreement with Liverpool to Sell them Iniesta for 15 million if they give up their chase for Silva.So Barca will get their man 4 18 million rather than the 22–25 mil it would hav reached had Liverpool kept up their persuit.

RedReport. .watch it happen!
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Possable move by AW 4 Real Madrid player Rafael Van der Vaart as he's set 2 leave Madrid come the summer . Its heard AFC are favourites 2 sign Wolfsburg striker Dzeko in the summer , Dzeko scored 16 goals in 31 matches 4 Wolfsburg . AFC on loan striker Jay Simpson may not return 2 AFC as WBA intend 2 extend Simpson's loan 4 another season .Spurs 2 make an offer 4 Traore 2 AW , its not certain if AW would let traore move 2 Spurs . If Gareth Barry leaves AVFC expect him 2 move 2 either AFC or CFC .
  Rafa is planning to use the majority of his budget on a player who can work both the flanks and also in Gerrards role behind the frontman and his number one target is David Silva but since Rafa leaves nothing to chance he has a long list of players lined up should the Silva deal not go through. .

Plan A – David Silva – Believe it or not but Silva has been Rafas number 1 targert since last summer.last time aroud Valencia wanted 25 million for the player which Parry was not willing to pay which lead to Keane's arrival at Anfield. This summer Valencia want 30 million for Silva but Rafa will wait for it to come down and won't pay a penny above 25. if it dosent reduse rafa will look at plan B.

Plan B – Marek Hamsik – A player that Rafa has benn admiring for some time now he is rated around 20 million but Rafa will try to work out a deal in the region of 16–18 million(Dossena maybe somehow included). Hamsik is also being followed by Chelsea and some other clubs but Liverpool is his prefered destination mainly because of Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard who he idoilozes. Rafa was wathcing him against England and was impressed with his moment and passing.

Plan C – Maxi Rodriguez – Not likely that both plans A and B won't work out But if it happens the expecet to see the Argentine at Anfield for around 14 million or 6million plus Yossi(Whos in Rafas bad books after his Injury on iternational duty) Pennant may also go as part of the deal if Pompey do down.

Plan D – Santi Cazrola – Just a precaution as he can't play in behind the striker but he may still be at Anfield even if one of the above three is signed with Riera or Benayoun goung to the spanish outfit

Watch this space at least 1 of the above players will surly sign!!

  Looks like the northeast football fan got it right more to come after golf on friday with big alans brother in law
  To the lad saying ruben dela red not getting a game at at real,so move to Liverpool. .get your facts right,he aint playing due to a heart problem. . .On to real rumours,Ashley Young has had his head turned and will move to either Chelsea or Real madrid.But M.Owen will sign on a free alongside Downing for Villa.Also a right winger meaning milner can move in field.
  Man Utd Outgoings

Sir Alex is looking to trim the excess away from the squad in the close season with the following departures:

Danny Simpson – £2–3m – With Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Raphael da Silva ahead in the pecking order, first team chances will be extremely limited. Expect Simpson to go to a lower end Premiership team (ie; Middlesborough, Sunderland or Portsmouth) or a Higher–end Championship team.

Lee Martin – £1–2m – With the arrival of Zoran Tosic, his first team chances will be extremely limited behind Ronaldo, Giggs, Nani, Park and Tosic. So he should end up with a mid–higher Championship team.

David Gray – £500,000 – With Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Raphael da Silva ahead in the pecking order, first team chances will be extremely limited. He will probably be off to a lower level Championship team, or even League One.

Ron–Robert Zieler – £500,000 – League One looks likely, with Foster and Kuszczak covering the First Team and Ben Amos coming through the ranks, there will be little opportunities for Zieler.

Owen Hargreaves – £10m – Sir Alex is getting fed up with Hargreaves injury problems and has decided to take action. Hargreaves will either be on his way back to Germany, or will end up in the Premiership (Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa all look likely). Sir Alex also feels that Darron Gibson might be able to step up and grasp the chance.

Season Long Loans:
Ben Amos – League One
Richard Eckersley – Championship
Either Manucho or Danny Welbeck – Scottish Premiership, Rangers looking the most likely
Danny Drinkwater – League One
Tom Cleverley – Championship
James Chester – League One

Man Utd Incomings

Sir Alex is more or less happy with the squad he has at the moment, but is very reluctant to spend the £20+ Million that is being asked for Carlos Tevez, especially as he has Frazier Campbell, Manucho, Danny Welbeck and even Kiko Macheda waiting for a chance. If he is unable to lower the asking price on Tevez, Carlos will be off to Real Madrid in the summer, And Welbeck/Campbell/Manucho will be given chances to prove themselves.

Defensively, Sir Alex feels he has more than enough cover with the da Silva twins, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans and Wes Brown, also, Sir Alex has been very impressed with Craig Cathcart's performances on loan at Plymouth Argyle, so expect him to get chances. But Sir Alex has also been looking at David Wheater. As he feels that Evans and Wheater will be an impressive combination in the future, so a bid may be in the works for around £10m.

Sir Alex is interested in De La Red, to replace the outgoing Hargreaves, although Real Madrid's price tag seems to be a stumbling block along with thier reluctance to sell to United after the Ronaldo fiasco last season.

Sir Alex feels that he has more than enough youthful players breaking through that he will not buy anyone else, other than those two prospects, and expect the da Silva twins, Gibson, Evans, Possebon, Campbell and Welbeck to step up and fill the gaps.

However, next season will be make or break time for Anderson and Nani, as Sir Alex feels they have yet to justify the large fee paid for them.
  Rafa Benitez has been looking at young british players from the lower leagues and is after 4 promising young players, Joe Ledley(4.5m + Ngog on loan), Joe Mattock(2m) and Jon Shelvey(3.5m) are being lined up
  Aaron Ramsey is off to Liverpool or Everton for 4m Wenger feels he has not devoloped as much as he would like despite only being 18. Also Arsenal are looking at Yaya Toure(13m) , Lopez(15m) , Laursen(7m) and Kuba from Dortmund (10m)
  There aren't half some silly romours flying around on here so for some proper rumours. Hicks and Gillett have given Rafa £30m plus money he makes off players, including the £16m from Robbie Keane, so with £46m expect Liverpool to sign:
David Silva – £20m
Gareth Barry – £15m
Michael Owen – Bosman Ruling
Aaron Lennon – £12m
Keirrison – £8–12m
Xabi Alonso – £20m
Andrea Dossena – £5m
Lucas Leiva – £6m
Ryan Babel – £10m

I also have belief that Man Utd will sign Karim Benzema for £30m and will sell Berbatov for £15m. Arsenal will sell Adebayor to Real Madrid for £20m+ Huntelaar, with Carlos Vela replacing him in the first team. Chelsea will be relatively quiet during the window and will only sign Vedad Ibisevic for £10m to replace Didier Drogba, who is set for Man City or Barcelona for £25–40m.
  All the talk of RVP Cesc and Ade leaving or staying is getting boring, we won titles before any of these players signed and what have we won since they signed, so i say if wenger gets ridicoulus offers for them in the summer let them go.

sell Almunia and buy Frey,
keep Sagna,
Swap Toure with Richards from City,
Sell Clichy to milan if they want him and spend the money on Lahm,
Liverpool are reportedly in for Theo let him go and Sign Gourcuff,
Sell cesc and Buy Diego from WBremen
Let Diaby go to Jose at Inter and Buy Melo or Veloso or both.
Keep Nasri
Keep Arshavin. obviously
Keep Eduardo

maybe a cheeky bid for Villa.

we'd be no worse off in my eyes. just sick of all the specualtion either sign or get lost!
  Ferguson and McGregor will be booted out of Ibrox in the Summer which will look like a financial issue, however will actually be due to their antics off the pitch!
Fleck won't be going anywhere unless Rangers receive a ludacris offer. Rangers will sell in the summer but it won't be any promising youngsters who will have a bigger part to play next season, although if it's Walter in charge you can forget them getting a chance as usual!!! Old pals act! He will probably look at bringing in some of his mates! Nightmare!!!
  Fair play someone else appreciates that the england team has the potential to be the best around– its so boring all these idiots claiming england r poo u clearly can't spot a good player to save ur life– 2 many people on this site r just pugnacious mupppets trying 2 have arguments. Right i know this has been on here 4 a while but my rumour is glen johnson has a gentlemans agreement 2 move 2 liverpool (100% true between the reds his agent and himself) and reckons HE can convince them 2 sell 4 9mil if liverpool offer that (again fair play 2 those of u who got here before me but i KNOW this is true now so thought id share) apparently he only signed a contract on the advice of his agent to gain a bumper pay packet till he moves and has no intention of staying. Have 2 feel 4 pompey as theyre a good honest club and i like them, but johnsson and keirrisson were the two i wanted this summer so this news is wicked to me. Unfortunately i can't tell u who told me this as its kind of sensitive but i assure u its true (although that doesn't def mean hel sign sorry. .)so there u have it– over to u vultures with nothing better to do to pick holes in my grammar(ETOBOY). . .much love DUCKULA
  After being expelled from the Scotland squad,Ferguson and McGregor will be pulled over the coals by Sir David Murray,the word is this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated,as now the media have got hold of it,Murray got rid of Paul Le Guen and backed Ferguson before but not now, both of them and Boyd will be kicked out in the summer.Neil Alexander is an excellent replacement with Cerny of Hamilton joining so there's no goalkeeping problem,Kevin Thomson will be the new club captain.
There is also talk about a take over,a Canadian consortium,I know it's been mentioned before but there's been further developments,if this goes ahead expect a massive clearout at Ibrox executives and players,the guy in charge of this consortium does'nt take any prisoners,they are talking massive investment here,so there could be bright future instore for all us bears.

  Oh yeah sorry in addition 2 my last post i also found out apparently micah richards went 2 watch arsenal train as he was thinking of a move 2 north london but the entire training session was just a five a side session. He also found out that wenger has nothing to do with defensive training at the club and so is now unwilling 2 make the move sorry gunners he would have been quality– Duckula
  Message from man utd insider
man u will not sign tevez

1. benzema – club lyon 35 mill
2. sanchez – club udinese 13 mill
3. david villa – club valencia 20 mill
4. Papadopolous – club olympiacos 5 mill

Two to three young player will be in for a combined fee of around 10 mill

1. tevez – club unknown
2. cambell – club hull 8 mill
3. wes brown – club wigan 8 mill
4. kuszack – club wigan 4 mill
5. nani – club milan 15 mill
6. manucho – club 3 mill

Total spending 50 mill

You heard it first here remeber me when its true.
  Jermaine Beckford is linked with a summer signing to Tottenham Hotspur. This should boost the amount of goals Spurs score!
  Watford are interested in offering tommy mooney a coaching role, and are also signing teddy sheringhams son, charlie from crystal palace.
  I have heard that THFC will have a mega rich new owner in the summer, who will make man city's owners look like paupers!
  No rumour here just facts. Rangers recieved a bid of 5 million in january for john fleck from an unnamed EPL team so for some one to come out and say that Man U will sign him for 1.5 mil is living in a dreamworld.Oh and Celtic fans get real with your wish lists. Peter Lawell has a phobia of spending money that the club has earned so expect another bargain hunt in the summer, to replace mcgeady boruc n nakamura.
  LFC Rumours

Rafa will look at homegrown players first and foremost this summer. This is not, as has been repeatedly stated on this site, because of FIFA's 6+5 rule but because of the need to have 8 British produced players in his CL squad. With the depature of Keane & Pennant he is very short of British produced players in his squad. With this in mind expect definite moves for the following: 1. Gareth Barry – not for the £10+ million quoted all over the place but for more like £6/7 million due to his imminent contract expiracy. 2. Aaron Lennon – Rafa is very keen on him and despite his new contract expect an approach from Anfield around the £14million mark. 3. Glenn Johnson – definite interest was expressed in January but Rafa was put off by the asking price of £10million. Because of Pompy's woeful form and the fact that they will need to sell in the Summer expect them to accept a bid of £6/7 million come the summer. 4. David Wheater – It's worth pointing out that this is only an option IF Daniel Agger is sold in the summer. If Borough go down expect him to be available for under £5 million. 5. Michael Mancienne – the least likely to happen of the bunch but probably the most interesting non–the–less. He is out of contract on 2010 and because he is under 23 his fee would be decided by tribunal (if he decided he wanted to move from Chelsea) rather than by the Clubs. He has definitly been watched by both Eduardo Macia (Chief Scout) and Benitez and is seen as definite if he decides not to sign at The Bridge. Forget Downing he is Spurs bound, James Milner will be on the shortlist but Benitez has asked before and has been put off by Villa's valuation and as usual Joe Cole will be linked and as usual that is not going to happen.

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