Football Rumours Archive January 07 2008


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I have heard from one of the coaching staff at Aston Villa that quite a lot of players will be arriving at the club.

Giles Barnes ( £5 million ) – deal almost done.

Justin Hoyte ( £2.5 million )

Peter Crouch ( £10 million )

Nicole Dica ( £5.5 million )

Michael Owen ( £10 million )

James Milner ( £6 million )

John Arne Riise ( £6.5 million )

Scott Carson ( £8.5 million )

Wayne Bridge ( £7 million )

Shaun Wright–Phillips ( £8.5 million )

Theo Walcott ( Loan )

If Owen or Crouch do not arrive, Martin O'Neil might bring In:

Darren Bent ( £10 million )

Nicolas Anelka ( £13 million )

The players that will be leaving will be:

Thomas Sorensen ( £1 million )

Marlon Harewood ( £2 million )

Luke Moore ( £3 million )

Osbourne ( Loan )

Gary Cahill ( Loan )

Also Martin Laursen, Olof Mellberg and WilFred Bouma will sign new contracts. Laursen and Bouma signing three year deals, while Mellberg will see out the rest of his career with Aston Villa by signing a five year contract.

  Kaka is not coming to Arsenal

Nasri is possible but unlikely

In the Summer up to 3 African players will come to Arsenal. All from the A C N tournament. No names yet but two are Nigerian and one is from the ivory coast. Combined they will cost about £10 million initially and this could rise.

Owen will leave Newcastle for. the Hammers Unlikely but true. Nicolas millan from kolo kolo will come to the Premier League via two years in Spain

Freddy Adu will move to England

Lennon to Man United with a Wes Brown shaped package + money off to Tottenham

Man United could land frey from Fiorentina 4 £11 million and Liverpool have been told to win the Champions League or else by owners who may leave.

  I am a friend of a scout at the Hammers and there has been some movement to signing players after a poor performances against Everton and Manchester City in recent matches. The first person they are signing is Tiago from Juve he is already in London and is ready to sign a three and a half year deal with the Hammers after rejecting Tottenham. My friend also said the Hammers have made enquiries about both Mancini of Roma and Fred from Lyon but these deals are still a long way off being completed. There will be three big signings in this window and my friend has heard these will be the ones for the Hammers. Other than these curbihley will look at young players for the future, which some have been reported correctly by the press.

  Big Breaking Rumours

the Hammers will give Luis Figo one more chance on the big stage with a one year loan deal. and are in talks to bring Di canio back to the club as an attacking coach.

  With all the hoop la let me just say Newcastle will not announce the sacking of allardyce to the City as it will cost the club £10 million pounds including his back–up staff in pay–offs. allardyce has the club 'tied behind it's hands'. as I stated before allardyce is no tactician and his only claim to fame is his big mouth. very overrated same as when he was a player. expect Newcastle to make record losses under this bofoon. the City will soon have it's say to sort the mess. would the real Sam please stand up. oh by the way Sam as cloughie said if god wanted football in the clouds he would have put grass their. are you listening?

  Breaking Rumours

Tottenham will sign Alfonso Alves and Anton Ferdinand next week leading the Hammers to offer £7 million for Newcastles Steven Taylor. the Hammers chairman is struggling for money and to stop the Hammers going into financial crisis will put the club up for sale, if they do come out of this crisis curbishley will be sacked and replaced by a more high profile manager, but this is likely to happen in the Summer. Portsmouth will offload Nugent to Derby and they will sign Lupoli.

  There will be a number of major of managerial changes this Summer involving many of the biggest European clubs:

Bernd Schuster will be sacked by Real Madrid even if he manages to win the league. He will then go to Bayern Munich and replace Hitzfeld who has announced he is leaving the club in order to take over Switzerland. Real Madrid will follow this up by appointing Rafael Benitez who will leave Liverpool due to his constant disputing with the club's American owners. Liverpool will replace him with Jurgen Klinsmann. Also, Frank Rikjard will be sacked by FC Barcelona who will call Jose Mourinho to take over. Rikjard will then become the manager of AC Milan who will sack Ancellotti because of the poor season that they are currently having.

–The Dragon

  Liverpool Football Club Rumours.

First of all let's get it out of the way, Javier Mascherano will definitely sign for Liverpool on a permanent deal, £17 million in January. Also Riise is not going anywhere.

Now for the January rumours.

Heinze will be approached again by Rafa and if the bid is not successful then Benitez will turn his attention to either Bridge or Drenthe.

In the midfield if there are any departures then it will be Momo Sissoko but any changes in this area are unlikely. If anyone is brought in it may be Elano if Sven is willing to sell him for Rafa's initial bid as he will not offer any more money.

After all the speculation of Berbatov going to Man United. do not be surprised if he is playing along side Fernando Torres at Anfield in the near future, Rafa has stolen deals from there rivals before (Sissoko from Everton, Babel from Arsenal and Torres from United) and he will do it again.

Expect Crouch and/or Voronin to leave.

In the Summer. If Berbatov does not arive at Liverpool then expect a bid for Eto'o or Villa, LFC will not sign both players but one of them will be part of the best strike force in the world along side Torres.

  Monaco, galatasaray, hertha berlin, Juve and villareal all vying to make an offer to Newcastle for emre. player has made it clear he loves the Newcastle atmosphere and credit to the guy he has put that as a reason before monetary gain to stay but his agent is persuading him to put his career first. Monaco will be turned down as their is no atmosphere even though he would be given the captain's armband by Ricardo. if he is pushed out by the back door Juve will have the upper hand on negotiations as his playing time is limited and they will thus bide their time. inter president morrati would welcome the player back but Mancini has turned already his attention to maniche

  Alan Shearer has promised first thing he will do should he become Newcastle manager is to 're–unite the dressing room' which allardyce has lost, so the writing is on the wall when that happens. only a matter of time really and a very expensive mistake as some of us know only too well but the allardyce commotion was in full swing at the time and the blind were leading the blind when it came to the contract terms. allardyce has shown that he is first a shrewd buisnessman before a manager all to the cost of the Newcastle and it's faithful

  Everton Are Going To sign David Bentley in January not sure of fee around £5 million aj will be going on loan to the Hammers and James Mcfadden will be going to Rangers as Walter Smith has put in an £8 million bid ;) also Everton will sign quersema and Diego Forlan both for £13 million with John ruddy and vidarrson going otherway

  Rushden and Diamonds Striker

Simeon Jackson to Sign for Manchester City, he is also bieng tracked by Peterborough

  To the deluded the Hammers Fan who claims the Hammers will get Martins from NUfc for £16 million. why play £3 million extra when he has a £13 million release Clause

  Sheff United will sign elliot ward from Coventry

  ARSENAL NEWS we'll sign nigerian right back Matthew Edille and Guillame Hoarau from Le havre. Do not expect anyone else although a Goal Keeper is still a priority so Sorenson maybe signed on a free from Villa

  Arsenal to sign Tomas Sorenson (from Villa for £1 million) bit of a shock. also Sheroz Abdulleov from Tajikstan and Stevan Jovetic.

  Gillett and Hicks will not get the money from the banks so they have to put the club up for sale again.

There is only one party that will and can afford Liverpool FC.


  EFC Rumours

A deal for Plymouth's Dan Gosling has been agreed. Fee believed to be in the region of £1 to £1.5 million, rising to £3 million depending on appearances.

A loan move for Manuel Fernandes looks promising despite Moyes' failure to confirm a deal is in place.

Johann Vogel of Real Betis is now a free agent and a move could be resurrected after a Summer switch was scuppered.

  Gers Jan ins;

Murphy. 1.5– Walter needs a left back who can slot in at left back and Murphys Scottish Premier League expierence is only a plus

Robson. 1.5. – to fill the void left by Beasley (injured)

Boumsong. 2.25 to replace Weir whenever Rangers come up against a pacey forward.

S. Fletcher. 2. 5– give some more firepower

leaving Ibrox will be, Papac, Eghioug (spelling), Gow (loan), boyd (loan) to see if he can get his form back after a poor half season by his own high standards.

in the Summer expect to see a quality player who can take Rangers to the next stage in the Champions League someone like Juninho.

Rangers do not want rid of hutton due to his temperment.

  Arsenal could lose 1. Lehmann, 2. Hoyte+ Gilbert, 3. Senderos 4. Eboue, possibly Flamini they will replace those players with 1. Given/Gordon, 2. onougha, 3. Richards, 4. dani Alves, possibly Gattuso they will also sign an out and out left winger do not know who though maybe Silva or Arteta.

only the Lehmann–Given/Gordon and the Senderos– Richards deals will go through in January. Arsenal will only sign Gattuso if Flamini leaves.

If Rosicky and Van Persie do not get a good run of games between now and the end of the season they maybe swaped with a big name. That will be all Arsenal's movement over the next 3/4 windows

  Ross mccormack will snub a January move to either Derby, Sunderland, birmingam or Newcastle, in favour of the old firm with his preferd destination being is close to being sealed

  The Hammers want Darren Bent of Tottenham and Aaron McClean of Peterborough. the Hammers want to sell Anton Ferdinand and Dean Ashton. This info is 100 percent correct and not a rumour.

  Leictier Are Signing Bouzza From Fulham For Around 4 Million.

Wigan Are Signing Akpo Sodje From Sheff Wednesday For 500 k

  George Boyd is interesting Plymouth Argyle. £700 k inc part exchange involving Rory Fallon

  More from Norway:

SK Brann left–back Erlend Hanstveit will sign for Wolves within a few days. Brann and Wolves have agreed a fee, now it depends on Hanstveits personal contract.

  Only rumours around home park are Folly in from Sheff wed and a bid for mackie of Exeter that has been refused

  I saw Jose Mourinho in Liverpool the other day and as Rafa Benitez's job is insecure he might be the man that takes over the soon to be vacant managerial position at Anfield

  attention all celtic supporters

Could all of you stop fantasising over Henrik Larsson returning to the club? Why would he come back to a club where he has already done so well at and ruin it bt not starring as well as he did. There is absolutely no chance of him coming back so give up any hope you have.

P. S. he is currently on holiday with his family in South Africa so anyone who says he is in Glasgow having a medical and so on are just clutching at straws.

  West Bromwich news

I have heard that this will be a quiet transfer window for us with just a keeper possibly michal danek coming in and maybe Kim do heon (midfielder) on loan a few players should be leaving John Hartson, Richard chaplow, Ronnie wallwork being a few of them.

And to the Wigan fan that said bruce was to sign Roman Bednar from us for £4 million He would be hard pushed as he's on loan to us from Hearts.

  Liverpool Rumours;



Maschers (14 million)

Ashley Young (10 million)

Gabriel Heinze (5 million)

Jon Woodgate (7 million)


Sissoko (10 million) Juve

Kuyt (10 million) Tottenham

Crouch (8 million) Tottenham

Kewwll (3 million) Tottenham

All The Above in swap deal for Berbatov

Risse (5 million) Villa

Carson (10) Villa

But bothe Possible swap deal for Curtis Davies if Woodgate deal falls through.



Villa (20 million)

Silva (15 million)

Drenthe (8 million)

Agbonlohor (10 million)


Voronin (3 million)

Pennant (8 million)

Hyypia (FT)


  I watch a lot of French football and a few days ago as I walked my dog near Anfield I swear I saw Jeremy Menez drive down the road from it

  Hull City Transfers


Fraizer Campbell (Man United) –Loan

Karl Duguid (Colchester) –£500,000

David Connolly (Sunderland) –Loan


John Welsh (Chester) –Loan

Danny Coles (Bristol Rovers) –£80,000

Stuart Elliott (Swansea) –£150,000

Stephen McPhee (Blackpool) –£250,000

Damien Delaney (Colchester) –£300,000

  Ollie has lost patience with his current Leicester squad.


Gabor Bori Hungarian winger Loan

Darren Carter exch For Fryatt

Carlton Cole – Loan fee agreed (the Hammers could make a major signing in next few days)

Wayne Routledge – Loan (agreed fee of £2 million)

Paul Rodgers Arsenal RB or centre back

Lee Martin – Man U

Gary Cahill

Thomas Sorenson – Loan

Kritian Nemeth – Liverpool

Bradley Johnson

Obviously a major amount of players will be sold to accomodate these exciting signings

  U want the truth here goes my Uncle is Walter Smith so this is all true. Rangers will sign Luke Moore from Villa and David Murphy from Hibernian, they are also looking at warnock from Blackburn if Murphy fails, Rangers want to offload faye, papac and adam if not January then Summer and in the Summer my Uncle Walter told me they will be looking to bring back ross mcormack and bring in Sidwell. CRAIG SMITH

  Artur Boruc will sign new contract, Celtic will make a loan offer for thuram until the end of the season as he wants first team football.

  LFC Rumours:

With Villa set to make a formal bid for Scott Carson, Liverpool will hold out for a swap deal involving either Gareth Barry (who Gerrard has publicly stated he enjoyed playing with for England) or Ashley Young (much needed cover for the wings and a cheaper option then most players linked). They will also be signing an established centre back with Premier League experience, with the likely target being Anton Ferinand or, as a cheaper option, Jonathan Woodgate.

Finally, Rafa is looking to take the goalscoring pressure off Torres and Gerrard, so will sign two out of the following options: Adriano (Inter – £10 million) – Van Der Vaart (Hamburg – £10 million) – Menez (Monaco – £8 million) – Defoe (Tottenham – £8 million) Alves (Heereveen – £9 million) – Elamder (Toulouse – £7 million).

Do not believe the hype saying Rafa has not funds. The business will start soon and all LFC fans will not be disappointed. The league is still possible.

  Liverpool Rumours:

Bad news for fans in that Mascherano will not be signing. He will stay to the end of the season on the current loan basis, but at that point there will be a transfer free for all, with LFC unable to compete (mainly due to having other more important targets). Likely to move to Spain, with Real Madrid being his preferred choice.

  Arsenal Summer Transfers

Arsene Wenger has £30 million to spend already making pre–agreement contracts with both Turkish descent Germany U–19 International forward Mesut Ozil. Schalke 04 agreed a £5.8 million for there young hitman to move across the country to London to sign a four–year–deal. Nikolay Dimitrov will also sign for £700,000 in the Summer. the winger was ment to make his debut for the club against Tottenham

but the his club Levski Sofia was faxed by Arsene Wenger on January second that I possible the deal could come through in the Summer and they were tottaly happy. Tresor Mputu the DR Congo International will also sign in the Summer along with youn French hitman Henri Saivet for £2 million. Arsene Wenger will also recall the loans of Carlos Vela and Pedro Silva the young south Americans.

  Swindon town defender jerel ifill will make a switch to Plymouth this January for a fee of £1.2 million to link up with his old boss Paul Sturrock.

  Watford are rumoured to be intreasted in Aaron Mokoena from Blackburn Rovers to fill the midfied gap that Gavin Mahon left when arriving at Queens Park Rangers. Th Hornets may complete a deal that involves loaning the player with a view to a contract being offered in the Summer. If all fails then Watford may look at Michael Mifsud from Coventry with possibly Kabba or Priskin going the oter way as part of the deal.

Meanwhile Watford are tracking the progress being made Leeds defender Matthew Heath. The strong centre back would only complete a loan deal as a cause of good form at Elland Road and boss Dennis Wise conciders him a important part of what is happening a Leeds

  All these stories about Jan Koller coming to England should be settled soon enough. According to 'Kicker' a deal taking him to Nuremberg is almost completed.

Regarding the ruling about only one loanee from any one club – is this a Premier League thing? Cos Sunderland had Evans and Simpson on loan last season from Man United.

  I have just returned from a golf pro–am which had a number of ex football pro's. the rumour doing the rounds is that Rafa will be shown the door this week and the special one will take over. further to this LFC have secured one of the most amazing loans ever, Ronaldinho Ronaldinho can not get into the Barc team and is not wanted by the club who are looking to off load him this Summer so want to put him back in the shop window by loaning him to LFC.

  CAfc January moves

Koumas in from Wigan – swap deal with M. Bent.

Nugent in from Pompey – swap deal with D. Ambrose.

Possible move for right back too – Orr of Bristol C maybe?

Dickson back to Gills on loan.

Also link between J. Thomas and Fulham will not go away.

  To the gentleman who mentioned a police escort to Celtic Park on Monday. This is true and I can also tell you the most exciting news is that the player unveiled will be Klass Jan Huntelaar the most imaginative transfer I have heard of for a long long time. He has it in him to surpass the King's exploits. Lino.

  Reading FC will sign:

Danny Guthrie OR Tom Soares

Danny Haynes

Gary Cahill

David Wheater

Leaving Reading will be:

Sam Sodje

John Halls

  Only signing in January will be the replacement for Jens Lehmann IF he leaves. Arsene is looking at Francisco 'Kiko' Casilla or Rune Jarstien.

  Martin Taylor, Neil Kilkenny, Neil Danns, and Olivier Tebily will all be offloaded by Birmingham boss Alex McLeish. The combined fees of these five players should be around the £4 million mark.

McLeish will spend this on Darren Flether who should join for £5 million early next week.

  Liverpool FC: on Rafa's wishlist: Riera (leftwing–Espanyol), Luis Garcia (forward–Espanyol), Sylvinho (leftback–Barcelona), Serginho (leftback/leftwing–Milan). If Mascherano is not signed, then attentions likely to be turned to Lucho Gonzalez (Porto), Javi Martinez (Ath. Bilbao) or Marquez (Barcelona). K. Jones is almost certain to replace Crouch. Luisao (Benfica), Garay (Racing) and Lucio (B. Munich) are all being touted as possible centre backs. Gonzolo Rodriguez (Villarreal) is also still much admired by Rafa as a centre back, but would have to prove his fitness after 2 bad knee injuries. Ryan Nelson is also being watched. REDEDD1892


Temuri Ketsbaia is one of the favourites for the managerial vacancy. Vladimir Romanov has been impressed by his work at Anorthosis Famagusta as well as the fact the Georgian has knowledge of the British game.

  ManUnited 100 percent – sir Alex Ferguson will sign no 1 in January unless there are 2 many injuries but in Summer big singings will come they are – ( the new Ronaldinho geovani Dos Santos as he has been in contact with Man United and Berbatov, jotevic of partizan belgrade, Brown will go so expect either lahm, Nelson, Richards, at right back veloso in at left back and manucho the angolian forward will be on loan or in subs 4 United and last of all flethcher will go and maybe kuzckak and ben Foster will fight 4 first team spot or ochoa the mexicon keeper will come in 100 percent MAN UNITED


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