Football Rumours Archive January 09 2008


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The Hammers

Fulham and Sunderland have both put in a £5 million pound offer for Bobby Zamora. the Hammers accepted and Bobby will decide who he joins.

Stoke will buy Quashie for a million.

Mazzola, Mattock, Barnes and Fred will join the Hammers this month.

  Paul Taylor wowed boss Calderwood with his trial for Forest. He will sign this week as I predicted.

Chaplow choosing between Forest and Burnley. Wallwork too expensive with personal terms. Forest also to try and hijack Huddersfields deal for Phil Jevons. Also speaking to Everton re Victor Anchibe.

Lennon leaving this week for the Hibernian job.

Dan the main man.

   the Hammers are going to sign two world–class Argentinian players on five year contracts, hmm now why does that sound familiar lol

Realistically the Hammers are going to sign Fred if we fail to sign Djibril Cisse in the coming weeks

  Gabriel Agbonlahor could Join the Gunners after a row with manger O'Neill

  Fulham Rumours

Les Reed has told Roy Hodgson that he must get Jerome Thomas from Charlton Athletic. He has reminded him of the link up play seen between Thomas, Konchesky and Danny Murphy. Upper limit on fee £4 million. Pards is willing to sell which is why Thomas did not play against West Bromwich Albion as he was "ill".

  MAN UNITED Rumours

Firstly, people please end the Berbetov rumours. he's not coming to United.Fergie sees him as a grumpy brat that throws he's toys out of the cot when things do not go he's way. United have their eye on other quality forwards that are not in the press of late. These include Huntelaar, McCarthy and Defoe. first choice is Huntelaar from Ajax. He has spoken of his admiration for United and is a type of out and out no nine forward United need as Saha does not show confidence as a forward anymore. Fergie has lost patcience with Saha and he will leave in the Summer. Manucho will be loaned out next season in order to gain experience and sort his visa out. This will also give him more game time for angola which will influence his chances of getting a visa.

In defense United want Richards to be Neville's successor but City's asking price is to high. Therefore United will opt for Rangers right back Alan Hutton. Brown will stay until the end of the season and then decide his future.

United might see the workhorse called Darren Fletcher sold to Rangers as part of the Hutton deal as Fletcher wants first team football and has dropped in the picking order thanks to a gem called Anderson. (what a kid.) United might also put in a cheeky bid for Javier Mascherano to create more options if Fletcher leaves. United think that they might be able to snatch him from Liverpool as the have good relations with MLS due to the Tevez signing.

  I support a real team Hull City


Karl Duguid

Leigh Bromby

From Nodge

Up the tigers

  Kaka to Man United, Ronaldinho to AC Milan, Hesselink to AStonVilla, hutton to Tottenham

  AVfc Rumours

I work at Villa Park and I am informing you of the rumours that I have heard

Martin O'Neill is looking to strengthen the squad with a right back and another forward his top priorities here are some of the names being thrown around

Justin Hoyte (Arsenal)

Jose Bosingwa (Porto)

Darren Bent (Tottenham)

Jiri Jarosik (Celtic)

Giles Barnes (Derby–Exchange for Sorensen)

James Beattie (Sheff United) MON will offer another chance in the top flight for JB


Isaiah Osbourne (LOAN)

Luke Moore (LOAN)

Tommy Sorensen (Derby)

Olaf Mellberg (Juve and Valencia are interested)

Others rumours this time regarding Birmingham City as my friend Imran works at the club

Kris Boyd, Stephen Smith and Filip Sebo will all sign from Rangers not necessarily in January though

plus rivaldo could join Sheff Wednesday as he sees the owls as a good side

  Liverpool Outs will be –

Carson. Riise. Kewell. Sissoko. Mascherano (which will mean Rafa will go). Kuyt. Voronin.

Peter Crouch and Hyypia will Stay Put and Fight for a Place.

Possible transfer targets include –

Skrtel (Zenit). Alves (Porto). Berbatov (Tottenham). Richards (Manchester City). Dunne (Manchester City). Taylor (Newcastle). Ireland (Manchester City). Quaresma (Porto). Heinze (Real Madrid).

These transfer may happen in Summer 08 over January.

Most likely to happen in January – Skrtel and Berbatov.

As regards new manager Jurgen Klinsmann has hit the press a few times but sorces lead me to believe it will be Jose Morinho and if this does happen in Summer 08 then may go for Drogba if Berbatov is not already at Anfield.

  This is to the person who said Liverpool could get Berbatov or Ibrahimovic for 18 to £24 million pounds well will inter be crazy to give a world class forward away especially for 24 mils. Ibrahimovic is worth atleast 40–50 mils people and Berbatov is very unlikely as he costs to much.

well Liverpool are eying samir Nasri (11–15 millions)

also Villa but the price is unkown but it is stated it could break the previous club tranfer record. but in the Summer Liverpool are also after

Taylor (7 mils) and kakha Kaladze (10 mils) to fill up the back four.

There could be a problem Rafa could be leaving if not responded with wins and could be replaced by jurgen klinnsmen former German head coach.

Probably likely ins:

Nasri (11–15 millions) Marsielle

villa (unknown) Valencia

silva (16 millions) Valencia

Kaladze (10 mils) Ac Milan

Taylor (7 mils) New U

hart (8 mils) Man C

aguero (could be possible 20–25 mils) At Madrid

possible outs:

Crouch (12 mils) Man C

Kuyt (16 mils) Ajax/Feyenord

Pennant (6–8 millions) Fulham/Birmingham

Hyypia (Free tranfer/retirement)

Risse (6–8 millions) Valencia/Villareal

  To all the Celtic and Rangers fans that think quality Premier League players would go to you have got to be joking (e. g. Dean Ashton). If £6 million was offered for Mcfadden it would definitely be accepted.

Everton rumours: –


Fernandes – Loan until Summer.

Haynes – £1.2 million

Diarra – £2.7 million (from Arsenal to replace hibbert)


Mcfadden – £4 million+ – Celtic or Rangers.

Possibly VdM – Loan – Preston/Alkmaar.

  Latest Newcastle Transfer Rumours

I know someone within the Newcastle Bbackroom staff and there are apparently 1 or 2 deals going to be done during the period of the transfer window.


Babayaro – Released.

Andy Carroll – Loaned to Leeds/Norwich until end of season.

Stephen Carr – Sold to Birmingham for a nominal fee (they have made firm enquiries and a deal will go through shortly).

Peter Ramage – Loaned to Derby (possibly).

Shola Ameobi – Loaned to Fulham/Bolton (with view to a permanent deal being struck between the two clubs).

Possibly the biggest transfer out is Oba Martins – leaving the Newcastle for approx £12 million, if the talk is true, and he is apparently off to either Valencia, Blackburn, Benfica or Manchester City (who are all keen about the speedy forward.

Possibly the worst news for all Newcastle fans is that Stephen Taylor is "apparently" being coveted by 4 clubs (2 being Villa and Liverpool). This deal is likely to happen due to Fat Sam who totally underates the youngster. Why you have to ask yourself?


Edmilson from FC Barcelona – Loan at first followed up by a permanent move at the end of the season.

Wes Brown – £2 million due to his contract expiring at Man United.

Harry Kewell – £1.5 million (Sam sees him as a perfect versatille player either playing behing the front two, down the wing, central mid or as a forward.

Scharner of Wigan is being looked at at the min, not too sure what will come of this one.

Lastly a young forward called Richard. U. G. Bateman was mentioned to me. Not too sure f he is a Junior Magpie or plays elswhere, but apparently he has a great touch, eye for goal and general ability, but the one thing going against him is his lack of running at certain parts of the pitch.

Simon V. Noel

  Rasiak to Nottingham Forest from saints by end of next week, it's happening1

  I have it from the inside that Newcastle will not be signing anyone in this window. Sam has been told to deliver with what he has. Money is being kept in reserve for the next one in the hot seat should he fail.

  Liverpool are to sign:

Skrtel (6.5 million) JANUARY

Mascherano (17 million) SUMMER

Lucho Gonzalez (9 million) SUMMER

Wayne Bridge (5 million) SUMMER

Jeremy Menez (7.5 million) SUMMER

Leaving will be:

Momo Sissoko (8 million) SUMMER Most likely: Juve

Scott Carson (10 million) SUMMER Most Likely: Villa

John Arne Riise (6 million) SUMMER Most Likely: Valencia

Sebastian Leto (loan) SUMMER Most Likely: Spain

Andrey Voronin (1 million) SUMMER Most Likely: Germany

Menez and Babel would compete for the wings and up front. Kewell and Hyypia will get new contracts. Guthrie (CM), Hobbs (CB), Insua (LB), Anderson (RW) and El Zhar (ST) will get more playing time.

  Liverpool to sign right–back Daniel Alves, young goalkeeper Joe Hart and centre–half Micah Richards. It is beleived that Alves has been seen

already in Melwood. So Sami Hyypia and Steve Finnan will be on there way out as they have both just claimed there pention.

  Newcastle are to make a bid for Kuyt. It will bigger than the other bids which are around £8 million but it will in two parts, this will mean that if he does not work at SJP they can sell him but if he does Rafa makes back the money spent either way. Everyones happy, well maybe.

  Just heard something very crazy about the possible signings coming into Newcastle and that is three Argentines. The Milito Bros, Diego Milito from Zara on loan with view to signing and the other Gabriel Milito from FC Barcelona just on loan with Juan Roman Riquelme from Boca too. Are they going to have a shock. Stranger things have happened. By the looks of things, it can only get better.

  I have heard from a very reliable source that both Michael Owen and James Milner will be arriving at Aston Villa from Newcastle.

James Milner for ( £6 million )

Michael Owen for ( £12 million )

  Just a rumour of definite note. Liverpool are extremely interested in Urby emanuelson a quality left sided player. if Tottenham do not get him expect a Summer approach. also Rafa is bringing in a Spanish left sided player this window ( I cannot remember his name when told but it is English sounding)

these are two definites

  Crystal Palace are to sign Neil danns

Charlton have signed crystal Palaces Stuart Green

for 3ook

  Hammers are in negotiations to sign ex Chelsea mifielder Tiago from Juve, and are also about to bid for Lyon's Brazillian forward Fred.

  Defoe, Tiago, and Fred will sign for the Hammers before deadline day and also Steven Taylor and Wes Brown.

Nicky Shorey and Giles Barnes will sign during the Summer.

Quashie and Davenport will leave for a championship side as will Dailly and Dean Ashton will sign for Newcastle for roughly £15 million.

  Expect Rafa to make a suprise move for Alan Hutton with the money he gets from the sale of Sissoko IN THE KNOW

  Obviously a lot of the rumours on this page are just that and have no chance of materialising. HOWEVER. my contact at CELTIC, who shall remain nameless, informs me (and I am a RANGERS fan) that they are seriously interested in Klass Jan Huntelaar of Ajax who would cost about £5 million (maybe deal involving Hesselink? ) and that McFadden will sign for Celtic this January. Roy Keane is interested in taking Balde, Wolves are interested in Riordon. Also mooted to be heading north to Glasgow's east end is Andriy Voronin who is said to be regretting turning down a move to Parkhead in Summer.

My RANGERS rumours are less certain but still necessitate your attention: Ivan Campo should be at Rangers for end of January for around £1 million; Freddy Eastwood for Ibrox in Summer for about £4 million (funded by sales of Cousin and Hutton) ; Hutton for Man United in Summer; Steven Pressley linked with return; Nathan Roberts of B'burn Rvrs (if this falls through expect Gary O'Connor; McCormack return. BARRY FERGUSON will be the subject of a resolve–testing bid this Summer with Liverpool and Hamburg having already enquired into the availability of the captain. Hamburg seem the likelier suitor.

David Murphy will not sign for either Old Firm team and will instead head back south.

You heard it hear first. keep your eye on these moves. I'll be back with further info when I get it. Chris Cronin–Murphy.

  Jermaine Defoe stayed behind with his agent after the recent game at Aston Villa, it is said he wants the chance to play at Villa but has tried to force Tottenham hand into giving him a new contract, hence Juande telling him to ff


  The Dons to sign Celtic forward Derek Riordan and Kilmarnocks Jamie Hamill to replace the contract rebels.

  Liverpool will sign:

Skrtel–6 million (zenit st pettursberg)

Silva–13 million + Riise (Valencia)

Bridge–4 million (Chelsea)

They will sell:

Riise–swap to Valencia

Kewell–4 million (Fulham)

Crouch–10 million (Manchester City)

Sissoko–6 million (Juve)

Mascherano–17 million (Juve)

  2 rumours involving Celtic and Rangers.

Celtic to sign Michael Ballack on loan until end of season,

Forget the Henrik story that is a non starter

Rangers to sign Rob Jones from Hibernian for £500,000


  Celtic will complete the siging of Corinthians Coelho and Dundee United's Barry Robson by the end of the week. Also expect Japanese Wonder–kid Mizuno to sign before the end of January as a replacement for Nakamura. They also make a loan move for Jermaine Defoe with a view to buying him in the Summer depending on how well he does in Scotland and how much Tottenham want for him. Zurawski, Riordan, Pressley and possibly Balde could all leave before February first.

  Steve Sidwell was seen in newcasle yesturday and so was tal Ben Haim

  Everton have agreed a deal with ManChester City for in form goal keeper Kasper schmicheal, it is thought to be around the £6 million price range and Kaper is supposedly signing on a five year deal worth around £2 million a year

Dean Higgins

  Plymouth Argyle will end up selling Ebanks–Blake, David Norris and Peter Halmosi in this window to help the poor finiacial positiont hey find themselves in.

  Everton youngster Patrick boyle will sign for Man United in the January transfer window for a fee of around 1.5 million, the move is supposedly going ahead after United have tracked the youngster in the few games he has played and is showing great promise.

  Birmingham City:

Facts are the club will not be spending big money, as in fact again the club will look at a couple of loan players, with Darren Fletcher being one of them, but look like being beaten by Glasgow Rangers for him, Many Birmingham Supporters again were believing the board when they said they were given more hope with McLeish now at the club and they would back him, well after some very disappointing displays and teams morale at the lowest it's being for years the board are now seeing McLeish is not the savior they thought, and are now not prepared to gamble big money.

so be prepared fellow Birmingham supporters for once again a very low buget January transfer window.

As targets at present are: Murphy from Hibernian and club only willing to spend up to £1.5 million on him

Samaras of Manchester City looking at a loan option at first to see if both parties are happy a end of season

Diamond a defender from Aberdeen £1.2 million.

Again do not expect big things, like many fans have been shouting there will be

  Kavanagh, pecnik and Martin to be Leicester City players before the end of the week

  I was out walking the dog this afternoon and seen BERBATOV looking for a new house with his wife and agent in the Manchester area (chapal). could this be the start of his Man United career?

  january transfers:

Tiago – Juve – City £9 million

Anelka – Bolton – Chelsea £14 million

Defoe – Tottenham – Portsmouth £7 million

Savage – Blackburn – Derby £2 million

Kerzhakov – Sevilla – Tottenham £12 million

Sissoko – Liverpool – Juve £8 million

Hinkel – Sevilla – Celtic £3 million

Ujfalusi – Fiorentina – Sevilla £4 million

Boulharouz – Chelsea (on loan at Sevilla) – Ajax £4 million

Pandev – Lazio – Bayern Munich £10 million


  Plymouth Argyle forward Sylvain Ebanks–Blake is a target for Queens Park Rangers, Derby and Sunderland and is subject to a £2 million bid. Ebanks–Blake wants to stay at the Devon club as they have a realistic chance of the play offs and promotion to the Premier League. However, he will be looking to move in the Summer if the pilgrims fail to achieve the play offs.

  I have just seen Pascal Chimbonda leave Murray park. It is believed that a deal to include him and Defoe in a swap for Alan Hutton. Chimbonda will only be staying on loan until the end of the season, but Defoe will sign a four year deal that he hopes will see him included back in the national team with exceptional Champions League displays.



– Johan Vogel – Free

– Diego Forlan – £13 mill

– Digao – Kaka's brother – £2 mill

– niclas Bendtner – loan


– Mc fadden – Celtic or Rangers £5 mill

– Van der Meyde – Feyenoord – £750,000

– Anderson the Silva – loan to Barnsley

  Celtic will, however, buy McFADDEN at the end of January, giving Moyes enough time to find a replacement.

FERNANDES should return on loan (with an option to buy, just so Celtic fans do not think they will snatch him) if he does not get a community service sentence on Friday as he's due in court over alledgedly stealing a watch.

Once the GOSLING transfer is finally completed, expect him to be sent on loan to a Championship side (not Plymouth were he could not get a game).

  Just heard that Faddy is not going to Paradise as the weakly insult on offer is not up to what he's getting at the minute. The ost reliable scribe has it that Saviola will be presented as a loan signing with an option of a permanent deal for 5 million in the Summer.

  100 percent guaranteed transfers


Anelka to Chelsea

Diarra to Newcastle

Scholes to Celtic (loan deal)

Saha to Rangers (hutton other way in Summer)


Berbatov to Man United

van nistlerooy to Arsenal

adebayour to Chelsea

Gattuso to Man United

cafu to Bolton

maldini to the Hammers (pay as you play deal)

emre to fenerbache

owen to Manchester City

Del Piero to Newcastle

thuram to the Hammers

forlan to Liverpool

Voronin to Atletico Madrid

Alonso to Real Madrid

Heinze to Liverpool

  sky blues.

Mifsud going nowhere. New Contract talks in progress

Most business to be done in the Summer this window expect


Osbourne – Villa Loan (Isaac Osbournes Bro)

Etuhu – Manchester City Loan (Tim Flowers Old CLub)

K. Schmicael – Manchester City Loan

Samaras – Manchester City – Loan

Centre Back from abroad

  For those of you saying that Kewell will leave for £3 million in the Summer your rumours are untrue and ridicoulous. if he leaves it will be for free because his contract will end at the end of the season. Liverpool not to make any drastic changes in the January and have already given up on the primeirship. in the Summer Benitez will be sacked and Lfc will be a lot of changes. out will be Carson–10 million, Finnan–3 million, hypia–free, Aurelio–2 million, Alonso–15 million, Sissoko–5 million, Kuyt–8 million, veronin–free. coming in will be Mascherano–17 million, Pirlo £15 million, larsson (Birmingham–3 million, Robbie Keane–13 million, lenon–10 milBabel will be used as a forward income= 43 million expenditure= 58 million spent= 13 mil

  We all would love to see Messi in the United colour. but Sir Alex relative be realistic. Sir Alex does not own the club that he would splash that much of money again. one thing is for sure that Sir Alex has many stikers in his list and they will be watched until the end of the season. some of them are David Villa, Zaltan Ibrahimovich (SAF always admired him), karim benzema (if he keeps going in the same pace) and Dimitar Berbatov (most likely as we saw how he waited for his targeted player Owen Hargreaves). clear one more thing this time Sir Alex want a stiker who would help Rooney and Tevez develop further as a forward (what Henrik did). if veloso keeps performing then he will be signed for sure but if not then the planned could be changed. until now there is no plan to sign any defender as manu do not need any. if any one from the current player request for a transfer then the search would be on; otherwise at this point expect veloso at that role.

  Freddie Eastwood will be announced as Forest's first signing of the January window either tonight (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday.

After that, expect to see Paul Taylor sign permanantly for about £75k from Vauxhall Motors – He's been on trial with us and scored twice for the reserves last night.

Going out will be Kris Commons to Leicester in return for Matty Fryatt. Forest will also get £250 k as part of the deal.

  I have heard on the grapevine that Liverpool have been showing some serious interst in Chilean playmaker Matias Fernandez. He's young and very highly rated but would not come cheap, maybe a little over £10 million pounds.

  Peter kenyon to meet with Decos representatives in the next week to bring him to Stamford bridge with Michael Essien heading in the other direction. Ronaldinho has been offered to Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea but looks likely to opt for AC Milan

  Newcastle news.

Who said Taylor was leaving Newcastle? I do not think so he is the heart and soul of the club and big Sam has repeatedly said he cannot afford to let anymore players leave.

And who said baba was going to West Wam? He has already left the club as Newcastle have paid up his contract and sent him on his way.

So cumon guys at least think up some believable rumours.

The only things I am hearing up here is that Newcastle are still tryin for Wes Brown, even if it has to be a loan deal, we are trying to get Lassana Diara from Aresenal, young Luke Freeman from Gillingham, we might still atempt a bid for Ben Haim if Chelsea buy any more defenders, and they are also keeping an eye on Lois Saha.

Newcastle fan.

  rangers news.

With the new £700 million makeover of Rangers FC, Walter Smith is going to be given £20 million in the Summer to buy the best. so Celtic. you can keep faddy if you get him. we will be fishing for bigger sharks


Gattuso (£3 million)

Joe Cole (£6 million)

Gudjohnson (£5 milion)

D Fletcher (£5 million)


Hutton (12 million)

Boyd (5 million)

Hemdani (2 million)

Cousin (2.5 million)

mon the gers

  lfc latest news

I can confirm Martin Skrtel is 100 percent set to sign for Liverpool from zenit for a rumoured fee of £6.5 million.

Having passed his medical earlier today.

Further moves in the transfer market today I can also tell you MOMO will be moving to Juve for an undisclosed fee, Scott Carson and John Arne Riise will both be off loaded to Villa, but Liverpool will be keeping a tight rein on finance and will be doing a lot of deals and getting LOAN players, until the Summer

MASCHERANO will not be bought for BIG bucks and speculation is on a Spanish club getting him.


  Everton 2 sign Luke Moore from Villa and young Tranmere forward Marc cambell

  Working at Celtic Park today and I am sure I saw

wes Brown going in to gate 2 in a blacked out hummer


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