Football Rumours Archive November 09 2008


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The takeover of West Ham is nearing the final stages. The board is being trimmed and the final price will be agreed after next weeks hearings ref the Tevez affair. There will be a small number of exits in January, but a whole lot more in the summer. The final list will be dependant on when the new owners take charge, they hope to be in place before Christmas in order to bring in some new faces in January. The main outgoings will be Carlton Cole for around £10 million with various clubs interested, Robert Green to Arsenal £12 million, Lee Bowyer to Watford minimal fee, Danny Gabbidon to Watford £1 million, Louis Boa Morte, Lucas Neil and Hayden Mullins are also available if offers come in, alomg with a host of other fringe players. No decisions have been made about incoming players until the ownership matter has been settled.
  I Don't Think Rangers will get rid of burke or Beasley, Smith seems to rate beasley and as for burke allthough he is injury prone he is a very good player when fit! He has needed surgery on his ankle for several years but put it off to try and make the first team.
I can see Rangers trying to sign a new centre back possibly Tonel or trying to sign reynolds from Motherwell. Players who will leave in Jan: Hemdani,JCD,Smith (loan) McCulloch,
  Derby boss paul jewell wants to sign hartlepool striker james brown for 1m and centre back ricard wood from sheff wed about 1m aswell.
players leaving
teale to (leeds)
c davis to (preston)
todd to (crewe)
savage to (doncaster)
  To the person who said "Secondly, to the guy that said Joleon Lescott would join Sunderland in a £7m deal. Mate, Lescott is an England international. He was player of the season last year at Everton. Do you really think that (1) Moyes would accept a bid of £7m (try £15m); and (2) Lescott would join a wee club like Sunderland?" you forgot to mention that Lescott is also seriously teed off with David Moyes over a number of matters, including Moyes' stubborn refusal to play Lescott in his preferred (and best) position. If he has any sense, Lescott, like a few other Everton players currently being given the cold shoulder by Moyes, will move on to wahtever premier league club if only to save his career.
  AFC NEWS!!!!!

Arsenal will sign 20 yr old brazilian foward Lenny in Jan. He will then be sent out on loan to Salamanca to gain experience and to receive a work permit. Expect to see this in the papers over the next few days. In The Know
  Liverpool have been put into a dilemna with two standout rightbacks really impressing rafa:

Ilsinho from Shaktar–5 million
Rafinha from Schalke–8 million

Their first impression is Rafinha but Ilsinho could be landed if schalke do not want to part ways with rafinha
  Firstly, to the guy that said Moyse (sic) or Ramos would join Celtic. Are you seriously deluded? Moyes has just signed a deal at Everton worth £18m over 5 years. How could Celtic afford to compensate Everton if he was poached, and could the club come even near to matching the salary of nearly £4m a year? And if you think Ramos would go and manage in a league like the Scottish one then you're doubly deluded. Ramos will be waiting for a job with a big team, in a big league, with big pay. That rules your Grand Old Team out.

Secondly, to the guy that said Joleon Lescott would join Sunderland in a £7m deal. Mate, Lescott is an England international. He was player of the season last year at Everton. Do you really think that (1) Moyes would accept a bid of £7m (try £15m); and (2) Lescott would join a wee club like Sunderland?

Ok, so now onto some rumours that I have just heard, or made up, I forget which. Everon have again approached Moutinho from Sporting Lisbon about a move to Goodison. Moutinho is interested in a move, but is playing hardball about terms and conditions. This lad is very ambitious and wants any contract to consist of a get–out clause should a bigger club come in for him. A fee has been agreed with Sporting for the young superstar, thought to be in the region of £18m.

Liverpool have been in touch with Tottenham Hotspur about taking Lennon on loan until the end of the season with a view to purchasing the player at that time. This has been categorically refused by the Tottenham board. Benitez has been informed that if he wants Lennon in January, then he'd better return with a firm offer. It is thought that Benitez might instead use Kuyt as bait to land his man. A swap deal might suit both parties, and it is known that Redknapp is an admirer of the Liverpool forward.

Remaining with Liverpool, it is highly likely that Benitez will attempt to reinforce his strike force with one ickle Micheal Owen, currently of Newcastle. A bid of about £4m should secure the pint–sized striker. Benitez will not, however, offer Owen the type of wages that he currently receives at Newcastle. He will make a take–it or leave–it offer of about £60k a week. If Owen wants to escape his Newcastle nightmare and return to Anfield, he will accept what is a generous offer considering Owen's lack of quality playing time over the past 5 years.
  Rangers will get rid off JCD,Burke,Beasley,Gow(Blackpool)
Coming in:Obi Mikel (Loan)
Berra £1.5m
Reynolds £1.2
watch this space

As for them
Andy Driver from hearts as a replacement for the Irishman from castlemilk McGeady
and a shock move for danny invincible if they can find the funds.

Heard a rumour that rangers are planning a january swoop for lee wilkie for £700,000. Also are considering arfield of falkirk.

Celtic are said to be monitoring the financal stuation at west ham and are hoping to bring back craig bellamy for a knock down price, also van bronckhorst is again being linked for next season.
  To the person who said Michael Owen will go on loan to liverpool and that he could join them permanantly in the summer for 3 million, dude do some research he is out of contract so he would cost nothing if he was gonna be sold it would be in Jan, and he is more strongly linked with chelsea who are gonna make a 3 to 5 million bid IN JANUARY THOUGH
  Stoke will make a move for Serie B striker Daniele Vantaggiato, who has been in prolific form for his club Rimini this season.

Porto are set to open talks with FAT Ronaldo, he will be the clubs top earner with 100,000 a week.

Arsenal and Man u are chasing Asamoah Gyan for udinese, the club value him at 15 million pounds.

Man U Will let Fabien Brandy and Darren Gibson go out on loan, but Alex Ferguson has given up on Owen Hargreaves and will cash him in for 7–9 Million, Tottenham, Arsenal and Aston Villa have all expressed an intrest in him.

Blackburn will give trials to Christian Benitez, Kevin Prince Boetang, Evander Sno and Pablo Garcia (real madrid).

Ajax, Bolton, Fulham, Wolfsburg and Napoli are eyeing up Blackburns Johann Vogel, who has been told he can leave ewood park

James Vaughan is set to leave everton after being told he is surpless to recuirements, West Brom, West Ham and Stoke could move for the young striker, as a replacement Moyes will bid 2 million for Rangers's Darchaville.
  West ham will sell green to arsenal with cudicini coming in from chelsea, also hammers fans, expect bids for parker from blackburn/everton, also spurs, newcastle and bolton are looking at carlton cole as a target man,west ham will also unload several squad players on loan or permanant deals. A takeover of the east london side is on the cards, south african consortium in the frame, The Mole.
  Man city


Sergio aguero –40m[Athletico Madrid]
Klass Jan huntalaar –20m[Ajax]
Per Mertehsaker – 16m [Werder Bremen]

Total 76m


Darius Vassell – 2.25m [Hull]
Richard Dunne – 7m [Sunderland]
Dietmar Hamann – 500,000 [fulham]
Danny mills – 500'000 [Burnley]


  Just Heard from a very very very close friend of mine that plays with celtic reserve's that strachan will leave for newcastle at end of season and celtic's new manager will be Ramos Or Moyse, also watch teh space as celtic will attepmt to sign top premiereship player which it looks like dean ashton or even maybe a cheeky bid walcott on loan along with bellemy
  ((( AFC Bulletin )))

Expect AW 2 move 4 WHUFC gk Green 2 replace Alumnia come Jan . Yaya Toure will nooot be moving 2 AFC as he wants 2 move 2 JUVENTAS . Its been heard AW may make a move 4 Spurs defender Dawson in Jan .
  Joelon Lescot will join Sunderland in January in a deal estimated £7 million. Ronaldo (fat) will also join in January which is why Chopra has gone to Cardiff. FACT
  To the person who said delph to newcastle ! leeds have only just turned down a 3+ million offer for him so why they going to accept two ? and bates has stated today that arsenal and sunderland can stop trying cos hes staying with the mighty whites x
  With January getting closer and the Credit crunch still in full flow its going to be an interesting transfer window.
With the prophesised Liverpool takeover no where to be seen Liverpool will be a bit cash strapped. They will bring in Michael Owen and Aaron Lennon in on loan with a view to a permanent transfer for both. Kuyt will go to Hamburg on loan and Hyppia will go to West Brom.
Utd won't spend (apart from maybe reserve/youth players)
Chelsea won't buy either, their squad is hug as it is.
Arsenal will get Cana from Marseille for £5mill.
Man City won't spend that much, mainly squad players. Don't expect Hughes to be there long though.
The rest of the Premiership will bring in the usual 2nd rate drivel to try and save their season, gonna be a boring January.
  Lfc will sign podolski for 14m and dic will be take over in march
  To the guy that states there were no offers on Dean ashton. . WRONG mate, the spuds offered £18M on the last day of transfer, when that was rejected the spuds came back with a £12m offer for COLE, also rejected (what were west ham thinking !!!!)

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