28/06/2010 – Transfer Talk

28 06 2010

Real Madrid have beaten Manchester City to the signing of Brazil right-back Maicon, the 28-year-old having played for new Real boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan last season.

West Ham boss Avram Grant has cooled his interest in free agent Juan Roman Riquelme. The 32-year-old former Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors midfielder would demand a £50,000-a-week deal.

Everton manager David Moyes is keen to sign Landon Donovan on a permanent deal after the United States forward had a loan spell at Goodison Park last season.

West Bromwich Albion are hopeful of signing Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop, with a host of other clubs, including Olympiakos, interested in the 27-year-old.

Lazio are ready and willing to offer £8m to land Portsmouth duo Nadir Belhadj and Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Burnley hope to tie up a £1m deal for Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp but Leeds United and Doncaster United will crank up their interest in the 24-year-old.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is eyeing further signings as Nicky Bailey looks set to complete a £1.4m move from Charlton.

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard has been given permission to talk to Celtic about a possible loan move.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will not be leaving Anfield to join former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan after the Italian club refused to pay the £30m asking price.

Fabio Capello will only remain as England manager if he has the unequivocal support of the Football Association following Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Germany.

Referee Jorge Larrionda, one of the men who failed to spot that Frank Lampard’s first-half shot had crossed the line, was involved in a similar incident six years ago when Brazil striker Adriano was denied a goal during a World Cup qualifier against Colombia.

Javi Martinez is set to step in for Xabi Alonso if the Spain midfielder fails to recover from a sprained ankle in time to face Portugal tomorrow, leaving Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas on the bench once more.

Former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has been offered the manager’s job at Dubai club Al Ahli

England midfielder Joe Cole will decide on his club future within the next two weeks, with Inter Milan the latest team to show an interest. Chelsea announced earlier this month that Cole would be leaving on a free transfer this summer.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has told club officials at Anfield that he will not become the next Liverpool manager unless he is guaranteed a transfer kitty.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told defender Zurab Khizaishvili he has no future at Ewood Park.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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