07/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

7 07 2010

England Under-21 midfielder Dan Gosling can walk out on Everton for nothing because the club failed to put a new contract offer to him in writing. Everton made a verbal offer to Gosling but the Premier League sided with the player because of the club’s administrative error. West Ham, Sunderland and Newcastle are battling it out for the highly-rated youngster’s signature.

Spain striker Fernando Torres has told Liverpool that he will not discuss his future until after he has had a holiday following the World Cup. Torres is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona. No official bids have been made.

Arsenal are ready to pay £20m for German playmaker Mesut Ozil, having trailed the 21-year-old for months. Ozil has one year left on his contract at Werder Bremen meaning he can leave on a free transfer in a year’s time.

Manchester City have been linked with a £16.5m move for Cologne and Germany attacker Lukas Podolski.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is lining up a £13m move for FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz.

Manchester United have made tacit enquiries about the possibility of signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who they were keen on signing before he moved to Spain from French side Lyon.

Sunderland are looking into the possibility of a season-long loan deal for Ghana’s young striker Dominic Adiyiah, who is at AC Milan.

Portsmouth’s 17-year-old left-back Lenny Sowah has rejected a move to Wigan in favour of a switch to German side Hamburg.

West Ham are bracing themselves for a bid from Aston Villa for Scott Parker. The Hammers expect Villa to contact them once Villa midfielder James Milner makes his expected £25m switch to Manchester City.

Villa manager Martin O’Neill, who accepts he is fighting a losing battle to keep Milner, is ready to strike a £30m deal with City for the England international. He wants £15m plus out-of-favour pair Stephen Ireland and Nedum Onuoha in return.

England boss Fabio Capello’s frustration with his side’s performances apparently surfaced before the World Cup had started. It is believed that he smashed a glass tray in anger at half-time of the warm-up match with Platinum All-Stars.

Injured onlooker Michael Ballack has been ousted from the Germany’s World Cup camp after a rift with current captain Philipp Lahm, who insists he will not give the armband back to the former Chelsea star when he is fit again. The midfielder joined up with the squad last week to act as a ‘cheerleader’. He will not be present for the semi-final against Spain.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Uruguayan World Cup star Diego Forlan – who left Old Trafford in 2004 after an unsuccessful spell – could have been a Red Devils hero and the club sold him too cheaply.

France captain Patrice Evra has been handed a month off by Sir Alex Ferguson to help him recover from his World Cup nightmare and marathon season – one more week than other United players who starred in South Africa.

Germany star Mesut Ozil has ridiculed England for saying they were bored between games in South Africa. Ozil said: “If you find the greatest tournament on earth boring, then you probably shouldn’t be there.”

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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