12/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

12 07 2010

Chelsea have lined up Portugal and Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao, 22, as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole if the England defender moves to Real Madrid. Coentrao impressed during the World Cup despite his country’s early exit.

Manchester City are still in the hunt for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, 24, to bolster their forward line but have baulked at the £34m asking price. A player-plus-cash deal involving Roque Santa Cruz could be one option.

Midfielder Dan Gosling, who has left Everton for nothing having only been offered a verbal contract, looks set to join Newcastle. Despite the youngster being a free agent, the Toffees are still hopeful of securing £4m in compensation for the England Under-21 international.

West Brom are keen to sign Swedish striker Marcus Berg on a season-long loan deal from Hamburg despite the German side insisting they are looking for “substantial” fee. The Baggies are also keen on Liverpool forward David Ngog following their return to the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he wants to sign Brazil playmaker Kaka from Real Madrid but admits there is little chance of the move actually happening.

Fulham will be rebuffed in any attempt to sign goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City. The highly-rated England international had been considered as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Mark Schwarzer but City have made it clear they will not entertain a bid to take Hart either on loan or in a permanent deal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to meet with Barcelona in South Africa to discuss the potential transfer of Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas.

Stoke City are willing to spend £7m to sign defender Maynor Figueroa from Wigan but they face competition from Liverpool for the 27-year-old. Liverpool boss Roy Hodsgon has lined the Honduran up as a replacement for Emiliano Insua who could be set to move to Fiorentina.

Nice star Loic Remy is still a West Ham target but the Hammers would have to pay £12m for the 23-year-old having reportedly offered £11m earlier this month.

Portsmouth and Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is likely to leave Fratton Park for AEK Athens in a £3.5m deal.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could miss the first month of the season after appearing to injure his groin during Spain’s World Cup final win over the Netherlands on Sunday. Torres had only recently returned to fitness following a knee injury.
Any injury could scupper a potential £50m summer move to Premier League champions Chelsea.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp fears the new season could be centre-back Jonathan Woodgate’s last as a player. The 30-year-old has been beset by injury problems during his career and made only three appearances last season; the last of which being in November’s 9-1 thrashing of Wigan.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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