20/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

20 07 2010

Didier Drogba’s agent has revealed he is in talks with Manchester City over the Chelsea striker making a £20m move to Eastlands.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is refusing to give up on his dream move to Barcelona but may be forced to submit an official transfer request to force his exit from the Emirates.

Barca hope to hold talks with Arsenal to discuss the Premier League club’s grievances over their persistent pursuit of Fabregas before submitting a second bid in an attempt to bring the Spain international back to his homeland.

Greek side Panathinaikos have stepped up their efforts to sign out-of-contract Gunners defender Williams Gallas, offering the Frenchman £25,000-a-week wages and a signing-on fee of almost £1m.

Liverpool hope Joe Cole’s arrival at Anfield on a four-year deal worth £18.7m can convince Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to commit their futures to the club.

Sevilla’s Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano says he may remain in Spain, despite a summer of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

West Ham remain in the hunt for Nice striker Loic Remy but may face competition from Liverpool for the £12m-rated player.

Alternatively, West Ham have turned their attention to Rosario Central’s Argentine striker Milton Caraglio.

Manchester City officials have travelled to Italy to close the £35m deal for Inter Milan’s 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli.

Sunderland are considering a £5m move for Wigan defender Titus Bramble, who Black Cats boss Steve Bruce previously worked with at Wigan.

Bruce is the favourite to sign centre-back Sol Campbell, a free agent after his Arsenal contract expired at the end of last season.

Sunderland and Bolton are vying for £6m-rated Algeria midfielder Karim Matmour, who helped his country hold England to a goalless draw at the World Cup.

Newcastle are keen to sign St Etienne’s 23-year-old centre-back Yohan Benalouane.

Birmingham have been approached about a deal for Monterrey’s Chile striker Humberto Suazo and have expressed an interest in Argentine midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, who is a free agent.

David James will open talks with Celtic after Portsmouth withdrew their contract offer for the 39-year-old England goalkeeper.

Fulham manager elect Martin Jol is eager to bring Tottenham striker Robbie Keane to Craven Cottage after being promised a £20m transfer kitty by club owner Mohamed Al Fayed.

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is set to table a £10m bid for Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady.

Celtic have been forced to give up their hopes of signing Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard because the 31-year-old’s family are settled in Yorkshire.

Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence expects to complete a £2m move to last season’s Scottish Premier League runners-up Celtic.

Middlesbrough’s French midfielder Didier Digard is ready to sign for French side Nice in a permanent cut-price deal.

Boro boss Gordon Strachan has stepped up his bid to land Dundee United’s Craig Conway, but the Championship club will be forced to pay at least £1m for the midfielder.

Marlon Harewood has been offered a two-year deal at Rangers. The striker is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa.

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee is prepared to battle it out with Hearts for free agent Paul Hartley.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson insists he is not concerned that he has not heard from Javier Mascherano since trying to contact the midfielder last week. The Argentina captain is still on holiday after his World Cup exploits and is not due to return for pre-season training for another week.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says his club do not need to spend heavily this summer to regain the Premier League title from Chelsea.

Midfielder Paul Scholes says reclaiming the Premier League title is Manchester United’s top priority next season, over success in the Champions League.

Martin Jol will be unveiled as Fulham boss before Thursday’s friendly with Halmstad. Caretaker boss Ray Lewington took the Cottagers on their pre-season tour to Sweden but his future is now in doubt because Jol wants his brother Cornelis to join him as assistant coach.

Football Association bosses have reduced ticket prices by up to 33% for August’s friendly against Hungary at Wembley following the national team’s disappointing World Cup campaign.

The FA has hinted that it could again look abroad when appointing a successor to Fabio Capello as England manager.

Premier League newcomers Blackpool have become the first club in Britain to encourage fans to vuvuzelas, which were a prominent feature at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa, to matches.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.




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