25/07/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

25 07 2010

LA Galaxy Midfielder David Beckham could be poised for a sensational return to the Premier League with West Ham. The Hammers hope to lure Beckham back to his East End roots to help them in their audacious bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in 2013.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that defender Ashley Cole will be staying at Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho is preparing to make one last-ditch attempt to sign midfielder Steven Gerrard from Liverpool and has instructed the Real Madrid hierarchy to offer £30m.

Tottenham are set to hijack Manchester City’s £24m-move for Aston Villa midfielder James Milner.

Manchester City are planning a player clear-out with midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips and defenders Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge among the high-profile names expected to be shown the door at Eastlands.

City boss Roberto Mancini is under pressure to sell of a number of players in order to reduce his 37-man squad to 25 in order to comply with Premier League rules. This could mean the sale of striker Craig Bellamy and midfielders Nigel De Jong and Stephen Ireland.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is monitoring Hamburg’s German defender Marcell Jansen to ease the club’s problems at left-back.

Arsenal remain keen to sign Everton’s defender Phil Jagielka despite having had a £10m bid turned down.

But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has turned down the chance to sign England goalkeeper David James, paving the way for the former Portsmouth man to join Celtic.

Wenger is instead ready to make a bid for Ajax and Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

French striker Loic Remy may be denied a move to the Premier League by former club Lyon, who have 48 hours to match any offer by West Ham, Liverpool and Arsenal if cash-strapped Nice agree to sell.

Stoke are lining up a £4m-raid on Portsmouth for Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Wigan, Blackburn and Stoke are all trailing 24-year-old Marseille striker Mamadou Samassa, who is available on a free transfer after his contract expired.

Sunderland have joined Everton in the race to sign FC Nordsjaelland striker Nicki Bille Nielsen.

Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge is wanted by Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Scottish champions Rangers.

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill will consider his future at the club if there is any attempt to sell forward Ashley Young behind his back.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says there is nothing more he can do to keep Spanish striker Fernando Torres at Liverpool. “His beef is with the club and not me,” said Hodgson.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants the club’s board to back him in the transfer market and not waste the opportunity to propel Spurs into the Premier League elite.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hold showdown talks with Cesc Fabregas, who is wanted by Barcelona, next week to decide the Spanish midfield star’s future.

According to Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, Fabregas is set to stay at Arsenal this season because of his close relationship with the Gunners fans.

Everton are prepared to make midfielder Mikel Arteta the highest-paid player in the club’s history to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester City.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has hit back at team-mate Shay Given’s claims that he was not ready to play in the World Cup for England. Hart also warned Given that he is aiming to usurp him as City’s first-choice keeper this season.

It would have cost Fulham £8.4m to bring Ajax manager Martin Jol to Craven Cottage last week. However, the cost would have been £1.5m had they sealed a deal between 1 June and 1 July, in accordance with the former Tottenham boss’ contract.

Midfielder Ryan Giggs believes his Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson can still be in charge of the Old Trafford club in five years time, when the Scot reaches the age of 75.

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