28/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

28 07 2010

Benfica have slapped a £33m price tag on Brazilian star central defender David Luiz, who is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

City are believed to be leading Real Madrid in the bidding war for Luiz.

The Eastlands club will end their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder James Milner and concentrate on offloading Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Roque Santa Cruz.

City are ready to sell Santa Cruz to Marseille for less than half of the £18m they bought him for.

The French side may try to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

Striker Jo could also be on his way out of Eastlands. Blackburn are eager to snap up the City striker.

Chelsea and Manchester United look set to miss out on Sami Khedira, with the Stuttgart midfielder on the verge of a move to Real Madrid.

Former Real Madrid striker Raul will disappoint Tottenham and Newcastle by joining German side Schalke 04.

Argentina winger Maxi Rodriguez is ready to join the exodus from Liverpool, with his old club Espanyol keen to take him back to Spain in a bargain deal.

Luke Young’s exit from Aston Villa is a step nearer after the defender was omitted from the club’s latest touring squad. Liverpool are believed to have tabled an offer in the region of £2.5million for the versatile defender.

Ex-Portsmouth keeper David James is to meet Celtic this weekend to discuss a move to the Scottish giants, with Fulham also interested in the veteran England player.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is ready to snap up Dutch right-back Ronnie Stam in a £2m deal from champions Twente Enschede.

Blackpool are losing their fight to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan – but boss Ian Holloway will make Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan his first summer signing.

Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was on loan at Tottenham last year, is a target for Birmingham and Fulham.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to German international central defender Per Mertesacker after being beaten to Sol Campbell’s signature by Newcastle. The Gunners are confident a £10m offer can persuade Werder Bremen to part with the 25-year-old.

West Bromwich Albion have had a £3m bid for midfielder Cheick Tiote rejected by the Ivorian international’s Dutch club FC Twente.

Arsenal are poised to move for Italy’s first-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after Cagliari put the 27-year-old up for sale.

Several Premier League sides are tracking New York Red Bulls striker Macoumba Kandji after he played impressively against Tottenham and Manchester City in pre-season friendlies.

Queens Park Rangers are set to make a bid for Reading winger Jobi McAnuff, with the Royals hoping to get £1.45m for the 28-year-old.

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio could be on his way out of Elland Road after the Championship club opted not to offer the Argentine an extension to his deal, which runs out next summer.

Derby boss Nigel Clough is ready to battle Bristol City and Burnley to sign Wigan striker Jason Scotland on loan.

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is set to sign French right-back Jean Calve from French side Nancy.

Italian Roberto Donadoni has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant Fulham manager’s post.

Sam Allardyce wants to end his managerial reign at Blackburn in two years’ time and finish his career in charge of a national team.

West Ham have offered midfielder Scott Parker a new contract worth £20m over five years in a bid to keep their prize asset at the club.

Kanu’s agent is claiming Portsmouth want to give the veteran Nigerian forward a deal for another three years.

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