30/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

30 07 2010

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has hinted he is still tempted by a return to Barcelona, saying his last conversation over his future with Arsene Wenger was “one of the most difficult moments of my life.”

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says striker David Ngog, who scored twice against Macedonian side Rabotnick in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday, will stay at Anfield despite rumours that he could leave the club.

Hodgson is tipped to land Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge. Some bookmakers have slashed the odds on the former Chelsea star arriving at Anfield this summer.

Manchester City remain “a substantial distance” from agreeing either a fee or terms for Inter Milan’s 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli.

Bolton are set to bring back Croatia striker Ivan Klasnic for a second spell at the club. The deal this time will be permanent rather than a loan deal from Nantes.

Queens Park Rangers have joined Coventry in the race to sign disgraced striker Marlon King who was released from prison on Thursday after serving nine months for sexual assault.

West Brom have joined Blackburn and Sheffield United in the race for Stoke striker James Beattie by offering £1.5m for the 32-year-old striker.

Luke Young’s proposed move from Aston Villa to Liverpool is off because he would have had to take a £10,000-a-week pay cut. The defender wants a pay-off from Villa to allow him to take a drop in wages.

New Fulham manager Mark Hughes could return to former club Manchester City to buy Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz. David Bentley is also being linked after the pair worked well together at Blackburn Rovers.

Hughes could also make a move for West Ham’s England keeper Robert Green if Arsenal make a move for Mark Schwarzer.

United States striker Landon Donovan says he would love to rejoin Everton from LA Galaxy following his successful loan spell on Merseyside last season.

Champions League side Spartak Moscow are refusing to abandon their interest in Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, who was left out of the Bhoys’ side beaten by Braga in the Champions League qualifying round this week.

Brazil striker Robinho is heading back to Manchester City after talks between the Eastlands outfit and Brazilian club Santos about extending his loan deal broke down.

Meanwhile, former City midfielder Didi Hamann reckons the club will again fail to finish in the top four this season despite splashing out huge sums on players.

Premier League referee Mark Halsey has been passed fit to return to action next season following treatment for throat cancer.

Five thousand unsold 24-carat gold limited edition Frank Lampard signature iPods are to be melted down and rebranded into ones featuring cartoon character Hello Kitty.

Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro has moved in next door to England cricket hero Andrew Flintoff in Dubai.

Chelsea v Arsenal has been moved to Sunday 3 October for live television coverage – and will go out at the same time as the climax of golf’s Ryder Cup.

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