31/07/2010 – Weekend Transfer Talk

31 07 2010

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is considering a £10m bid for Standard Liege’s Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour, who the former Fulham boss sees as a natural replacement for want-away Argentine star Javier Mascherano.

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that Liverpool are interested in Christian Poulsen.

And Mascherano is set to be the subject of a £20m bid from Italy’s European champions Inter Milan, who are managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

Manchester City are still struggling to agree a fee with Aston Villa to buy their midfielder James Milner. Villa want £30m for the 24-year-old, but City are only prepared to pay £24m.

West Ham have snubbed Stoke’s £9m bid for 26-year-old striker Carlton Cole.

New Fulham manager Mark Hughes is close to persuading 31-year-old striker Craig Bellamy to join him at Craven Cottage, rather than leave Manchester City for Tottenham.

Birmingham are lining up an improved £10m offer for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia after seeing their initial £8m bid turned down by the Latics.

Manchester United and Arsenal target Mesut Ozil has hinted that a move to Spanish side Real Madrid could be on the cards. The 21-year-old German midfielder has one year left on his contract with Werder Bremen who are ready to listen to offers.

Barcelona’s former Arsenal midfielder Aleksandr Hleb could be on his way out of the Nou Camp. The 29-year-old Belarusian is attracting interest from Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Sunderland and West Ham.

Blackburn have invited Roma midfielder Ricardo Faty for a trial with a view to a £1m deal for the 23-year-old, who has spent the last two seasons on loan – first, at Bayer Leverkusen and, later, at Nantes.

Arsenal youngsters Emmanuel Frimpong and Mark Randall, who both play in midfield, are loan targets for Southampton and Hull respectively.

Ipswich striker Jon Stead’s proposed £250,000 move to Blackpool has fallen through after the former England Under-21 international failed to agree personal terms at Bloomfield Road.

Nottingham Forest have placed their 30-year-old reserve goalkeeper, Paul Smith, on the transfer list.

Mido is so angry that Middlesbrough are holding out for a £1m fee over his proposed move to Ajax that the striker is threatening to sit out the last year of his contract in protest.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that midfielder Cesc Fabregas will stay with the club for another five years, despite on-going interest from Spanish side Barcelona, and will be captain for this coming season.

Blackpool’s promotion heroes are still waiting to be paid the bonuses owed to them since their play-off victory at Wembley two months ago, leaving owner Karl Oyston facing a damaging row two weeks before their Premier League debut at Wigan.

France striker Nicolas Anelka is taking sports newspaper L’Equipe to court for libel after it printed details of his expletive-ridden World Cup rant at former coach Raymond Domenech.

North Korea’s football ‘flops’ have been given a six-hour verbal roasting in front of hundreds of government officials for not winning the World Cup. Coach Kim Jong-Hun, 53, was made to work on a building site and expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Manchester United’s new signing Javier Hernandez scored against his new club after playing the first half for his previous team Chivas Guadalajara in a pre-season friendly. He switched to United’s side in the second half, but could not prevent Sir Alex Ferguson’s side from losing 3-2.

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