07/08/2010 – Saturday Transfer Talk

7 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=pepe+reina&iid=7220022″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7220022/pepe-reina-liverpool-2008/pepe-reina-liverpool-2008.jpg?size=500&imageId=7220022″ width=”234″ height=”309″ /] Arsenal have launched a £23m raid for Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina (left) but face a battle to lure one of the Anfield club’s prize assets.

Manchester City will use Stephen Ireland as part of a player-plus-cash bid to persuade Aston Villa to part company with England international midfielder James Milner.

Milner was pulled out of Aston Villa’s friendly against Valencia on Friday as his move to City moved ever closer. The Eastlands club will pay an intial £15m fee that could rise nearer to £20m once the player has achieved certain targets.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is ready to offload Turkish midfielder-cum-striker Tuncay to Blackburn to help fund his £10m pursuit of Nice forward Loic Remy.

Ghana international John Mensah is to return to Sunderland on loan, according to French club Lyon.

Meanwhile, Pulis is poised to make a £12m offer to West Ham to bring striker Carlton Cole to the Britannia Stadium.

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is set to make a move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen is on the verge of a switch to Liverpool, according to his agent.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=cesc+fabregas&iid=8410847″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8410847/cesc-fabregas-arsenal-2009/cesc-fabregas-arsenal-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=8410847″ width=”234″ height=”309″ /] Cesc Fabregas (right) admits he is only staying at Arsenal because manager Arsene Wenger forced him to.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka will make his first England appearance since April 2009 in Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary at Wembley as part of a number of changes by coach Fabio Capello to the squad that flopped at this summer’s World Cup finals.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was waiting for an approach from Barcelona until the last minute before pledging his immediate future to Anfield.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is considering ending his interview boycott with the BBC. The Premier League has warned United of the fines the Scot could incur this season if he continues to ignore Match of the Day and 5 live reporters, while the League Managers’ Association has tried to persuade the 68-year-old to break his Beeb silence.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates believes half of foreign owners of British clubs “don’t know what they’re doing”, branding Liverpool’s American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett “jokers”.

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