08/08/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

8 08 2010

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson wants to bring Tottenham striker Peter Crouch back to Anfield, two years after he was shown the door by the club.

Hodgson is also keeping tabs on Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa who seems destined to leave the French club this summer.

Werder Bremen’s star midfielder Mesut Ozil was watched by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday as he looks for a long-term successor to Paul Scholes.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Shaun+Wright+Phillips&iid=7260676″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7260676/shaun-wright-phillips/shaun-wright-phillips.jpg?size=500&imageId=7260676″ width=”234″ height=”298″ /] Manchester City have told Shaun Wright-Phillips (left) that he can leave the club, with Liverpool and Arsenal keen on the winger.

City defender Nedum Onuoha will also follow Stephen Ireland out of Eastlands as boss Roberto Mancini looks to trim his squad.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton wants to sign Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of the new season.

Arsenal are planning a Serie A raid to help ease their defensive frailties and have earmarked a move for Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini and Bologna keeper Emiliano Viviano.

Portsmouth’s Kevin Prince Boateng could snub interest from West Ham and Stoke to join Italian side Genoa. “I’m relaxed, just waiting for the right team,” said the Ghana international.

Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett would prefer to sell the club to Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi as opposed to Kenny Huang.

But the British tax payer could end up being the majority shareholder in the club if a deal cannot be sorted out in the next two months and the club ends up in the hands of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is thinking about extending his contract with the club and if he does will almost certainly end his managerial career at the Emirates Stadium.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=David+Beckham&iid=8222522″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8222522/sports-news-march-2010/sports-news-march-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8222522″ width=”234″ height=”363″ /] LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena says David Beckham (right) is ahead of schedule on his comeback from an Achilles injury and he expects him to play for the club for years to come.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is not concerned by players’ off-the-field behaviour as long as they do their jobs properly. ‘We are not interested in what happens outside of our training ground,” he said.

Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho, now at Real Madrid, says there is “no doubt” that he wants to manage in England again one day, but will not be pursuing his interest in signing Chelsea’s Ashley Cole – “when a coach says no, it’s no, and we have to accept that.”

Football Association chiefs expect Wednesday’s friendly with Hungary to attract the smallest crowd for an England game since Wembley was rebuilt, as fans vent their disappointment at the team’s World Cup failure.

Former Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish could return to the Anfield boardroom as the club attempts to revive the spirit of their glory years of the 1970s and 80s.

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