14/08/2010 – Saturday Transfer Talk

14 08 2010

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp wants former Arsenal defender William Gallas at White Hart Lane. Redknapp feels Tottenham could win the Premier League with three new signings – but the chances of landing all three are “quite slim”.

But Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko could be on his way out of White Hart Lane with Marseille keen on the Russia star.

However, Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Tottenham with the 31-year-old Spartak Moscow keeper on trial with the north London club.

Werder Bremen have rejected a bid from Real Madrid for Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil, describing the Spanish club’s offer as “unacceptable”.

New Fulham boss Mark Hughes believes he can bring the best out of striker Craig Bellamy, whose future at Manchester City appears to doomed after criticising manager Robert Mancini’s approach.

Meanwhile, Hughes is closing in on a £1.5m deal for Algeria World Cup defender Rafik Halliche from Benfica.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=shay+given&iid=9447890″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9447890/soccer-manchester-city/soccer-manchester-city.jpg?size=500&imageId=9447890″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Manchester City keeper Shay Given (left) could be joining Arsenal after being told Joe Hart will be the club’s number one.

But Arsenal face competition from Celtic in the pursuit of Republic of Ireland international keeper Given, with Manchester City preferring to sell the 34-year-old to the Scottish club rather than a Premier League rival.

Fulham are also keen to land Given as a replacement for Mark Schwarzer, who has been attracting the interest of the Gunners.

Schwarzer has handed in transfer request to Fulham as he tries to force through a move to Arsenal.

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Real Madrid’s France striker Karim Benzema.

But Chelsea have been warned off trying to sign Stoke’s Bosnia international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Manchester United are set to make a last-ditch bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international keeper Rene Adler.

Wigan are close to securing a season-long loan for Chelsea’s Argentine striker Franco di Santo, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn.

Wigan are also keen on Orebro SK’s Finland striker Roni Porokara.

Blackburn Rovers are still in race for Fenerbahce’s £5m-rated Spanish striker Dani Guiza.

Birmingham City are nearing a £2m move for Sunderland defender George McCartney and are to hold talks about taking striker Matt Derbyshire on loan from Olympiakos.

Newcastle have edged closer to sealing the signing of Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa after he was left out of the French club’s weekend squad.

Liverpool are preparing an offer for Manchester City’s Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz.

The Reds have also made enquiries about Anderlecht’s 17-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac could also be on his way to Liverpool, according to French reports.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=javier+mascherano&iid=9137389″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9137389/fifa-world-cup-2010-soccer/fifa-world-cup-2010-soccer.jpg?size=500&imageId=9137389″ width=”234″ height=”368″ /] Liverpool have agreed a fee of £12.3m plus midfielder Alexander Hleb with Barcelona in return for Reds star Javier Mascherano (right).

Chelsea’s stars are at ‘war’ with owner Roman Abramovich who has infuriated his Double winners by scrapping and slashing the squad’s bonuses.

Steven Gerrard says he would love to play alongside Mikel Arteta in an England midfield. The Everton star has not been capped for Spain and qualifies to play for England through the residency rule.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has launched an attack on the Premier League’s new “home-grown” rule, describing the introduction as “ridiculous”.

Chelsea have secured first refusal on future Fluminese stars as part of the deal that took midfielder Deco to the Brazilian side.

Blackburn Rovers have moved a step closer to a £300m takeover by Western Gulf Advisory, a Bahrain-Swiss-based investment company who are owned by Ahsan Ali Syed.

Portsmouth will be bought for £16m by the man who put them into administration six months ago – Hong Kong-based Balram Chainrai.

The US Soccer Federation has dismissed reports that coach Bob Bradley has resigned, quashing rumours that the American could be on the verge of becoming Aston Villa’s new manager.

For full stories head over to the  BBC website.

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