16/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

16 08 2010

Marseille are lining up Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko after the French club’s bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano failed.

Argentina legend Diego Maradona is lining up a move to become Aston Villa’s next manager following Martin O’Neill’s departure.

Maradona’s European spokesman Walter Soriano said the 1986 World Cup winner “loves the English countryside” and if Villa owner Randy Lerner made a serious offer the American would “get a positive response”.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=joe+cole&iid=9555287″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9555287/sports-news-august-2010/sports-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9555287″ width=”234″ height=”343″ /] Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (left) has been defended by manager Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after being sent off on his league debut for the Merseysiders against the Gunners.

Chelsea are considering a renewed bid for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and will offer about £4.5m.

Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy could sign for Championship club Cardiff in a bid to end his Eastlands misery after he was given permission to train with his home-town club.

Wales international Bellamy has been told he is no longer welcome at City’s training ground.

However, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of persuading Bellamy to move to White Hart Lane.

But Redknapp has been warned to stay away from Scott Parker, who has been offered a new five-year contract by West Ham. Hammers chairman David Sullivan said he would report the north London club if they continue their pursuit of the midfielder.

Schalke are hoping the presence of Raul will help persuade Manchester City striker Robinho to join his former Real Madrid strike partner at the German club.

Newcastle are ready to thwart Fulham’s bid for Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, although the 23-year-old is due at Craven Cottage for a medical ahead of a £1.3m move from Benfica.

Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa has accused Marseille of treating him like a “slave” after refusing to allow the France international midfielder to join the Magpies on loan.

Blackburn are giving a trial to 26-year-old Colombian striker Edixon Perea Valencia, who is a free agent after his contract ran out at Brazilian club Gremio.

Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is also keen on Toulouse striker Xavier Pentegote, although he suffered a knee injury at the weekend.

Birmingham are close to bringing Matt Derbyshire back to English football on loan from Greek club Olympiakos.

Liverpool are weighing up a £5m move for PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden forward Ola Toivonen.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looks set to join Italian club Bologna on loan.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=charles+nzogbia&iid=7236403″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7236403/charles-zogbia-wigan/charles-zogbia-wigan.jpg?size=500&imageId=7236403″ width=”234″ height=”204″ /] Wigan will hit Charles N’Zogbia (right) with a maximum £70,000 fine after he stormed out of training on Friday and missed Saturday’s opening day defeat by Blackpool.

Frenchman N’Zogbia has since gone on strike, a decision that is likely to speed up his exit from the DW Stadium. Birmingham have tabled an £8m bid for the winger, although Wigan are holding out for more.

Michael Owen says he has become a different style of striker since joining Manchester United and still believes he has “four or five years at the top”.

Sheffield United are ready to offer former Wales midfielder Gary Speed his first job in management after the shock sacking of Kevin Blackwell.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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