29/12/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

29 12 2010
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eager to bring out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland to Parkhead on loan.

Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reinforce his Manchester United midfield with a £12m New Year move for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra.

United are also preparing a summer move for CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev, who Ferguson sees as a long-term replacement for current number one Edwin van der Sar.

Fulham hope to make Chris Samba their first signing of the January transfer window but the Blackburn defender wants assurances over Mark Hughes’s future first.

However, the Cottagers may face competition from Arsenal, who are keen on the £8m-rated centre-back.

The Gunners are also reportedly back in the hunt for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.

Liverpool have rejected a loan offer from Birmingham City for 24-year-old winger Ryan Babel, who has also attracted interest from West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool’s new Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli was at Southampton yesterday to run the rule over the Saints’ latest teen sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Juventus are preparing a £27m-offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and the Italian side may also be willing to throw midfielder Felipe Melo into the deal.

Stoke are close to signing on-loan winger Jermaine Pennant, 27, on a permanent contract from Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

German side Werder Bremen are interested in Aston Villa’s 25-year-old defender Curtis Davies, who is currently on loan with Leicester City.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has handed a trial to Colorado Rapids’ Jamaican striker Omar Cummings.

Villa are also keen to sign striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal, who may also be joined out of the Emirates exit by fellow striker Carlos Vela, midfielder Denilson and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has received a lucrative offer from Manchester City, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

Mick McCarthy wants to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane back to Wolves, the club the Republic of Ireland forward first joined in 1997.

West Ham look set to sign Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Monaco if they can get a work visa for the Congolese striker.

The Hammers may also look to sign Manchester United’s Michael Owen on loan after the striker admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford to reignite his career.

Valon Behrami has given Roma until 10 January to reach a deal over his transfer from West Ham. The Swiss midfielder is desperate to return to Italian football after an injury-hit spell in the Premier League.

Everton, Newcastle and Blackburn are chasing Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Oriol Romeu.

Hull have been put off a bid for James Vaughan after his club Everton put a £2m price-tag on the striker.

However, the Tigers are close to sealing a £1.5m-deal for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt after Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson admitted the player is almost certain to leave in January.

England boss Fabio Capello has risked angering Europe’s top clubs by backing calls for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held during the winter. Capello, who is due to leave his role with England in 2012, believes it would be too hot to play in Qatar during June and July.

Blackburn caretaker boss Steve Kean has refuted accusations that there were underhand tactics at play when he was asked to take over from Sam Allardyce. “It was an absolute shock when I received the phone call from the chairman which was half an hour before it hit the press that Sam was going to leave,” said Kean.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the side are struggling to find “the right chemistry” this season. The Blues are on their worst run in 11 years after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal left them six league games without a win.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that champions Chelsea are now out of the title race after the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes that the attacking, passing football played by sides like his own and Arsenal will benefit the next generation of English footballers. “When you play in that sort of style players are forced to make decisions and think on the pitch,” said Martinez.

Former Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is poised to become the new manager of Sheffield United.

Liverpool are to reward striker David Ngog with a new long-term contract. The 21-year-old has 18 months remaining on his current deal.

Birmingham City have upped their contract offer to winger Sebastian Larsson. The Swede, 25, who cost £1m from Arsenal, can leave at the end of the season.

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier (pictured) has revealed why John Carew was late to report for his club’s Christmas programme – the striker was stuck in snow in his native Norway.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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31/10/2010 – Sunday Paper Round-Up

31 10 2010

Spanish giants Barcelona could come in for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric after losing patience in their bid to lure Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp.

Manchester United look set to make a move for Lille’s £12m-rated teenage midfielder Eden Hazard.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=david+de+gea&iid=8772029″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8772029/europa-league-final-match/europa-league-final-match.jpg?size=500&imageId=8772029″ width=”234″ height=”363″ /] Manchester United are also being linked with Athletico Madrid’s highly-rated teenage goalkeeper David de Gea (left), said to be worth £18m.

Manchester City have vowed to outbid any of their rivals when it comes to signing Spanish striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool next summer.

Meanwhile, City striker Roque Santa Cruz is on the verge of a sensational move to Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is planning a £9m January transfer window move for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he does not fear Kenny Dalglish as a rival for his job and has only praise for the Kop hero’s work as club ambassador and scout.

Sir Alex Ferguson has ruled out any transfer activity in the January window and says injured striker Wayne Rooney may have to wait until December before being recalled to Manchester United’s first team.

Striker Michael Owen could be sacrificed as Manchester United look to slash their wage bill following Wayne Rooney’s pay rise – while Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is eager to take Owen on.

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is so keen to keep James McFadden he is set to offer him a contract extension even though the striker is on the long-term injury list.

Tottenham are prepared to offer their goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes a contract that would see the Brazilian shot-stopper remain a Spurs player until 2015.

Ipswich chiefs could be forced to choose between boss Roy Keane and 17-year-old striker Connor Wickham because the manager has fallen out with the teenage starlet.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce says his England Under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson is the best young player in Britain, and admits he may struggle to keep him at the Stadium of Light.

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will make a decision on his injury-ravaged career in the new year. The 29-year-old has been out since 2008 after surgery on both knees.

Former FA chief executive and Liverpool fan Brian Barwick is being lined up for a boardroom role by the new owners at Anfield, possibly as acting chief executive.

The billionaire owners of QPR insist there will be money to spend if Neil Warnock gets the team promoted to the Championship. Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia said: “the dream is to get into the Champions League.”

Former West Ham, Charlton and Southampton manager Alan Pardew is set to replace George Burley at Crystal Palace “within 10 days.” A former Palace player, Pardew scored the winner as they beat Liverpool 4-3 to reach the 1990 FA Cup Final.
Scores of Tottenham fans may not be able to watch their club entertain Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday after a ticketing error sold seats that were not available.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole may have left Arsenal but he hasn’t forgotten the Gunners’ kit man Vic Akers, whom he rescued after a parking row at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says his Manchester United-supporting brother keeps urging him to sign for the Red Devils. “Maybe they can swap me for Rooney,” he joked.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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22/10/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

22 10 2010

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has called on former team-mate Rooney to follow in his footsteps by moving to Eastlands.

An angry mob of balaclava-clad United fans gathered outside Rooney’s Prestbury home on Thursday night, holding a banner urging the want-away striker not to join City.

United full-back Patrice Evra believes Rooney should not play for the club again following his public declaration that they have not signed players who can make them competitive.

Rooney has stunned Real Madrid by demanding to become the highest paid Galactico if he joins Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.

Chelsea have no intention in getting involved in a bidding war for Rooney, with Blues owner Roman Abramovich keen for the club to become self-sufficient and balance its books.

As uncertainty about Rooney’s future drags on, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is planning a radical overhaul of his squad next summer with up to 10 players facing the axe.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=alexandre+pato&iid=8967492″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8967492/milan-chicago-fire/milan-chicago-fire.jpg?size=500&imageId=8967492″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Ferguson is looking to sign AC Milan youngster Alexandre Pato (left) as a direct replacement for Rooney if the player leaves Old Trafford.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is praying that Black Cats striker Darren Bent does not get dragged into a transfer merry-go-round which could be sparked by Rooney leaving Manchester United.

Liverpool’s new owners plan showdown talks with striker Fernando Torres next week, with Manchester United and Barcelona interested in signing the Spaniard.

The Anfield club are considering making a move for Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shechter in January, although Tottenham, Everton and West Ham are also in the hunt.

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has called a dramatic halt to contract negotiations with the club.

Young wants a buy-out clause in his new Aston Villa contract, with Spurs said to be interested in the England international.

Juventus are ready to rival Manchester City in the battle to sign Lazio defender Stefan Radu.

Championship leaders QPR want to reinforce their squad with the loan capture of versatile Arsenal attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle will open contract talks with Johan Elmander in the next few weeks, with the striker free to talk to other clubs from January.

Former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is close to replacing Roy Hodgson as Liverpool’s new boss.

Blackburn are close to a takeover by VH Group, an Indian chicken company.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is a month ahead of schedule in his return from ankle surgery. Defoe was expected to be out until Christmas but he could now be back by the end of November – in time for their final two Champions League group games against Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

England’s 2018 World Cup bid is set for a major boost when it is named the stand-out candidate to host the tournament by Fifa.

The Scottish Players Union are again on alert over the late payment of wages at Hearts.

West Brom manager Roberto di Matteo believes football management is like hay farming. “It is like when you are a farmer,” said the Italian. “You want to bring as much hay into your stall as possible for a long winter. That’s what we are trying to do.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





21/09/2010 – Tuesday’s Paper Round-Up

21 09 2010

Roma want Manchester City keeper Shay Given – and Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has encouraged him to consider a move to Serie A.

Meanwhile, Ferguson could bring Aston Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark to Old Trafford as part of a deal involving United striker Michael Owen moving to the West Midlands outfit.

Nigeria striker Victor Obinna wants to make his loan move from Inter Milan to West Ham permanent because he likes the style of Premier League football.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=tom+huddlestone&iid=9793881″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9793881/tom-huddlestone-captain/tom-huddlestone-captain.jpg?size=500&imageId=9793881″ width=”234″ height=”288″ /] Manchester United are considering a move for Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone (left) in the January transfer window. Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to be a big fan of the £16m-rated midfielder.

Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland and Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could be on their way to Arsenal in a £22m double swoop in January.

Manchester United want to give a trial to Brazilian youngster Andrigo, who plays for Internacional. Barcelona have also invited the 15-year-old forward for a trial at the Nou Camp.

Liverpool pair Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres could be on their way out of Anfield as co-owner Tom Hicks plots a £280m buyout of partner George Gillett’s shares in the club.

Slimmed-down West Ham striker Benni McCarthy says he is ready to play in Tuesday’s Carling Cup clash with Sunderland after been fined by the Hammers for exceeding his target weight.

Danish defender Daniel Agger has become the first Liverpool player to openly challenge Roy Hodgson’s authority after claiming he will not fall in line with the manager’s long-ball mantra.

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has made a lively start to the new season at Hamburg in Germany by scoring six goals in five games, admits he could bring an end to his glittering career at the end of the season.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Brian Laws, boss of Coyle’s former club Burnley, sent him a text message saying simply “ouch” when the the two clubs were paired together for Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie at Turf Moor.

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed the reason for his superb form so far this season – running six miles a day in the summer in between watching World Cup matches as a fan.

Norwich director and noted intellectual Stephen Fry got some football facts, regarding 1940s Wolves striker Dennis Westcott, slightly wrong on the first programme in a new series of his television quiz show QI. Fry claimed Wolves manager Major Frank Buckley experimented with injecting monkey glands to improve his team’s fitness, leading to a goal spree by Westcott. However, Westcott’s run of 38 goals in 35 games was in 1946-47, Buckley left Wolves in 1944 and the monkey glands controversy was in 1938.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





12/09/2010 – The Sunday Paper Round-Up

12 09 2010

Real Madrid are plotting to end Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United turmoil by setting aside £65m for a summer swoop.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=michael+owen&iid=9521856″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9521856/michael-owen-manchester/michael-owen-manchester.jpg?size=500&imageId=9521856″ width=”380″ height=”435″ /]Gerard Houllier wants to make Michael Owen (left) his first signing at Aston Villa. The former Liverpool boss was impressed with Owen’s form and fitness during Jamie Carragher’s testimonial and wants to sign the Manchester United striker either on loan or for a nominal fee during the January transfer window.

Manchester City are planning to smash the British transfer record by signing Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore from Palermo for £40m. The 21-year-old has also been a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Portsmouth hope to wrap up a loan deal for Tottenham right-back Kyle Naughton, 21, this week, while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp could also loan out fellow defender Kyle Walker, 20, to Hull City.

Arsene Wenger is still eager to pursue his interest in Crewe midfielder Nick Powell and is willing to spend up to £2m on the 16-year-old attacking midfielder.

Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has emerged as Manchester United’s number one choice to succeed Edwin van der Sar.

Middlesbrough are monitoring Carlo Cudicini’s situation at Tottenham Hotspur with a view to a January move for the Italian goalkeeper.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti buried their differences over dinner in Geneva last week.

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier had his heart tested before accepting the Aston Villa job.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is backing midfielder Alexander Hleb to prove Birmingham’s most influential signing since France World Cup winner Christophe Dugarry.

Co-owner David Sullivan claims he is at breaking point after revealing West Ham’s debts have gone through the £100m barrier.

Manager Roy Hodgson claims it will need a change of owners before Liverpool can hope to be champions again.

Wayne Rooney was desperate to confront the expected abuse from Everton, fans only for Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to leave him out of the squad.

Gary McAllister, who is Gordon Strachan’s coach at Middlesbrough, is ready to answer Gerard Houllier’s call to be the Frenchman’s right-hand man at Aston Villa.

Uefa has given the green light for Great Britain and Northern Ireland to field an Under-23 football team for the first time in the Olympics.

Sir Alex Ferguson says Walter Smith is too young to quit as planned as Rangers manager at the end of the season and thinks owner Sir David Murray can persuade him to stay.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Walter Smith “has kept Rangers alive” by winning the Scottish title at a time of financial crisis for the Glasgow club.

Rangers fans fear retribution from Greater Manchester Police for the trouble after the 2008 Uefa Cup final when they travel to Old Trafford for Tuesday’s Champions League tie.

Scotland coach Craig Levein says there is room for flair players like James McFadden in his team but that he needs every player to share the workload.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has defended James McFadden after the forward was criticised by Scotland coach Craig Levein for being lazy and selfish against Liechtenstein.

Scotland are looking into the possibility of ditching the controversial Jabulani ball after players complained about it in their last two internationals.

The Scottish Football Association faces a battle with clubs over plans to force them all to ensure their pitches are perfectly flat, with Motherwell having already sought legal advice.

Eidur Gudjohnsen may be deemed too overweight to make his Stoke debut against Aston Villa on Monday. The former Chelsea striker has been on an intensive fitness programme after piling on the pounds in the summer.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





19/08/2010 – Thursday Transfer Talk

19 08 2010

Shay Given is set to walk out on Manchester City after finding out Joe Hart will keep his place in goal for the Europa League qualifier against FC Timisoara on Thursday night. Given is now mulling over possible  moves to Arsenal or Fulham.

Chelsea may miss out on the signature of 18-year-old Brazilian Naymar after the striker’s club Santos offered to make him their highest paid player and refused to accept any offers less than their valuation of £29m.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that midfielder Javier Mascherano will not be offloaded for anything less than £25m to Inter Milan and has told the Argentine he should be prepared for an extended stay at Anfield.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=luis+fabiano&iid=9250309″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9250309/sports-news-june-2010/sports-news-june-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9250309″ width=”234″ height=”312″ /] Tottenham will only make a £15m bid for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano (left) if they qualify for the group stages of the Champions League. Even then the Brazilian’s £90,000-a-week wages may prove to be a stumbling block.

Chelsea are up against Ajax in the battle for the signature of 17-year-old Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku.

Ahsan Ali Syed wants to sign former England captain David Beckham, now at Los Angeles Galaxy, if the Indian businessman’s proposed £300m takeover bid of Blackburn is successful. Syed said: “I was 26 when I started following the Premier League. I liked Blackburn back then and also used to follow Manchester United’s fortunes because of David Beckham. If my finances allow and his intentions are positive then I would love to take Beckham.”

Manchester United may be about to test Deportivo La Coruna’s determination to keep hold of Mexico winger Andres Guardado with a £12m bid.

Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Sevilla’s Sebastien Squillaci after the Spanish side withdrew the French defender from a Champions League qualifier.

Liverpool are weighing up an approach for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and may also include his Eastlands team-mate Wayne Bridge in the deal as they look to fill a left-back vacancy.

Rangers have secured the services of Slovakian World Cup star Vladimir Weiss, who had also been linked to rivals Celtic. The 20-year-old Manchester City winger has sealed a season-long deal at Ibrox.

Bolton left-back Jlloyd Samuel is a loan target for Middlesbrough.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=kenny+huang&iid=9492875″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9492875/soccer-proposed-purchase/soccer-proposed-purchase.jpg?size=500&imageId=9492875″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Chinese businessman Kenny Huang (right) is becoming frustrated at his efforts to gain control of Liverpool. There are several parties interested in replacing Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett but Huang is anxious to arrive and provide funds for new players before the end of the transfer window on 31 August.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hit back after Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson accused teams of spending money with “kamikaze effort”. City have spent £130m this summer but Mancini said: “It’s normal when you want to buy a good player that you have to spend money. It is not important for me [what Ferguson says]. I respect his opinion but I repeat that United, like City, have spent a lot of money in the past.”

Former West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson is preparing for a shock return to football as the Icelandic businessman launches a rescue bid for struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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18/08/2010 – Wednesday Transfer Talk

18 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=edgar+davids&iid=7990695″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7990695/heineken-brings-uefa/heineken-brings-uefa.jpg?size=500&imageId=7990695″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Crystal Palace will attempt to lure former Ajax and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids (left) to Selhurst Park. The Dutchman, 37, has been without a club since 2008 but is keen to settle in London.

Barcelona have invited Manchester City to make an offer for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has fuelled speculation that he may be preparing a bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell after he picked out the 19-year-old for praise.

The Blues are also planning a move for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.

Chelsea are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic..

Liverpool are to make a fresh bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.

The Reds are also interested in Fulham full-back Paul Konchesky and are preparing a £3m offer for the 29-year-old.

Manchester United may bid for CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev as a long-term replacement for 39-year-old Edwin Van der Sar.

Everton are close to sealing a £4m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Marat Izmailov.

Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop has admitted that the club may have to sell stars such as striker Luis Suarez, centre-back Jan Vertonghen and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to balance the books. All three have been linked with moves to the Premier League.

Inter Milan are considering a move for Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has turned his attentions to Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen after his attempts to land Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy were foiled by Cardiff. Gudjohnsen, who made his name with Bolton and Chelsea, spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham.

Middlesbrough striker Mido has wrecked a possible loan move to Turkish side Kayserispor after he made an unannounced visit to inspect their training facilities.

Marseille are in line to sign Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia, who has been told he can quit the Latics.

West Brom are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and are also keen on Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie.

Aston Villa have made an approach for Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok’s 22-year-old winger Kamil Grosicki.

Sunderland centre-back Anton Ferdinand is set for a loan switch to Fiorentina after a deal to join Palermo fell through.

Tottenham are likely to make an offer on Wednesday for French striker Loic Remy, with Marseille also chasing the 23-year-old.

Spurs are battling it out with West Ham for the signing of Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is set to raid old club Portsmouth for utility player Marc Wilson.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=ryan+babel&iid=8337258″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8337258/ryan-babel-liverpool-2009/ryan-babel-liverpool-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=8337258″ width=”234″ height=”274″ /] Former England manager Steve McClaren will offer midfielder Ryan Babel (right) a way out of Liverpool after lodging a £9m bid to take the Dutchman to German side Wolfsburg.

Liverpool might consider using Babel as part of a swap deal to land FC Twente’s Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz

Blackpool are hoping to sign Everton striker James Vaughan on loan – with a view to a permanent switch.

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is on the verge of a switch to Italian side AC Milan.

Newcastle are facing competition from AC Milan for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Arsenal are also interested in 23-year-old Ben Arfa, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger set to make a £12m move for the 23-year-old.

And Werder Bremen are another club who are keen on Ben Arfa and have offered Marseille £6.5m for the Frenchman.

Notts County striker Luke Rodgers is on the verge of sealing a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls in the United States.

Stoke are eyeing a move for Frenchman Sekou Baradji, who has also been linked with West Ham.

West Brom are set to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie for £2.5m.

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is lining up a move for Ipswich forward Jon Walters.

Dundee United have told striker Francisco Sandaza, winger Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Jeno Myrie-Williams they can leave the club.

Arsenal are in talks to sell 20-year-old defender Armand Traore to Benfica.

Inter Milan have not given up in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt.

Former Netherlands star Ronald Koeman claims to be on Aston Villa’s shortlist to replace Martin O’Neill, who resigned as manager earlier this month.

Manchester City will still pay striker Craig Bellamy £2.5m in wages this season, despite sending him on loan to Cardiff for the whole campaign.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists the door is not closed on Bellamy’s career at Eastlands.

Cardiff were threatened with the bailiffs on the same day they landed Bellamy.

Motherwell have threatened to put Cardiff out of business unless they pay the Scottish club the £175,000 they are owed from the sale of Paul Quinn.

Arsenal are to invite fans to buy shares in the club and play a role in its governance. Supporters will be invited to pay a minimum of £100 for one ‘fanshare’.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he had never seen new striker Bebe play before the £7.4m recruit arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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