28/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

28 07 2010

Benfica have slapped a £33m price tag on Brazilian star central defender David Luiz, who is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

City are believed to be leading Real Madrid in the bidding war for Luiz.

The Eastlands club will end their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder James Milner and concentrate on offloading Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Roque Santa Cruz.

City are ready to sell Santa Cruz to Marseille for less than half of the £18m they bought him for.

The French side may try to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

Striker Jo could also be on his way out of Eastlands. Blackburn are eager to snap up the City striker.

Chelsea and Manchester United look set to miss out on Sami Khedira, with the Stuttgart midfielder on the verge of a move to Real Madrid.

Former Real Madrid striker Raul will disappoint Tottenham and Newcastle by joining German side Schalke 04.

Argentina winger Maxi Rodriguez is ready to join the exodus from Liverpool, with his old club Espanyol keen to take him back to Spain in a bargain deal.

Luke Young’s exit from Aston Villa is a step nearer after the defender was omitted from the club’s latest touring squad. Liverpool are believed to have tabled an offer in the region of £2.5million for the versatile defender.

Ex-Portsmouth keeper David James is to meet Celtic this weekend to discuss a move to the Scottish giants, with Fulham also interested in the veteran England player.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is ready to snap up Dutch right-back Ronnie Stam in a £2m deal from champions Twente Enschede.

Blackpool are losing their fight to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan – but boss Ian Holloway will make Maccabi Haifa defender Dekel Keinan his first summer signing.

Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was on loan at Tottenham last year, is a target for Birmingham and Fulham.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to German international central defender Per Mertesacker after being beaten to Sol Campbell’s signature by Newcastle. The Gunners are confident a £10m offer can persuade Werder Bremen to part with the 25-year-old.

West Bromwich Albion have had a £3m bid for midfielder Cheick Tiote rejected by the Ivorian international’s Dutch club FC Twente.

Arsenal are poised to move for Italy’s first-choice goalkeeper Federico Marchetti after Cagliari put the 27-year-old up for sale.

Several Premier League sides are tracking New York Red Bulls striker Macoumba Kandji after he played impressively against Tottenham and Manchester City in pre-season friendlies.

Queens Park Rangers are set to make a bid for Reading winger Jobi McAnuff, with the Royals hoping to get £1.45m for the 28-year-old.

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio could be on his way out of Elland Road after the Championship club opted not to offer the Argentine an extension to his deal, which runs out next summer.

Derby boss Nigel Clough is ready to battle Bristol City and Burnley to sign Wigan striker Jason Scotland on loan.

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is set to sign French right-back Jean Calve from French side Nancy.

Italian Roberto Donadoni has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant Fulham manager’s post.

Sam Allardyce wants to end his managerial reign at Blackburn in two years’ time and finish his career in charge of a national team.

West Ham have offered midfielder Scott Parker a new contract worth £20m over five years in a bid to keep their prize asset at the club.

Kanu’s agent is claiming Portsmouth want to give the veteran Nigerian forward a deal for another three years.

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27/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

27 07 2010

Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has been told he can leave Liverpool, having held talks with the club’s hierarchy.

Inter Milan are thought to be lining up a £25m bid for the Argentine international.

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has rejected a bigger pay packet at Manchester United to join former boss Roberto Mancini at rivals Manchester City.

Italy international Balotelli’s £25m arrival at Eastlands will spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Emmanuel Adebayor joining Juventus on loan and Mascherano, Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt and Uruguay and Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan moving to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are offering England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of the deal to sign James Milner from Aston Villa.

The Premier League are keeping close tabs on Chelsea’s £20m pursuit of Benfica’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires. The Brazilian is involved in a third-party ownership deal with agent Kia Joorabchian.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will step up his pursuit for Mexico international Carlos Salcido. Dutch club PSV Eindhoven are likely to demand in the region of £3m for the defender.

Hodgson is also lining up Ipswich’s self-confessed Liverpool fan Connor Wickham.

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Belgium international Steven Defour, with the club weighing up a £13m bid for the influential Standard Liege midfielder.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted by his first club Osasuna, a transfer that could rekindle the Gunners’ move for Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer.

Ajax boss Martin Jol wants to sign Middlesbrough striker Mido.

Fulham, Sunderland and Bolton are chasing Portsmouth striker John Utaka. The Nigeria international is also interesting German sides Cologne and Bayer Leverkusen.

Hull striker Kamel Ghilas is a loan target for French club Arles-Avignon.

Roma are stepping up their efforts to sign midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham and could offer goalkeeper Doni or striker Stefano Okaka in exchange for the Swiss star.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he regrets not coming out of international retirement to play for England at the World Cup in South Africa.

Scholes said he had only two hours to consider whether to join England boss Fabio Capello’s squad in South Africa.

Injured Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has five weeks to save his career before new Premier League rules consign him to the sidelines.

Manchester United have similar worries over Owen Hargreaves and Anderson as the Premier League introduces new regulations that state clubs must name a 25-man squad by 31 August.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said England’s build-up to the World Cup was disrupted by too much travelling and being overworked in training sessions.

Holland international Royston Drenthe claims he is on the verge of joining Liverpool. He announced it on his Facebook page and said: “I will soon be joining Liverpool FC. I hope I will have a good season.”

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02/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

2 07 2010

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is ready to test Arsenal’s resolve with a £35m bid for Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

Alex Ferguson is set to launch a bid for out-of-favour Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema but the Manchester United boss must first attempt to secure funds from player sales.

New Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill is confident of persuading David James to stay at Fratton Park following talks with the veteran goalkeeper.

West Ham are expected to make an improved offer for Brazilian wonderkid Neymar after Santos rejected a £12m bid.

Algeria winger Hameur Bouazza wants to quit the Premier League’s newly promoted Blackpool for a move to Paris St Germain.

Brazilian Geovanni is set to quit Hull after being handed a free transfer. Greek clubs AEK Athens and Panathinaikos are both keen to sign the former Barcelona man.

Portsmouth have told Lazio they need to double their £5m joint offer for duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Nadir Belhadj.

Stoke City have confirmed they are keen to sign Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley. They could get him for a fraction of the £6m they bid for him two years ago.

Liverpool and Spurs are battling to sign Galatasaray’s Turkish winger Arda Turan. Turan says it is his “dream” to play at Anfield.

Arsenal are on the trail of AS Monaco’s highly rated keeper Stephane Ruffier who has told his club that he wants to leave this summer. Juventus, Napoli and Bayern Munich are also reported to be interested in the 23-year-old.

Tottenham have entered the race to sign Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and are prepared to offer as much as £25m for the Sweden international.

Manchester City target Edin Dzeko has met with his Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren to plead with him to let him leave the Bundesliga club. The 24-year-old striker has a price tag of £32.5m which Wolfbsurg will not drop.

Striker Michael Owen, 30, says he will be fit for the start of the Premier League season with Manchester United and confirms his interest in returning to the England setup.

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Liverpool Football Club Rumours:

New boss Roy Hodgson wants to bring Brede Hangeland and Danny Murphy to Anfield according to the media watch section on Liverpool’s official website. The story also reiterates Hodgson’s desire to recruit Gilberto Silva and Rafael Van der Vaart to add to the signing of Milan Jovanovic.

01/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

1 07 2010

Manchester City are ready to take their summer spending to £90m by attempting to lure England midfielder James Milner in a £25m move from Aston Villa.

City are expected to make an improved bid for Milner in the next seven to ten days after having an initial £20m offer for the England international rejected by Aston Villa. They have also not given up hope of landing Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko despite Wolfsburg’s £50m asking price.

Liverpool-bound Roy Hodgson wants to spend the £15m transfer budget he will be handed when he arrives as boss at Anfield on midfielder Gilberto Silva, defender Brede Hangeland, forward Rafael van der Vaart and midfielder Danny Murphy.

Barcelona will launch a £25m bid for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano as soon as Yaya Toure completes his drawn-out move to Manchester City.

Barcelona also look set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer £18m for the 21-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of next season, and allow him to stay at his current club Werder Bremen on loan next season.

After spending much of the World Cup warming the bench for Spain, Barcelona transfer target Cesc Fabregas may stay at Arsenal after all.

The Gunners are weighing up a move for £10m-rated Germany defender Per Mertesacker and are already close to finalising an £8.5m deal for defender Laurent Koscielny from French club Lorient.

West Ham are closing in on a deal to sign Brazilian wonderkid Neymar on a season-long loan, before the 18-year-old Santos forward joins Chelsea in a year’s time.

Sunderland are close to completing a deal for Nigeria striker John Utaka from Portsmouth in a £2m deal.

The Black Cats have bid £7m for England defender Matthew Upson. They hope that may tempt cash-strapped West Ham into selling.

Sol Campbell, 35, has stalled on joining Celtic because he is holding out for a new deal at Arsenal.

Fulham have rejected a £6m bid from Birmingham for striker Bobby Zamora, while Burnley striker Robbie Blake has joined Bolton on a free transfer. Martin Petrov has also joined Blake in arriving at the Reebok on a free transfer.

Fulham have targeted West Ham striker Carlton Cole as a ready-made replacement for Zamora, who is set to follow manager Roy Hodgson out of West London.

Alan Curbishley could be set for a players’ revolt if he replaces Hodgson as Fulham manager as Danny Murphy, Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil and Booby Zamora could demand moves from the Europa League finalists.

Roy Hodgson’s two-year contract as Liverpool manager, which is expected to be signed on Thursday, will not contain a release clause allowing him to take the England job.

David Platt is being lined up as Roberto Mancini’s number two. The former Arsenal and England midfielder has been friends with the Manchester City manager since they played at Sampdoria.

England’s Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard have pulled the plug on a £16m football extravaganza to be held at the O2 Arena in London. The duo were due to be paid £500,000 each for one day’s work next month for participating in a skills challenge with a mix of top stars including Didier Drogba, Crisitano Ronaldo, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas. The event has now been postponed until next summer.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

29/06/2010 – Transfer Talk

29 06 2010

Manchester City have stepped up their bid to sign winger David Silva after chairman Garry Cook flew to Valencia for further talks.

City is also pressing ahead with their interest in Lazio and Serbia left back Aleksandar Kolarov after his move to Real Madrid stalled.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy have put a package together to try to get the better of Arsenal in the battle to sign England midfielder Joe Cole.

Spurs are also rumoured to be ready to make an offer for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to return to White Hart Lane and are willing to offer Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko as part of any deal.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is back in the hunt for Mainz striker Aristide Bance who would cost the club around £3.5m

Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright is set to reject West Ham to be reunited with new Crystal Palace boss George Burley.

Birmingham are back in the race to sign Standard Liege striker Dieumerci Mbokani after his proposed move to Fulham fell through.

Liverpool remain hopeful of appointing Fulham manager Roy Hodgson before the end of the week, which will be a further blow to England’s hopes of him taking over from Fabio Capello, if the Italian decides to leave his job after England’s World Cup exit.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has pleaded with midfielder Mikel Arteta to stay at Goodison Park. Arsenal and Manchester City are interested but Everton have opened discussions on a new contract with the Spaniard.

Bolton have invited Bolivia striker Gilbert Alvarez to join them on their pre-season training camp in the US.

Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano hopes to play with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United.

Marouane Chamakh wants Arsenal to reunite him with his old Bordeaux team-mate Yoann Gourcuff.

Schalke are poised to bid £4million for Stoke’s Turkish international Tuncay Sanli.

Lazio hope to complete their double swoop for Portsmouth’s Nadir Belhadj and Kevin Prince-Boateng.

Striker Christian Benitez has failed his work permit English test for a second time, putting doubts to his hopes of finding another Premier League club after leaving Birmingham following a season-long loan.

Crystal Palace are expecting to agreeing a two-year deal with former Ipswich defender David Wright.

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