25/08/2010 – Wednesday Transfer Talk

25 08 2010

Liverpool’s 3-0 drubbing by Manchester City on Monday has prompted manager Roy Hodgson to make a shock move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, with the Reds prepared to offer £6m up front for the 26-year-old.

Hodgson is desperate to sort out the future of Javier Mascherano, who wants to move for family reasons, and has told Barcelona they will need to pay £18m in cash by the end of the weekend to secure the Argentine midfielder.

Barcelona may offer midfielder Alexander Hleb and defender Martin Caceres in part exchange as they look at ways to tempt Liverpool to sell Mascherano.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Mahamadou+Diarra&iid=9386288″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9386288/world-news-july-2010/world-news-july-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9386288″ width=”234″ height=”346″ /] Reports in Spain believe Liverpool are in talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of Mahamadou Diarra (left).

If Liverpool do finally offload Mascherano, they may attempt to secure Marseille’s £7m-rated midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa.

Sky Sports believe that Liverpool are close to completing a £3.5million deal for Paul Konchesky.

West Brom have made a £3m bid for Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng. The Ghanaian was voted the Spanish club’s player of the season for the 2009-2010 campaign and was named in his country’s World Cup squad.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is intent on signing both a striker and right-back before the close of the transfer window next Tuesday.

Everton have been put off Tottenham striker Peter Crouch after being quoted what they consider to be an exorbitant fee of £10m.

Coventry are set to sign striker Marlon King, who was released from prison in July, on a three-year contract. Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd wants to snap up King on a Bosman transfer for a weekly salary of £10,000, plus bonuses.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar looks likely to remain at Goodison Park for one more season and see out the final year of his contract, despite Tottenham’s ongoing interest in the South African.

Chelsea could be set to make a shock bid for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso, with the Blues needing cover for Ricardo Carvalho, who recently moved to Real Madrid.

Deal-broker Keith Harris, who has assisted in the sales of West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester City, says he is representing a mystery overseas buyer for Liverpool, with an offer of up to £500m set to be tabled to take over from the current American owners.

England manager Fabio Capello has come under fire from Real Madrid’s new manager. Jose Mourinho said: “He has a one-track relationship with players. You cannot go around just shouting at players. They need to feel special. Capello will not work for England. He does not know the players. They are frightened of him and they can’t play for him.”

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.


24/08/2010 – Tuesday Transfer Talk

24 08 2010

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho rules out moves for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor. Asked about Drogba, he said: “Again, no chance.”

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=javier+mascherano&iid=9557740″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9557740/javier-mascherano/javier-mascherano.jpg?size=500&imageId=9557740″ width=”234″ height=”298″ /] Liverpool have told Barcelona that they want £24.5m in cash for Javier Mascherano (left) after rejecting an offer of £18.8m, plus Alexander Hleb for the 26-year-old Argentine.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso after concluding that Benfica’s Brazil defender David Luiz, rated at £27m, is likely to prove too expensive.

Sunderland are interested in West Ham striker Carlton Cole after being rebuffed in their efforts to sign Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan from Rennes.

Brazilian forward Robinho is set to meet officials from Fenerbahce in Manchester on Tuesday in an attempt to seal a move from Manchester City before the 31 August transfer deadline.

Everton manager David Moyes is leading the chase for Peter Crouch – and will let Tottenham have contract rebel Steven Pienaar in exchange for the England striker.

Ian Holloway is set for a swoop on Newcastle’s Leon Best and Swansea’s Stephen Dobbie after conceding that Blackpool need six more signings for a chance of Premier League survival.

Striker Alessandro Diamanti looks set to quit West Ham for Brescia after holding talks about a return to Italy.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Kevin+Gameiro&iid=9562724″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9562724/soccer-2010-lorient-nice/soccer-2010-lorient-nice.jpg?size=500&imageId=9562724″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] West Ham have made an £8m bid for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro (right), who bagged 17 league goals in the French league last season and caught the eye of several major European clubs.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wants to sign another former Arsenal player – Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Manchester United will pay £60,000 in fines for manager Alex Ferguson as he carries on his ban of speaking to the BBC.

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger believes England deserve to host the World Cup in 2018. “Nowhere else in the world can you travel into the centre of a town or city and find the football stadium squeezed between the streets where people live their lives,” he said.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has been tuning in to BBC Radio 2 – listening to DJs such as Chris Evans, Ken Bruce and Steve Wright – to avoid the abuse he gets on football phone-ins from fans.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is set to miss out on a bargain loan deal for Manchester City youngster Felipe Caicedo because of an administration error.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

23/08/2010 – Monday Transfer Talk

23 08 2010

Arsenal have set their sights on signing Netherlands international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and centre-back Jan Vertonghen from Ajax in a £22m deal.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=peter+crouch&iid=9575561″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9575561/peter-crouch-tottenham/peter-crouch-tottenham.jpg?size=500&imageId=9575561″ width=”234″ height=”285″ /] Stoke manager Tony Pulis has ruled out a move for Tottenham striker Peter Crouch (left), insisting the former Liverpool and Portsmouth player is out of his price range.

AC Milan have admitted they are attempting to sign Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona, but admit that the chances of landing him look remote. “We will try but it’s difficult,” said chief executive Adriano Galliani.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has agreed personal terms with Barcelona for a move to the Spanish side, however the clubs are yet to settle on a fee. Barca have offered around £12m but Liverpool want closer to £21m.

Liverpool are also willing to engage in further talks with Inter Milan over the sale of Dirk Kuyt to the Italian side. The Reds have already rejected an offer thought to be in the region of £7.5m plus Nigerian striker Victor Obinna.

Inter Milan striker Victor Obinna is due at West Ham on Monday for talks. Hammers boss Avram Grant has acted swiftly to tee up a possible move for the 23-year-old Nigerian international.

Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Stephane Sessegnon is keen on a move to England, with Tottenham and West Ham interested in the 26-year-old.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is preparing a £12.3m bid for Benin international Sessegnon.

Blackburn have put a £1m price tag on Jason Roberts – the striker without a squad number. Leeds and Nottingham Forest are interested in the 32-year-old but may wait until the Football League loan window opens next month.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=david+trezeguet&iid=8282210″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8282210/sports-news-march-2010/sports-news-march-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=8282210″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will look to secure a deal to bring 32-year-old Juventus forward David Trezeguet (right) to Anfield.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes insists goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s departure from Craven Cottage is not a “foregone conclusion”, in spite of continued interest from Arsenal.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez faces crunch talks with his chairman Dave Whelan. Martinez wants to bring in two strikers but Whelan is more keen to discuss plans for the defence after the Latics conceded 10 goals in two games.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli can be an even better player than Fernando Torres, says City boss Roberto Mancini.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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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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