28/01/2011 – Friday’s Transfer Talk

28 01 2011
Edwin van der Sar playing for Manchester Unite...

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Liverpool have told Chelsea Torres is not for sale after rejecting a £35 million offer sanctioned by Roman Abramovich.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is pushing through a £3million swoop for Argentinian star Mauro Formica despite a snag with his Italian passport.

West Ham have rejected Tottenham’s offer of Robbie Keane plus £2m in return for midfielder Scott Parker, but negotiations are set to continue.

Tottenham are ready to make a second bid to snatch Everton skipper Phil Neville before Monday’s transfer deadline.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will allow Jonathan Woodgate to join injury-striken Wolves on loan until the end of thes season.

Days after inspiring Birmingham City to a place in the Carling Cup final, striker Nikola Zigic could be about to go on loan to Racing Santander.

Meanwhile, Birmingham are making a £2.5m bid for Aston Villa central defender Curtis Davies after ruling out offloading winger Sebastian Larsson in a player-plus cash swap deal.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish wants the club to sanction a loan move for Wolfsburg striker Obafemi Martins as a reward for reaching the Carling Cup final.

Sunderland have turned their attention to Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega as they look to replace Darren Bent.

The Black Cats are on the verge of signing Stephane Sessegnon from Paris Saint-Germain and Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan.

Fulham are looking to buy Spurs midfielder Nico Kranjcar after a deal to buy winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City falls through.

Brazilian forward Lucas Piazon has turned down a move to Chelsea in favour of Juventus.

Blackburn are ready to launch an £8m bid for West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans.

Manchester United are lining up a £20m bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar (pictured), who will retire at the end of the season.

United could be looking to Lyon’s French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as a long-term successor to Van der Sar.

United are stepping up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea after identifying the 20-year-old as the most promising young stopper in the game.

De Gea, Netherlands’ Maarten Stekelenburg and Germany stopper Manuel Neuer make up United’s three-man shortlist.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell is ready to sign Swindon’s prolific striker Charlie Austin in a £1.2million deal

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has told the Premier League: “Maybe you should pick our team,” after the club are fined £25,000 for fielding a weakened side.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Kenny Dalglish has got the Reds winning again by putting a smile back on the players’ faces.

Former Fulham boss Chris Coleman believes the return to action of striker Bobby Zamora and forward Moussa Dembele can lift the club up the table.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere was last night told he represents “the future” of England as manager Fabio Capello revealed his new tactical masterplan is based on the Arsenal teenager.

Capello has admitted he made an error by leaving Arsenal winger Theo Walcott out of his World Cup squad.

Capello is monitoring the progress of young right-backs Martin Kelly and Kyle Walker ahead of next month’s friendly with Denmark.

Qatar-based Arab TV station Al Jazeera want to snap up former Sky Sports football presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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27/10/2010 – Wednesday’s Paper Round-Up

27 10 2010

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz intends to leave the club in January – and suggests fellow City forward Carlos Tevez could follow him through the exit door.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes will try to bring Santa Cruz to Craven Cottage during the January transfer window. Hughes signed the Paraguay frontman while in charge of Manchester City and Blackburn.

Manchester City may make a move for Lazio’s Romanian defender Stefan Radu, who is eager to leave the Italian club in the January transfer window.

The Eastlands outfit are also interested in Sporting Lisbon defender Daniel Carrico. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among those eyeing the Portugal Under-21 star.

Manchester United target Steven Defour says he is willing to move to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Standard Liege star is regarded as one of the best midfielders in Belgium and has been tracked by the Red Devils for more than a year.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=darijo+srna&iid=7268873″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7268873/darijo-srna-croatia-2009/darijo-srna-croatia-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=7268873″ width=”234″ height=”275″ /] Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a cut-price move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Croatian full-back Darijo Srna (left) in January.

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to boost their defence by acquiring Sean Morrison of Swindon but face a battle with Newcastle and Sunderland for the highly rated 19-year-old.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has spoken out for the first time over the fury surrounding his contract wrangle, insisting: “I was never going to leave Man United”.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stepped up his plan to get the club’s key players to commit to the Old Trafford outfit by offering John O’Shea a new £16.5m contract.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will not target any marquee signings in the January transfer window as New England Sports Ventures, the club’s new owner, looks to put a stop to the profligate spending the company believes has hampered the club’s progress in recent years.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce and chairman John Williams are likely to keep their jobs when the expected £46m takeover by Indian group Venky’s goes through in November.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is under pressure to bring the club’s five-year wait for a trophy to an end this season.

Gunners winger Theo Walcott has played down his side’s title chances, despite the 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. Walcott is urging fans not to get carried away by his team’s impressive start to the season.

Walcott’s team-mate Andrey Arshavin is set to begin talks with Arsenal over a new £80,000-a-week deal. The forward’s current contract expires in 19 months’ time.

Everton manager David Moyes insists Jermaine Beckford will adapt to the Premier League, despite the striker’s poor start to the season. Moyes signed the 26-year-old from Leeds on a free transfer in the summer.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has denied whipping up the frenzy that led referee Willie Collum to receive death threats following Sunday’s Old Firm defeat by Rangers.

Fans of Paul the psychic octopus who are in mourning after his death can take comfort from the news that his spirit will live on – in clothing lines and mobile phone applications. The creature, who correctly predicted the outcome of all Germany’s matches – as well as the final – at the 2010 World Cup, also features in a documentary.

Manchester United fans flocked to the club’s Old Trafford megastore on Tuesday. However, it was not striker Wayne Rooney’s name they wanted on the back of their replica jerseys – it was that of Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, the new United hero who has his nickname Chicharito emblazoned across his number 14 shirt.

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has warned his players there is no place for nightclubs and alcohol in a modern footballer’s life.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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