04/10/2010 – Monday’s Paper Round-Up

4 10 2010

Lazio are negotiating a loan deal for Manchester United’s striker Federico Macheda.

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras insists he has no intention of leaving the club despite strong rumours of an exit during the summer.

Chelsea are willing to offer young goalkeeper Ross Turnbull to Stoke in return for Asmir Begovic.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=gareth+bale&iid=9901164″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9901164/gareth-bale-tottenham/gareth-bale-tottenham.jpg?size=500&imageId=9901164″ width=”234″ height=”326″ /] The Stamford Bridge club are also preparing a bid for £22m-rated Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (left).

Manchester United tried to sign Bale for £20m last summer and will battle with Real Madrid to sign the Welshman at the end of the season.

Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele was in Norway on Sunday night to watch Lindegaard’s Norwegian ‘keeper Aalesunds Anders.

United midfielder Michael Carrick said he never had any intention of leaving Manchester United during the summer, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

United are lining up a January move for Roma’s Italian international midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Barnsley are considering extending the loan spell of Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor for another month.

Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is winning his battle to get a new contract from manager Gerard Houllier.

Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he has done his homework on Leicester’s new owners and won’t be out foxed again after his Notts County fiasco.

Roy Hodgson is under mounting pressure to keep his job as Liverpool manager after their “unacceptable” defeat by Blackpool.

And angry Liverpool fans chanted for the return of former manager and Kop legend Kenny Dalglish following Sunday’s 2-1 loss.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has accused the club’s boo boys of being fickle, after his side were jeered off the field having lost to Everton, their first home defeat in more than a year.

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could make his long-awaited return from injury in the Carling Cup clash with Wolves in three weeks’ time.

Midfielder Stephen Hunt is set to make his Wolves debut on Tuesday – four months after signing for the Premier League club.

Blackburn Rovers are set to ditch a takeover bid by Indian ‘billionaire’ Ahsan Ali Syed – in favour of a rival offer from Indian company Mahindra group.

The agent of Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa says that the Frenchman will be out of action for at least six months, having broken his leg against Manchester City on Sunday.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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Van der Vaart Seals Spurs Switch

1 09 2010

Rafael Van der Vaart’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur has been ratified by the Premier League.

It was believed that Spurs had missed the deadline to sign the Dutchman but Tottenham’s official website has confirmed the deal.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=rafael+van+der+vaart&iid=9517747″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9517747/los-angeles-galaxy-real/los-angeles-galaxy-real.jpg?size=500&imageId=9517747″ width=”380″ height=”448″ /] The Tottenham website read: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Rafael Van der Vaart”.

The Holland international came through the ranks at Ajax and won two league titles during 141 appearances with the Eredivisie side, scoring 60 goals before leaving for Hamburg in the summer of 2005.

The attacking midfielder, 27, was the Bundesliga side’s leading scorer in his first season in Germany and went on to captain the side before joining Real Madrid ahead of the 2007/08 campaign.

Rafael has been capped by Holland a total of 83 times, scoring 16 goals, since making his international debut against Andorra in 2001 at the age of 18.

He has since represented the Netherlands at two European Championships and two World Cups, including this summer’s tournament in South Africa where he featured five times in the side’s run to the Final”.

The transfer has also been confirmed by the Premier League. In a statement, they said: “The Premier League can confirm the transfer of Rafael van der Vaart’s registration from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur.”

Real Madrid revealed that there was no interest from German giants Bayern Munich contrary to reports in the English media and by Tottenham themselves.

Madrid director Miguel Pardeza revealed: “Real Madrid met all the deadlines regarding the transfer of Van der Vaart”.

When questioned on the subject of Bayern Munich making an approach for the Holland star, Pardeza said:

“It is absolutely false that Real Madrid received a 21million euro offer from Bayern Munich for Van der Vaart.

“In fact, the German team never showed an interest to sign the player, so the allegations made in England have greatly surprised us.”

Mark Jepson





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.





20/08/2010 – Friday Transfer Talk

20 08 2010

Paul Konchesky has been offered a new contract by Fulham to keep him out of the clutches of Liverpool, who are preparing a £3m bid for the English left-back.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=dirk+kuyt&iid=9298413″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9298413/dirk-kuyt-holland-world/dirk-kuyt-holland-world.jpg?size=500&imageId=9298413″ width=”234″ height=”333″ /]  Dirk Kuyt’s agent, Rob Jansen, claims the Liverpool striker (left)  is considering a reunion with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan. Jansen claimed there is “real interest” from the European champions and added: “There is also the possibility that a player from Inter could be included in the deal.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will turn his attentions to Bordeaux’s France international defender Michael Ciani, 26, if his bid to land Sevilla centre-back Sebastien Squillaci fails.

Tottenham are set to offer £6m for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, who has just one year remaining on his contract, and secure the services of Read Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra on a loan deal.

Santos president Alvaro Luis De Oliveira has offered 18-year-old playmaker Neymar a new and improved contract to try to keep him out of the reaches of Chelsea.

Birmingham are poised to make a £6m move for Tottenham defender Alan Hutton.

Carlton Cole insists he is happy at West Ham and will not be joining Liverpool this summer. The striker has been strongly linked with a move away from Upton Park to Anfield.

Spurs face a battle with Spanish side Seville in a race to sign Barcelona’s former Arsenal winger Alex Hleb, who went on loan to German side Stuttgart last season.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is considering the possibility of sending midfielder Alberto Aquilani out on loan in an effort to help him play first-team football.

Aquilani’s agent insists the player will remain at Anfield but that is not preventing Juventus from lining up a bid for the Italian.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=rafael+van+der+vaart&iid=9567436″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9567436/world-news-august-2010/world-news-august-2010.jpg?size=500&imageId=9567436″ width=”234″ height=”366″ /] Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart (right) is eyeing a move to Manchester United after becoming one of four players put up for sale. The Dutchman said: “If you are leaving Real Madrid, there is only one club that is not a step down – and that’s Manchester United.”

Blackburn are set to sign Jonathan Greening from Fulham on a season-long loan. The former Manchester United midfielder, 31, is not in new Fulham boss Mark Hughes’s plans and Rovers have been cleared to speak to him.

Bolton’s versatile midfielder Matt Taylor is a target for West Ham and Blackburn, despite the £2m-rated star signing a new contract last year.

Birmingham want to secure a deal for Wolfsburg striker Grafite but obtaining a work permit could be a problem. The 31-year-old Brazilian has scored 50 goals in 79 games for Steve McClaren’s side but only has four caps.

Manchester City fans may be a little concerned after reading Roberto Mancini’s latest managerial ambitions in his homeland. The Italian, who led his team to a 1-0 win in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday, said: “You cannot say no to the national team. I would love to coach Italy one day.”

Chelsea’s 21-year-old defender Sam Hutchinson has been forced to retire because of a chronic knee injury. First spotted by Jose Mourinho, now at Real Madrid, he made his senior debut aged 18 against Everton in 2007 and played four times for the first team.

Dimitar Berbatov has painted himself as Manchester United’s modern-day Eric Cantona. “Football is like art and my aim is to create beautiful things on the pitch to help the team be successful,” said the Bulgarian, who has also drawn caricatures of team-mates Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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Guti Bids Farewell To Madrid

25 07 2010

Legendary Real Madrid midfielder Guti is set to end his 24 year stay at the club by leaving on a free transfer, despite having one year left on his contract. The former Spain international has been at the club since he was nine years old.

During his 15 year professional career at Los Merengues, he won a staggering 15 trophies including five league titles and the Champions League three times. He played a total of 542 games and scored 77 goals.

His departure could pave the way for him to join former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster at Turkish outfit Besiktas. Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce tried to sign him earlier in the summer but could not persuade him to move to England.

In a press conference in Madrid, Guti said: “Thank you to everyone. I go knowing that Real Madrid will always be my home.

“I leave knowing that Real Madrid wants me and that is very important.”

On the subject of a transfer to Besiktas, he continued: “I have a good offer from them, an interesting one. Now we’ll see. It wasn’t an easy decision [to leave Real Madrid].”

Mark Jepson





Schalke move for Raúl

5 07 2010

Real Madrid legend and Spain’s highest goalscorer of all time Raúl is poised to complete a move to German outfit Schalke, according to reports in Spain.

The 33-year-old is no longer a regular starter for Los Merengues and Jose Mourinho is ready to allow the striker to leave on a free transfer. A two-year deal worth £3.3m per year has been agreed, although this will only be finalised once he has returned from his holiday according to the Spanish Press. Raúl rejected offers worth more money from clubs in Qatar and the USA to prolong his career at the highest level and Schalke are able to offer him Champions League football.

Despite these reports in Spain, Schalke manager Felix Magath maintains that the deal has not yet been finalised.

“We are interested in him and are negotiating with his agent,” Magath revealed to Bild.

“The player has not decided yet and wants time until the end of July to make up his mind. It would be a huge signing for Schalke and the whole Bundesliga.”

Mark Jepson








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