28/01/2011 – Friday’s Transfer Talk

28 01 2011
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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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26/11/2010 – Friday’s Paper Round-Up

26 11 2010
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Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has placed an £80m price tag on Ashley Young after Manchester United and Liverpool revealed their interest in the winger.

Arsenal and Manchester City have joined the race to sign Sporting Lisbon’s teenage winger Zezinho, dubbed “the new Cristiano Ronaldo”.

The Reds are also interested in Lille’s central defender Adil Rami and forward Gervinho.

But Lille midfielder Eden Hazard will not be leaving the club despite interest from Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.

Liverpool could make a shock January move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

West Ham striker Carlton Cole (left) could be on his way to Liverpool in January after publicly criticising the tactics of Hammers manager Avram Grant.

Meanwhile, former Hammers defender Anton Ferdinand could be on his way back to Upton Park with the Sunderland centre-back set to leave the Stadium of Light.

Manchester United expect to clinch the signing of 26-year-old goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, of Norwegian club Aalesund, by the weekend.

In-form striker Johan Elmander has stalled on signing a new contract with Bolton – and sparked a scramble for his signature. Liverpool, Newcastle and Stoke are interested.

Fulham are ready to win the £3m race for 6ft 8in Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore of Romanian side Cluj.

Cottagers boss Mark Hughes could raid former club Manchester City with keeper Shay Given, winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and striker Roque Santa Cruz all on Fulham’s wish list.

Manchester United target David De Gea has said he will happily reject overtures from Sir Alex Ferguson to remain at Atletico Madrid.

Dimitar Berbatov will definitely not be leaving Old Trafford in January, according to the player’s agent Emil Dantchev.

Birmingham are poised to make a £2m move for Swedish striker Denni Avdic who plays for IF Elsborg.

Arsenal target Gokhan Inler could leave Udinese if the right club makes the right offer, says the Swiss midfielder’s agent.

Dinamo Zagreb vice-president Zdravko Mamic has revealed that the Croatian side have rejected a £17m offer from Arsenal for highly rated youngsters midfielder Mateo Kovacic and wing-back Sime Vrsaljko.

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan says he will not be joining Tottenham in January and will instead end his career in Spain.

Palermo’s defensive midfielder Armin Bacinovic is a target for Chelsea and Liverpool.

Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips could be about to start a bidding war between Championship promotion chasers QPR and Swansea.

Tottenham defender William Gallas has boldly predicted that Spurs can win “everything” this season, despite having already been knocked out of the Carling Cup.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed will back manager Mark Hughes in the transfer window but vented his anger at the 4-1 home loss to Manchester City last week.

Plymouth have held talks with former Leeds and Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale over potential investment in the cash-strapped club.

Tottenham will press ahead with plans to move to the Olympic Stadium despite receiving the go-ahead to build a new 56,000-seater arena adjacent to White Hart Lane.

Winger Stewart Downing believes new Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier needs to bring in up to five new players during the January transfer window.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has revealed that the team’s good spirit has been partly helped by the game rock-papers-scissors.

“The lads do a ‘scissors, paper, rock’ thing and there is a punishment for the loser. So they are getting good at playing it – or else. The loser gets his ears flicked and it is painful,” said the Scot.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





07/10/2010 – Thursday’s Paper Round-Up

7 10 2010

Manchester City are planning a transfer swoop on three of their Premier League rivals. City want to sign striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle, midfielder Gareth Bale from Tottenham and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole.

Manchester United will bid for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon next summer.

United are also monitoring keeper Martin Stekelenburg, whose club Ajax are bracing themselves for bids from the Old Trafford club and Arsenal in January.

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has poured cold water on rumours he wants to leave the club.

The agent of Tottenham target, striker Luis Fabiano, says his client may seek a move away from Spanish club Sevilla if he does not get more first-team football.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has said he will not be joining former club Lazio on loan in January.

Italian club Napoli are considering a move for Tottenham’s Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Liverpool are planning a move for Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in January.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=glen+johnson&iid=9767083″ src=”http://view4.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9767083/glen-johnson-liverpool/glen-johnson-liverpool.jpg?size=500&imageId=9767083″ width=”234″ height=”302″ /] But Reds defender Glen Johnson (left) has paved the way for a possible move to Real Madrid from Liverpool in January by taking Spanish lessons.

However, the club’s protracted sale may scupper a move for Lyngby’s young Danish midfielder Emil Larsen.

Wolves defender Jelle van Damme has claimed he could return to Anderlecht in January after struggling to settle in England.

Doncaster are lining up the loan signing of Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg.

Everton will block Wolfsburg’s bid to take defender Johnny Heitinga away from Goodison Park.

Reading defender Alex Pearce is wanted by Sheffield United and Championship leaders QPR.

Montenegro coach Zlatko Kranjcar believes Wayne Rooney was picked for Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifier because England are scared of his team. Manchester United striker Rooney is in Fabio Capello’s squad despite a nagging ankle injury.

Former Wales international John Hartson has urged the Welsh FA to take a chance and name him as new boss of the national side.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he could recall midfielder Tom Cleverley from his loan spell at Wigan in January.

On-loan midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa could still make his move from Marseille to Newcastle permanent despite suffering a broken leg against Manchester City last Sunday.

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby says that former Chelsea player Lassana Diarra talked him out of moving to Stamford Bridge five years ago. Midfielder Diarra struggled to gain first-team football with Chelsea before moving briefly to Arsenal, before a spell with Portsmouth earned him a move to current club Real Madrid.

Bradford manager Peter Taylor is facing the sack unless his side beats Barnet this weekend.

Tottenham legend Graham Roberts says the club must not move from north London to the Olympic Stadium after 2012.

Hereford have revealed that Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles was one of the first applicants for the managerial vacancy at the League Two club, but is unlikely to succeed Simon Davey at Edgar Street.

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira says he may retire from playing at the end of this season.

Former England great Peter Shilton says David Beckham has not got a chance of beating his 125-cap record for the country, the LA Galaxy midfielder is currently 10 shy of Shilton’s mark.

Sussex County League One side Chichester City have become the first club to phone their manager during a match to sack him. Mark Poulton took the call informing him he was being axed as his side led rivals Redhill 2-1 in a Sussex Charity Cup tie.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.





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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