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.

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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.





18/08/2010 – Wednesday Transfer Talk

18 08 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=edgar+davids&iid=7990695″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/7990695/heineken-brings-uefa/heineken-brings-uefa.jpg?size=500&imageId=7990695″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Crystal Palace will attempt to lure former Ajax and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids (left) to Selhurst Park. The Dutchman, 37, has been without a club since 2008 but is keen to settle in London.

Barcelona have invited Manchester City to make an offer for Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has fuelled speculation that he may be preparing a bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell after he picked out the 19-year-old for praise.

The Blues are also planning a move for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.

Chelsea are refusing to give up in their pursuit of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic..

Liverpool are to make a fresh bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.

The Reds are also interested in Fulham full-back Paul Konchesky and are preparing a £3m offer for the 29-year-old.

Manchester United may bid for CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev as a long-term replacement for 39-year-old Edwin Van der Sar.

Everton are close to sealing a £4m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Marat Izmailov.

Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop has admitted that the club may have to sell stars such as striker Luis Suarez, centre-back Jan Vertonghen and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to balance the books. All three have been linked with moves to the Premier League.

Inter Milan are considering a move for Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has turned his attentions to Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen after his attempts to land Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy were foiled by Cardiff. Gudjohnsen, who made his name with Bolton and Chelsea, spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham.

Middlesbrough striker Mido has wrecked a possible loan move to Turkish side Kayserispor after he made an unannounced visit to inspect their training facilities.

Marseille are in line to sign Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia, who has been told he can quit the Latics.

West Brom are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and are also keen on Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie.

Aston Villa have made an approach for Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok’s 22-year-old winger Kamil Grosicki.

Sunderland centre-back Anton Ferdinand is set for a loan switch to Fiorentina after a deal to join Palermo fell through.

Tottenham are likely to make an offer on Wednesday for French striker Loic Remy, with Marseille also chasing the 23-year-old.

Spurs are battling it out with West Ham for the signing of Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.

West Ham manager Avram Grant is set to raid old club Portsmouth for utility player Marc Wilson.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=ryan+babel&iid=8337258″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/8337258/ryan-babel-liverpool-2009/ryan-babel-liverpool-2009.jpg?size=500&imageId=8337258″ width=”234″ height=”274″ /] Former England manager Steve McClaren will offer midfielder Ryan Babel (right) a way out of Liverpool after lodging a £9m bid to take the Dutchman to German side Wolfsburg.

Liverpool might consider using Babel as part of a swap deal to land FC Twente’s Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz

Blackpool are hoping to sign Everton striker James Vaughan on loan – with a view to a permanent switch.

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is on the verge of a switch to Italian side AC Milan.

Newcastle are facing competition from AC Milan for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Arsenal are also interested in 23-year-old Ben Arfa, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger set to make a £12m move for the 23-year-old.

And Werder Bremen are another club who are keen on Ben Arfa and have offered Marseille £6.5m for the Frenchman.

Notts County striker Luke Rodgers is on the verge of sealing a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls in the United States.

Stoke are eyeing a move for Frenchman Sekou Baradji, who has also been linked with West Ham.

West Brom are set to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie for £2.5m.

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is lining up a move for Ipswich forward Jon Walters.

Dundee United have told striker Francisco Sandaza, winger Danny Cadamarteri and midfielder Jeno Myrie-Williams they can leave the club.

Arsenal are in talks to sell 20-year-old defender Armand Traore to Benfica.

Inter Milan have not given up in their pursuit of Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt.

Former Netherlands star Ronald Koeman claims to be on Aston Villa’s shortlist to replace Martin O’Neill, who resigned as manager earlier this month.

Manchester City will still pay striker Craig Bellamy £2.5m in wages this season, despite sending him on loan to Cardiff for the whole campaign.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists the door is not closed on Bellamy’s career at Eastlands.

Cardiff were threatened with the bailiffs on the same day they landed Bellamy.

Motherwell have threatened to put Cardiff out of business unless they pay the Scottish club the £175,000 they are owed from the sale of Paul Quinn.

Arsenal are to invite fans to buy shares in the club and play a role in its governance. Supporters will be invited to pay a minimum of £100 for one ‘fanshare’.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he had never seen new striker Bebe play before the £7.4m recruit arrived at the club’s Carrington training ground.

For full stories, head over to the BBC website.

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2009 So Far

14 01 2010

First Written – 18th March 2009

December 2008 ended full of promise, hope, optimism and even allowed us kopites to smile at the thought of winning our first league title since 1990, coincidentally the year I was born, rather than wondering how we were out of the title race by November once again. Whilst Sunday’s victory over Chelsea allowed us to move back to second place in the league, it is looking increasingly difficult to see how teams are going to be capable of taking points off Manchester United.

The victory over Chelsea is all the more frustrating as it has been our first in the league of the year after very disappointing draws against Everton and Wigan to name just two. Along with this, take into account draws at Anfield to Stoke, Hull, Fulham and West Ham, that is just four points from a possible twelve. Eight points dropped to must supporters. It is this inability to beat the so called ‘lesser teams’ that makes January seem an even more frustrating month for Liverpool.

Robbie Keane’s departure back to Tottenham seems strange to say the least and with Fernando Torres struggling with fitness this year, Dirk Kuyt and rookie David N’Gog are our only other recognised first team strikers. Robbie Keane never really seemed to get a fair crack of the whip under Rafa Benitez, scoring just 7 goals. We’ve only lost one league game all season, to Tottenham ironically, yet we have had the most 0-0 draws in the league this season with 5. We’ve got more draws than an IKEA warehouse! Signing Keane for £20m to rarely use him, even when we are in need of a goal, suggests there are other issues at Anfield that the fans do not know about.

The lengthy saga of Benitez signing a new contract to constant takeover reports which today co-owner George Gillett further fuelled by saying he is ‘open’ to offers. On and off the field, it seems like a very lengthy first month of the year. Benitez not signing a new contract again shows a frosty relationship still between himself, the owners and the more and more unreliable figure that is Rick Parry. As well as the Keane blunder, Parry’s inability to offer key players Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt new contracts, as well as allowing Jermaine Pennant to go on a six-month loan deal to Portsmouth with just six months remaining on his contract, further showing that Parry is no longer up to the job. The frosty relationship suggests a power struggle within the Liverpool hierarchy and rather unfortunately, it seems as if Robbie Keane has been used as a pawn in the games.

Robbie Keane’s deadline day departure ruled out realistic possibilities of signing a replacement, despite murmurs of Javier Saviola joining from Real Madrid, or Aaron Lennon joining from Tottenham. It seems that the last six months have seen Benitez struggle to land Gareth Barry, a player he wanted, and suggests Keane was bought in but not by Benitez’s say so. The same six months has now seen Liverpool spend £20m on a player only to sell him back to the same club for just £12m. Although neither sums were paid up front and were dependant on success, it has not left my beloved Liverpool FC covered in glory. The cliché goes that a lot can happen quickly in a football, and it seems Liverpool are going to have to learn this the hard way.

Mark Jepson








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