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Transfer Talk: 03/06/07.


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Sunday Mirror

Man City are considering Graeme Souness as their new manager amid fears that Thaksin Shinawatra’s takeover bid has stalled. Not the news Man City wanted to hear one has to assume. Souness’ recored as a manager is a poor one overall, huge success achieved with Rangers in the late-80s and early 90s masks the face that this man has won one FACup and one Worthington Cup at clubs of the calibre of Newastle, Balckburn and if course Liverpool. A Turkish Cup with Galatasary fails to add to a much-travelled cv, and this news will surely come as a worry to Man City fans. Souness record as a no-nonsense, tough manager failed to prevent public falling-outs with the likes of Bellamy, Cole and Yorke and despite the fact that he may be the man to lead Barton back to the heart of the team, Stuart Pearce may be watching with interest to see if Man City take a step forward or in this case, a step back.

Aston Villa and Everton are lining up bids for Michael Kightly, the highly-rated Wolves player. With Wolves recent takeover completed, the youngster may be better off attempting to gain promotion with Wolves next season under Mick McCarthy, known to be a very loyal manager who would probably not stand in the way of a transfer the following season. Kightly, the Wolves player of the season runner up, has plenty of options, but with Wolves likely to be in the mix for promotion and with exciting times at Molinieux with the takeover completed, Kightly may be better off furthering his footballing education at Wolves for another season.

West Ham are lining up a move for Everton’s Mikel Arteta. Nonsense. West Ham are looking to spend big to ensure Premiership survival with Scott Parker and Andy Johnson on the shopping list. Yes and no, the Hammers are likely to buy plenty or reinforcements this summer, Parker will probably be the first of many, but Everton wont sanction a transfer for their shiny-headed hero, and Johnson himself would hardly seek a move to a team still threatened with sanctions for their part in the Tevez row. Johnson also had European football to look forward to next season on Merseyside.

The People

Luis Figo wants to finish his career at Tottenham. Interesting, although as Thefc100 has mentioned several times, Spurs will be linked with a couple of hundred players this summer without doubt. Figo, no doubt, would enjoy a Premiership heydey, whether he’d be up to it after coasting to the Serie A title with Inter in a poor competition last year is another matter. Jol may be looking for experience and Figo would certainly not be a bad signing, but like we said…it’s Spurs??

West Ham are willing to spend big to secure Craig Bellamy, also linked with Aston Villa and a return to Blackburn. With Villa reportedly baulking at Bellamy’s wage demands, West Ham may be the team to step up to the plate and pay out the #70,000 a week demanded by Bellamy. With Tevez unlikely to stay, Bellamy would be a nice attacking replacement and may even give Liverpool first option on Tevez…

Real Madrid are lining up a third attempt to bring Rafa Banitez back to Spain. With Benitez known to be frustrated by Liverpool’s inablilty to act quickly to secure transfer targets, this may be more than a rumour. Madrid are likely to have examined Benitez’ veiled criticism of the Anfield hierarchy recently and may be set to make another offer. However, with Capello currently two games away from winning La Liga with Madrid and Benitez having publicly committed himself to Liverpool several times last season, any move for Benitez may have to wait for another year or two…

Other teams linked with players:

  • Everton – Alan Smith, Man Utd. (doubtful)
  • West Ham- Stephen Hunt, Reading. (doubtful)
  • Fulham, Derby – Walter Pandiani, Espanyol. (possible)
  • Derby – Matthew Etherington, West Ham. (probable)
  • Sunderland – David Bellion, Nice. (doubtful)
  • Aston Villa – Nigel Reo-Coker, West Ham. (probable)
  • Portsmouth – Cristiano Lucarelli, Livorno. (possible)
  • Bolton – Scott Carson, Liverpool. (possible)
  • Middlesbrough – Sean Davis, Portsmouth. (possible)
  • Atletico Madrid – Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal. (doubtful)
  • Tottenham – Harry Kewell, Liverpool. (probable)

News of the World

Rafa Benitez will demand the 35million needed to secure Samuel Eto’o from Barcelona, testing new owners Hicks and Gillet’s future intentions. (Other papers report that Craig Bellamy and Momo Sissoko will be sold to generate a portion of the funds). Either way, this story is not going to go away. While 35million is a hell of a lot of money, Liverpool know they need to spend big to keep up with the likes of Man Utd (who spent roughly 50mil on three players over two days) and Chelsea who will more than likely offer that kind of money to secure the transfer of anyone they particularly want (c.f. Shevchenko last year). Eto’o would bring the goal threat that Liverpool so desperately need, however his transfer may depend on Thierry Henry’s decision to stay at Arsenal of head to the Nou Camp. Expect a genuine bid from Liverpool soon though….

Liverpool face competition from AC Milan and Chelsea for Lyon’s Florent Malouda. Malouda didn’t exactly seem to be licking his lips at a move to Anfield this summer when quizzed during the last week, so a transfer to AC Milan might suit the French winger more, however, money will be a big factor….

  • Chelsea – Pascal Chimbonda, Spurs. (apparently a 10mil bid has been turned down already)
  • Spurs – Darren Bent, Charlton.
  • Wigan – Titus Bramble, free.
  • Man Utd – Javier Saviola, Barcelona
  • Charlton – Nathan Ellington, West Brom
  • Everton – David Nugent, Phil Jagielka, Preston, Sheff Utd

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s future at Chelsea is still shrouded in doubt and intrigue and mystery and confusion….expect Lamps to sign a new deal shortly…..


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