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Transfer Talk: 11/6/07


After a short weekend break we’re back with another look now at what’s been making the news in the last few days, with strikers the main talking point (hence the assortment of strikers at the top of the page-we decided to leave Craig Bellamy out!) .

The Sun

Carlos Tevez. Latest rumours are that Alex Ferguson is expected to beat Inter Milan and Chelsea to sign West Ham’s controversial player of the year. Nope, we don’t agree. Our willingness to expose ourselves to ridicule on Thefc100 is what makes us great, and we’re willing to put our necks on the line and say this won’t happen. Man Utd have just spent £50million on three players and have yet to recoup anything. Heinze will most likely move on, Smith and Richardson may follow. Utd are looking at a little over £15million for the three we reckon. Tevez would, bizzarely, cost at least £20million if Utd wish to buy him outright which is certainly what they will attempt to do, rather than part-own him as is the case now. While press speculation suggests £12milion will secure him, that simply isn’t the case. Expect Tevez to make a move abroad. For every goal he could score in England next year could be a potential headache to the league, its’ players and officials. While Sheffield United attempt to renegotiate their way into the league (good luck with that one lads!) Tevez joining the current cream of the crop would not sit well with many people. Who knows though? Mascherano has quietly gone about his business and may act as an example for Tevez that the whole thing could blow over. We’re just not so sure……

Daily Mirror

West Ham are attempting to bring Jermaine Defoe to West Ham along with Craig Bellamy. This would be an interesting story were it to happen. Defoe needs to move for his own sake. Getting into the Euro 2008 squad, if England manage to qualify, will be a major ambition after the disapointment of 2006 and he will continue to play second fiddle to the Keane-Berbatov partnership, despite an impressive goals tally last season. With the likes of Dean Ashton and Michael Owen returning to fitness, coupled with the likes of Alan Smith and David Nugent knocking on the door, competition for striking berths is at a premium in the England squad at the moment. However, a move back to West Ham may not be desired by a section of the fans. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of booing of old players who left for ‘better things’ in our book, good-natured banter is more than welcome in the game, however there will always be an element who take players leaving to heart. Defoe might just fit the bill for an angry supporter or two. The former darling of Upton Park clearly sought better things in Spurs approach, but may now find himself back where he started and the recent takeover of the club will have been a huge part of that. Still, the move works for both parties, Spurs could probably get a good transfer price from the biscuit man while Defoe would get regular games and an interesting partnership with Ashton, the man who could be fighting him for an England place come the end of the summer. As for Bellamy, he’ll go somewhere, but Liverpool may need to drop their asking price of £11-12million. Also, it’ll be Defoe or Bellamy, the chances of both arriving are slim as they are similar players and both would demand first team football……

Everton are lining up a part-exchange for Phil Jagielka of Sheffield United with James McFadden and Gary Naismith going in the opposite direction. Interesting one. With James Beattie expected to be courted by Everton, transfer funds may run low, however the real reason for this possible exchange would be that Sheffield United will be all too aware that getting quality players to sign for them will prove tricky this summer. The two Scottish internationals would be outstanding in the Championship, both are Premiership quality, and Sheffield United could give this a lot of thought. Both players had injury problems last year and made just 19 starts between them, giving credence to the rumours that David Moyes may be willing to offload the two in the hope of securing the highly rated Jagielka.

Pretty much all the papers

Harry Redknapp has identified Yakubu of Middlesbrough as his primary transfer target for the summer. This one could prove trick for both Yakubu and Portsmouth. Having lost Mark Viduka, Middlesbrough will be loath to lose the other striker they know will score them goals as he has proven himself at Premiership level. While Dong-gook Lee and Jeremie Aliadiere may be decent acquisitions, neither have the goals to prove they can be the club’s primary strikers and neither have lasted a full season at the top with the burden of getting a side’s goals on their back. While Yakubu is known to want a move away, like Defoe he may be subjected to a barracking from some of the Pompey faithful who weren’t best pleased to see him leave. While Benjamin Mwaruwari is being linked with a move to Marseille, who have money from the sale of Franck Ribery, Harry Redknapp is rejecting reports the striker will leave and will possibly struggle to come up with the necessary cash to prise Yakubu away as a result.

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