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Transfer Talk: 13/06/07


The Sun

Alan Smith has admitted his time at Old Trafford may be at an end. Speaking to the Sun Smith mentioned that if Ferguson asks him to stay he will do so happily but he is not prepared to play a bit-part role. The news today that Louis Saha may be out for another six months through injury may decide Smith’s fate. While neither Saha or Smith were certain of their futures, this injury might prevent them both from leaving the club. While teams are unlikely to be interested in Saha now as he is injured, Utd are also left short a striker so Smith may be required to fill the gap. New signing Anderson will be pleased as punch, as this injury means he may be thrust straight into action come August.

Arsenal are being strongly linked with a move for David Trezeguet of Juventus who is on the way out after a very public falling-out with the club towards the end of the season. The price being mentioned here is around £5million and to snag not only a proven goalscorer but a certain Thierry Henry’s best mate, may just be the smartest thing Wenger does since saying “em…Thierry, try playing up front today, I just want to try something…”.

The latest reading star to be linked with a move away is recently capped Nicky Shorey, a target of Sam Allardyce, desperately trying to strengthen the most comical defence in the league. We thought he’d already done that, Bramble’s gone to Wigan right? Still, it’s sad to see the cream of the Reading crop being linked with moves away. Sidwell’s departure has hit them hard, players looking at Sidwell leaving and thinking that maybe they see a lack of ambition or status within the club, like their former foxy friend. Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle and now Shorey are all being linked with moves to bigger clubs, despite Reading having set themselves up to be in the Premiership for quite some time. The smart money is on Shorey staying and learning his trade under manager of the year Steve Coppell. With Reading having offloaded Greg Halford for a tidy sum, the money on offer may not be so alluring and losing one of the best left backs in the league last season will not sit well with Coppell and crew.

Daily Star

Well the Darren Bent story looks like it’s coming to a close. Moneybags West Ham are set to offer the striker £80,000 a week to sign at Upton park and reject the lure of Tottenham and Liverpool. Oh yeah, it may also cost them £18million. Unbelievable. This guy is good, two years of goalscoring in the Premiership, international recognition, there is no denying he could make it. But he was also playing at Ipswich a few years ago. Making the step up is one thing, but this is something else. While Curbishley was the man who brought him to Charlton, it often ends in tears when the manager’s favourite sons are brought with them from place to place. The money involved is ludicrous and Charlton should snap West Ham’s offer up if it is anywhere near the price being quoted. As for £80,000 a week, I wonder what his new teammates will make of that?

David Nugent looks set to sign for Sunderland for a fee of £6-7 million. The price is different wherever you read it but it seems to be confirmed today that Sunderland have made an official approach for the Preston star. Nugent, currently with the England u-21 squad, has attracted interest from a number of Premiership clubs including Everton and Birmingham, but Sunderland have always been heavily linked with the player and look set to announce his signing in the next few days once he is able to discuss personal terms.

Wigan look set to bring back Mario Melchiot to the Premiership from Rennes on a one-year contract. Chris Hutchings will then turn his attention to Michael Brown and Danny Murphy. All three would make good signings, although why anyone would want Michael Brown around the training ground on a permanent basis is another matter. Still, maybe Lawrie Sanchez has realised that a good way to improve team morale at Fulham would be to stop Brown from trying to hurt everyone and thus selling him is the smart thing to do. Melchiot and Murphy are both experienced campaigners who would cost very little, Melchiot free and Murphy somewhere in the region of £1.5million, command big but not huge wages, and would certainly offer an incentive for the likes of Henri Camara and Leighton Baines to stay with the club. Signing two international players  to go with Sibierski and er, Bramble, will do a lot to allieviate Wigan fans’ fears over Chris Hutching’s appointment as the boss. Meanwhile Wigan have also had a £4million bid for Jason Koumas of West Brom turned down. The Welsh midfielder is being chased by a number of clubs and Wigan are the latest to have been rebuffed with Birmingham and Fulham also having seen bids rejected.

Tuncay Sanli has agreed personal terms to join Middlesbrough. Sanli’s contract with Fenerbache had expired and he will surely be the first of many new faces in the Middlesbrough squad after chairman Steve Gibson promised to invest in the club’s future with some ‘spectacular signings’ this summer. This will be music to Gareth Southgate’s ears as the current squad would be predicted by many to be embroiled in a relegation dogfight next May. Southgate needs to invest and will be grateful to hear that his chairman is offering him his full support.

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  1. andreiperiboschi
    June 13, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I am italian. I dislike trezeguet. you can take him and carry in your country.

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