Transfer Talk: 22/06/07 


The Sun

Bolton are reportedly set to firm up their interest in ‘prolific’ striker Djibril Cisse who belongs to Liverpool but spent the last season on loan at Marseille. Sammy Lee has apparently already met Cisse’s agent Ranko Stojic who claims that Lee ‘impressed (him), not just as a coach but as a man. He is a fantastic man. We are meeting Liverpool next week to decide what to do’. Well Sammy Lee may be a fantastic man, but whether he’s feeling generous enough to splash out £6-8 million on the frustrating striker remains to be seen. However, a partnership with Anelka will have fans licking their lips to be fair as mentioned last week here :

Meanwhile Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen will remain at the club to see out the final year of his contract. Well the footballing world seems surprised by this move, we don’t wanna say we told you so but…..

West Brom skipper Curtis Davies handed in a transfer request on Thursday. The Baggie’s captain and defensive stalwart is clearly having his head turned by the incessant speculation about his future. Arsenal are regularly credited with an interest, however the speculation over Arsene Wenger’s future may see transfers postponed at Ashburton Grove for the time being until Real appoint their new manager. Davies is a classy defender and impressed during his brief stint in the Premiership with West Brom two years ago when he became the youngest player to have captained in the Premiership thus far. However, West Brom chief Tony Mowbray has claimed the club will not entertain offers of less than £10million. This in turn probably means that Davies won’t be entertaining any fellow Arsenal players anytime soon. A club with more money than sense may be interested though so expect Tottenham or Sunderland to enquire about the youngster anytime soon…..

Daily Mirror

Newcastle have won the race to sign Alan Smith from Manchester United for a fee believed to be £3.5million. Apparently beating off competition from Spurs and Aston Villa. Sounds like a lie to me. Thefc100 is very skeptical about Spurs’ interest in anyone, as they are linked with everyone and Smith hardly seems like the type of O’Neill player we’ra all used to. Although he did bring Bellamy to Celtic so maybe he’s got a sense of humour after all. Still Smith would fit in well at St. James Park and Allardyce will be delighted with the signing if it goes through as it was revealed earlier this week that Obafemi Martins also has a buy-out clause in his Newcastle contract. Therefore Owen and Martins could technically both leave for £21 million which will apparently only just about get you Darren Bent so Smith at £3.5 looks like good business. By the way, who does the Newcastle contracts?? Sign Owen for £16-17 million and allow a clause for the striker to leave whenever he feels bored if someone spends £9million. Buy Martins for £10million and he’s allowed to leave after a terrific debut season for just £12million? There’s a reason why the likes of Torres, Kaka etc have huge release clauses. It’s because you make a profit on them. If both Owen and Martins leave, Newcastle will have made a £5-6 million deficit for two top strikers. Good work there lads…..

Daily Star 

Sven Goran Eriksson’s first move as Man City manager will be to swoop for Michael Owen. Ah excellent. Just like Roy Keane at Sunderland a prolific manager comes in and all his former buddies are linked with moves to his new stomping ground. Man City fans will be petrified of Eriksson coming in and building a replica team of his England reign. You have to assumer, same manager, same players, they’d pretty much just play like England did….and that’s never good. Didn’t the Swede also have a worrying tendency to lean towards Darius Vassell? Ah City fans, you have this blog’s sympathies….

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