Todays News 05/07/07

Manchester United are being linked with a 2omillion pound swoop for Argentine Carlos Tevez. This potential signing would bring Utd’s spending for the summer to a whopping 70 million were it to go through. However there are reports tonight that the league will be closely monitoring the transfer should it go through. West Ham claimed they completely owned Tevez’ registration after terminating agreements with his agent Kia Joorabchian earlier this year in order to comply with league regulations. The league now says it will make sure all money involved in the transfer goes directly to West Ham, and this statement is bound to put a doubt in Ferguson’s mind after he previously indicated his concerns with the Tevez and Mascherano deals had forced him to decline the offer of the two before West Ham stepped in.

Aston Villa have completed the signing of West Ham midfielder and former captain Nigel Reo Coker this afternoon for a fee of eight and a half million pounds. It seems Villa relented after previously indicating that they were unwilling to meet West Ham’s valuation of the player. Reo Coker becomes manager Martin O’Neill’s first signing of the summer, and if reports are to be believed, will be the first of a few acquisitions in the coming weeks with Jermaine Defoe and Shaun Wright Philips also being targeted by the Villains.

Steven Davis has joined fellow Nothern Irish international Aaron Hughes in swopping Aston Villa for Fulham, and their former Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez. Stick to what you know seems to be the motto here, with a move for David Healy also increasingly likely for the Cottagers. The fee involved is thought to be around four million pounds for the player who was a regular under David O’Leary but had lost his place under new boss Martin O’Neill despite earning rave reviews in previous seasons. The youngster claims it was sad to leave Villa Park but that he knows it is the right decision for him and his family. No surprises there then.

Sevilla have warned Chelsea they want 30million euro for right back/right wing/ what the hell are you doing up there get back and defend-er Daniel Alves. The Brazilian, on duty at the Copa America, is coveted by most top European sides but the Spanish team have indicated it will cost Chelsea more than they are willing to pay to land the talented defender. Meanwhile Chelsea target Florent Malouda has left Lyon’s training camp as talk of a move to Stamford Bridge gathers pace. The two clubs are thought to be close to agreeing a fee for the winger so that he can sign in time to take part in their US training camp pre-season. Chief Executive Peter Kenyon has indicated that this signing may well be the last of the summer for Chelsea, so any move for Alves may rest on whether the Frenchman completes his move first.

Elsewhere……Chris Sutton has retired after a series of injury problems. The Premiership winner with Blackburn Rovers sustained an eye injury against Man Utd last year playing for Aston Villa and has been unable to rectify blurred vision since the incident…..Sheffield United have snapped up Gary Naysmith from Everton for a fee of 1million pounds….Yesterday Phil Jagielka made the move in the opposite direction for a fee of four million pounds….Richard Wright has also left Goodison Park, joining West Ham on a free transfer. The former Ipswich starlet is now 29 and clearly sick of kicking his heels on the bench. He’ll be delighted to hear his new boss Alan Curbishley mention how he’ll provide ‘good competition for the first team place’ then…….Another Naismith, Steven this time, could be on his way to Celtic after they hijacked old firm rivals Rangers bid for the young striker. It will be another bitter blow for Rangers who have seen a number of targets sign for different clubs at the last minute already this summer…

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  1. July 5, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Once again, Reo-Coker aside (£8 million by the way, £8 f’ing millon) the big clubs look for non-english players to bolster their squads. Even Utd have given up on their production line. Preston can’t give Nugent away! Darren Bent is the best of the next generation! God help English football.

  2. fitz124
    July 6, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Spot on man. Sad state of affairs when even the ‘top’ English players on the market are having trouble generating interest. Smith, Bent, Nugent, Defoe, all forwards of decent potential, none of whom have attracted sufficient interest to have their pick of clubs. Bent got lucky going to Spurs where he’ll develop well; Nugent seems to have put off Sunderland with his indecisiveness; Smith? Defoe?

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