Transfer Talk: 17/08/07


Alves talks ongoing 

Chelsea’s talks with Sevilla are ongoing after the Spanish club rejected a reported offer of around £24 million from the Londoners for versatile right-back Daniel Alves. Alves, who has attracted the biggest names in European football over the last two seasons, is known to favour a move to the Premiership and to Chelsea above Real Madrid whose interest may be waning due to their recent signings and the proposed signing of Chelsea’s Arjen Robben. Alves would make a hugely impressive signing for Chelsea, a player with the flair that they are so often accused of lacking, the Brazilian is hugely effective going forward and would probably be given more of a free licence to roam forward under Mourinho who favours attacking wing-backs alongside an impenetrable centre-back pairing. However, given that Roman Abramovich has been tightening the purse strings recently, Chelsea may struggle to justify spending closer to £30 million on the player after splashing out on Florent Malouda recently and with the squad still containing high-profile, expensive flops such as Shaun Wright-Philips and Mr. Shevchenko*, Abramovich may be waiting to see some cash from the sale of Robben before he gives the green light for Alves’ signing.  

* Thefc100 still believes Shevchenko may come good this season, while SWP has been showing some good form so far already. We don’t mean to be unnecessarily harsh. All the time.

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Mido has completed his move from Tottenham to Middlesbrough for a fee of around £6 million. The forward has secured a move away from White Hart Lane after having talks with Birmingham and Sunderland but deciding the team with two defeats in two games best visualises his dreams for future footballing success. Or maybe it’s because they’ve agreed to pay him the most money and have probably included a buy-out fee.

Boro seal Mido deal

The Egyptian was a hit at White Hart Lane after arriving on an initial 18 month loan stint from Roma and formed an impressive partnership with either Keane or Defoe in most Premiership games. Boro become Mido’s eigth professional club and with the volatile Egyptian having fallen out with numerous coaches over the years, Gareth Southgate’s first job will be trying to fit the striker in with Boro’s squad. Whether or not he has the Midos touch remains to be seen……(apologies.)

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Could be worse though. Friends Reunited. Lovers, Colleagues, All-Round Nice Guys (felt the need for a lot of Capital Letters there) Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer are back together and Alan Curbishley may well be absolutely insane. Bellamy, Dyer, Bowyer, Lucas Neill, Anton Ferdinand, Luis Boa Morte…..it’s like some sick experiment to see how many hot-heads you can put in one squad without a significant case of death occurring. This signing surely cements West Ham’s status as relegation contenders. The fact is, Kieron Dyer could be a hell of a player. In fact this site would love to see him get back to his best. But putting him in with players who are known trouble-makers could be a serious mistake. Curbishley was in the press yesterday biting back at ex-left back Paul Konchesky’s comments that he doesn’t hold the support of the playing staff and that he was the reason Tevez left and Darren Bent decided not to sign for the Hammers. This move further undermines his status at the club: something of a headless chicken, Curbishley seems to be signing as many good players as possible without forming them into a better team. The fact that Dyer has had years of injury problems will also worry the Hammers fans, as Neill, Upson, Ashton, Green and even new signing Freddie Ljungberg have all had serious histories of injury problems, Dyer is simply another name on the list. However, if (and we stress the word IF) Curbishley can get Dyer back to his best, the signing could prove vital. The final fee is reportedly around £8 million, a further sign of weakness from West Ham as Newcastle have basically taken another £2 million after agreeing to sell him for £6 million, only to remember West Ham are now loaded and seemingly willing to pay whatever it takes to capture their transfer targets.

Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer exchange blows

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