Thursday, 31 May 2007

Football players transfer speculations

- Arsenal will offer amount of 10 million pounds for Marseille winger Franck Ribery.

- Aston Villa midfielder, Lee Hendrie, said about moving to Derby County:
"There might be something there for me."

- Italian AC Milan are ready to re-sign Andrei Shevchenko from Chelsea. Milan Vice-president Adriano Galliani told the Daily Star:
"We are ready to buy him back."

- Atletico Madrid will fight Real Madrid for Manchester United’s Gabriel Heinze, with about 5 millions pounds.

- Newcastle United are being tipped to sign Bolton Wanderers’ Tal Ben Haim on a free transfer.

Chris Killen move to Cardiff City Football Club

Cardiff City football

Chris Killen is set to complete his move to Cardiff City Football Club.

The Hibernian and New Zealand international striker rejected a new deal to remain in Scotland, and after agreeing personal terms with the Bluebirds, he is set to seal his move to the Championship club.

"I still have my medical to come, but we have agreed personal terms," Killen told the South Wales Echo. "There are exciting times down there and I want to be part of those ambitious plans.

"Everything has been agreed and hopefully I'll be a Cardiff player by the end of the week."

Friday, 25 May 2007

Alan Pardew to New York

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew may make a second move to sign Teddy Sheringham from West Ham this summer.

The man who took the former England international to Upton Park was blocked from signing him for Charlton in January as Hammers boss Alan Curbishley did not want Sheringham joining their relegation rivals.

MLS side New York Red Bull are also poised to offer the 41-year-old a lucrative deal.

Pardew has promised that his side will continue to play football in the Championship, saying: "I have seen a very high technical level, and that is what we are going to have to keep, then get some strength in and around it.

"If you lose that you come down to the level of some of the teams who are scrappers and we will be in trouble if we get into that group."

Bantams want £250,000 for Hull

Dean Windass is unhappy that Bradford have revised their valuation of him for a permanent deal.

The veteran striker told the Hull Daily Mail: "I will be very disappointed if nothing comes around now.

"It (the hold up in completing the move) is just the transfer fee. It's not about the money for me; it's the money for the two clubs.

"I spoke to Julian Rhodes (the club chairman) and he said he would not stand in my way and all of a sudden Stuart McCall has got the job and the goalposts have moved."

Lee Grand - Sheffield Wednesday or Derby County

Sheffield Wednesday foodball club

Sheffield Wednesday are closing in on the signature of Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Owls boss Brian Laws has made the capture of a keeper a priority and looks to have found his man in Grant.

The former England U21 custodian has slipped down the Pride Park pecking order and has been tipped to leave for some time.

It's understood a deal is in place at Hillsborough with Grant set to put pen to paper on a three-year contract.

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Eto rules out Arsenal transfer

Samuel Eto

Samuel Eto'o will not be playing for Arsenal Football Club next season.

The Cameroon international striker has strongly been linked with a £20million+ transfer to the Gunners this summer, yet he has told he is more than happy with life in Barcelona.

"I am happy at Barcelona and will definitely be here next season," said Eto'o. "I have no idea where I will be in a few years' time, but at the moment I have a contract with Barcelona until 2010.

"There have been so many lies written about me. In fact, I would say that 99.999 per cent of the things I have ready about myself in the papers have been untrue."

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Javier Mascherano - Thanks to West Ham

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano does not regret his ill-fated spell at Upton Park.

"I feel I still have a lot to thank West Ham for," said the midfielder ahead of Wednesday's clash with AC Milan.

"They opened the door for me to come and play in Europe, and I will always be grateful to them for that. If it wasn't for West Ham, I wouldn't be enjoying this special moment with Liverpool now. Rafa Benítez has been crucial to my resurgence this season. Crucial. I was just languishing at West Ham, but he showed faith in me by bringing me here. He's given me back belief in myself by giving me plenty of opportunities to play. He has had a great influence on me already because I am part of a team on the cusp of winning the European Cup."

Andrei Shevchenko out from Chelsea

Andrei Shevchenko

The Ukranian has proved a big-money misfit at Stamford Bridge and the curtain is slowly descending on his Blues stint.

Reports suggest that Roman Abramovich has told Shevchenko he can return to former club AC Milan if a suitable transfer figure can be agreed.

The 30-year-old striker cost Chelsea £30m last summer but bagged only four Premiership goals through the campaign.

Arsenal could do worse than Distin

If Arsenal want to improve their back line, they could swoop for Man City’s Sylvain Distin...says Chris Cousins.

Distin is moving away from the City of Manchester stadium on a Bosman, with Portsmouth favourites to win the race for his services.

If I was Arsene Wenger, I’d make a move for Distin, providing he accepts he can’t be guaranteed a starting role.

Distin would find it incredibly difficult to displace William Gallas and Kolo Toure, but Wenger could consider moving Toure to right back to accommodate Distin.

After the season that Emmanuel Eboue has had, I don’t think the right back can necessarily be relied upon to shore up the side defensively.

Distin is a cool customer and could definitely improve the squad with his experience, though you could argue he’s a bit too similar to Gallas to dovetail well with him. I’m not sure about that, and I guess we’ll never find out if Distin goes to Pompey.

Funny enough, Harry Redknapp wants to take Johan Djourou to Fratton Park as well, with a fee of £3m being talked about.

As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t let Djourou go on loan to Birmingham City and I wouldn’t sell him (certainly not at that price anyway!).

I’d keep Djourou, get Distin and offer Pompey Philippe Senderos (telling old ‘Arry that the ‘Swiss gnoll’ is the new Tony Adams).

Manchester United boss: Korean star hugely missed

Park Ji-Sung's absence with a knee injury from the Reds run-in was a crucial blow according to Sir Alex Ferguson

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"He is a big loss to us," said the Old Trafford supremo, "a terrible loss.

"His injury was a complete freak in the last minute of a game.

"We miss him very badly at the moment. His ability and adaptability to play different positions either side of the pitch, right or left, is a loss.

"He will be back in a few months time and hopefully 100 per cent."