December 31, 2011
ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours ahead of January's window re-opening. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.
Could Frank Lampard join David Beckham across the pond?
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The Sun: David Beckham has been having a word with Frank Lampard about joining LA Galaxy, it says here, having met up at the paper‘s recent Military Awards. Beckham is looking increasingly likely to stay in California and, although the Galaxy would therefore have three designated players, a source told the paper “there may be a way around the rules” so Lampard can also join.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have taken Nigerian right-back Chibuzor Okonkwo, 23, on trial.
Daily Mirror: The big exclusive is that Liverpool are ready to steal in ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill, with the England man’s wage demands holding up a switch to Stamford Bridge. He’d prefer to stay in the north, apparently.
Even if they miss out on Cahill, Chelsea could still sign an England international in January - they’re said to be keen on Everton starlet Jack Rodwell although, like Manchester United, they won’t match the £20 million asking price. A summer move could be more probable.
The paper also covers a poll in El Mundo Deportivo in which a whopping 57% of fans said Gareth Bale would be their top signing in the summer. We seem to recall John Terry and Frank Lampard doing similarly well in a poll a few years back.
The Guardian: Chelsea remain confident they’ll complete the £7 million signing of Gary Cahill early next week despite the personal terms issue, and they are also likely to take Serbia winger Milos Krasic on loan from Juventus. On the outgoings front, they’ll discuss a loan spell for youngster Josh McEachran but no one has yet made a firm bid for exiled defender Alex.
Daily Star: It’s a familiar rumour but it’s reported in strong terms here: Manchester City want Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi in January and have offered him £160,000 a week to make it happen. The 28-year-old is out of contract at his hometown club in the summer but isn’t massively keen to leave.
Daily Mail: Fulham are ready to sign Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac on loan and also want Guillaume Hoarau from Paris St Germain. However, it may all depend on whether they can offload Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson. The former could join QPR, Aston Villa Sunderland or former club West Ham, while Blackburn are keen on the latter.
Rubin Kazan are keen on Everton flop Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. The Toffees want £6 million for the midfielder they spent £8.9 million signing in August 2009.
December 30, 2011
The On The Move transfer blog is almost upon us with January 1, 2012, just two days away. Until our rolling transfer service begins in full swing, though, now is as good a time as any to commence a round-up of the rumours doing the rounds as teams consider how, and with whom, they can strengthen in the New Year. Brace yourselves for hearsay abound...
Guess who's (almost) back
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Of course, the biggest transfer story right this moment is that of Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal, which seems all-but a done deal with the Frenchman set to join on a two-month loan. You can read our full story on that developing transfer, right here
. And the story has since sprouted further, with Arsene Wenger speaking on the matter, here
Another transfer that seemingly just needs rubber-stamping is that involving Gary Cahill, who looks poised to wrap up a switch from Bolton to Chelsea after the two sides agreed a fee. Read all about it. But, wait, is it imminent? Villas-Boas has tempered talk by revealing the club and the player are "miles apart" in their contract negotiations. Read about that, right here.
More from AVB - he says Chelsea may be ready to offload a few players in the January window. Full story here.
Elsewhere, The Sun runs with quotes from Chelsea defender Alex stating he is tempted by a return his homeland of Brazil when the transfer window reopens ... West Ham are said to be eyeing a move for Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham for around £3 million ... Stoke boss Tony Pulis has ruled out selling striker Kenwyne Jones.
The Mirror reports Barcelona will target Tottenham star Gareth Bale in the summer, but are unwilling to pay over £25 million for the Wales international ... Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will seek a midfielder, a right-back and a striker, as well as Bolton defender Gary Cahill next month ... Aston Villa and Wolves will battle it out for the loan capture of Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong.
The Daily Mail suggests Chelsea could launch an astonishing £84 million bid to land Porto striker Hulk ... AC Milan are to up their ante in their pursuit of Carlos Tevez after confirming the Manchester City man is there top target.
Finally, Swansea have completed the long-awaited signing of Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville. He was also attracting interest from Liverpool and Everton but preferred the switch to South Wales.
Expect much more tomorrow, but, in the meantime, why not have your say on who your club may capture in January via the comments section of this blog. Which areas need addressing? Who should be your side's No.1 transfer target? Let us know.