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Transfer News – September 16th

Transfer News – September 16th, 2009

DAILY MIRROR:

  • Newcastle boss Chris Hughton wants to sign Fulham forward Diomansy Kamara and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood on loan.
  • Hull could allow Caleb Folan and Daniel Cousin to join Middlesbrough and Newcastle respectively on loan.
  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is giving former Sunderland goalkeeper Jurgen Macho a chance to return to the Premier League.
  • Bolton have agreed a deal worth up to £1million with Wolves to sign defender Mark Connolly.
    The French-Senegalese hitman has been targeted by a number of clubs.

    The French-Senegalese hitman has been targeted by Newcastle

    DAILY STAR:

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has blasted Manchester City manager Mark Hughes for trying to defend Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • Rafa Benitez says the Premier League has rushed through the introduction of a quota system for home-grown players too soon.
  • Former Republic of Ireland boss Steve Staunton has applied for the manager’s job at League Two side Rotherham.
  • Stoke defender Andrew Davies has rejected the chance to join Plymouth on loan.
  • Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is ready to battle with Ipswich, Colchester and Barnsley to sign Danny Shittu from Bolton.DAILY MAIL:
  • It has emerged that Liverpool’s kit sponsorship with Standard Chartered is worth more than the £120million a year reported.
  • Liverpool chief Tom Hicks has hit out at the Arab owners of Manchester City and insisted that there £120million transfer spending spree is ‘unsustainable’.
  • Olympiakos have expressed interest in making Bryan Robson their new coach.
  • James Vaughan has been given approval by Everton to join a club, which could be Middlesbrough, on loan.

    The EPL's youngest goal scorer could be on his way out of Everton.

    The EPL's youngest goal scorer could be on his way out of Everton.

  • Former West Ham and Liverpool defender Julian Dicks has been appointed as manager of Grays Athletic.DAILY EXPRESS:
  • Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung wants Birmingham to spearhead a revolution in Chinese football, after formally lodging his takeover bid.
  • The Scottish FA yesterday kept faith in George Burley by backing him to continue as Scotland manager.THE SUN:
  • Newcastle are lining up a loan move for Fulham’s Diomansy Kamara to cover for Shola Ameobi.
  • West Ham are set to open an academy in Minna, Nigeria.
  • Carson Yeung’s Birmingham takeover is just six weeks away after his company made an £81million offer in cash.
  • New Portsmouth owner Sulaiman Al Fahim insists there will be money to spend in January even though Peter Storrie says the club remains short of funds.
  • Michel Platini’s plan to make the clubs live within their means was approved by UEFA yesterday.DAILY RECORD:
  • Alex McLeish has welcomed the decision to save Scotland manager George Burley’s job.
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    Forgive the Quality…
    September 14, 2009, 9:54 AM
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    Transfer News – September 2nd

    DAILY MIRROR

    * Daivd James fears for his World Cup place after being left stranded at crisis club Portsmouth.

    * Burnley boss Owen Coyle hailed the sgining of striker David Nugent in a last-gasp loan deal from Portsmouth on deadline day.

    * Gary Megson is backing Ivan Klasnic to solve Bolton’s chronic goalscoring problems after completing a loan deal for the Croatian striker.

    DAILY STAR

    * Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is said to be angry and frustrated after discovering he will not be getting a new contract this season.

    David James has been told to focus on Portsmouth and not showing pictures of himself to 8 year olds...no matter how much it boosts his esteem

    David James has been told to focus on Portsmouth and not showing pictures of himself to 8 year olds...no matter how much it boosts his esteem

    * Arsenal are set to appeal against UEFA’s decision to hand Eduardo a two-match ban for diving.

    * Martin O’Neill was forced to sweat it out as he took his Aston Villa summer spending spree past the £40m mark last night.

    * Steve Bruce last night blocked a deadline bid by Spurs to sign Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand.

    * Fulham snapped up Swedish striker David Elm on a one-year deal for £1m from Kalmar FF.

    * Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga became Everton’s top earner last night in a beat-the-clock move to Merseyside.

    * Portsmouth lost another of their big stars yesterday with Niko Kranjcar joining Tottenham in a £2.75m move.

    * FA Cup sponsors E.ON have pulled the plug on their £35m deal.

    * Rafa Benitez has become the first top boss to face the wrath of the FA over their new rules for criticising referees.

    * Steve Harper has told Newcastle owner Mike Ashley to pull his finger out if he wants promotion this season.

    THE SUN

    * David Nugent finally ended his Portsmouth hell by securing a six-month loan move to Burnley bang on deadline.

    * Niko Kranjcar insists he has not joined Tottenham as a stand-in for crock Luka Modric.

    * Michael Ballack says Chelsea have been boosted by Liverpool’s rocky start to the season.

    * Jamie Carragher has told Liverpool’s critics not to write them off – because they are the No 1 comeback kings.

    * Emmanuel Adebayor says it will be like a family at war when he lines up against Arsenal in 10 days’ time.

    * Manchester United and Real Madrid target Franck Ribery has blasted Bayern Munich boss Luis van Gaal in an amazing deadline-day outburst.

    DAILY MAIL

    * Aston Villa were given dispensation to complete a £5million deal for Richard Dunne last night as negotiations over his departure from Manchester City rumbled on past the 5pm deadline.

    * Newcastle pulled off a coup by signing Manchester United defender Craig Cathcart on a season-long loan.

    * Aidy Boothroyd will return to football today as the new manager of Colchester United.

    * Stoke were beaten by the clock in an ambitious bid to sign Bayern Munich right back Christian Lell.

    * Claudio Ranieri, the former Chelsea manager, is the new coach of Roma after Luciano Spalletti resigned yesterday following defeats in the opening Serie A games.

    Ranieri...Claudio Ranieri

    Ranieri...Claudio Ranieri

    DAILY EXPRESS

    * Ashley Cole will complete a new £120,000-a-week, five-year deal with Chelsea when he returns from England World Cup duty.

    * Birmingham have signed Sunderland midfielder Teemu Tanio on loan until the end of the season.

    * Harry Redknapp’s reputation as the master wheeler-dealer took a major hit on transfer deadline day.

    * The Premier League’s Big Four reined in their spending yesterday to leave Everton’s £6million deal for Holland international Johnny Heitinga the biggest transfer in a low-key deadline day.

    DAILY RECORD

    * Celtic boss Tony Mowbray last night admitted he was delighted to snap up Chinese international Zheng Zhi after chasing him for more than a year.

    * Jerome Rothen revealed he slammed the door shut on a glamour Premier League move to sign a deal with Rangers.

    * Darren O’Dea signed on at Reading and then insisted he’ll be back up the road in no time to nail down his place as a Celtic stalwart.



    Adebayor Seals City Move
    July 18, 2009, 9:32 AM
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    -SportingLife

    Manchester City have completed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a five-year deal.

    The 25-year-old Togo international has joined the Blues from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee after passing his medical at Eastlands on Saturday evening.

    The striker becomes the latest big-money addition to Mark Hughes’ squad this summer following the captures of Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.

    The big Togo man is the most recent addition to the Manchester City revolution.

    The big Togo man is the most recent addition to the Manchester City revolution.

    Several hundred City fans were at the stadium on Saturday evening to welcome Adebayor, who hopes to help the ambitious club move forward.

    “It made me feel really welcome and special and I can’t wait to play for City’s fans and show them what I can do,” said Adebayor, who, as at Arsenal, will wear the number 25 shirt.

    “I was born to play football and that is what I want to do. I have come here to make history for this club and those supporters.

    “It is what the chairman and the manager told me that they want too and I can’t wait to get started.”

    Hughes, meanwhile, has hailed the capture of the striker, who was signed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for £3million from Monaco in 2006.

    “Emmanuel has been one of the top forwards in the Premier League since he arrived from France and we are delighted he has agreed to come and join us,” the Welshman told the club’s official website.

    “Along with the other signings we have made in the last two windows he will greatly enhance our ability to compete with the top sides.

    “His arrival is another clear indication that we are determined to augment the players we have here with the best of international talent.

    “He adds vital balance and power to our attack. He has everything a top forward needs. He is versatile, powerful, quick and agile on the ball.

    “I am looking forward to working with him as are the rest of the staff. He will definitely add a new dimension to our play. I have been a great admirer for a long time.”

    Adebayor’s first task will be to fly out to join his new team-mates in South Africa, where their pre-season tour began with a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Orlando Pirates earlier on Saturday.

    Analysis: City are certainly going to make themselves heard next season.  Their additions as of right now: Barry, Santa Cruz, Tevez and AdebayorThey’ve definitely nabbed the brightest bunch of transfers to a single team in the Premier League.   City are also becoming one of the most hated clubs in the league for their approach to the market.  Who knows where it will take them?

    Result:  Personally, I don’t see Mark Hughes leading City to glory.  He’ll be gone by December at the earliest, and next May at the latest (granted he wins a trophy).  If Hughes fails to live up to expectations, they’ll find a quality manager once Hughes is gone (which shouldn’t be too tough considering their fire power).



    City in Discussions With Adebayor
    July 14, 2009, 10:25 AM
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    -BBC Sport

    “There have been discussions and there is possibly a deal to be done but nothing has been concluded,” Hughes said at the unveiling of Carlos Tevez.

    Togo international Adebayor is believed to be on sale for about £25m after three-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal.

    The 25-year-old, who scored 16 times for the Gunners last season, has also been linked to AC Milan and Chelsea.

    Speaking at the press conference to announce the signing of the Argentian striker, Hughes admitted that there could be more arrivals at the big-spending club before the start of the season.

    The Togo International is quoted at £25m by the Gunners.

    The Togo International is quoted at £25m by the Gunners.

    “It may well be that opportunities will present themselves. We still have areas we want to strengthen,” he said.

    Hughes also refused to rule out a possible move for Chelsea captain John Terry.

    “I have fantastic respect for John Terry, ever since I saw him as a young player when I was at Chelsea as a player myself.

    “He’s a great player and an outstanding captain. But he’s very much a Chelsea player at this moment in time.

    “I have huge respect for him. I think any manager would covet a player of the type of John Terry, but at this moment in time he’s a player for Chelsea so we have to respect that.”

    City are intent on building a new-look attack and as well as Tevez have also added Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz to their ranks this summer, having signed Craig Bellamy last season.

    The Eastlands club are eager to break into the Premier League’s top four this coming season and have shown their determination with their close-season spending.

    Midfielder Gareth Barry was bought from Aston Villa, and from under the noses of last season’s Premier League runners-up Liverpool, for £12m and City paid Blackburn about £18m for Paraguay international forward Santa Cruz.

    City completed a deal for Tevez on Tuesday – the Argentine joining after City paid a fee of around £25m to secure his registration from third party ownership after his contract with Premier League champions Manchester United expired.

    And if Adebayor also makes the switch to Eastlands, City will have captured players from three of the top six clubs in the top flight last season.

    In Adebayor, City would be buying a player who has scored 62 goals in 142 appearances for Arsenal since he joined from Monaco for £7m.

    He hit 30 goals in the 2007/08 season but struggled with injuries in the last campaign and also incurred the wrath of some Arsenal fans who felt the striker lacked commitment.

    With the influx of big-name players at Eastlands comes a new challenge for manager Mark Hughes, according to former Manchester City player Dennis Tueart.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The big challenge for managers now is to manage extremely wealthy young men, who do not need to work beyond their football careers.

    “How does that affect their psyche and professionalism? These are things that the manager has got to sort out.”

    Analysis:  It’s obviously beginning to look like Manchester City could push for the Top 4 next year.  And if not next year, presumably the next.  It’s a very arrogant way of going about business, but City could prove what Chelsea did and Real Madrid are aiming to do – Money can buy you trophies.  So far, Manchester City have signed on Gareth Barry (wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool), Roque Santa Cruz (wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool), Carlos Tevez (wanted by several clubs), and, now, if they sign Adebayor they really will have a strong team sheet.  But we must remember that all that talent doesn’t guarantee success.  They must be managed well, Hughes needs to handle their egos.  That will be the biggest test, as, invariably, when a club brings in big name stars, their big name egos are their baggage.

    Result:  Adebayor will stay.  Sure City can push Top 4 next season, but remember that they aren’t playing in Europe AT ALL.  And, yes, they probably will next season, so maybe Adebayor will sign on then.  Also, keep in mind AC Milan have been courting him for several weeks and it’s said that if he were to move, that could be his favored destination.