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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.


  • Opening Day! Life Starts Again…

    Arsenal opened the new Premier League season in awesome fashion with a crushing 6-1 demolition of hapless Everton at Goodison Park.

    Arsene Wenger’s side produced a classy and clinical display to tear apart last season’s FA Cup finalists.

    Denilson started the avalanche with a superb strike on 26 minutes, and new boy Thomas Vermaelen was left unmarked to nod home the second from a free-kick 11 minutes later.

    The Spanish play maker was in fine form today at Goodison Park

    The Spanish play maker was in fine form today at Goodison Park

    The game was over as a contest four minutes before half-time thanks to another header from a free-kick – this time from William Gallas.

    Things didn’t get any better for the Toffees after the break, with Cesc Fabregas taking centre stage to net on 48 and 69 minutes.

    Eduardo added a sixth for Arsenal with two minutes remaining – his first Premier League goal since suffering that horrific injury at Birmingham back in 2008.

    Louis Saha finally got Everton on the scoresheet with a tap-in in the closing seconds.

    Earlier in the day, Didier Drogba had netted a fortunate winner in stoppage time to hand new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti his first Premier League win as Hull were beaten 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

    Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt – signed only on Thursday from Reading – fired the visitors into a shock lead on 27 minutes.

    However, the title favourites were level 10 minutes later when Drogba crashed in a dipping 25-yard free-kick.

    Then, with two of the six added minutes played, just as it looked like the Tigers had secured a point following a stern defensive second-half display, Drogba’s chip into the area from a tight angle looped over keeper Boaz Myhill and into the back of the net.

    Manchester City started to see a return for their summer spending spree with a goal after just three minutes from £25million striker Emmanuel Adebayor in a 2-0 win at Blackburn.

    The Togo international, signed from Arsenal, converted Shaun Wright-Phillips’ cross to open his account.

    City boss Mark Hughes, who has laid out almost £100million, also handed competitive debuts to defender Kolo Toure and England midfielder Gareth Barry – but former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez had to be content with a place on the bench.

    Midfielder Stephen Ireland wrapped things up with a second goal for the visitors in stoppage time.

    City’s victory was one of five away wins out of the first seven Premier League games.

    New Wigan manager Roberto Martinez saw his side produce an unexpected 2-0 victory at much-fancied Aston Villa.

    Colombia forward Hugo Rodallega (31) drilled in a 25-yard effort to put the visitors ahead at half-time, with Jason Koumas (55) securing the three points with a close-range finish following a fine run by former Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia.

    Last season’s Coca-Cola Championship winners Wolves went down 2-0 at home to West Ham.

    Mark Noble (22) put the Irons ahead midway through the first half, and following a string of good saves by England goalkeeper Robert Green as the hosts pressed for an equaliser, defender Matthew Upson (69) headed in a second from a corner to put the game beyond Wolves.

    The former Spurs man makes his mark for Sunderland

    The former Spurs man makes his mark for Sunderland

    Darren Bent marked his debut for Sunderland with a fifth-minute winner against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

    The £10million signing from Tottenham headed in from close range following a left-wing cross by Steed Malbranque to give new Black Cats boss Steve Bruce a winning start as they held off a late onslaught by the home side.

    Fulham have already been in Europa League qualifying action and continued their early-season momentum as they beat Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park.

    Clint Dempsey’s shot deflected off striker Bobby Zamora (13) and past England keeper David James, which was enough to collect all three points.

    Play-off winners Burnley were given a tough welcome back to the top flight as Stoke beat them 2-0 at Britannia Stadium.

    Ryan Shawcross (19) nodded in a free-kick from Liam Lawrence, before an own goal by Stephen Jordan (33) doubled the home side’s advantage and there was no way back for the Clarets.

    Analysis:  Well, well, well.  Arsenal are certainly hitting the ground running after terrorizing the blue Merseysiders on their home turf.  Their passing and technical abilities blew the lid off the Toffee defense.  I’ll say one thing, Bobby McMahon’s bold prediction that Arsenal will finish top of the table may be more legitimized after today’s rampage.

    Chelsea hit Hull late on with a fluke (you know it was) goal from Drogba.  The Ivorian looked to cross, but found the side of the net to give the Blues all three points and the best opening day record in the EPL.  Hull didn’t look terrible, especially when you consider they had their opening day at one of the biggest fortress’s in the League.  Gardener and Turner were kept busy, but the former was my man of the match for Hull, him or Myhill.



    Shawcross Still a Potter
    July 13, 2009, 10:15 AM
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    SHAWCROSS

    The 21 year old kept his loyalty with the Potters.

    Reports in national newspapers suggested Spurs were interested in signing the 21-year-old centre-back.

    Shawcross told BBC Radio Stoke after the 2-0 friendly loss at Nantwich: “I’m not really fussed about the rumours.

    “I’m a Stoke player and until someone tells me otherwise, I’ll still be a Stoke player.”

    Stoke manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke on Friday that his friend and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had not made contact with him about Shawcross.

    “I get on well with Harry and would be very surprised if it’s in the papers, and he hasn’t rung me first,” said Pulis.

    But while Pulis is intent on keeping Shawcross, he said some of the first-team players who finished 12th in the Premier League last season may be allowed to leave.

    “If it’s right for the football club then I’ll do the deals,” added Pulis. “You’ll always be open to criticism, people will think that you’ve not done it the right way, but it’s important to get it right for the position we’re in.”

    -BBC Sport

    Analysis:  It’s good to see loyalty still remains in the hearts and heads of some players still.  It’s hard to find a player who wouldn’t leave his club for an inexorbitant amount of money.   But Stoke fans will be very pleased that he’s decided to stay on.  He’s one of their young guns in the back and he can absolutely be a part of the foundation that Tony Pulis will seek to build for the future.  He’s big, young, and physical and is designed perfectly for the Premier League.  Tony Pulis will be looking to fortify his team with more players like Shawcross at the back.  A lot of players would have been tempted by a move to Tottenham, but Shawcross showed his true colors and a lot of people will be glad he did.



    Transfer News – July 9th

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    July 9th, 2009 – Sporting Life

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    DAILY MIRROR

  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a move for Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to sign Cesc Fabregas and Javier Mascherano to retain their European crown.
  • Chelsea are ready to make John Terry the best-paid player at Stamford Bridge to fend off Manchester City.
  • Alisher Usmanov has cast doubt on Arsenal’s transfer policy.
  • Newcastle’s wannabe owners plan to put Alan Shearer and Gianluca Vialli together in a managerial dream team.

    Ibrahimovic could be leaving the San Siro this summer.

    Ibrahimovic could be leaving the San Siro this summer.

  • Martin O’Neill wants to take Stewart Downing to Aston Villa.
  • Mark Hughes wants to add Tugay to his Manchester City coaching staff.
  • Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is ready to swoop for Sunderland’s Kenwyne Jones – if Steve Bruce lands his own big-money targets.
  • Fulham are weighing up a £1million swoop for Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny.
  • Spurs have sold Didier Zokora to Sevilla to clear the way for Harry Redknapp’s summer recruitment drive.
  • Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is planning a swoop for Crystal Palace kid Victor Moses.
  • Carlo Ancelotti is ready to do Wolves manager Mick McCarthy a massive favour and loan him Michael Mancienne.
  • Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to send young defender Richard Eckersley out on loan to QPR.
  • Arsene Wenger is closing in on St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
  • West Ham are poised to sign Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.
  • Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing Espanyol’s Spanish full-back Sergio Sanchez.
  • Burnley starlet Alex MacDonald is going on loan to Falkirk.THE SUN
  • Owner Roman Abramovich has been urged to do all he can to keep ‘Mr Chelsea’ John Terry.
  • Spurs are plotting a £3million bid for Sheffield United whizzkid Kyle Walker.
  • Sunderland will bid £2.5million for AWOL Middlesbrough star Mido.
  • Salif Diao and Andy Wilkinson have both sealed new deals with Stoke.
  • Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is slugging it out with Hamburg for Swedish scoring sensation Marcus Berg.
  • Southampton are in the hands of a German billionaire after being bought at the 19th attempt.
  • Didier Zokora quit Spurs in a £9million switch to Sevilla to protect his World Cup place.
  • Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce could hijack Sunderland’s bid to sign Darren Bent.
  • Phil Neville says he will miss playing against Cristiano Ronaldo, who insists Real Madrid have bought him for a snip at £80million.DAILY EXPRESS
  • Steven Gerrard yesterday signed a lucrative new contract at Liverpool that will keep him at the club for life.
  • New Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to loan Michael Mancienne to Wolves for the season.
  • Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is sure Lee Bowyer can still make a big impact in the top flight.

    Liverpool Skipper will be hands off after reportedly signing another deal to keep him at Anfield for the rest of his career.

    Liverpool Skipper will be hands off after reportedly signing another deal to keep him at Anfield for the rest of his career.

  • Arsenal have warned Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs who covet Cesc Fabregas and the rest of their youngsters to stay away.DAILY MAIL
  • Adam Johnson is expected to join the exodus from Middlesbrough after emerging as a surprise target for Chelsea.
  • John Terry will hold informal talks with the Chelsea hierarchy today with his future still shrouded in uncertainty.
  • Liverpool fear they may be without first-choice left-back Fabio Aurelio for the rest of the year.DAILY STAR
  • Barcelona will sanction Samuel Eto’o’s move to Manchester City in order to raise the £40million needed to try and lure Cesc Fabregas.
  • Roberto Mancini yesterday held talks about becoming Portsmouth manager.
  • Chelsea last night told Inter Milan to show then the money for Deco and Ricardo Carvalho.DAILY RECORD
  • Hamilton are in talks with Burnley which should see Biran Easton sign on with the Premiership new-boys.