Latest football transfer talk Sunday 22nd July
Update on latest transfer news in the world of premiership football.
Rumours and whispers.
Still the biggest attention grabbing transfer saga continues with the new destination, if any, of ARSENAL super striker ROBIN VAN PERSIE topping the agenda.
Latest rumours suggest that Arsenal have accepted a £21.4m bid from Italian giants JUVENTES although it is thought and suggested that it could take as much as £30m to prise RVP away from the Gunners. The bookies still make MAN UNITED favourites for his inky mark on a contract at evens, with Juventes @ 7/4 and MAN CITY @9/4.
Staying with Arsenal the striker left permanently in RVPs shadow, Marouanne Chamakh has been linked with a possible move to WEST HAM, which seems unlikely in the wake of the Hammers landing of Mali striker, MAIGA, late last week and also rumour of JERMAINE DEFOE potentially returning to the Boleyn ground. Personally I think this has some credence, the rumours were rife in January and also the beginning of this transfer window although the bookies seem to disagree. They still have Defoe going to Reading @ 3/1, Sunderland @ 3/1, QPR @ 5/1, Stoke @ 11/2 and West Ham at a whopping 12/1! A gambling man might find that a bit of value!
On Merseyside, EVERTON are on the verge of re-signing Steven Pienaar after his less than successful one season jaunt to TOTTENHAM, which may help cover the blow of possibly losing LEIGHTON BAINES to MAN UTD with a rumoured £8m bid on it's way from SIR ALEX for the marauding left back. Although where this would leave PATRICE EVRA would be quite an enigma. The two sides also rumoured to be talking of a swap deal, BERBATOV and RODWELL, but that seems to me to be nothing but pie in the sky.
The Toffeemen are also rumoured to be considering a £6.5m for out of favour, CHARLIE ADAM from Liverpool but his style of play one could see fitting nicely in to new manager BRENDAN ROGERS plans so this also appears to be a little hot air.
Staying with LIVERPOOL, one of ROGERS targets from his former club SWANSEA, JOE ALLEN, is rumoured to be the subject of a £10m bid plus JAY SPEARING which might help the deal flow as Spearing could slip into the role that Allen leaves behind. Also whispered is 2 further signings for the reds in CLINT DEMPSEY and AFFELAY, both thought to be joining by the end of the month.
Swansea themselves have been linked with 3 players. All rumours remember but apparently they have offered for WBA midfielder GRAHAM DORRANS, £5m for BOLTON midfielder MARK DAVIES and £8m for highly rated shot stopper JACK BUTLAND but that last one would only be if VORM decides to return to his native Holland.
SOUTHAMPTON are apparently still actively seeking to improve their squad with an offer for ROBERT SNODGRASS of Leeds and STEVEN DAVIS of RANGERS.
NORWICH are also apparently after Snodgrass but with Southampton looking favourites for that signature they may turn their attention to GAMST PEDERSEN of newly relegated BLACKBURN.
The Canaries are also potentially looking at HERTHA BERLIN left back FELIX BASTIANS. This may have some substance as Bastians played under assistant manager COLIN CALDERWOOD @ Nottingham Forest.
FULHAM it has been rumoured are looking at three dutch players in KEVIN STROOTMAN, a central midfielder from PSV, NACER CHADLI, CLUB TWENTE winger and JEREMIAH LENS of PSV, although the last one is also strongly linked with the very busy Southampton too.
MALOUDA looks like he is on his way out of CHELSEA with a move to Santos most likely.
ATHLETICO MADRID have denied that ADRIAN will be on his way to TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR.
SANTA CRUZ could possibly re-appear in the premiership with QPR and finally KOLO TOURE has been told he has to make up his mind sooner rather than later whether or not he is to move to Turkish club BURSASPOR.
Thoughts of the author.
Although obviously much of the transfer speculation and rumours are highly ambitious and optimistic hopes and dreams of supporters of the individual clubs, I personally think it all adds to the drama of the self proclaimed greatest football league on the planet.
Where prior to the transfer window beginnings, the closed season would be a long and tedious wait until the first ball was kicked some 3 months after the final whistle of the previous season, the transfer talk helps to fill that void.
As the new season gets ever nearer and the rumours become all the more rife, excitement build almost to frenzy levels right up to the window closing day when sky sports dedicate virtually the whole 24 hours programming purely to transfer activity making for some truly dramatic viewing - who would have thought that ?!
On the actual movements of players, being a West Ham fan, I must admit to getting very excited with the Andy Carroll link. Deep down I knew it was very much a long shot, even when the bookmakers made us favourites to sign him, big names like that are really only the ingredients of dreams for Hammers fans!
I'm a little surprised that Man Utd haven't made a move for Luka Modric. Knowing that he wants to leave I personally think that player could slip straight into that XI with ease and hit the ground running. His ingenuity and class from the centre of the field could release Rooney to be more adventurous and we all know what he is capable of!
Southampton and QPR have made some eye opening signings, strengthening their squads with some good quality and value, 2 sides I think could surprise a few people next season.
OK, that's it for now. More transfer news soon.