Wednesday, July 07, 2010

All The Latest Transfer Gossip

The World Cup may be reaching its climax, but with the domestic football seasons both at home and abroad due to kick-off in around a month's time, clubs are busy wheeling and dealing in the transfer market, as they step up their search for new additions and/or replacements, in an attempt to strengthen their squads for the forthcoming season.

Arsenal, Werder Bremen, Manchester City, Cologne, FC Twente, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Stuttgart, Inter Milan, Tottenham, Sunderland, AC Milan, Barcelona, Juventus, West Ham, Fulham, Valencia, Celtic, Preston, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Everton, Blackburn, Bolton, West Brom, Lyon, Wigan, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace are all currently caught up in transfer gossip.

Is your Club involved?

Here is a round up:

Arsenal are ready to pay £20m for German playmaker Mesut Ozil, having trailed the 21-year-old for months. Ozil has one year left on his contract at Werder Bremen - Daily Star

Manchester City have been linked with a £16.5m move for Cologne's Germany forward Lukas Podolski - Daily Mail

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is lining up a £13m move for FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz - Daily Mirror

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is set to lock horns with his old club Chelsea and Manchester United over securing the services of Germany World Cup star Sami Khedira. The 23-year-old is currently contracted to Stuttgart until 2011 -

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is ready to challenge Tottenham for the signature of Manchester City defender Micah Richards - The Times

Manchester United have made enquiries about signing French striker Karim Benzema from Real Madrid - Daily Mirror

Sunderland are exploring the possibility of a season-long loan deal for Ghana's young striker Dominic Adiyiah, who is at AC Milan - Daily Mail

West Ham are expecting a bid from Aston Villa for Scott Parker. The Hammers are bracing themselves for the move when Villa midfielder James Milner makes his expected £25m switch to Manchester City - The Sun

Manchester United are braced for a raid from Barcelona and Juventus for their left-back Patrice Evra - Daily Mail

Leeds United have confirmed they have completed the signing of 23-year-old Preston - defender Neill Collins on a three-year deal -

Alex McLeish is desperate to sign Wigan's £15-million-rated Charles N'Zogbia. The Birmingham City boss could also resurrect his interest in Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson, after initially trying to sign the midfielder for £6 million in January - The Times

Fulham are thought to be in negotiations to sign Portuguese defender Miguel from Valencia. The Londoners are believed to want to sign the 30-year-old on a four-year deal for a fee in the region of 2million euros (around £1.66m) -

West Brom have confirmed their interest in signing striker Frederic Piquionne. The 31-year-old player spent the 2009-2010 campaign on loan at Portsmouth but has since returned to Lyon. However Albion face competition from West Ham for his signature -

Everton and Blackburn are keeping tabs on Bolton ace Matt Taylor. The 28-year-old's future at Bolton looks uncertain following the arrival of Martin Petrov from Manchester City -

Celtic have opened talks with Scunthorpe over a £2m deal for striker Gary Hooper - Scottish Daily Mail

Crystal Palace manager George Burley has completed a double swoop by landing Adam Barrett and Andy Dorman on free transfers.
Centre-half Barrett, 31, left Southend this summer and has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the Eagles. Midfielder Dorman, 28, was also out of contract after leaving St Mirren has agreed a three-year deal -

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