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We take a look at the latest movers and shakers in the UK soccer transfer maket
Posted Aug 11, 2010 by John Casson
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As the start to the football season edges closer and closer, so the transfer gossips increase. The only two big moves have been Joe Cole’s surprise snub of Spurs to leave Chelsea for Liverpool, and Yossi Benayoun’s move the other way. So what else can we expect?Facts
Martin O Neill to nowhere in particular. Ok, so he’s not a player, but JESUS: did anyone see this coming? Martin O’ Neill suddenly decides that he’d quite like to race James Milner to the Villa Park door, to the surprise of more or less everyone else. All eyes will now be on Villa Park on Saturday to see if the players emerge with the same cross eyed bemusement on their faces as the rest of us.
James Milner to Manchester City. No, on a technicality this hasn’t happened yet, but give it a day or two. This move has been on the cards from the moment England crashed out of the world cup. City need young, dynamic players to take them to the next level, and Milner is just that.
Milner, for his part, wants a club that will match his ambition: something city are burning with. While Villa won’t be chuffed to lose the winger, the deal – which will see £20 million plus talented winger Steven Ireland going the other way – will give them the finances to re-confirm their pursuit of Robbie Keane, assuming they still want him after O Neill did the Lord Lucan.Rumours
Pienaar to leave Everton for Villa. Having starred for South Africa at the world cup, Pienaar is currently unhappy at the delays in negotiating his new Everton contract, and it seems Villa will try and take advantage of this to lure the South Africa captain to the Claret half of Birmingham. However, with O Neill gone, no one can really be sure what Villa’s transfer market actions will be in the next few weeks.
Crouch to Return To Liverpool? Apparently, new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is prepared to table a £10 million bid to bring gangly striker Peter Crouch back to Merseyside. Having been bought and sold several times by current boss Harry Redknapp, the move would nonetheless come as a bit of a surprise considering Crouch’s influence on Spurs’ fantastic 4th place finish last season.Blatant Speculation
United to swoop for Ozil. Various reports are surfacing that the Old Trafford club may be about to turn their interest for the German playmaker Mesut Ozil into a permanent offer, with a potential £13.5 million being tabled.
Having shined at the world cup finals, Ozil’s price would normally be higher, but because the midfielder is in the last year of his contract, current club Werder Bremen may feel they have to get rid of Ozil now, or risk losing him for free next season. Rumours are also beginning to abound that Barcelona may also attempt to obtain the midfielder in an attempt to strengthen their team before Real Madrid’s new boss Jose Mourinho promptly sets about winning everything all over again.
Arsenal to throw £25 million at Reina? Arsenal have be struggling for a few seasons now to sort out a consistent goalkeeper: now various sources are noting that Arsene Wenger may be prepared to launch an extra-ordinary £25 million bid for Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, in a move that would be a shock to more or less everyone. Whilst Arsenal do need to rectify the goalkeeping situation, the idea of Liverpool letting their keeper go seems almost as unlikely as Arsenal wanting to spend that much money on him.