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Transfers & Rumours

Transfer Rumours: Football is awash with gossip, hogwash, tittle tattle and rumours and we’ll dutifully round them all up here for you and assess them in our own wry, irreverent way.

Scotland and Cardiff striker Steven Thompson is facing up to six months on the sidelines after falling off a banana boat while on holiday. The 28-year-old former Rangers striker had an operation yesterday after the incident in the USA.

Riquelme.jpgEverton have been forced into an embarrassing backtrack after their website mistakenly announced that the club had signed Argentinian star Juan Roman Riquelme. The article was supposed to be test data for a new website but it was accidentally published yesterday. The ‘news’ broke at 11.30am yesterday and was online for about an hour before the error was spotted. By that time internet forums had been flooded by messages from excited Evertonians.

Fernando Torres is due to fly into Liverpool Airport today and undergo a medical before sealing a £27m transfer to Liverpool, from Atletico Madrid. The 23-year-old striker has cut short his summer holiday to ensure the move goes ahead without delay. As part of the deal, the two clubs have also agreed for Luis García […]

da%20Silva.jpgArsenal have made their first attempt to replace Thierry Henry by snapping up Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva from Dinamo Zagreb for an undisclosed fee. You will probably best remember the 24-year-old as the player – other than Gary Neville – who scored in Croatia’s victory over England in the Euro 2008 qualifier last October.

dec.jpgTV presenter Declan Donnelly is reported to be a shock transfer target for LA Galaxy. David Beckham’s new club have reportedly invited the shorter half of the Ant and Dec presenting duo for trials after he impressed them with his finishing during a kickabout for Robbie Williams’ LA Vale celebrity side.

Tevez.jpgCarlos Tevez has apparently turned down Inter Milan after the Serie A champions attempted to play hardball by imposing a deadline for him to make a decision – suggesting he could yet stay in the Premiership.

It looks like Darren Bent is off to White Hart Lane, for around £17m – yes, because he is worth more than Thierry Henry. If the move goes ahead, then the soon-to-be-ex-Charlton striker will have to fight Robbie Keane, Fat Mido and possibly Jermain Defoe for the right to partner Dimitar Berbatov up front. (Although […]

2868c0c08e0203aa72268c4ec2990e1c_extras_albumes_0.jpgWhat is it with Real Madrid and successful managers? Real sacked Vicente del Bosque in 2004, after he had steered the club to two Champions League titles, two league titles, a Spanish Supercup, a European Supercup and an Intercontinental Cup. Del Bosque was probably the unluckiest manager to lose his job in football history. And German Jupp Heynckes was sacked after guiding Real to the Champions League crown in 1998.

Coleman%2C%20Chris.JPGUntil now if you had told Pies that Chris Coleman had an interest in Basques we would have envisaged the ex-Fulham boss creeping round Ann Summers trying not to draw too much attention to himself. But – perhaps even more shocking than that image – it seems the Welsh whinger is being primed for a return to management at recently relegated Spanish side Real Sociedad.

430514_MEDIUMSQUARE.jpgJust when we thought that the purse strings to Roman’s rubles had been tied closed with all the endeavour of an over enthusiastic boy scout, Chelsea actually look set to spend some money.

Newcastle move for Geremi

June 27th, 2007

geremi.jpgChelsea utility man Geremi is the latest player Sam Allardyce would like to spend some of Mike Ashley’s millions on [that's on wages and signing-on fees before some smart arse points out he is available on a free transfer!] . The Cameroon international is known to be eager to find more regular first-team action than he has been getting at Stamford Bridge.

Di%20Michele.jpgSummer just ain’t summer any more without a bit of Italian football scandal. And there is plenty going on at the moment. Four players, including Italian international David di Michele, have been charged with illegal betting. The Palermo player, along with Atalanta’s Thomas Manfredini and Vicenza’s Massimo Margiotta, is accused of betting ‘directly or through third parties, on the results of official matches organised by the FIGC.’

crown.jpgLeague Two outfit Accrington Stanley might be one of the few Football League clubs who won’t mind too much if their fans turn up to games paralytic – it will help to pay the players’ wages! Stanley have taken over a pub with profits from behind the bar going straight into the club.

petercrouchsun.jpgLiverpool and England striker Peter Crouch could follow Thierry Henry to Spain if Atletico Madrid get their way. The Spanish outfit want to bring Crouch to La Liga as part of any deal that takes Fernando Torres to Anfield. The Daily Star reports that Real’s city rivals would love the lump the ball up to the 6ft 7in striker.

Newcastle sign Alan Smith?

June 22nd, 2007

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Thieves take Pele’s arms

June 21st, 2007

The feat is not quite dramatic as it may sound. Thieves have stolen the arms of a statue of Pele in Brazil. The legend’s replica arms were sawn off the bronze statue situated outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. The statue showed Pele holding the World Cup aloft, and the replica trophy was taken with the limbs.

royston.jpgJose Mourinho wants to follow his successful Khalid Bhoularouz experiment by signing another colourfully named Dutch defender. The Special One’s target is Holland under 21 left-back Royston Drenthe. Despite sounding like the setting for The League of Gentlemen, £4 million-rated Royston has been one of the stars of the Dutch team in the European Under 21 Championships.

74390382.jpgHappy now Jose? Uefa has named Chelsea as one of the eight seeds for next season’s Champions League. The other English CL teams – Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal – are also seeded; England is the only country to have all of its representatives seeded.

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As expected, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has lodged a formal takeover bid for Manchester City. The bid is valued at £81.6m. The City board said it intended to support the bid from UK Sports Investments, which is controlled by Thaksin and members of his family.

Bullard%20Jimmy.jpgOne of Pies’ favourite Premiership players, Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard, is to miss the start of next season. The former Wigan man is still having problems with the knee ligament injury which wrote off last season’s campaign for him. The 28-year-old has not played since September last year when a tackle with Newcastle’s Scott Parker dislocated his knee and put paid to his all-action start to the season.

If Jose Mourinho decides he is going to kick off on the referee we see plenty of hand-gesturing, plenty of sulking and, usually, the Special One dispatched to the stands. In Brazil, however, they needed riot police to escort America coach Lori Sandri off the pitch after one of his players was sent off for elbowing an opponent. All hell then breaks lose as the coach is handcuffed and his players end up scrapping it out with the coppers!

wbunited_narrowweb__200x260.jpgThe Premier League has announced it is going to trial goal-line technology in the auspicious surroundings of Reading youth team matches. The Royals have been asked to test out Hawk-Eye technology with a view to introducing it to the Premier League in two years.

shearerbellamy.JPGNewcastle legend Alan Shearer has revealed rumours of Craig Bellamy returning to St James’s Park had him reaching for the bottle. The retired Magpies striker said he needed a few drinks to calm him down after reading that Sam Allardyce was planning to sign the Welsh international.

72745653.jpgNewcastle striker Oba Martins survived a terrifying ordeal in his native Nigeria this week, when the car he was driving was shot at by masked gunmen. His mate was hit and wounded, but Oba escaped unharmed.