By Chris Wright
Here we go again. Here’s the round up…
Rumour No. 1: Arsenal are in the midst of preparing a £9 million bid for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart as Arsene Wenger has finally run out of patience with his first-choice stopper Manuel Almunia. The Spaniard’s erratic form has now seen him lose his spot in the Arsenal first team to serial-bungler Lukasz Fabianski.
During his successful loan stint at Birmingham this season, Hart has proven that he is too good to warm the bench once he arrives back at Eastlands, but the 22-year-old is still expected to remain behind Shay Given in the City pecking order next season.
Therefore, a move away from the club would be tempting for Hart – especially to a club (Arsenal) where he could potentially walk into the first team.
Rumour No. 2: Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to tempt Everton winger Steven Pienaar to White Hart Lane with a £14 million summer bid.
Spurs are favourites to finish fourth in the Premier League this season, and they are already drawing up plans to spend the resultant Champions League cash injection.
However, Manager Harry Redknapp may face a fight on his hands for the South African as his Everton counterpart, David Moyes, is renowned for tenaciously resisting offers for his side’s leading lights.
The Best of the Rest: Chelsea are readying a €20 million offer for Palermo’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.
Fulham are monitoring John Carew‘s situation at Aston Villa. The big Norwegian target-man is out of contract in the summer and negotiations over a new deal at the club are yet to get underway.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to reignite his interest in Wigan full-back Maynor Figueroa in the summer with a £5 million bid for the Honduran.
Stoke City are tracking West Ham skipper Scott Parker, and will move for their man should The Hammer’s be relegated.
Wigan will make £1.5-million-rated Lens defender, Marco Ramos, their first signing of the summer.
Ipswich are the latest club to join the race for Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper who is rated at £1 million.