The XI – Big fish, little pond

Ollie Irish

15th, April 2008

david bentley fish.jpgIf the early rumours are to be believed, this summer could see the top clubs clambering to sign the best of what is already on offer in the Premier League rather than look elsewhere. Pies compiles a team of players who could move to clubs higher up the league table.
Jussi Jaaskelainen
The Finn has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent keepers over a number of years.
Who would want him Newcastle have a long-standing interest (albeit mainly from Sam Allardyce’s time in charge) and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is reportedly considering a move for the Bolton man.
Micah Richards
Signed a new contract with Manchester City in February, but that won’t stop him leaving if he wants to. As an England regular, he must be pining for Champions League football.
Who would want him Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus.
David Wheater
The young centre-back has gone from unknown to England squad member this season following some excellent displays.
Who would want him He is tipped for big things, and Liverpool are reported to be the top four side with the strongest interest in him.

Steven Taylor
Injury has disrupted Taylor’s progress but he is highly-rated and stalling on a new contract at Newcastle.
Who would want him Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham would probably be in the running.
Gareth Barry
The rejuvenated Aston Villa skipper is now an international regular having forced his way into the ego minefield that is England’s midfield.
Who would want him Liverpool and Chelsea would both consider a move for Barry. Rafa Benitez is rumoured to be lining up a £12 million bid.
David Bentley
England’s new DB has picked up some rave reviews for his performances this season for club and country.
Who would want him The tabloid press has gone into overdrive, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla all apparently ready to stump up £15 million for Bents.
Mark Noble
An old head on young shoulders for West Ham this season.
Who would want him Arsene Wenger is a long-term fan and would pay £8 million for Noble, especially if he loses Mathieu Flamini.
Michael Johnson
Has drifted from prominence as Manchester City’s season fell apart, but his displays before Christmas have made a lasting impression on some.
Who would want him Rafa rotates so much that he even has to rotate his rumoured transfer targets. The Daily Mail reckon Johnson is Anfield-bound in a £12 million deal.
Jimmy Bullard
It is no coincidence that Fulham look capable of playing football again since Bullard returned from injury.
Who would want him Aston Villa, Sunderland and Middlesbrough have all been mentioned, as has £3 million. I would throw Portsmouth into the reckoning too.
Emile Heskey
The Wigan man has been back to his best this season.
Who would want him Middlesbrough or West Ham might take a gamble on him.
Michael Owen
Under Kevin Keegan, Owen has rediscovered his ability to a) play matches; and b) score goals other than the week before England matches.
Who would want him Manchester City and Sven Goran Eriksson are known admirers.

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