Transfer Talk August 30: Revolving door at Fulham, Spurs busy and Rodgers keen to off-load
It’s the day before transfer deadline day and managers, agents, players and even Jim White are getting ready for what promises to be a busy 24 hours.
By Declan Whooley
It's hotting up with the deadline looming, though it will be unusual without Harry Redknapp rolling down the window to tell us who he has or hasn’t bought. And looking utterly distracted while doing so. Can't see the super-cool Andre Villas-Boas doing something similar at the training ground tomorrow.
Back to the action. Martin Jol appears to be linked with a whole host of players after the Fulham coffers were swelled by ₤15 million with Moussa Dembele signing for Spurs. Kieran Richardson should have his transfer from Sunderland wrapped up today after both clubs agreed a fee of £2 million.
The stoney-faced and often glum-looking Dutchman is reportedly keen to bring in West Ham midfielder Mark Noble before Friday. The stylish midfielder would be an ideal replacement for Danny Murphy and Jol would hope to get him at a knock-down price as he is about the enter the final year of his contract.
The Star this morning also suggests that Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Wolfsburg’s Iranian winger Ashkan Dejagah are on their way to Craven Cottage. Fulham would have to part with £8 million to land both players. Frazier Campbell and Charlie Adam are names also being considered by Jol as he looks to beef up his squad.
Staying in London, Tottenham and Chelsea are 'locked in a battle' for French striker Loic Remy. The Marseille frontman is valued at £15 million and both sides feel the need to boost their attacking options. The word battle may be a little strong for haggling agents and chairmen, but if it's good enough for The Star, it's good enough for me.
Spurs may not have Harry wheeling-and-dealing (don’t tell him I said that), but chairman Daniel Levy looks likely to continue the traditional frantic transfer deadline day at White Hart Lane.
The deal to bring goalkeeper Hugo Lloris appears to be closer, though the same cannot be said of Willian after Shakhtar Donetsk upped the asking price to £20 million for the striker. The pups. Rafael van der Vaart looks to be on the way out, with former club Hamburg leading the chase for the £15 million rated Dutchman.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate to off-load Andy Carroll and Charlie Adam in order to bring in new faces before tomorrow's deadline. Theo Walcott had been linked to Anfield but now appears to be on the verge of signing a new long-term contract, while Clint Dempsey is still being courted by Rodgers. In a non-romantic manner of course.
Elsewhere The Mirror believe that AC Milan are ready to table a bid of £8 million for tigerish midfielder Nigel de Jong. Michael Laudrup is going back to Spain to raid Valencia for wideman Pablo Hernandez and is set to equal the club record of £5.5 million. The same paper says Juventus are prepared to bring Didier Drogba back from his Chinese holiday.
Blackburn are raising eyebrows with their transfer target Jordan Rhodes. After being rather miserly while in the top-flight, Rovers have bid £6 million for the Huddersfield striker with an additional £2 million in add-ons. Huddersfield want £2 million extra and the Venky’s are expected to stump up. Bizarre in the extreme.
On the Irish front, The Daily Mail believes only Everton are still in the running for Irish striker Kevin Doyle, with their last bid of £7 million rejected by Wolves. Stoke have yet to make a bid for Richard Dunne despite the Honey Monster being heavily linked to the Potteries.
One Irish man who has moved is UCD’s Paul Corry. Sheffield Wednesday have paid an initial €60,000 for the player, which could rise to €150,000.
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