Today’s transfer rumours, as well as the top transfer rumours since the end of the transfer season:
Manchester United and Newcastle are being linked with Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.The Finn is off contract in the summer and the News of the World says both United and Newcastle are monitoring his situation.If he is to leave the Trotters, Jaaskelainen would prefer to remain in the Premiership.
According to The Mirror Chelsea boss Avram Grant is ready to sell defender Tal Ben Haim in January.The Mirror says Ben Haim is a Jose Mourinho fan who has failed to hit it off with Grant, who could sell him to Newcastle.
Sunderland boss Roy Keane has rejected an approach from Liverpool for striker Kenwyne Jones.The Journal says Reds boss Rafa Benitez is understood to have offered Peter Crouch to Sunderland in an exchange deal and, although Keanes response was a negative one, the Spaniards interest in a player who has exceeded expectations remains active.Keane and his coaching team will do their utmost to protect Jones, but Liverpool’s interest and the mounting hype that surrounds the striker will not aid their efforts.
Manchester City are chasing Palermo striker Amauri.Controcampo says City are competing with AC Milan and Barcelona for the Brazilian hotshot, who has just returned from long-term knee injury.While Milan and Barca are attractive to Amauri, the Brazilian is also keen to hear from Sven Goran Eriksson’s City with compatriot Elano enjoying some of his best football now at Eastlands.
Moreover Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson is weighing up a bid for SK Brann winger Erik Huseklepp. The News of the World says Eriksson will have to cough up £1 million to land Huseklepp. Also in the same paper it is reported that Sunderland boss Roy Keane is ready to make an offer for Manchester United fullback Phil Bardsley.
Furthermore according to The Sun, Christian Poulsen the 27 year old Danish Sevilla midfielder is almost set to sign for the Eastlanders for £7 million.
Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson is chasing Sheffield United defender Chris Morgan.The News of the World says Megson wants to stiffen his defence with the experienced Morgan in January.
Moreover according to the Sunday Mirror West Brom’s Hungarian right midfielder Zoltan Gera is set to join Gary Megson’s side in January.
Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce is chasing New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph.The News of the World says Bruce hopes to land Joseph, who almost joined Celtic last season, in January.
West Ham United
According to Contracampo West Ham directors have made contact with Inter in the last 24 hours and are prepared to spend £15 million in January for Adriano.
Reading boss Steve Coppell is set to make a major bid for Portsmouth left-back Matt Taylor.The Sunday Mirror says Coppell is plotting a club record £5million move for Taylor.
Moreover according to The Mirror Brahim Hemdani is on his way to Reading from Rangers for £3million.
According to the Daily Mail Arsenal right back Justin Hoyte is on his way to Everton.
Alexander Kerzhakov is on his way to Tottenham from Sevilla to join his ex-manager Ramos according to various newspapers. He is not the only Sevilla player to be linked with Spurs almost all of the other first team regulars at Sevilla are also linked with a switch to Tottenham especially left back Julien Escude who could cost Tottenham £6million.
According to the Sunday People, striker Nelson Cuevas is likely to join Portsmouth from Mexican outfit America on a free transfer.
Moreover Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is keeping tabs on Younes Kaboul’s situation at Tottenham. The People says Kaboul’s Spurs future is in doubt with new manager Juande Ramos planning a New Year clear-out. The French centre back, 21, was hauled off at half-time during Ramos’s first match in charge. Redknapp tried to sign Kaboul from Auxerre in the summer but could not afford the £7m fee paid by Spurs.
According to The Sunday People Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is ready to offer £8 million for Real Betis midfielder Juan de Dios Prados better known as Juande. Betis won’t want to sell a player who has signed a contract until 2010, but they will struggle to turn down such a big offer.
New England Revolution centre-half Mike Parkhurst is a target for Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez.The highly-rated Parkhurst, 23, is all set for a switch to Craven Cottage to join compatriots Clint Dempsey, Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Kasey Keller.
According to the Daily Express, Avram Grant is set to offload Shaun Wright-Phillips to Athletico Madrid for £8million in January.
Moreover according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will sign Bolton’s Nicolas Anelka if Drogba leaves in January.
Sevilla are chasing CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love.The Brazil international is unsettled in Moscow and keen on a move away in January.Sevilla sports chief Monchi fancies Love as a replacement for Luis Fabiano, whose agent admits he could quit the club during the winter market.
Lazio are making a big push for Palermo striker Edison Cavani.Palermo sports chief Rino Foschi insists Cavani isn’t for sale, but Il Messaggero says Lazio president Claudio Lotito will meet with the Uruguayan youngster’s representatives tomorrow.Also in Lotito’s sights to strengthen his attack is Chievo Verona’s Nigerian star Victor Obinna.
Top Transfer Rumours
Following is the list of transfer rumours that have been reported most often in the British media since the closure of the transfer window :
1 Miguel Veloso (Por) CD Sporting to Manchester United
2 Ronaldinho (Bra) AM Barcelona to AC Milan, Chelsea £70m
3 Luis Figo (Por) RW Inter Milan to MLS
4 Adriano (Bra) ST Inter Milan to West Ham United
5 Michael Owen (Eng) ST Newcastle United to Manchester City £6m
6 Eidur Gudjohnsen (Ice) ST Barcelona to Manchester City, Portsmouth £8m
7 Frank Lampard (Eng) CM Chelsea to Real Madrid £9m
8 Andriy Shevchenko (Ukr) ST Chelsea to Dynamo Kyiv Loan
9 Michael Ballack (Ger) CM Chelsea to AC Milan
10 Didier Drogba (IvC) ST Chelsea to Lyon
11 Nicolas Anelka (Fra) ST Bolton Wanderers to Chelsea
12 Rafael van der Vaart (Ned) LW Hamburger SV to Chelsea, Inter Milan £20m
13 Jermain Defoe (Eng) ST Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester City £12m
14 Dimitar Berbatov (Bul) ST Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United
15 Shaun Wright-Phillips (Eng) RW Chelsea to Atletico Madrid £8m
16 Frederic Kanoute (Mali) ST Sevilla to Tottenham Hotspur
17 Gilberto Silva (Bra) DM Arsenal to Juventus £5m
18 Ricardo Carvalho (Por) CD Chelsea to Real Madrid
19 Rolando Bianchi (Ita) ST Manchester City to Napoli, Torino
20 John Arne Riise (Nor) LB Liverpool to Aston Villa
21 Andrew Johnson (Eng) ST Everton to West Ham United £9m
22 Olof Mellberg (Swe) CD Aston Villa to Juventus Bosman
23 Jens Lehmann (Ger) GK Arsenal to Manchester City £1m
24 Edmilson (Bra) CD Barcelona to Newcastle United
25 Willy Sagnol (Fra) RWB Bayern Munchen to Manchester United £4.5m