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Transfer Rumors (2 August 08): Newcastle set to capture Coloccini, United not interested in selling Fletcher, Johnson’s Fulham move in limbo, and more

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It’s a pretty short day in transfer news and rumors, so if you have plenty to do, then hey, you won’t have to spend a lot of time on today’s roundup.


Newcastle appear to finally have agreed a fee with Deportivo over defender Fabricio Coloccini. The two sides seemed to be at a stalemate over the Argentine defender’s valuation, but it looks like they’ve agreed a fee of £9.5m.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Newcastle definitely need defensive additions, and they’re not stopping at Coloccini, as they’re still interested in Blackburn’s Stephen Warnock and could make a serious move for him in the next week.

Manchester United appear to be keen to hang on to Darren Fletcher, as they have turned back Birmingham’s advances for the Scot. Fletcher was also the subject of interest from Everton earlier this summer, but that died rather quickly.

Rumor Rating: 2 – I guess, after all, United really don’t underestimate the power of a Fletcher-hug.

Andy Johnson’s £13m move to Fulham could very well see some adjustments thanks to old injury issues that popped up in an X-ray during his medical. The amount of money that both Everton could receive and Johnson could get paid stands to change, and in the worst-case scenario, the move could entirely be off.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Given that the issue is from before Johnson went to Everton, and that both sides really want to get the deal done, it should get done in the end, albeit for a fee that may be smaller than the original £13m.

American goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been granted a work permit to join Aston Villa. The Chivas USA keeper was all set to move to Villa in the winter window, but he was denied a work permit. A little over six months later, the 23-year old is getting his move to England.

Rumor Rating: 5 – One American named Brad for the present (Friedel), one American named Brad for the future (Guzan) for Villa.

Stoke appear to be trying to load up on scoring options, and are intent on spending plenty of money to do so, as the Potters have reportedly made an £8m bid for Valencia’s Nikola Zigic. That would smash the club-record £5.5m that they recently paid for Reading’s Dave Kitson.

Rumor Rating: 3 – It would be an impressive acquisition for Stoke, who may well be looking to try to stay up by scoring bags of goals, but it remains to be seen if Zigic wants to join a side who are slated to be in a relegation battle.


Well, it looks like Real Madrid are set to steal, er, buy Rafael Van der Vaart, from Hamburg SV. Whether it’s €9m, €10m, or €11m, the fee for Van der Vaart is a lot cheaper than one might expect for a guy who’s been a proven commodity since he was a teenager.

Rumor Rating: 5 – It could very well be the numerous injury issues that Van der Vaart has dealt with over the years, but if he is healthy and is on his ‘A’ game, the fee is an absolute bargain.


Genoa have signed AEK Athens defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for €4m. The 20-year old has already broken into the Greek national team and is one of the country’s top prospects for the future, so it’s smart that there’s a 15% sell-on clause in the deal.

Rumor Rating: 5 – Will his full last name fit on his jersey? Just wondering….

Well folks, that’s it for the day. Sunday could very well be a relatively quiet day, but in the world of transfers, you never know. But, what you should know is that whatever happens, I’ll be right here to report it.

Until tomorrow, chime in with your thoughts on today’s tidbits, chip in with ones that you’ve read and heard, and be safe.

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