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Transfer Rumors (21 Jan 2010): Man City target former Chelsea star Mutu, Tottenham in front of Manchester duo for Juve’s Chielllini, and more



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City Eye Mutu

The agent of Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu says that Manchester City are interested in making a move for the 31-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: Thank you, Daily Mail, for unnecessarily drudging up Mutu’s past, despite the fact that since then, he’s kept his nose clean, and he’s found the net on a regular basis to boot (speaking of which, he‘s on fire right now – seven goals in five matches since returning from injury).

Spurs In Chiellini Talks?

Davide Lippi, the agent of Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, has said that his visit to the Manchester City-Manchester United Carling Cup semi on Tuesday was no was nothing more than a courtesy visit – and he also started that he has held talks with Tottenham officials. (Goal.com)

Analysis: It would seem a bit strange that Juventus would even be considering selling Chiellini, and despite Juve’s current struggles, it’d also seem a little odd why a guy in his prime would be interested in making what amounts to a downward move.

Sunderland Sign Kilgallon

Sunderland have signed Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon for £1.75m. (The Guardian)

Analysis: Hopefully he knows how to do the business when he’s away from the Stadium of Light, because that’s the issue that’s standing between Sunderland being only a few points away from a European place and a few points away from the relegation zone, where they currently find themselves.

Hammers Move For McCarthy

West Ham have made a £1.25m bid for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy. (The Sun)

Analysis: McCarthy may have seen his starting opportunities diminish at Blackburn under Sam Allardyce, but he has proven what he can do in the top flight, and at that price, he‘d be a smart purchase.

Burnley Sign Nimani

Burnley have signed striker Frederic Nimani on loan for the remainder of the season. The deal includes an option to buy the Monaco man for £3.5m at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: This one could be a nice bargain move for Burnley. Nimani has found regular football hard to come by this season, but he showed a lot of promise and potential last season, scoring six goals in 15 league starts.

Wolves Land Mujangi

Wolves have signed attacking midfielder Geoffrey Mujangi Bia on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: The production from Wolves’ strikers has certainly been disappointing, but they’ve also greatly suffered because of Michael Kightly’s injury problems, so this signing definitely fills a need for a creative presence in midfield.


Increased Inter Offer For Ledesma

Inter Milan have made Lazio an offer of €6m plus co-ownership of promising Slovenian midfielder Rene Krhin for midfielder Cristian Ledesma. (Goal.com)

Analysis: Considering the realistic possibility that they could be about to lose Ledesma for nothing, there shouldn’t be much consideration about whether or not to accept the offer, especially given that they would be getting such a talented young prospect as part of the deal.


Galatasaray Sign Jo

After the termination of his loan stay at Everton, Manchester City striker Jo has moved to Galatasaray on loan for the remainder of the season. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Hopefully this stint will see him get back to the level that earned him that big-money Manchester City move.