One of the sayings that I like to live by is ‘You don’t know if you don’t try.’ That’s the theme of today’s roundup, where a few clubs are making bids for players that they may well not get but are nonetheless going for.
Everton could be ready to sell Andy Johnson, with Fulham reportedly set to offer £10.5m for the striker; after sealing the deal, the Toffees could make a move for Sporting’s Joao Moutinho.
Rumor Rating: 4 – Moutinho could cost £16m, but it would certainly be an impressive capture for Everton if they could pull it off.
According to The Sun, Newcastle have offered Celtic £5m plus Charles N’Zogbia for Aiden McGeady.
Rumor Rating: 2 – McGeady just signed a new long-term deal with Celtic, so it’s highly unlikely they’d want to do any business with Newcastle, or anyone else for that matter.
Stoke City have made a £6m bid for Sunderland keeper Martin Fulop, looking to surpass the record fee that they paid for Dave Kitson just last week.
Rumor Rating: 3 – Roy Keane may not want to sell Craig Gordon’s backup, but the funds could further help his quest to make some quality additions to his squad ahead of the new season.
Sheffield United have signed Watford striker Darius Henderson for £2m. Watford signed him for £450k from Gillingham in 2005, and last season, the 26-year old scored 13 goals for the Hornets.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Henderson quickly fills the hole left by Rob Hulse’s departure to Derby.
Coventry striker Michael Mifsud has put in a transfer request, just a little over a week after the Sky Blues signed Freddy Eastwood from Wolves. Crystal Palace, Norwich, and Bristol City are all being linked with the Maltese striker.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Mifsud and Eastwood likely would’ve been one of the Championship’s most prolific tandems, but it looks like he’ll be scoring goals against Coventry next season, and not for them.
Speaking of Bristol City, they may be backing out on a £1.5m deal for Egyptian striker Emad Moteab, after Moteab played the full 90 in Al-Ahly’s derby against Zamalek, which the club didn’t want him to do.
Rumor Rating: 5 – There are worse things to pull out of a deal for, but hey, maybe him not listening to their wishes, even though it could’ve been his last chance (at least for a while) to play in one of the fiercest rivalries in the world, is something that doesn’t sit well for the future.
Getafe are going to have to up their offer for Real Madrid striker Roberto Soldado if they want a deal done by the end of the week. Getafe have reportedly bid â‚¬6m for Soldado, but Real’s asking price is â‚¬2m higher.
Rumor Rating: 5 – Getafe just spent a princely sum on signing Esteban Granero from Real, but apparently there’s no frequent buyer’s discount.
Sevilla are set to sign Racing Santander defensive midfielder Aldo Duscher for â‚¬2.5m. The 29-year old is also wanted by Olympiakos, but the former Deportivo man favors Seville over a move to Greece, despite the guaranteed Champions League football.
Rumor Rating: 5 – In the past, the Argentine has been linked with the likes of Manchester United. After not having a scoring presence at all at Deportivo, he showed an eye for goal last season for Racing, scoring five league goals.
Roma have tabled an undisclosed offer for Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu. Roma have been linked with Mutu for much of the summer, but until now, a concrete move hadn’t been made.
Rumor Rating: 3 – Fiorentina’s sporting director is saying that they’ll put serious thought into the offer and get Mutu’s feelings on it, and if Mutu feels he needs/wants a change, then he may be a Roma player before long.
Inter have sealed the signing of Brazilian wunderkind Coutinho from Vasco da Gama. The 16-year old attacker is one of the top young talents in Brazil (which is saying a lot about his promise), and Inter have beaten off Real Madrid for his signature.
Rumor Rating: 5 – The deal allows Coutinho to stay at Vasco da Gama until the end of the 2008/09 campaign to develop further at home before making the move to Europe.
Fresh off of getting one England-based Frenchman, PSG are looking to make a surprise swoop for another one, as they’re interested in Arsenal’s William Gallas.
Rumor Rating: 1 – It’s highly unlikely that Arsenal would sell Gallas right now, and even though the lure of going back to France may appeal at some point, it wouldn’t make much sense for him to leave one of Europe’s top teams for someone who’s, well, not, at least right now.
Well, that’s it for the day in transfer news and speculation. I’ll be back tomorrow (provided the impending storm doesn’t blow me away, knock on wood), but until then, chime in with your thoughts on today’s tidbits, and chip in with rumors that you’ve heard and read.