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Transfer Rumors (29 June 09): Tottenham chase Roma’s Vucinic, Aston Villa to move for Middlesbrough’s Tuncay, Wolves sign Reading’s Doyle in record deal, and more



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Monday came and went without all that much big news (certainly not what was expected to filter through the presses during the day), but there is still plenty to report on from the day, including a couple of new signings to add to the confirmed summer transfer lists today (updates will be complete by the afternoon) and a few more that will be added in the next couple of days.


Tottenham After Vucinic And Berg

Tottenham could offer Roma £17m + Roman Pavlyuchenko for striker Mirko Vucinic. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: Too good to pass up for Roma? Not only would they be landing someone that they’ve already been targeting, but the £17m would also certainly be helpful too.

Tottenham could make a move for FC Groningen striker Marcus Berg. The 22-year-old Swede has scored 17 goals in back-to-back seasons for the Eredivisie side and could cost Tottenham £10m, double what Everton might have hoped to land him for. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Berg had already established himself as a top striker in the Eredivisie, but he really boosted his value with his fantastic showing for Sweden in the U-21 Championships, scoring seven goals in four appearances. A step up beckons in the near future, and when he does make that step up, Groningen will have quite the windfall.

Villa To Go For Tuncay?

Aston Villa could make a £5m move for Middlesbrough striker Tuncay Sanli. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Good opportunity for him, but it could all come down to how they plan on using him. With the World Cup in mind, regular first-team opportunities are big, and he may not be interested in going to Villa unless he has some assurances about being given a real chance to prove himself and nail down a place.

West Ham Make Late Fortune Move

West Ham could be set to steal in and snatch Nancy striker Marc-Antoine Fortune from under Hull’s noses. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Hull just can’t have it easy when it comes to strikers, can they? First they looked to be close to signing Fraizer Campbell, but that doesn’t look so likely, and now West Ham are trying to nab Fortune at the last minute. Maybe the third time could be the charm with Michael Owen?

Blackburn Sign Jacobsen, Close On Van der Meyde

Blackburn have signed Everton defender Lars Jacobsen on a free transfer, and they’re also closing in on signing midfielder Andy Van der Meyde on a free as well. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: Blackburn continue to load up on the inexpensive signings. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Wolves Sign Doyle, Leko Next?

Wolves have landed Reading striker Kevin Doyle for a club-record £6.5m. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: A lot to spend for a Championship player, but Doyle’s a Premier League quality striker, and on paper, Wolves will have a pretty dangerous strikeforce next season.

Monaco midfielder Jerko Leko could be Mick McCarthy’s next signing, as Wolves have reportedly agreed a fee with Monaco for the Croatia international. (Sky Sports)

Analysis: Shapes up to be a very good signing for Wolves, as Leko brings a great deal of European (Champions League and UEFA Cup) and international (57 caps) experience to the table.

Burnley To Bag Fletcher & Bid Again For Driver

Burnley are in pole position to land Hibs striker Steven Fletcher. Hibs accepted an offer of around £2.9m for the 22-year-old, who will enter negotiations with his prospective new club today. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: I was a little skeptical about whether or not they could land him for that much, considering what Hibs reportedly wanted, but well done if they can get him signed, sealed, and delivered. Robbie Blake, Steven Thompson, and Martin Paterson all did well for Burnley last season, but Fletcher will have every opportunity to make an immediate impact.

There’s a little less luck with the other Edinburgh side, however, as Hearts have rejected Burnley’s £2m offer for winger Andrew Driver. But, Burnley are set to go back in with an improved offer for the 21-year-old. (Tribal Football)

Analysis: After breaking into England’s U-21 team, Driver could see a chance to move to the Premier League and establish himself as a regular for a top-flight side as a golden opportunity to make an impression on Fabio Capello and break into the senior team in the next year or two.


Sevilla In For Makoun

Sevilla could be set to make a bid for Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun. (Tribal Football)

Analysis: After signing from Lille in a €14m deal last summer, Makoun had a very good debut season for Lyon, scoring nine goals in all competitions and contributing several more assists. So, it’d seem that they wouldn’t really be interested in selling unless Sevilla come in with an offer they can’t resist.


Shakhtar Track Cana

Shakhtar Donetsk are interesting in Marseille midfielder Lorik Cana. (Transfer Market Web)

Analysis: Can’t say I see him making that move. If he does move anywhere in the near future, I think it’ll be to England.