A new day means new transfer news and rumours. Several clubs have been linked with several players today, as detailed below.
Firstly, Celtic are in the hunt for a possible replacement for their star Japanese set piece expert Shunsuke Nakamura. He had been offered an extension to his current contract but reports say he’s looking to move back home after getting homesick recently.
The man Celtic see as Nakamura’s replacement is Aston Villa’s Shaun Maloney. If the bid is successful in January then Celtic will look to push Aiden McGeady to the right of midfield. For Nakamura, if he does move back to Japan it seems like former club Yokohama Marinos are favourites to bring him back.
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Another Scot involved in transfer news is Rangers’ full-back Alan Hutton. After some impressive displays for his country, and unlucky to concede a free kick which led to Italy’s last minute goal to send Scotland out, numerous clubs have taken and interest. Leading the chase is Newcastle United. The Geordie side had a scout watching him apparently in the match against Italy and was duly impressed. Newcastle United have made it their objective in the New Year to bring in a reliable defender and see Hutton as the man capable for the role. Other teams that have shown interest in the player include Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham (again) have been linked with Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The goalkeeper is hoping for a new challenge after spending 10 years with Bolton, the longest-serving player currently in the team. His contract expires at the end of the season and with Jens Lehmann out of favour at Arsenal, they may look to Jaaskelainen’s services. His agent however has stated that the player will leave England altogether with Inter Milan apparently showing some interest.
Manchester United are looking to add to the Portuguese contingent by hoping to sign Miguel Veloso, Sporting Lisbon’s impressive young midfielder. With the advice of Carlos Queiroz, Alex Ferguson has been alerted to the player as the next big thing to emerge from Sporting’s ranks, which also produced Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. The 21 year-old will cost Manchester United around £10m. The club’s chief scout, Ferguson’s brother Martin has been present to witness six of Veloso’s last seven games.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has declared his future remains with Aston Villa after his decent form this season has linked him with a £15m move to Arsenal in January. Agbonlahor has notched five goals so far this season for Aston Villa and only penned a new four-year deal with the club at the end of last season. He admits that he’s flattered with the interest shown in him but his loyalty remains with his home-town club.
Manchester City are lining up a possible £6m bid for Udinese striker Asamoah Gyan. The Ghanaian is desperately seeking a move to the Premier League and recently admitted he was a boyhood fan of local rivals Manchester United. However, he would consider a move to Manchester City should they proceed to approach him. Gyan has scored three goals in eleven matches for the Udinese so far this season. Any deal for the player, 22 on Thursday, could be put on hold until next summer as he will be representing Ghana at the African Nations Cup in the New Year.
Speculation has continued to surround Peter Crouch as his Liverpool career remains in doubt. Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp could be interested in recruiting the lanky striker having worked with him before at Southampton and Portsmouth. The 26 year-old is more than likely going to be on the move in the New Year having been dropped down in the pecking order at Anfield. Redknapp reflected on the year Crouch spent at Pompey where he netted 19 goals and sold him for £5m having bought him for £1m. He believes the England international has improved since as a player.