Sportingo.com’s Mark Apostolou brings daily coverage of the Premier League’s transfer rumours and gossip.Â
It has been reported that Arsenal are planning on scuppering Tottenhamâ€™s big January window signing (various). The player in question is Real Madridâ€™s Brazilian winger Robinho, who is apparently seen as surplus to requirements by Bernd Schuster.
Spurs boss Martin Jol is keen on the Brazilian star and a move could apparently be on as the Spanish champions have hinted they might be prepared to sell. It is hard to imagine that a player of such calibre would want to move to White Hart Lane given their current plight, but then again maybe a short-term loan move until the end of the season would suit all parties.
Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan of the multi-purpose talent, who can play behind the strikers or on the wing and also gets his fair share of goals. Robinho is the kind of player who would fit in nicely with the current crop of fantastic talent blooming right now. Would Spurs and Arsenal fans like to see the mega-star move to north London?
Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Lazio attacking midfielder/striker Goran Pandev (various). And the good news is that he may cost next to nothing to purchase. Rumour has it that Pandev, who has less than two years left to run on his current contract, will use FIFA’s Article 17 law next summer to buy himself out of his current deal.
The Macedonian was apparently the subject of a massive Â£17million offer from Portsmouth last season, which seems like far more money than Pompey can afford. It mattered little as the 24 year-old turned Harry Redknapp down; however, he is far less likely to reject Rafa and Liverpool.
Pandev can play at an attacking midfielder but with Lazio he has more often been used as a striker and to good effect. He recently bagged a brace in the Champions League encounter with Real Madrid. Tottenham (The Times) and Arsenal (various) are also said to be interested. Lazio coach Delio Rossi has admits he wonâ€™t try to keep hold of the player should he wish to leave and as the Rome club are currently only 13th in Serie A, a move could be on the cards.
The long-running saga of where Peter Crouch will end up in January is as lengthy at the man himself. Now it appears that Newcastle are the most likely destination should he and Rafa decide to go their separate ways (various).
However, Benitez himself remains resolutely in favour of keeping the striker, stating: “People have been talking about Peter Crouch for two months, but he is our player and we don’t want to sell him. It is clear that this team now with four strikers creates more competition for places, but I don’t have any problems because Crouch is a good player.” (Liverpool Echo)
I guess the ball is firmly in the England internationalâ€™s court; he either signs up the new contract on the table or he leaves Anfield. Given that he has played less than 90 minutes of Premier League football all season, it seems likely that he will be bidding farewell to Merseyside.
Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to Zenit St Petersburg in January (Daily Record). Bit of a no-brainer, this one, Ferguson has been a tremendous servant for the Ibrox club in both his spells for the club. Since Walter Smithâ€™s return, the Gers have gone from strength to strength and no one would want to leave the club any time soon – not when they are riding high in the Champions League and the SPL.