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Latest Transfer Rumours: Hargreaves, Lee Cook, Simao, Wright-Philips, N’Zogbia, Benayoun and Beattie

The world of Premiership transfer gossip is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Speculation is rife in the likes of the Mirror, Daily Mail, Times, Sun and… err… Tribal Football all do their best to predict and/or completely make up the future.

Here’s our opinion on the Premiership transfer rumours we’ve read in the papers and around the net… and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.


Bayern Munich are finally ready to accept a bid of £18m from Manchester United for Owen Hargreaves.CaughtOffside Says: Isn’t that what they bid last year? Did Bayern sign the replacement they wanted to have in place before letting Owen leave? Football sure is incredibly annoying.


Despite QPR’s chairman originally pricing Lee Cook at 10m, Tottenham may be able to snap the winger up for just 2m.

CaughtOffside Says: Supposedly the best winger in England outside the Premiership, but in his mid-20s a bit of a late bloomer. 2M would continue Spurs’ policy of plundering the lower leagues, but doesn’t really seem to add the truly class quality that their otherwise-solid squad needs more of.


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez may make another 10m+ bid for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa.

CaughtOffside Says:Gotta love these endless transfer sagas. United look to finally get Hargreaves, and with new American money Rafa may finally get Simao. Will give the midfield a consistent (if he settles) creative threat to add to all those hard workers.


Fiorentina are interested in loaning Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips next season.

CaughtOffside Says:SWP’s saga is both depressing and hilarious. Non-Chelsea fans will always point and laugh, but the lad seems happy enough at the club and does get to play more frequently than most think. His form these past few matches hasn’t been bad with goals and assists. Can’t see the club just letting him go on loan given how important he is once a couple of injuries hit.


Charles N’Zogbia wants to leave Newcastle after a row with Glenn Roeder, Tottenham and Arsenal are believed to be interested in the left winger.

CaughtOffside Says:Firstly, Glenn Roeder seems the least confrontational person ever so we can’t imagine how feisty this row could have been. But N’Zogbia is a great talent and we’d guess Newcastle would rather work on patching things over for at least another season before reluctantly letting him go. Tottenham are still looking for a left footed left winger, while Arsenal could use the directness that “Zoggsy” brings.


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Tottenham and Liverpool are both interested in signing Yossi Benayoun, who is expected to leave West Ham in the summer.

CaughtOffside Says: Pretty slim to none chance of either of teams going in for Yossi. Spurs are the more likely destination just because they like to sign anyone half-decent that is available, while Liverpool will surely aim much higher.


Sheffield Wednesday have insisted that Frankie Simek will not leave the club for less than £2m, with Charlton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth rumoured to be interested.

CaughtOffside Says:Another American makes his way towards the Premiership, there have been few complete busts from the US-of-A so even though we’ve never seen this bloke play – we’d like to. Thumbs up.


Everton are after Diomansy Kamara, rated at £6m by West Brom, while Manchester City and Newcastle are monitoring James Beattie.

CaughtOffside Says:Beattie will continue to get chances to play thanks to his form years ago, but really seems like a player who lost the will to not be fat after he couldn’t lock down an England place even when banging in the goals. There’s time yet for him, and he’s good on his day – which is rare. And Kamara for 6m? Right…


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