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Apparently Arsenalâ€™s head honcho is planning a move for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green (The Sun).
Even though he is constantly overlooked by England boss Steve McClaren, Green is winning rave reviews for his Hammers form. Apparently the deal would involve a player-plus-cash deal, with Gunners defender Justin Hoyte favourite to be moving to Upton Park as part of the proposed package.
Arsenal are probably only a good keeper away from being a pretty perfect side; not that Manuel Almunia is a bad keeper, but the former Norwich No.1 is better. The Gunners have been linked with a host of fine goalies in recent months including, among others, Newcastle’s Shay Given and Bolton’s Jussi Jaaskelainen. Will this move become a reality? I think it could well happen but what do Hammers and Gooners think?
The 107th player connected with a possible move to Tottenham over the past three months is Zenit St Petersburg’s left-sided midfielder Andrey Arshavin (The People).
Spurs are reportedly desperate to land a quality left-sided winger, and under-fire Spurs boss Martin Jol has been offered the chance of signing Arshavin. My knowledge of Zenit players is a little shaky, but my guess is this is just another mindless rumour so donâ€™t bother trying to call up grainy video clips of the guy off the Internet.
Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is lining up a move for their fantastic on-loan keeper Scott Carson (various). Liverpool are said to want Â£10m for the former Leeds stopper, who has become the No.1 at Villa, with rival Thomas Sorensen and others fighting for a place on the bench.
O’Neill said: “A loan can always be with a view to a permanent deal.” Which seems to be stating the bleeding obvious. Mind you, it is a move that would be well worth making. Carson is one of the best around at present and a good keeper is a perfect base to build from.
Clearly Rafa Benitez values his current keeper, Pepe Reina, far higher than Carson and therefore he will surely not stand in his way – especially as the Villa loanee is on the fringes of the England first-choice position. Also the extra money will be gladly received by the Anfield outfit, who stand to make a sizeable profit on the Â£750,000 they paid for 22-year-old Carson in January 2005.
More news from the Emirates, and the kind that will please the north London club’s supporters, involves their star performer. Spaniard sensation Cesc Fabregas has told Real Madrid there’s no chance of them poaching him from Arsenal (various).
Cesc said: “I want to stay here for many years yet. We had a chat and for me it was important to know whether the boss was going to be here or not. I don’t know if I would feel the same if he wasn’t at the club. My first option was always to stay at Arsenal. I don’t want to move. But if the boss was not here, I would have had to think.”
Well, it seems that should be the end of that tale as manager Arsene Wenger is also going nowhere. Everything is rosy in the Arsenal garden at present as they essentially put every side they come up against to the sword.
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