Monday’s Transfer Rumours: Part 1

All the latest transfer guff from the papers…

The latest manager expressing a desire to take a swig from the St James’ poison chalice is ex-Liverpool supremo Gérard Houllier. (Various)

Manchester United chief exec David Gill has told anyone who will listen that the Old Trafford transfer S.W.A.T. team will remain dormant for the January transfer frolics. (The Times)

Afonso Alves is ready and waiting to sign on the dotted line for Middlesbrough. But Gareth Southgate’s glorious £12m transfer splurge may yet end up as a damp squib; the Brazilian could find it hard to get a work permit due to the fact that he has won only one international cap. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland hard-man manager Roy Keane is finally going to get his man. Midfielder Stephen Hunt will sign from Reading for £5m. (The Mirror)
…And another midfielder, Chelsea’s Steve Sidwell is set to leap into the arms of Roy Keane, he is signing for Sunderland initially on loan. (Various)

Portsmouth gaffer Harry Redknapp is going to slap a bid in for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe. (The Mirror)
…And that transfer dosh will come in very handy as Spurs want to bring Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing to WHite Hart Lane. (The Mirror)

Hearts’ Senegalese defender Ibrahim Tall is being gawked at by Bolton’s Gary Megson. (The Times)
…And Megson has also snapped up AZ Alkmaar’s Icelandic defender Gretar Steinsson for £4m deal. (The Mirror)
…Although Megson has been forced to admit defeat in his pursuit of Toulouse. striker Johan Elmander.(The Mirror)

Reading and Birmingham City have been sniffing around Rennes’ ex-Spurs left back Erik Edman. (Various)

Birmingham and Derby are locked in a duel for the services of Aston Villa defender Gary Cahill. (Daily Mail)

Leeds head honcho Dennis Wise has informed Derby that they have a snowball’s chance in hell of signing striker Jermaine Beckford. So look for him to sign for the Rams by the end of the week. (The Star)

Blackburn are going to ship in Rangers’ Amdy Faye as a Robbie Savage replacement. (The Mirror)

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