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The Rumour Room: Daily Round-Up

Rounding up all the days biggest transfer news and gossip.

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City To Make Move For 2 Highly Rated Defenders After Terry Snubs Them.
John Terry has snubbed a move to City even though it would have seen the defender earn £250,000 a week. Instead he will put pen to paper on a new deal that will see him get a mere £150,000 per week at Chelsea. City will now make a £12M move for Arsenals Toure although i doubt Arsenal will let the player leave.

Toure is a major part of Arsenal’s defence and would be a huge loss for the Gunners should he leave. I think that the lure of joining Ade could tempt him into a move to Eastland’s. However, money talks… and for £12M its laughing more than talking. Arsenal don’t have as much spending money as the other clubs, but aren’t so desperate for cash that they will let their best players go for such low prices.

City are also after the services of Lescott and are looking to bid around £20M for the Everton Player. It is reported that Lescott is keen on a move to Eastland’s and has asked permission to speak to the club.

The Blues seem to be building an empire, and even though Rome wasn’t built in a day, they seem to be targeting the right sort of players. Maybe Hughes does know what he’s doing after all.

Likelihood Rating:. Toure to City? At £12M its a total disrespect and you can expect the Gunners to be showing City the door – 4/10. Lescott to City? He seems to want to join, so it could well be a matter of time – 7/10

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Zamora Rejects Hull..
Michael Owen, Frazier Campbell, Marc-Antoine Fortune and now Bobby Zamora. Phil Brown must be wondering what on earth he has to do to sign a striker. No doubt he is watching Spurs and City closely wishing he had a gun. Hull had a good run at the beginning of the season, but soon found out the hard way that life isn’t a fairy tale. I’m sure they will do fine this season, although I cant see them winning anything.

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Sunderland Having It LARGE!.
Steve Bruce is negotiating with Bordeaux over the transfer of Marouane Chamakh as it is believed he is set to give up in his chase of Darren Bent. Spurs are trying to recoup the money that they wasted on Bent, while Bruce is reluctant to make that same mistake. Bent moved to Tottenham halfway through 2007 in a deal that cost the London outfit £16.5M. At the time he cost more than Thierry Henry… Utter Nonsense!

I Cana believe it – Lorik Cana has signed for them and will now become Sunderland’s new captain. They are also leading the chase for Standard Liege’s Milan Jovanovic.

Watch out for Sunderland next season, although they probably wont win anything, I believe they will have a big role to play.

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United Hope To Wreck Liverpool‘s Bid For Silva..
Manchester united are said to have entered the race for David Silva. As a Liverpool fan I’m going to try my best to give an un bias opinion on this. Its no lie that we cannot compete with United financially and we would undoubtedly lose any bidding war. However I retain optimism that after so many years of courting Silva, he will chose the correct colour Red.

Behind Arsene, Rafa has to be the slowest mover in the world when it comes to the transfer market. How long do you declare interest in a player for until you sign them? I remain hopeful that Silva would chose Liverpool over United, but its a funny thing is football.

I will say this though, if we lose out on Silva to United it would be our own fault. Its like falling in love with a girl, but never actually telling her. You see her everyday and you think about her 24/7, yet you still don’t make a move. One day you finally go to declare your eternal love for her when… she has a boyfriend and all is lost.

Likelihood Rating:. They may have the money, but I don’t think they will get the girl. – 3/10

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Villa Set To Up Distin Bid..
O’Neill is set to step up his move for Distin with Portsmouth holding out for an improved £4M bid. Sources suggest that Villa will be looking to bulk up their team after such players as Laursen, Knight, Barry and Taylor all jumped ship. Villa have always lacked strength in depth even prior to these departures. What’s worse is that they have only signed an injured Stewart Downing as replacement. Distin is a good player and one that would definitely improve Villa’s weakened squad, but at 31 is he really worth £4M? I dont think so.

Likelihood Rating:. Not for £4M – 4/10

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Liverpool Target Set for £17M Roma Departure As Real Look To Reignite Alonso Bid..
“Spanish publication Marca are suggesting Real Madrid are to reignite their bid to land Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso this week.” (Sky Sports)

I told you we would hear something. Remember… This comes after they said that they will not be signing any more players until the old ones are sold. Perhaps Real where testing the waters a bit, hoping that Alonso would force Rafa’s hand. Seeing as this hasn’t happened, it looks like the two clubs are set to go to war again, with Real looking to wear Rafa down into submission.

Seeing as we cant hack into Reals bank account to steal their money, I would want Rafa to make sure that he got the most from the the deal. Personally I would settle for nothing less than Cash + Sneijder + Negredo, but then again I don’t manage the club.

In other news Roma have conceded defeat in the fact that they may well lose Aquilani to Liverpool. The Roma Coach admits that he would sell the player should the right offer be made.

Likelihood Rating:. Alonso better go, I’m gettin tired of reading and writing about this.

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Finally – We All Love A Goal Fest.
Pre Season Friendlies always bring some sort of tonking for some poor team. Liverpool won 5nil. Manchester United won 8 – 2. But below are 2 links to the most outrageous pre season friendly games.

Bayern Munich win 13 nil and even manage to miss a few as they go. It seemed that after 5 the opposition just gave up. Be sure to watch for the substitute goal keeper at the end. Bless him, he’s trying so hard. CLICK HERE to see this embarrassing thrashing!

In the next video be prepared to see the most ridiculers game of football ever. Jonathan Pereira scored 9, Pires grabbed 2 while Joseba Llorente and Ruben Marcos each scored four goals… I know what your thinking. They lost 21nil? If only it was that respectable. I’m not sure if Villarreal where playing a Sunday league team full of random people, or whether there is actually a professional team out there capable of losing 27nil. If so… Pay me and ill play. I don’t mind losing badly as long as you pay me well.

(By the way, i did say 27nil) – CLICK HERE for glorious rout!

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