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The Rumour Room: Daily Round-Up

Rounding up all the days biggest transfer news and gossip.

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Arsenal Make Move For Chelsea Flop.
Arsene Wenger will turn his attention to Chelsea’s Solomon Kalou after having his £5M bid for Bordeaux’s, Chamakh turned down. The French club was holding out for at least £10M for the striker, however Arsene refuses to pay over the odds, and so he should. Bordeaux obviously rates Chamakh very highly while the rest of us seem to find ourselves trying to YouTube the player, just to get an idea of his abilities.

The Sun reports that Arsenal have offered £6M for Kalou with Chelsea wanting closer to the £8M mark. Kalou has been a long time admirer of Arsene Wenger and recently shook Stamford Bridge when he admitted he would be very keen on playing for the Arsenal Manager.

I think Kalou is one of the most over-rated players in the entire premiership. Frankly I’ve seen more talent in a bag of crisps, he just doesn’t impress me at all. I just don’t know why Wenger is searching for more strikers when he already has Bendtner, Vela, Eduardo, Van Persie and Arshavin, but then again I never understand what is going on in Arsene’s head. I’m telling you, should Bendtner be played upfront he will do very well for the Gunners… Ill even go as far as to say he will be one of their top scorers!

Likelihood Rating: I’m hoping for Arsenal’s sake that this is just another rumour – 6/10

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Bent Gone For 5 Minutes & Tottenham Plan His Replacement.
Darren Bent is expected to complete a move from Tottenham to Sunderland after having passed his medical. The initial fee is believed to be £12M and will rise to £14M depending on appearances. The deal was believed to be completed this morning and Bent could even feature in tonight’s friendly against Peterborough.

Well, that settles that then. A good move for both parties involved. I think Bents future at Spurs had long been dead, especially when you take Harry Redknapps comment on the strikers failure to convert a headed chance at Portsmouth. I do believe the words “Mrs” and “scored” where mentioned in the post match interview. In all fairness he should have scored, but I have seen Robinho and Torres miss from 2 yards… in the same game. No manager should belittle any player in such a fashion.

Steve Bruce will get the best out of Bent and he will definitely be a great asset for them.

Elsewhere, Tottenham are set to make a bid for Huntelaar in the coming week. – I’m not going to comment on this article again, its boring now.

Likelihood Rating: Huntelaar to Spurs? I still cant see it – 2/10

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Arsenal Subject of Yet Another Player Bid.
AC Milan are reportedly set to launch a £30m move for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. (Tuttosport)

I’m not even going to entertain this rumour, its absolutely absurd. I know Arsene is in a mood to sell his best players, but its not a move that’s going to happen. The only club Fabregas would move to is Barcelona, which could well be during the 2010/11 season!
Likelihood Rating: Forget about it – 0/10

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Merseyside Derby To Start In Transfer Window
Sources suggest that Liverpool and Everton will go head to head for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour. The combative midfielder has joined Roma’s, Alberto Aquilani on Liverpool’s list of candidates to replace the outbound Alonso.

I wont pretend to know everything there is about this player, but I do find it strange that he is a candidate to replace Alonso, just 24 hours after reports came flooding in that Aquilani had signed for the reds. This leads me to believe that this is all just another rumour… No suprise there then.
Likelihood Rating: Liverpool have been linked with so many players, but when push comes to shove, you can count the amount of signing made on one hand… A hand thats missing fingers! – 2/10

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UPDATES: Lescott, Pirlo and Alonso.
Joleon Lescott has become so desperate to leave Everton, that he is willing to write to the chairman himself asking to be released. Moyes on the other hand is not letting Lescott dictate how the club deals with their transfers. Lescott will simply not be allowed to leave the club, which needless to say must hurt his pride, but obviously not as much as his wallet. He stands to earn £90K a week, more than doubling his current wages at Everton.

Good for Moyes, somebody needs to make a stand against that tyrant, Mark Hughes. Mind you, in saying that, I believe that the stand Moyes is making has more of an Eduardo stance to it… Post Birmingham, he just isn’t going to be able to continue to force Lescott to stay. – Lescott is still going to be a City player, like it or not. – 8/10

It would seem that only three things in life are certain. Death, taxes and another Alonso story. Real Madrid are threatening to walk away from the deal because they do not want to meet Rafa’s asking price. They are acting like Rafa called them and said: “Hey, would you like to come over for dinner, maybe we can discuss you taking Alonso from us” – No. Rafa didn’t ask for this whole saga, nor did any of the Liverpool fans. Real want Alonso, so its up to them to meet the asking price, end of.

I have a slight feeling Alonso could still be a Liverpool player next season. But that’s very slight. Chances are he will join Madrid in the next week and this whole thing will be over. In other news, our apparent signing of Aquilani is just an agreement in principle should Alonso leave… So Rafa has yet to make another signing.

Last on the Agenda today is Pirlo to Chelsea, a simple story in itself. Pirlo wants to hook up with his former manager and his former manager wants him at his new club. All that is left is for a fee to be agreed and, Presto, Pirlo will be wearing blue. Reports suggest that Pirlo will be playing in time to feature in Sundays charity shield game against United. – I hope your paying attention Rafa, that’s how business is conducted. Quickly and efficiently. – 8/10

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