Friday, January 11, 2008

Premier League News, Transfer Speculation & Rumour

Harry's wheels not turning as the deal to Newcastle stalls, Man U lead the profits league

Newcastles pursuit of Harry Redknapp is beginning to turn awkard and potentially very costly. Portsmouth are determined to hold onto their man, and Redknapp has a contract until 2011, which would reportedly mean Newcastle paying Portsmouth compensation of around 8 million for our 'Arry's services. The local paper the Evening Chronicle, is reporting Mark Hughes of Blackburn is also under consideration. Reports linking Everton's David Moyes have been dismissed, but more interesting is the fact that betting odds on Kevin Keegans return have been slashed. Surely not!

Over at Anfield the news is that the Momo Sissoko supposed Juventus move is becoming a bit of a yawn. The player says its all go and he expects agreement soon, while the club through it's mouthpiece, the local rag, The Liverpool Echo, says its recieved no contact from Juventus. Footy Focus thinks its a done deal and as Reds' fans will be sorry to see him go. You may well regret this Rafa!

Meanwhile Liverpool have recieved a tremendous boost with the news that Daniel Agger is ready to return to first team action. He was due to play in a reserve game but that was called off due to heavy rain. Regardless, he is ready to play some part in the Premier League away trip to Middlesborough. Rafael Benitez will be boosted by this, the return of Xabi Alonso and the purchase of Martin Skrtel as we go into the final leg of the Premier League.

In other news, Premier League title holders Manchester United, have announced financial results to make their rivals green with envy. Despite having to pay 42 million in interest on the debt put upon the club by the Glazers, they have announced a pre-tax profit of 59 million. All this after paying out 70 million for Nani, Anderson, Carrick and Hargreaves! The anti-Glazer faction at Manchester United really have no argument. Liverpool fans can only dream that Hicks and Gillett will get their club in a similar position.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is bemoaning his clubs lack of height, noting they have conceded four goals from set pieces lately. Fulham tried for Jan Koeller but he turned them down. Footy Focus thinks he needs some big centre-backs as well as forwards. Sami Hyppia would be a great short term measure if he could be persuaded.


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