Jumat, 27 Januari 2012

Today's (Jan 28) Biggest Transfer News

With 4 days left in this season's January transfer window, more rumors are still popping up as some deals are getting done. Some teams are getting in bidding wars to sign other players as the window is getting very close to being finished till the summer. With lots of big cup games over the tomorrow, here are the biggest transfer headlines.

Arsenal, Manchester City, and Sunderland are after Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios. (Inside Futbol)
Premier League sides Manchester City, Arsenal, and Sunderland are all interested in signing Borussia Dortmund and Paraguay international striker Lucas Barrios as Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to allow him to leave for ten million euros after Dortmund striker Mohamed Zidan's move to fellow Bundesliga side Mainz collapsed. Arsenal and Manchester City have had interest in the past for Barrios but Sunderland is a surprise as manager Martin O'Neill definitely wants to keep up with Sunderland's rival Newcastle as they are in contention for a spot in the Europa League or even the Champions League. A move for Barrios would give Sunderland a shot at trying to get in contention to make it into Europe and the pricetag of 10 million euros should also make a deal realistic for the Stadium of Light side. Barrios has interest in leaving Dortmund and a move to Sunderland would probably intrigue him as he would be able to start in the Premier League. Barrios could take Nicklas Bendtner's starting spot for the rest of his time on loan and beyond that as Barrios would be on a permanent deal and not a loan. Arsene Wenger could see Lucas Barrios as that striker he has been looking for after he failed in his attempt to sign Lukas Podolski from Bundesliga side Koln. Barrios would be a good backup for Robin Van Persie as Marouane Chemakh could be on his way out of the Emirates if that were to happen. Barrios may be interested in a move to Arsenal also as he could get playing of time and the chance to get back in the Champions League as Arsenal has made it to the knockout rounds. Roberto Mancini is also interested in Lucas Barrios as it would give Manchester City more depth at striker. However, Carlos Tevez has decided to return to the Ethiad for the remainder of the season which makes the chance of a Barrios move small because Barrios might be the fourth or fifth striker at City which would definitely not interest Barrios. I'm not convinced that Barrios will be on the move but Sunderland makes sense as Barrios would get to be a starter which he hasn't been able to be at Dortmund. Arsenal also is a realistic possiblity but Sunderland is my favorite if Barrios is leaving Dortmund.

QPR is interested in signing Lazio ST Djibril Cisse.
QPR manager Mark Hughes has been looking for a striker and the latest player he is targeting is Lazio ST Djibril Cisse who signed with the Serie A only this past summer. Cisse has been made available in this summer by Lazio as the French international would probably be interested in a return to the Premier League where he had the most success he has been able to have with Liverpool. Cisse would also probably be interested in the QPR project as he could be a leader in making QPR a team that could fight for a spot in Europe. A move for Cisse could also be a sign that Mark Hughes is frustrated with Hugo Rodallega's price tag and Hughes will wait till the summer to sign him on a free which could cause Roberto Martinez to cave in on his demands for Rodallega to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer. Cisse would be another veteran that knows how to score goals and could help prevent QPR from being relegated after just one season in the Premier League. Cisse could also get the chance to play his former side Liverpool and he would probably love the chance to be on a team like QPR that is on the rise. However, I am not convinced that this deal will get done as Cisse may prefer a move to France if the opportunity comes up and Hughes may try to get Rodallega before he goes after Cisse. However, a move to Loftus Road makes sense for Cisse if he does not get an opportunity to return to France to finish out his career.

Bolton are leading the pursuit for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha as Liverpool, Newcastle, and Stoke are also interested.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is preparing a 5 million euro offer for Crystal Palace's star young forward Wilfried Zaha as fellow Premier League sides Liverpool, Newcastle, and Stoke are also considering a move for the youngster. Zaha is one of the most promising players in the Championship as the England under-21 international has been linked with a move to the Premier League move for a while. Zaha's current club Crystal Palace will not be able to keep him much longer as he Premier League clubs like Bolton will be able to offer him much better wages and the chance to play in the Premier League as Crystal Palace is not going to be getting promoted this year. Bolton manager Owen Coyle is getting the 5 million euros from some of the money he received when Gary Cahill moved to Chelsea. Zaha seems like he is sort of the backup plan to Giovanni Dos Santos as they became frustrated with negotiations for his signature. Owen Coyle could be able to give Zaha plenty of playing time as Bolton tries to survive and avoid relegation from the top flight. This offer may force Liverpool, Newcastle, and Stoke to make offers if they are truely interested as Liverpool and Newcastle would be the most intriguing options to Zaha as they both have shots at getting to Europe: Liverpool will get in at least the Europa League if they win the League Cup while Newcastle is contending for a Europa League spot against Arsenal and has a shot at chasing down Chelsea for a shot to qualify for the Champions League. Zaha has the potential to be a very good forward as he has tons of speed and the potential to be like Danny Welbeck in only a couple of years. A bidding war could cause Zaha's price to go up to 7 or 8 million euros as all these clubs seem to have genuine interest in signing Zaha. However, I think if this Bolton offer is true, Zaha will end up at the Reebok because of the desire that Owen Coyle has to sign the young forward.

Swansea have joined Newcastle in a battle to sign Watford CB Adrian Mariappa (Daily Mail)
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has joined Newcastle in the race to sign Watford's 24 year old centerback Adrian Mariappa who has told the club that he wants to leave before the end of the window. Mariappa knows that he can get a much better pay raise if he goes to the Premier League than if he takes Watford's humiliating contract extension. Watford has put the asking price for Mariappa at 4 million euros. Swansea would love to sign Mariappa as they have had success with another player they signed from Watford in the summer in striker Danny Graham. Mariappa would also get the chance to probably start in the Premier League for a midtable side instead of staying at a midtable side in the Championship in Watford. Mariappa has to weigh the chance to start in the Premier League with Swansea with the chance to be apart of a Newcastle side that has a shot at playing in Europe next season. If he goes to Swansea, Mariappa will get a chance to prove that he can start in the Premier League and he may get a shot to move to a club that is constantly battling to play in Europe. If he goes to Newcastle, he will have to work to get a starting spot and if he does earn one, he will definitely be getting consideration for a callup to the English national team. I think Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will beat out Swansea as Newcastle really needs him due to the fact that they need defensive cover.

Transfer Roundup
Liam Ridgewell is hoping that he will be allowed to leave Birmingham for a return to the Premier League with West Brom as former teammate and West Brom GK Ben Foster has said that he hopes Ridgewell comes to the Hawthorns. West Brom will probably get a deal done for around 2 million euros as Ridgewell wants the move a lot and Birmingham could spend it on a younger defender. Ridgewell would immediately be a starter in Roy Hodgsen's side as Nick Shorey would probably be the player to lose their spot in the West Brom starting 11.
(Daily Mail) Fulham manager Martin Jol has failed in a loan bid to sign Austrian striker Marc Janko from Eredivisie side FC Twente. Steve McClaren has made him available but FC Twente has turned down all of Fulham's loan attempts. Martin Jol may try one more time to sign Janko as he has been looking for a striker but Steve McClaren will probably reject it once again.
Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb is a target on loan for Premier League sides Blackburn and West Ham. However, Barcelona might release the midfielder before a loan deal happens so Blackburn and West Ham might have to battle Liverpool and QPR for his signature. Hleb is looking to restart his career and he will move to England or Germany as that is closer to his home nation of Belarus. Hleb could end up anywhere as there is a lot of uncertainty about the Belarusian.
Everton is closing in on signing Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui on loan with an option to buy him in the summer for 5 million euros. David Moyes has been looking for a striker and it looks like he has found his man as El Hamdaoui has had some success in the past. El Hamdaoui has been linked with other Premier League clubs in the past. I think El Hamdaoui will be very good at Goodison Park and David Moyes needs to make sure he gets this deal done.

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