Friday, 11 July 2008

Freshly Curdled Transfer Rumours

Here is the latest pool of transfer gossip and speculation; freshly expressed for your delectation but probably already curdled by the time you hit the final paragraph...

Eidur Gudjohnsen's agent today gave the broadest hint so far that the player would be interested in a possible move to West Ham United. It does appear certain the former Chelsea and Bolton forward will leave Barcelona this summer after dropping down the pecking order at Camp Nou, and a host of clubs are thought to be keen on luring the 29-year-old back to the Premier League. While the Hammers, Manchester City and Portsmouth have all been credited with an interest in the player, recent reports had put Aston Villa as a likely destination.

The player's father and agent, Arnor Gudjohnsen, admitted the Iceland international would be interested in a move back to England, but said he is unlikely to be keen on a switch to Villa for personal reasons. "I have seen some speculation about Eidur and Aston Villa, but I don't think he was very keen on that," Gudjohnsen Snr told Sky Sports. "I think if he was to return to England he would prefer to go to London or Manchester rather than Birmingham. There are a few clubs interested, but there is nothing serious at the moment. I think he will leave Barcelona and he is keeping his options open at present."

Elsewhere, a journalist working for Portugal's top sports daily, A Bola, has suggested that Luis Boa Morte could be on the verge of returning home. According to the source, Second Division team Foz do Arelho, financed by a wealthy Russian benefactor, have put in a considerable bid for the player who has struggled with both form and fitness since his move across London. It is thought Boa Morte would certainly entertain the offer as he already has family based in the area of Caldas Da Rainha. Of course, I won't be taking this information seriously until someone can prove that this team actually exists!

You can tell it is a slow day when an unsubstantiated month-old rumour from the BBC 606 site sparks off frenzied forum speculation about a player who is clearly out of our reach. The story reports that the club are 'leading the race' to sign rising French star Bafetimbi Gomis. The player's agent, Leve Pierre, is quoted as saying: "As of now there is only one team to make a serious offer for Bafetimbi. Yes they are from the Premiership but no not any of the big four." Someone on the United board is supposed to have confirmed Gomis as a top target with a fee of around £11.75 million mentioned. Speaking prior to the recent European Championships, Pierre apparently stated: "We will only discuss his future between ourselves after the Championships, but he did say he'd be keen on a move to the Premiership." Other clubs that have been linked with a move for the player include AC Milan and Chelsea.

Finally, strangely, Aston Villa winger Shaun Maloney was briefly linked to the club in a few dispatches this morning; while this afternoon the internet was abuzz with the news that Roy Hodgson had suffered a brain fart and decided to include Jimmy Bullard in the already extortionate deal to secure Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil. While computer-bound Hammers everywhere were collectively spitting drinks over their keyboards, it took a categorical denial from an incredulous Mr Bullard Snr (questioned by a Hammers fan while he was enjoying an afternoon pint) to kill that particular fantasy dead.


Joe J said...

Same old stuff as yesterday then?

Trilby said...

Well, that's fortunate considering the post was made yesterday! You're right though, it's pretty quiet at the moment although things are about to change I think.


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