All the rumour, gossip, and news you need to know from the last 24 hours
Salomon Kalou must be enjoying himself right now, linked a different club each day. Today he is subject of renewed speculation about a move to Arsenal. Arsenal would do well to snap him up on a free, but like at Chelsea he may find his game time limited as the Gunners have several players who can play in similar attacking roles. Nevertheless the Mirror say the both parties are interested in a move, but we feel Liverpool may be his best bet if regular football is his aim.
Much talked about Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is really in a quandry over what to do over his proposed move to Swansea City, and Brendan Rodgers isn't making it any easier. The new Liverpool manager told Sky Sports he was not interested in hijacking a deal for him, unless Sigurdsson pulls out of a move himself. Rodgers may be trying hard not to annoy Swans fans, and is putting the ball firmly in Sigurdsson's court. The longer the situation drags on the more chance a third bidder like Manchester United or Newcastle may choose to enter the fray for an attacker they were both linked with in May.
Gareth Bale is naturally the subject of speculation after Harry Redknapp's sacking from Spurs. We say there is absolutely no way Daniel Levy will allow him to leave, but the Manchester Evening News claims that Manchester United could make a shock bid. There are little facts to go on in the article and it seems purely speculative, as we've said, we doubt it will happen and that United could afford him any way.
We ran an article yesterday on West Ham being linked with nine players this week, and sure enough today we have number 10. The man in question is former Real Madrid fan favourite Guti. The Spaniard is a free agent after being released by Besiktas at the end of last year, and West Ham want him to prove his fitness. The Sun report that Sam Allardyce has asked him to join the Hammers on their pre-season tour of Austria so he can assess him. With squad places limited due to the 25 man rule West Ham will have to be convinced about the 35-year-old, so if it is true, taking him on trial is a good idea to see if he still has the old magic.
Ryan Nelsen is a name which Tottenham supporters don't enjoy hearing, summing up Harry Redknapp's poor transfer policy in January. Now a free agent once again, New Zealander Nelsen is close to striking a deal with QPR. He would be reunited with Mark Hughes, his former boss at Blackburn where he spent the majority of his time in English football. He is reported to be undergoing a medical at Loftus Road today and the Mail claim he will be offered a two-year-deal.
Manchester City's deliberations over Aleksander Kolarov were reported in this column yesterday, and the Mail report they have now turned their attention to a part-exchange deal with Inter Milan. The player in question is centre-back Andrea Ranocchia, who Inter bought from Genoa just two seasons back for £16 million. The Italian international would certainly be better back-up than Kolo Toure and Stefan Savic, and be cheaper and more attainable than Juventus' Chiellini, previously linked with a switch to the Eithad.
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