Arsenal are continuing their search for another striker after revelations that Arsene Wenger is tracking the Euro 2012 Russian sensation, Alan Dzagoev.
The Daily Star claims that German newspaper Bild, reported that Arsenal are ready to make a £13m bid to acquire the player who currently plays for CSKA Moscow. Dzagoev’s contract ends in December making it more likely that the Russian club would accept the offer.
Alan Dzagoev has sparked interest from Europe’s top clubs after his great start to Euro 2012. He’s scored 3 goals in his first 2 games in the tournament as he helps Russia progress. The 21 year old has scored 26 goals for CSKA Moscow since joining them in 2008.
Arsenal are looking to strengthen their squad with the signing of German striker Lukas Podolski already complete and Oliver Giroud in the pipeline.
West Ham United could trigger the £1m release clause of Yakubu Aiyegbeni from Blackburn Rovers. The Sun reports he will make a return to the Premiership to the newly promoted side.
Sam Allardyce, sacked by Blackburn Rovers in 2011, might see this as getting ‘one over’ on his successor Steve Kean as he looks to build a squad ready for the coming season. This will be ‘Big Sam’s’ second signing from a relegated side after signing goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from Bolton Wanderers on a free Transfer.
At the age of 29, Yakubu, a Nigerian striker, could see this as his last transfer in football. He has previously played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Leicester City scoring a total of 114 goals.
According to the BBC, Arsenal could announce the arrival of French Striker Olivier Giroud as early as this week. Giroud is currently with the French squad for Euro 2012.
The Frenchman’s manager at Montpellier, Rene Girard, was quoted on RMC, a French radio station, saying “Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England, if Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them.”
It is understood that Arsene Wenger wants Giroud to partner both new acquisition, Lukas Podolski and crowd favourite Robin Van Persie to form a new front line at the Emirates.
Giroud scored 21 goals from 36 appearances for Montpellier last season, including 2 hat-tricks in the French Lique 1.
The deal is believed to be around £12m.
Wolves are facing a struggle to keep hold of winger Matt Jarvis. According to reports in the Daily Mirror Premier League clubs, Fulham and Stoke City, are set to go to battle over the 25-year-old and both seem willing to pay the £8 million transfer fee set by Wolves.
Jarvis has been capped at international level by England just once, in 2011, but has been a constant threat to the national side after two impressive seasons in the Premier League.
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Playing 108 games in the English top tier he found the net 15 times, proving to be one of Wolves’ most important players. Though a good servant for the Midlands club it is unlikely the 26-year-old would turn down the chance to return to the top flight.
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.
Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.
Dutch international Dirk Kuyt has today been quoted in The Daily Mirror as saying that his future does not lie at his former side Feyenoord, but he is looking at other top European clubs. This comes after a season in which the Liverpool attacker only contributed 5 goals and featured 35 times in all competitions for the Merseyside team, a large cut down on his previous five seasons.
It is unclear who the other clubs that are interested in the 32-year-old are, however he suggests the interest is coming from England, Germany, Spain and Italy. Kuyt is no stranger to transfer speculation, last year he was linked with a big money move to Serie A side Inter Milan, but that failed move to materialize.
Chelsea could be moving a step closer to naming their new manager this week amid speculation that Pep Guardiola wants to meet face to face with Russian owner, Roman Abramovic. The Sun reports that the former Barcelona player and manager has been told that there will be no pressure on him to win major trophies in his first two seasons, as he is given time to rebuild the squad.
When the Spaniard announced his intentions to leave the Nou Camp, shortly after his side were knocked out by Chelsea in the Champions League Semi-Final, he initially said that he would be taking a sabbatical. However, after winning the Copa del Rey final this week he suggested that the right offer would entice him back into management.
The agent of Lazio right back Stefan Radu has responded to suggestions that the Romanian could be leaving Rome and heading to the English top tier. The Independent have quoted him as saying that they are in talks with people in England and that there are three clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old.
Speculation as to who these clubs are is so far unconfirmed but it is thought that Manchester City and Arsenal are amongst the clubs battling for his signature. Of course City are linked to most players at the moment but with Bacary Sagna breaking his leg for the second time this season, Arsenal could be exploring new options in that position. Radu has played just short of 100 games for Lazio since arriving in 2008.
Reports from the North East are suggesting that Newcastle United are losing a battle to secure the signature of highly-rated Ajax defender Jan Verthongen.
The Belgian international has impressed throughout the Eredivisie season in the Netherlands, becoming a key figure in the championship heading to Amsterdam.
The Northern Echo report that Newcastle United face stiff competition from A.C. Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Redknapp’s North London outfit were believed to have agreed a substantial with Ajax. However, Verthongen is believed to want to play in the Uefa Champions League, which Spurs will now be unable to provide in the coming season.
NUFC boss Alan Pardew has been tracking the Belgian defender for sometime but is believed to be looking at other targets.