Queens Park Rangers could exploit Aston Villa’s failure to land a manager to replace Alex Mcleish by swooping for goalkeeper Shay Given.
In today’s Daily Telegraph it is suggested that Rangers boss Mark Hughes has named Given as his number one transfer target as he looks to rejuvenate his squad who narrowly avoided relegation in their first season back in the Premier League.
Hughes’ interest in Given won’t come as a shock to many after the Republic of Ireland keeper was signed by Hughes whilst at Manchester City and Given himself was an outspoken critic of his sacking by the Premier League winners.
In a move that could see more clarity on the Fenway Sports Groups plans for post-Dalglish Liverpool, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set for talks in Boston on Thursday according to the Daily Mail.
Wigan gave Martinez permission to discuss the vacant Liverpool job last week however it is believed the talks scheduled for Thursday will be the first between the clubs owner John Henry and the Spaniard, as they look set to create a new path in Liverpool’s future with a young manager.
The Merseyside club have been knocked back in their attempts to speak to several managers though the Daily Mail reports that Martinez is John Henry’s preferred choice.
Shinji Kagawa has confirmed he has held talks with Manchester United in the UK this week after speculation intensified last week.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the German cup final between Bayern Munich and Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was a goal scorer in a 5-2 victory for Dortmund to top off an impressive campaign for the German champions.
According to reports, notably the Daily Telegraph, Kagawa has confirmed he has met with the Red Devils supremo: ‘It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk, I want to think hard before making my decision’.
Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp has apparently come to terms that, with 12 months of his contract remaining, it may be difficult to convince the 23 year old Japanese international his career would be best served with the Bundesliga club.
Kagawa has been selected for international duty when Japan take on Azerbaijan later this month.
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.
Fernando Torres has done little to dampen increasing speculation over his future at Chelsea FC.
Speaking to Guillem Balague of The Times and Sky Sports, Torres expressed his deep disappointment at being left out of the starting XI of the Munich UCL final showpiece.
Speaking candidly, Torres states: ‘I’ve felt like they treated me in a way that I didn’t expect because the role I’ve had this season is not for me nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here’.
Torres will join his Chelsea team-mates on a celebratory open top bus tour in the West London area today (Sunday) and will be meeting with Chelsea officials later in the week.
There are believed to be a number of suitors in the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Serie A of Italy.
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has turned down the opportunity to talk to Liverpool over the vacant managers position at Anfield.
It was revealed in the morning papers that Rodgers was one of 12 managers that Reds owners wanted to interview following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish this week, however in a statement on the Swansea City website, Rodgers confirmed that he is not interested in discussing the deal:
“Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by club chairman Huw Jenkins this morning.
“The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position.”
Robin van Persie – Arsenal to Man City/Juventus – Mirror
Joe Cole – Liverpool to Reading – Daily Star
Roberto Martinez – Wigan to Liverpool – talkSPORT
Fabio Capello – Unattached to Chelsea – Telegraph
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Molde to Aston Villa – Telegraph
Ezequiel Lavezzi – Napoli to Chelsea/Man City – The Sun
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could make an Anfield exit, with a move to Spain looking a possibility for the Uraguyan international.
Suarez, 25, has been a controversial figure in the Premier League since moving from Ajax a year and a half ago, scoring 15 league goals, but also spending a long period suspended after being found guilty of racial comments against Man Utd’s Patrice Evra.
The Daily Mail suggests that with the recent sacking of the supportive Kenny Dalglish, Saurez will take the opportunity to move to Spain, where has always wanted to play.
Luka Modric has hinted he sees his future away from Tottenham Hotspur but will put on hold any talk of a transfer until his participation in Euro 2012 with Croatia is over.
A year ago the saga of Modric’s proposed move to Chelsea was one of the longest-running of the summer, with Spurs eventually winning the day and keeping the midfielder at White Hart Lane in the face of incessant Chelsea interest. But the 26-year-old has suggested he is itching to play at a level higher than that currently offered by Tottenham, but will delay any discussion until later in pre-season.
Modric said: “I will decide about my future after the Euros. I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests.” Tottenham may yet be part of next season’s Champions League as, after finishing fourth in the Premier League, they must now wait on the outcome of the Champions League final on Saturday.
Ordinarily fourth place would be good enough for entry into the competition at the play-off stage, but if Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich then they would receive the last qualification spot awarded to England, pushing Tottenham into the Europa League and, the Telegraph suggests, Modric towards the exit.
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