Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
Steven Pienaar is pleading with his current club, Tottenham Hotspur, to lower their asking price, so that he can complete a switch back to the blue half of Merseyside. The Sun are today reporting that the North London club have set an asking price of £6 million just 18 months after paying Everton £3 million pounds for the South African.
After an injury plagued start to his time at Spurs, the 30-year-old was sent on loan back to Everton this season, where he flourished. He found the net 4 times in 14 games adding to the 9 goals and 104 appearances he had previously made for the club. But this time the Toffees’ well documented money troubles means that Pienaar could lose out of a return to Goodison.
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.