Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has today ruled out an exit from the club "for many years".
The Spanish international joined The Reds last Summerfor a little over £20 million and has been an instant hit with the fans, bagging over 30 goals in his first season at the club. Thus breaking the record for most goals in a first season from an overseas player.
However in the last few weeks "El Nino" has been linked with a £50 million move to either Barcelona or Chelsea. The Liverpool number 9 set the record straight today when he said,"It is an honour to be linked to clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea, or Arsenal - but I am not thinking about a change and I want to continue playing for Liverpool for many years to come."
"I have been part of a team where every player shares the same goals and where a player can rely on the support of his team-mates. I have also worked with a manager who believed in me. It was the combination of all these factors."
Tottenham are supposedly closing in on the signing of Richard Dunne from Man City and are also hoping to sign Anton Ferdinand this Summer according to reports in the Daily Mirror today.
Dunne who has been linked with Spurs for several weeks now is thought to be very close to signing at White Hart Lane. The Irish international rejected another contract offer from the club. Dunne's contract at City runs out next summer and it is now thought that City will cash in on their captain before he can leave for free.
The Londoners are also thought to be interested in out of favour West Ham centre half Anton Ferdinand. The club were heavily linked with the 23 year old last season, however their interest has decreased in conjunction with his playing time. Although, he would still offer great cover for the likes of Dunne, Woodgate and King.
Tottenham are closing on the signing of Manchester City defender Richard Dunne after the player rejected another contract offer from the club. Dunne's contract at City runs out next summer and it is now thought that City will cash in on their captain before he can leave for free.
Dunne, 28, has been at City for over eight years now since his move from fellow Premier League side Everton. He has matured into one of the Premier League's best defenders after a difficult spell on and off the field a few years ago.
It is believed that Spurs will offer City £5 million for Dunne's services and that is likely to be accepted. This could nad probably will lead to a mass exodus from the City of Manchester Stadium after weeks of uncertainty about the manager, Sven Goran Eriksson's future at the club.
As a City fan myself, I will be gutted when Dunne finally leaves. He has simply been superb for us over the years and not one City fan would argue that point. I would be surprised if Spurs don't face some compeition for the player, between now and when the summer transfer window opens.
Arsenal are preparing a £8 million move for Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hannessy in order to replace the outgoing Jens Lehman. Arsene Wenger has apparently been impressed with Hennessy at both club and national level this season and is ready to bring him to the Emirates.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is keen to hold onto the Welsh international but it is thought that Hennessy would be attracted by the Premier League giants. The 21-year old kept 19 clean sheets this season, as Wolves narrowly missed out on the play-offs.
I personally think Hennessy is a magnificent keeper and I do feel he would be capable of playing at the Emirates. I also feel that Arsenal won't be the only club interested and there has been rumours that Everton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are also interested in the player.
Inter could make a move for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o this Summer in what could be a part exchange deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic according to reports on Sky Sports today.
Eto'o, 27, joined Barca in 2004 from Real Mallorca and has since made 108 appearances for the La Liga side netting an incredible 77 times in the process. However, after a falling out with former manager Frank Rijkaard and a few seasons riddled with injuries Eto'o has lost a bit of the spark which saw him win the African Player of the Year three years running.
Ibrahimovic on the other hand is still doing well for his club side of Inter Milan. Although he has been linked with a move away from the San Siro in recent weeks after rumours have spread about both Eto'o and Didier Drogba joining the Serie A Champions. Who knows what plans Mourinho has, presuming he takes the reigns at Inter?
Liverpool have today emerged as Arsenal's strongest challengers for the signing of Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar. The Croatian has impressed immensely this season at Fratton Park playing a major role in the sides FA Cup success.
Kranjcar has been linked with a move to Arsenal for some time now as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his midfield options with the departure of Mattheiu Flamini and the possible departure of Alexander Hleb.
It now appears as though Rafa Benitez, who is also keen to bolster his midfield options, is targeting Kranjcar. It is likely that both clubs will bid around the £12 million mark for the player. I personally think Kranjcar should spend one more season at Pompey and then maybe move onto Liverpool or Arsenal.
Liverpool and Everton are to go head-to-head for the signature of Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. Both clubs are ready to bid £10 million for the England under-21 international.
Johnson, 20, has impressed at both club and international level this season, so much so that David Moyes and Rafa benitez are ready to start a bidding war for the player. It is likely that City will do everything they can to hold onto the promising youngster but with all the unrest at the club, Johnson may be tempted to leave.
As a City fan myself, I must say I would be distraught to see Johnson leave. He is without doubt one of, if not the most promising player at the club at the moment and to see him go would be unthinkable. I think Everton and Liverpool will have to up their bids to have any chance of signing the player.
Liverpool's opening bid of £9 million for Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera has been rejected and the Spanish club have now set Liverpool a price of £19 million for Riera.
Riera, 26, has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several weeks now as it has become clear that Rafa Benitez is keen to add a winger to the Liverpool ranks. Riera has previous Premier League experience with Manchester City where he spent one season on loan.
The Spanish international previously stated his desire to leave Espanyol, much to the annoyance of the club's president Daniel Sanchez Libre : "We are very disappointed with the quotes made by the player last week,". "If a player wants to leave then they should speak with the club, not the press. "If a club wants to sign Riera then the price will be 24million euros (£19million), and that figure will not change."
I personally didn't think much of Riera when he was at City. I simply thought he was mediocre. I feel £19 million is a huge amount for Espanyol to ask Liverpool and I don't envisage Benitez splashing that much on a player that is yet to prove himself at the highest level.
Liverpool have had a bid rejected for Spanish international Albert Riera according to reports on Sky Sports today.
The Espanyol President said earlier this week in an interview, "If a club wants to sign Riera then the price will be £19 million, and that figure will not change.". Riera made very suspect comments during the week putting doubts over his future at the club.
The Espanyol President added,"We are very disappointed with the quotes made by the player last week... If a player wants to leave then they should speak with the club, not the press."
Liverpool and Arsenal have both had bids of £5 million rejected for Cardiff City midfielder Aaron Ramsey according to reports in the Guardian today.
The Welsh U21 international has been a much sought after player in the last few months with Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool all thought to have declared interest in the youngster. Reports have emerged today stating that Liverpool and Arsenal have bids of £5 million rejected for the 17 year old.
It looks as though both clubs will have to try outbid each other in what could reach about an £8 million transfer fee from either club. However after seeing him play on several occasions, £8 million looks like a sound investment.
Arsenal and Tottenham are to battle it out for the signature of SM Caen striker Yoan Gouffran. The player is more than likely to leave the club this summer after admitting he wanted to play European football. (Sun Quest)
The Frenh under-21 international was a key part of the Caen team that earned promotion from Ligue 2 side, in which he was named player of the season. Juande Ramos and Arsene Wenger are both very keen on bringing Gouffran to the Premier League but it is also thought several French teams are also interested.
A source close to Gouffran said: "Yoan took note of the willingness of Bordeaux. There are other clubs that have also made proposals. He will study them all and decide without rushing into anything.
I have only seen video clips of Gouffran but I must say he looks a real prospect. He is only 22-years old and there is no doubt he has big future ahead of him, but where that lies, nobody really knows. I personally hope he opts for a move to England, simply because I would see more of the player.
Celtic are closing on the signing for former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell. The Australian international has been linked with a whole host of clubs in recent weeks following his departure from the club in May. (Press Association)
Kewell, 29, made just over a half-dozen appearances for Liverpool last season, struggling to show anything like his form from his days at Leeds which provoked Liverpool to spend £5 million on him.
It is thought now that Celtic boss Gordon Strachan is keen to bring Harry Kewell to Celtic Park as soon as possible. I personally think Kewell is finished and he should go back to Australia and maybe play in the A-League. It may turn out to be a good move for Celtic, but I just can't see it.
Tottenham are today ready to offer Manchester City, Paul Robinson for Joe Hart. Robinson has struggled in recent months to stay in the Spurs first team whilst Joe Hart is starting to shape himself into a terrific young goalkeeper. (Daily Star)
It is thought that Spurs boss Juande Ramos will offer a straight swap with Robinson heading to Eastlands and Hart moving down to White Hart Lane. Hart, 21, was recently called up to the England squad after impressing in the under-21's.
Meanwhile, Robinson has been overlooked by keepers such as Peterbrough's Joe Lewis in recent months as he struggles to get back in the England set-up. I personally think Spurs are nuts if they think City will accept this offer. Joe Hart is on the up, whilst Robinson is simply going nowhere.
Liverpool reserve star Adam Hammill looks set to go out on loan again next season according to reports on SkySports.com.
Rafa Benitez' reluctance to let the winger go on a permanent basis clearly shows that he sees some raw talent in Hammill and that he could still be a Reds star in the future. A season in the Championship should do the youngster some good and let's hope he comes back with more experience and confidence.
Chelsea are preparing a £15 million bid for SV Hamburg playmaker Rafael Van Der Vaart. The Dutch international has rejected several new contract offers from the Bundesliga club fuelling speculation of an exit.
Van Der Vaart, 25, moved to Hamburg back in 2005 amid intense speculation that he was set for a move to the Premier League. He also been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent months as it becomes more and more likely that he will leave Hamburg this summer.
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant was said to be interested in signing Van Der Vaart before his sacking last week. It is likely that Chelsea will have to pay at least £15 million for Van Der Vaart and in my view that would be a terrific bit of business for the London club.
source: daily mirror
Barcelona have joined Real Madrid in the race to sign Arsenal's Alexander Hleb according to reports on Sky Sports earlier today.
Arsenal had quite an understrength squad last year which slightly lacked in experience, and now that they have already lost Mathieu Flamini, it is clear that Arsene Wenger will have to bring in a few players in that position.
Samir Nasri has been heavily linked with a move to the London club after impressing both internationally for France and on the European stage for Marseille. It is thought that he could complete a £12 million move in the next few weeks.
Arsenal target Alberto Aquilani has today admitted a move to England would excite him. The AS Roma midfielder is set for showdown talks with the club about his future in the coming days.
The Italian international is likely to figure in Italy's Euro 2008 squad so a deal may have to wait a while to be done unless Arsenal can push through a deal before the competition starts in two weeks. The 23-year old is likely to cost Arsenal at least £15 million.
Arsene Wenger apparently sees Aquilani as a perfect replacement for the the exit bound Alexander Hleb. I personally think Aquilani would be a terrific addition to an Arsenal squad that definitely needs improving to challenge for the title next year. Aquilani is a terrific passer of the ball and he could provide terrific ammunition for Emmanuel Adebayor.
Tottenham are about to open talks with Nice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris according to reports on Sky Sports today.
The 21 year old joined the French outfit in 2005 permanently after coming up through their youth squads. He is a much desired player in Europe with Spurs, Milan and Lyon all looking to snatch up the Frenchman this Summer.
In an interview with L'Equipe the shot stopper said,"And Tottenham, they have a great project for the future with a very successful manager". However he is "not closing the door to anyone," he revealed. It would be a huge boost for Spurs to snatch up Lloris especially after the departure of Radek Cerny a few weeks ago.
Tottenham are pursuing Sevilla midfielder Diego Capel as they look to build a squad to challenge for Champions League qualification next season. The 20-year old has impressed whilst playing with the La Liga giants this season, so much so that Juande Ramos is prepared to make a £12 million bid for him.
Capel has been strongly linked with several other moves to the Premier league with Spurs' North London rivals Arsenal also said to be interested. Ramos has previously worked with Capel during his time with Sevilla and it is now thought that Ramos is keen to reignite their relationship.
I have seen Capel on several occasions in recent months and I must say I have been impressed. He has possess a terrific left-foot and he has pace to burn. I think £12 million is a fair price for the Spanish under-20 international.
source: press association
John Terry will look to put the misery of last week's Champions League final behind him tonight as he leads out England for their friendly against USA. The Chelsea defender is to captain England tongiht as they look to give Fabio Capello his second win at Wembley.
As most of you will alreayd know Terry missed a penalty in last weeks shoot-out which would of handed Chelsea their first ever Champions League success. Although John Terry was England's captain before Capello took over, it is not yet clear wheter or not he will be named permanent captain for England.
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand are his main rivals for the armband. Both have been given chances to captain England in their previous two games against Switzerland and France respectively. I personally think Terry is the best man to lead England into a new era under Capello. His leadership skills are without doubt, one of, if not the best in Europe and I feel England would benefit greatly from having him as captain.
Juventus are closing on the signing of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, accoridng to Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli. Alonso, 26, is said to be close to completing a £14 million to the Serie A giants. The Spanish international has found it hard to keep his place in the Liverpool first team this season after losing his place to Javier Mascherano.
Alonso has spent four successful years at Anfield, winning the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup in 2006. "It looks like his representative will arrive today," said Gigli when asked about the possible signing of Alonso. "We can't deny that we're interested, but there's always the problem of getting value for money. "(Managing director Jean-Claude) Blanc is working on this and on other possibilities."
I personally will be sad to see Alonso go if he does indeed join Juve. He has been a terrific player for Liverpool in recent years and I am sure every Liverpool fan will be grateful for what he has done for the club.
Barcelona are preparing a move for Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor but have also targeted Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov as a plan b. (El Mundo Deportivo)
Adebayor, 24, was undoubtedly one of the Gunners players of the season, scoring 24 league goals. This has attracted the interest of Barca who are looking for a top striker to replace the possible outgoing Samuel Eto'o.
They have also made plans to sign Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov who is more than likely to leave White Hart Lane this summer. The Bulgarian international is also wanted by Barca's rivals Real Madrid.
I personally think Barca will sign Berbatov out of the two, simply because I don't think Arsene Wenger will let Adebayor go. I feel Berbatov could turn out to be a terrific signing for Barca, although if he starts to sulk like he kind of did at Spurs, it may not be such a good signing.
Man United full back Patrice Evra could leave the club this Summer should he fail to put pen to paper and sign a new contract with the Reds.
There surely won't be any shortage of clubs ready to snatch up the player who has been dubbed "the best full back in the world today". It is thought that the likes of AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid Barca, and even the other big three in England could try snatch up the former Monaco star.
It would be an absolute catastrophe if United were to lose Evra so all I can say is give him what he wants and let it all be done with beacuse it's bad enough to lose a player but especially on a free transfer where you could have made some big bucks.
Juventus and Fiorentina have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Udinese full back Andrea Dossena according to reports in several of today's papers.
Liverpool were thought to have the deal for the 26 year old virtually completed however now it appears as though they will have to out bid both Juve and Fiorentina to secure the signature of Dossena.
The Reds are still leading the race for the Italian international although they will probably have to up their bid a couple of million to £8 million to see off any competition. Rafa has made it clear that he wants to strengthen in the full backs positions and signing Dossena would be a good start in doing so.
Tottenham have tonight emerged as favourites to sign Barcelona striker Giovanni Dos Santos.
The Mexican international has been linked with a whole host of moves away from the Camp Nou in recent weeks after it emerged that the La Liga giants may listen to offers.
Spurs boss Juande Ramos is apparently willing to pay £11 million for the 19-year old in order to see off competition from Man City.
I personally would love to see Dos Santos in the Premier League. I have seen him on several occasions for Barca and each time he has shown me something different about his play.
I do however feel £11 million is a bit much for such a young player and I think Spurs would be more advised to try and work a loan deal out at first.
Real Madrid are preparing a move for Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb after only learning of his availability in the last few days.
The Gunners midfielder is almost certain to leave the Emirates this summer after admitting he has failed to adapt to life in the English capital.
The 27-year old has spent three seasons with the Premier League giants playing over 100 times in the process.
"There are a couple of positions that we can improve and that needs to be strengthened to have the necessary balance," Real boss Bernd Schuster told AS.
"Over the past two months we have had a plan and we know what we want, but now Hleb has been added.
"We did not know he could leave Arsenal but in recent days it has been more positive. We were surprised that he might leave there."
I personally think Hleb would be a terrific player in La Liga although I feel it is a real shame that he is leaving the Premier League.
Arsenal are preparing a £20 million bid for Real Mallorca striker Dani Guiza and Real Madrid midfielder Ruben De La Red. (Daily Star)
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to spend big this summer as he looks to strengthen his squad for a serious title bid next season.
Guiza, 27, scored 27 goals in 37 games for Mallorca last season prompting Wenger to have a close look. Meanwhile, De La Red, 22, recently returned to Real Madrid after a year away from the club, but Wenger is looking to snatch him from Madrid's hands.
I personally think both players would be decent additions to an Arsenal squad that needs some improving. Guiza could be the player to partner Adebayor up front next season for Arsenal and De La Red could be the man to replace Flamini.
Chelsea and Tottenham are to spend the summer battling it out for the signature of Blackburn midfielder David Bentley after the player rejected a new contract at Ewood Park. (Various)
The former Arsenal player has been linked with several moves away from Blakcburn in recent weeks as speculation mounts he wants a move away from the club.
The 23-year old is set to cost either Chelsea or Spurs at least £12 million and in my view that is a bargain. Bentley has been, without doubt, one of Blackburn's best players over the past two years.
I personally hope Bentley opts for a move to Spurs because he will definitely receive more game time at White Hart Lane. I also feel several more clubs will come into the reckoning if Bentley does publicly admit he wants an exit.
Tottenham are targeting Summer moves for Tarik Elyounoussi, Giovani dos Santos and Valon Behrami according to reports in several of today's papers.
Tarik Elyounoussi is a Norwegian international currently playing for Fredrikstad FK. He was awarded young player of the year for the last two consecutive seasons for the Norwegian outfit. After being dubbed as "one of the best to come out of Norway", Spurs will have to pay out about £4 million for the 20 year old.
Giovani dos Santos is one of the hottest prospects to come out of Barcelona's youth system and at the age of just 19 he has made 28 appearances for the La Liga side bagging 4 goals in the process. After watching him on numerous occasions it's easy to see sparks of brilliance from the Mexican, so the attacking midfielder should cost Spurs about £7 million.
Valon Behrami is a left back come left midfielder come right back come right midfielder...pause for breath. The £ 10 million rated Swiss international is currently playing for Lazio and it is thought that Juande Ramos may be interested in making a move for the 23 year old this Summer.
Liverpool have shockingly been linked with Bristol defender Liam Fontaine today in the Daily Mirror.
The 22 year old who spent most of his professional career on loan from Fulham joined Bristol on a permanent basis in 2006 and has made 65 appearances. However reports today are linking the defender with Liverpool in what could be a shock £1 million transfer.
As a Liverpool fan myself I really hope that these are just more rumours that will never materialise because if we want to be challenging for titles were not going to with Championship players... no offence Liam.
Barcelona have signed Sevilla midfielder Seydou Keita for a fee of £11 million. It had been rumoured that Liverpool were targeting the Malian.
Keita only signed for Sevilla last season from French outfit RC Lens but has obviously had a very successful season at the La Liga side thus triggering interest from Barcelona. The centre midfielder has made over 20 appearances for his national side of Mali bagging 3 goals in the process.
It was thought Rafa Benitez was pondering a move for the 28 year old but I personally feel that Liverpool have sufficient cover in that position with Alonso(Should we hold onto him), Mascherano, Lucas and young Damien Plessis coming through.
Chelsea are preparing a £50 million bid for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. (Daily Mail)
The Spanish international has made a superb start to his career in the Premier League since his £20 million + move to Liverpool.
The 24-year old scored 24 Premier League goals in his first season at the club, which has sparked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich into making a massive £50 million bid for the player.
I personally can't see Torres leaving so soon after he has arrived at Liverpool. I would think that Chelsea will try to lure him to Stamford Bridge with a huge pay-packet but I can't see this deal happening.
Mancini and Hiddink rule themselves out of the running for the Chelsea job but Rijkaard certainly isn't
Guus Hiddink and Roberto Mancini have today said they are not interested in the Chelsea job, however Frank Rijkaard is said to be very keen to take the reins at Stamford Bridge.
Former South Korean manager Guus Hiddink's agent said "There's no way Guus will go to Chelsea,"
Meanwhile, Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini's agent said "He (Mancini) has a four-year contract with Inter and he is very happy to stay there,"
Former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is certainly not ruling himself out of the running and a top Dutch journalist reckons he's 90% sure to be the next Chelsea boss.
I personally think the appointment of Rijkaard would be decent for Chelsea. He won the Champions League at Barca but he never really did anything other than that special during his five years at the Camp Nou.
AC Milan have today expressed an interest in Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o following weeks of speculation over the players future. (skysports.com)
Eto'o has been linked with several different clubs in recent weeks including Tottenham who are said to be keen on bringing him to White Hart Lane to replace the outgoing Dimitar Berbatov.
Eto'o is more than likely to leave the Camp Nou this summer and it is thought he will be let go for around the £24 million mark. The 27-year old has spent over three seasons at Barcelona scoring 77 goals in the process.
I personally hope Eto'o doesn't join AC Milan because I want to see him in the Premier League. He is a terrific player that scores bag fulls of goals wherever he has been and I feel he would be a terrific player in the Premier League.
Newcastle United, Arsenal and Manchester City are still interested in Barcelona striker Theirry Henry despite the club saying they will not sell him. (Daily Star)
The former Arsenal striker has been linked with several moves away from Barca in recent weeks after his first season with the La Liga giants didn't quite go to plan.
The 30-year old French international has made just 30 appearances for Barca scoring 12 times during his first seaosn at the club.
I would personally love to see Henry come back to the Premier League. However, I do think it is unlikely due to the new Barca boss, Pep Guardioula taking the reins at the Camp Nou.
Arsene Wenger has told French media source Telefoot that a deal for Samir Nasri is "likely to happen", but if it does, "it will be before the start of the European Championship."
Arsenal have been on the look out for possible midfield targets as replacements for Mathieu Flamini and the rumoured exit of Alexander Hleb. The London club have been linked with Werder Bremen's Diego, but it appears now as though Marseille play maker, Samir Nasri, will be the Gunners' first introduction this Summer.
It is thought that Arsene Wenger will have to splash out up to £14 million on the French international but we have learnt by now that the Frenchman knows a good buy when he sees one.
Nasri has impressed immensely on the European stage in the past few seasons and it will be intriguing to see how he gets on in the Premier League should he complete his move to Arsenal this Summer.
Newcastle United are preparing a £8 million bid for Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Sunday Mirror)
The England international has struggled to show his real quality at Chelsea during his three year spell at the club.
Kevin Keegan is said to be very keen to bring the former Manchester City star to St James' Park. The 26-year old has made just under 90 appearances for Chelsea during his spell at the club.
I personally think Wright-Phillips would be crazy to stay at Stamford Bridge. It is clear to see that he doesn't belong their and he would make a good right-midfielder somewhere else.
The former Arsenal star made his move to Ewood Park permanent in 2006 after spending a year on loan with Mark Hughes' side. After being on the fringes of the Arsenal side, his move to Blackburn has not only provided the 23 year old with regular first team football but has also, in my opinion virtually cemented his place at right midfield in the England side.
His stunning domestic performances this season have also led to the former Norwich star being linked with all of the top 5 clubs. Rafa Benitez is reportedly ready to make a £12 million move for Bentley in the hope of sorting out Liverpool's long term problem on the wings.
I personally think that he would be a very welcome introduction to the Liverpool side but players like Riise, Carson and Pennant will have to be sold in order to provide funds for the £12 million splurge.
Tottenham are preparing a move for Espanyol keeper Carlos Kemani after the player admitted he would be interested in a move to White Hart lane. (Sunday Mirror)
Spurs' goalkeeping problems have been well documented in recent months and it has became clearly apparent that Juande Ramos is looking to strengthen that part of the team.
Kameni, 24, is widely regarded as one of La Liga's best keepers and is valued at around the £8 million mark. He has over 30 caps for his country Cameroon and has been with Espanyol for over four years now.
I personally think kameni would be a terrific acquisition for Spurs. Kameni is a very athletic and a very good shot stopper and I feel he is just what Spurs need right now.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Everton, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough are all interested in bringing Valencia midfielder Edu back to the Premier League. (Sunday Mirror)
Edu, 30, spent five years at Arsenal and it is thought now that he is interested in a move back to England following three years at Valencia.
The former Brazilian international made sixteen appearances for his country failing to score in the process.
I felt during his time at Arsenal, Edu was a very creative player and I was sad to see him leave the Premier League when he did.
But will all the interested parties in him now, I am pretty sure he will be returning and I think he will prove to be a terrific signing for whoever does sign him.
Barcelona striker Thierry Henry was close to joining Manchester United last week but the move was blocked by new Barca boss Pep Guardiola. (News of the World)
The former Arsenal striker has been linked with several returns to the Premier League in recent weeks and months following his first season in La Liga.
It is thought that the two sides reached a £10 million agreement for the French international. The 30-year old said he would never play for another Premier League club before he left Arsenal.
I personally don't think Henry would ever join United, although I may be wrong. He spent eight glorious years at Arsenal and I feel if he was going to come back to the Premier League it would be to the Emirates.
Liverpool are set for a massive £60 million clear-out with the likes of Peter Crouch, Xabi Alonso, Scott Carson and John Arne Riise set to be axed at Anfield. (News of the World)
It is also thought that Jermaine Pennant, Steve Finnan and Alvaro Arbeloa will also be told to pack their bags as Rafa Benitez looks to create some much needed funds for transfer activity.
Crouch, 27, has been linked with a whole host of clubs including Portsmouth, Newcastle and Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Scott Carson was said to be on the brink of joining Aston Villa but Villa boss Martin O'Neill was unwilling to pay the fee.
I personally think this is just what Liverpool need. They need to clean out all the shite in their squad before they try and start bringing some top class players. I would be very surprised if all seven left but I can see at least four of them leaving the club.
Chelsea have today decided to sack manager Avram Grant after just under a season at the club.
Grant took over from Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge back in September of last year, much to the dismayal of the Blues fans.
Grant eventually led Chelsea to runners-up spot in the Premier League, Carling Cup and the trophy which I feel mattered the most to Mr Abramovich, the Champions League.
I personally think Grant has been harshly treated. Many people thought Chelsea would go right down hill when he took over but that could not be further from the truth.
Mourinho never got Chelsea to a Champions League final and as soon as the next manager does reach that, he gets sacked.
Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Mancini and said to be among the favourites to take over the Chelsea hot seat. I personally think Mourinho @ 16/1 with most bookmakers is a bit of value.
Portsmouth will face stiff competition from Newcastle United, Tottenham and Sunderland in their bid to sign Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. (Daily Mail)
The player is said to be on the brink of leaving the club after the fall out between owner and manager.
Dunne, 28, has been at City for over seven years now since joining from fellow Premier League side Everton. He has developed into a magnificent defender at the club and is currently the captain.
The Irish international is likely to cost £8 million to whatever club wants to buy him. As a City fan myself, I would personally be gutted to see Dunne leave. He has simply been immense these past few season and I can see many other players wanting leave if he does indeed go.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are to battle it for the signature of Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins this summer. (The Sun)
It is reported that Newcastle have tried to offload him to Liverpool in recent months, but his has alerted the attentions of both Chelsea and Arsenal.
Martins, 23, has been at St James' Park for over two seasons now since joining from Inter Milan. Before he joined the Magpies there was talk of a move to Arsenal but nothing ever materialised their.
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan will only listen to offers of £12 million and above. I personally think Martins is a very good player and he also has Champions League experience which could be a key factor in him leaving Newcastle.
Tottenham are planning a £25 million bid for Chelsea duo Nicolas Anelka and Shaun Wright-Phillips. (Daily Express)
Both players are somewhat on the fringes of the starting eleven at Stamford Bridge and it is though both would be interested in a move across London.
Anelka, 29, only joined Chelsea last January from fellow Premier League side Bolton for a fee of around £16 million. Meanwhile, Wright-Phillips, 26, has been with Chelsea for over three seasons now since joining from Man City for £23 million.
I feel both would be fairly decent signings for Spurs and at £25 million, it isn't a bad price for two such talented players. I think Juande Ramos sees Anelka as a replacement to Berbatov who is almost certain to leave White Hart Lane in the coming months.
Liverpool duo John Arne Riise and Xabi Alonso are targets of Italian giants Juventus. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Alonso has been linked with a move to Juve for over a month now as speculation mounts he will be let go this summer in order to facilitate the arrival of more players at Anfield.
The Spanish international has been at Liverpool for over four years now making over 100 appearances during his time at the club.
Meanwhile, Riise, 27, is also wanted by the Serie A side. Riise is almost certain to leave the Reds this summer after Rafa Benitez admitted he would listen to offers for the Norwegian.
I think if Liverpool were to receive around the £20 million mark for both players that wouldn't be too bad. Both aren't really first team regulars anymore and it would be probably best for both parties for them to move on.
Real Madrid have turned their attention to signing Aliaksandr Hleb this Summer after Alex Ferguson issued a "hands off" warning on Premier League Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 27 year old joined The Gunners in 2005 and has made over 90 appearances since then. However according to reports from AS this afternoon, Spanish giants Real Madrid are looking to snatch up the Belarusian this Summer.
Arsenal have already lost Mathieu Flamini so far this transfer window and unless they buy big this year it will look like another third or fourth place for the Londoners next season. Hleb's agent has come out and said that it is a great honour to be linked with Real.
Liverpool have signed Thomas Ince son of MK Dons manager and former Liverpool star Paul Ince.Thomas, 16, is a striker and has only been taken on by the club as a first-year academy trainee, however it is thought that the club has high hopes for the son of the former Anfield legend.
Arsenal have today moved a step close to completing the permanent signing Mexican striker Carlos Vela after the player was granted a work permit today.
The 19-year old spent last season on loan at Spanish side Osasuna scoring three goals in 23 appearances.
The Mexican international has three caps for his country and is widely regarded as one of the country's hottest prospects. Vela joined Arsenal back in 2005 but was ineligible for a work permit at the time.
I have seen and heard many good things about this player. "Carlos has played the whole season at Osasuna on the left-wing and he had to work hard there," said Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. "But for me it is not his position. He is a central striker, an Eduardo type. He is a great young player."
Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre is on the brink of quitting the club to sign for French side Marseille. (Daily Telegraph)
The former French international defender has been out of favour at United for the past 18 months or so and it is thought that he is almost certain to leave the club this summer.
Silvestre, 30, is to sign a four-year deal with Marseille in the coming days to end a nine year stay at Old Trafford. He has made over 250 appearances for the club scoring six goals in the process.
It will be sad to see Silvestre leave the Premier League but I feel he is making the right decision to leave now. Patrice Evra has firmly placed himself in the left-back role at United and it would be highly unlikely that Silvestre could get back in the first team.
Tottenham are today planning a £13 million bid for Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka after the player admitted he was unhappy at the club. (L'Equipe)
The French international striker only joined Chelsea back in January for a fee of around £16 million from fellow Premier League side Bolton.
He has only scored twice so far for Chelsea and missed the deciding penalty in the sides Champions League final defeat to Man United.
Anelka told L'Equipe : "I didn't come here to play on the right or on the left," I can't really blame Anelka. I don't think he has been given a fair chance at all by Blues boss Avram Grant and he may turn out to be a decent signing for Spurs if he does decide to move across London.
Tottenham have today expressed an interest in Lyon goalkeeper Gergory Coupet in order to replace existing keeper Paul Robinson. (The Sun)
The French international keeper is said to be interested in a move away from Lyon where he has spent the past eleven years.
Coupet, 35, is very highly regarded in Europe and would be, in my view, a terrific signing for Spurs if they get him for the rumoured £2.5 million.
Meanwhile, Paul Robinson looks sure to be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer with both Aston Villa and Bolton said to be interested.
If both deals were to go through I think Spurs boss Juande Ramos can afford to feel pretty happy about it. He would be making around a £3 million profit from the two deals and I think that would be terrific business for Spurs.
Liverpool are looking to sell quartet Jermaine Pennant, Peter Crouch, Steve Finnan and John Arne Riise as Reds boss Rafa Benitez looks to free up funds for the summer. (Daily Mail)
All four players have been linked with moves away from Anfield in recent months as Liverpool get ready for a busy summer in the transfer window.
Crouch, 27, has been linked with a whole host of clubs including Newcastle, Portsmouth and Aston Villa in recent weeks after Benitez confirmed the club would listen to offers.
I feel this is a good move for Liverpool. They need to clean out the large majority of their squad before they can't start fully rebuilding for a title bid next season.
When asked about his future at Old Trafford after last night's Champions league final, Manchester United star player Cristiano Ronaldo said "I stay".
Ronaldo has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid for some time now as speculation grows he is about to quit the Premier League champions.
United chief executive David Gill has said Ronaldo is not available at any price and he would definitely be playing for United next season.
But how long will it be before Ronaldo does inevitably leave? My own personal guess is one more season, however I do feel he may have a change of heart and decide, I will go out of United on a real high and leave this summer.
Manchester United have today moved a step close to completing the £20 million permanent signing of Carlos Tevez. (Daily Express)
The Argentine international played the full match in United's epic 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea last night, scoring United first spot-kick.
The 26-year old has been with United for a season now since joining from fellow Premier League side West Ham in one of the years most conterversal deals.
It is thought now that officials from United have talked with the owners of Tevez and a deal is imminent. This is obviously great news for United fans because Tevez has been superb this season.
£20 million in my view is a fair price for such a good player and I think that will look a bargain within 18 months.
Aston Villa have ended their plans to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson after failing to reach an agreement for the England international. (Daily Telegraph)
The 22-year old had spent last season on loan with Villa and impressed during his spell. It is thought now that Villa manager Martin O'Neill is unwilling to pay the £10 million price-tag for Carson.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez told the Liverpool Echo "It is a matter between the clubs,". "We agreed the fee with Aston Villa last year. The fee has been there for one season so to talk about the fee now is not correct."
I personally think that £10 million for Carson is a bit much. I would value at around the £7 million mark and I feel Benitez is being to greedy with his valuation. I do however feel some other club will come in for Carson during the summer.
Tottenham have today joined Liverpool in the race to sign Udinese left-back Andrea Dossena. (Daily Star)
The Italian international has been linked with a move to Liverpool for the past few weeks now as speculation mounts that he is to leave Udinese.
The 26-year old has been with Udinese for just over two seasons now since joining from Treviso. He has one cap to his name for Italy, playing in his country's friendly against South Africa last year.
Both Rafa Benitez and Juande Ramos are said to be willing to pay the £8 million price tag for the player. I have only seen bits of Dossena in recent months but from the stuff I have seen he certainly looks well capable of playing for top sides like Spurs and Liverpool.
Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is supposedly looking to sign Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano from his former club Sevilla this Summer after missing out on Samuel Eto'o according to reports in the Daily Mirror today.
Tottenham have today turned their attentions to Real Zaragoza striker Diego Milito after missing out on Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o. (Daily Mirror)
Spurs boss Juande Ramos was said to be keen on bringing Eto'o to the club but it looks as though now he won't be moving to White Hart Lane.
They are instead now going for £12 million Argentinian striker Diego Milito. The 28-year old has been linked with several moves to the Premier League in recent months.
He has over a dozen caps for Argentina, scoring four times in the process. I have seen Milito on several occasions now and I must say he looks a hell of a player although I wouldn't be spending £12 million on a 28-year old.
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is on the brink of leaving Anfield for Italian side Juventus. (Press Association)
It is believed that the two clubs have agreed a £12 million fee for the Spanish international. Alonso has failed to produce anything like his best form this season and this has led to intense speculation over his future.
The 26-year old has been with Liverpool for over four seasons now since joining from Spanish side Real Sociedad. He has made over 100 appearances for the club scoring just over a dozen goals in the process.
It would be sad to see Alonso leave the Premier League because for the past few years he has put in some memorable performances for Rafa Benitez' men. This season hasn't been quite the same with Javier Mascherano keeping him out of the team but he still remains a quality player.
Arsenal are targeting one of three players this Summer to replace the Juventus bound Mathieu Flamini. They include Marseille's Samir Nasri, Lisbon star Miguel Veloso or else Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
Nasri has been linked with several Premier League clubs after his outstanding performances on the European stage for Marseille this season.
Veloso is another player who is constantly being rumoured with moves to both The Gunners and Manchester United. It was expected that he was going to move to either of those clubs last Summer, however neither were quick enough to get the transfer completed, before the window closed.
Another player who may be on Arsenal's shopping list is Roma's Alberto Aquilani. The £12 million rated midfielder has been noticed on a number of occasions this season for his performances both domestically and in the Champions League.
Espanyol star Albert Riera has said that he would listen to offers from clubs this Summer according to reports from BBC Sport today.
The 26 year old joined Espanyol from Bordeaux in 2005 and has since made 72 appearances for the Spanish outfit, scoring 8 times in the process. He has also spent a short time on loan at Man City and has gotten several caps for the Spanish first team.
The left winger is yet to deny being in touch with Liverpool when asked in the media but it is thought that it will be few weeks yet before Liverpool make an official offer.
Tottenham have joined Portsmouth and Blackburn in the race to sign Newcastle United midfielder Damien Duff. (Daily Mail)
The Ireland international has failed to make an impression with Newcastle since joining them from Chelsea two years ago.
It is thought now that Kevin Keegan will listen to offers for the 29-year old of in and around £7 million. Duff player with Blackburn before and word has it that he may be interested in a return.
I personally think it's time for Duff to leave Newcastle and make a fresh new start somewhere else. He has been unlucky with injuries and what not at St James' but he hasn't really been good enough.
Liverpool have today made a move to replace left-back John Arne Riise by preparing a £8 million bid for Udinese defender Andrea Dossena. (Various)
Reds boss Rafa Benitez is said to be on the look-out for a new left sided defender and it is thought now that he will make a move for Dossena.
The Italian international is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League. He has made just one appearance for Italy and has been with Udinese for over three years now.
The 26-year old is a relative unknown to me although I have heard some very good things about him. I feel it is time for Benitez to go out and buy a top class left sided defender and it looks as though he has found his man in Dossena.
Arsenal are preparing a £14 million summer bid for Marseille attacking midfielder Samir Nasri. (Various)
The French international has impressed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this season and it is now likely that the Gunners boss will take him to the Emirates.
Nasri, 20, is labelled by many the next Zinedine Zidane (high praise for such a young player). He has over a half dozen caps for France scoring twice in the process.
I really think this kid could turn out to be amazing. I have seen him on several occasions now and each time he has impressed me. I feel Arsenal could have an absolute gem on their hands if they sign Nasri.
Barcelona are to challenge Manchester United for the signature of Sevilla right-back Dani Alves. (Daily Star)
The Brazilian international has been linked with several moves away from Sevilla in recent months. The 25-year old is said to be interested in a move to a bigger club.
Both Barca and United are said to be willing to pay the £24 million price tag placed on Alves' head. Alves is widely regarded as one of Europe's best right-backs and has made over a dozen appearances for Brazil.
I personally would love to see Alves move to the Premier League. He is a terrific defender that likes to get forward and in my view he would be a tremendous replacement to Gary Neville at United.
West Ham are chasing Manchester United Louis Saha who is set to leave the club at the end of the season. (The Guardian)
Saha, 29, admits he is likely to be on his way after the Champions League final. He has failed to nail down a first team place at Old Trafford since joining from Fulham.
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley is apparently willing to offer United as much as £6 million for the striker.
It comes as no surprise to me to see Saha linked with a move away from United. He has been unlucky with injuries and such in recent months but quite frankly he hasn't been good enough for Sir Alex.
Arsenal are eyeing up a possible £15 million move for AS Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani. (Setanta Sports)
The Italian international has been linked with several moves to the Premier League in recent weeks and months.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add to his midfield options after the departure of Matthieu Flamini last month to AC Milan.
Aquilani, 23, is said to be interested in a move to the Emirates and his agent has confirmed that there has been talks between the two parties.
I have seen bits of Aquilani and I must say every time I have seen him he has impressed. He is a terrific passer of the ball and posses a terrific shot and I feel he would be a terrific signing for Arsenal.
Manchester United look set to miss out on Wigan Athletic midfielder Antonio Valencia after he stated he wanted to remain at the club. (El Universo)
The player has been heavily linked with a £10 million exit from the JJB in recent weeks with Liverpool also said to be interested in the Ecuadorian.
The 22-year old has been with Wigan for just over two years now after initially joining on loan from Spanish side Villarreal. He has made a big impact in his short time with Steve Bruce's men which has in turn led to this speculation.
I personally think Valencia is right to stay at Wigan for at least another season. He is only young and their no doubt he will turn out to play for a top side like United in years to come.
Barcelona are keeping tabs on Arsenal trio Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott and Alexander Hleb. (Epping Forest Guardian)
Hleb has been linked with a move away from the Gunners in recent weeks as speculation mounts that he wants out of the Emirates.
Inter and AC Milan are said to be among the interested parties for the 27-year old but Barca are now said to be keen on the player.
Meanwhile, Van Persie is also wanted by the La Liga giants. The Dutch international is seen by many Barca fans as a perfect replacement to the outgoing Ronaldinho.
Theo Walcott was linked with several loan exits from Arsenal in recent months with several Championship sides said to be interested. The 19-year old has impressed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in recent months and there is no doubt he will be doing his best to hold onto the player.
Obviously this isn't great news for Arsenal fans. All three players in question contribute to the side in different ways and there is no doubt Arsenal wouldn't be the same without them at the club.
Barcelona are today close to agreeing a deal to sign Manchester United defender Gerard Pique. (Sky Sports)
Pique left Barcelona as a teenager but has since struggled to nail down a first team place at Old Trafford.
The 21-year old returned to La Liga back in 2005 when he went on-loan to Real Zaragoza where he impressed.
"Things are at an advanced stage," Barca's sporting director Txiki Bergiristain confirmed. "I can't deny that he is one of the players we're interested in, but he is involved in the Champions League final so things are on hold."
I am personally not that surprised that Pique is going to return to Spain. He clearly hasn't settled in England and I think it's best for both parties to part company.
Tottenham remain favourites to sign Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o after bidding £24 million for the player. (London Evening Standard)
The Cameroon international has been linked with several moves away from Barca in recent weeks with Italian giants Inter Milan and AC Milan also said to be interested.
The 27-year old is said to be unhappy in Spani and in search of a move away from the club. Spurs boss Juande Ramos is apparently keen on bringing Eto'o in to replace the outgoing Dimitar Berbatov.
There is no doubt in my mind that Eto'o would be a magnificent signing for Spurs. He is among the world's top strikers and I feel he would prove a better asset to Spurs than Dimitar Berbatov would.
Liverpool are to exchange Peter Crouch and Paul Carson in exchange for Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry. (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool have made no secret of their interest in the England international in recent weeks and this deal is seen as an alternative to the £10 million offer Liverpool had rejected last month.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill has spoke of his determination to keep Barry at Villa Park in recent weeks. Crouch and Carson have both been linked with moves to Villa in recent weeks.
Both players have played with Villa before and it is now thought that both will be used in securing Barry's signature. I personally think this is a good deal for both sides and Villa should seriously consider it.
Liverpool may turn their attentions to Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing if their move for Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry falls through. (Daily Telegraph)
The England international has been linked with several moves away from Boro in recent months with Spurs also said to be keen on him.
Downing, 23, has been with Boro for over seven years now, progressing through the ranks. He has made over dozen appearances for England and is widely regarded as the country's best left-sided player.
I feel Downing is a player who blows hot and cold. I mean some weeks he is phenomenal, like the last weekend of the Premier League against Man City. Other weeks you don't even notice he is playing.
It is thought that Reds boss Rafa Benitez will have to pay Gareth Southgate at least £12 million to have any chance of landed the players signature.
Arsenal are preparing a £12 million summer move for Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz. (The Times)
Arsene Wenger is said to be in the market for a new front man this summer to partner Emmanuel Adebayor next season.
Santa Cruz, 26, only joined Blackburn last summer from German side Bayern Munich for a fee of £3.4 million.
The Paraguayan international has made a tremendous start to his Premier League career scoring just under 20 league goals.
I really do think Santa Cruz has what it takes to do well at a top side like Arsenal. He is a powerful striker that wins his fair share of headers and in my view would be a terrific signing at £12 million.
Liverpool are closing in on the £7 million signing of Espanyol winger Albert Riera. (News of the World)
The Spanish international has previous Premier League experience in the shape of a season at Manchester City.
Riera, 26, recently made his international debut for Spain which has in turn attracted the attentions of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
I personally didn't see much in Riera whilst he was at City. He was a decent left winger but that was all. I feel Liverpool need to set their sights higher than Riera if they want to challenge for the title next season.
Tottenham have today expressed an interest in West Ham United striker Dean Ashton. (News of the World)
The Hammers striker is said to be unhappy at the club and is considering an exit from Upton Park this summer. It is thought West Ham boss Alan Curbishley will only listen to offers around the £12 million mark.
With Spurs set to lose Dimitar Berbatov in the summer to either Barcelona or Real Madrid, it is thought Juande Ramos is keen on bringing in the 24-year old England international.
I personally don't think Ashton has what it takes to replace Berbatov. I feel he is a good player at the best of times and would struggle to feature in Spurs' starting eleven every week.
Chelsea are preparing a summer move for Barcelona midfielder Deco, who has been told he can leave the club. (News of the World)
Deco has been with Barca for over three years now since joining from Portuguese side Porto. Before the move he was heavily linked with Chelsea.
The 30-year old has been told by Barca boss Frank Rijkaard that he can leave the club. Chelsea boss Avram Grant is said to be keen on bringing the Portuguese international to Stamford Bridge.
I don't really think Chelsea need a player like Deco. I mean he is good but I personally feel Chelsea have better players in that position already in Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack.
Arsenal are preparing a £20 million summer bid for Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Diego. (Daily Mirror)
The Brazilian international has been linked with several moves to the Premier League in recent months as speculation mounts he will leave Bremen in the summer.
The 23-year old has been at bremen for over two years now since joining from Portuguese side FC Porto. He has over 30 caps for Brazil and is widely regarded as one of the Bundesliga's best players.
I personally would love to see Diego in the Premier League. He is a terrific talent that undoubtedly prove to be a tremendous signing for Arsene Wenger's side if he does indeed sign for them.
Arsenal and Liverpool are to fight it out for the signature of Marseille attacking midfielder Samir Nasri after the French club confirmed they may listen to offers. (Press Association)
The French international has been linked with a move to the Premier League for months now. The 20-year old is widely regarded as one of Europe's hottest properties.
Both Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez are said to be very keen on bringing to the player to their respective clubs this summer but it is likely to set them back at least £20 million.
Nasri is a terrific player with a lot of potential. He has made over 100 appearances for Marseille, has over a dozen caps for his country and is still on 20-year's old.
Liverpool are to launch a £10 million bid for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda. (the sun)
The French international has had a poor first season in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge which has led to speculation he will move abroad.
But it appears as though now that Rafa Benitez is keen o bring him to Anfield. Liverpool were supposedly interested in the 27-year old before he joined Chelsea last summer.
I personally can't see why Benitez would wast £10 million on a player like Malouda. I am sure many Liverpool fans will agree with me when I say, Liverpool should not go for Malouda.
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has today urged fellow Spanish international David Villa to join him at the Emirates. (epping forest guardian)
Villa has been linked with several moves to the Premier League in recent weeks after it was rumoured that he wants to leave Valencia this summer.
The 26-year old is widely regarded as one of Europe's top strikers and is currently valued around the £25 million mark.
I personally would love to see Villa in the Premier League. He is a terrific talent that scores bags of goals and I'm sure many Gunners fans would be delighted to see Wenger splash out on the striker.
Tottenham are lining up summer moves for Blackburn midfielder David Bentley and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. (Sun, Daily Mail)
Bentley has been a long term target of Spurs manager Juande Ramos and the rumours have strengthened in recent months that the player will leave Ewood Park this summer.
The England international is also wanted by Newcastle and Liverpool but it is thought that the 23-year old would like a move south.
Meanwhile, Joe Hart is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane. There is no secret that Ramos is on the look out for a new goalkeeper, with the average form of both Robinson and Cerny.
It is likely Spurs will have to splash out around the £20 million mark for the pair and in my book that would be a terrific deal. Both are young and both will be regulars in the England team in years to come so that can only be good.
Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Sevilla defender Daniel Alves after the player admitted he may leave the club in the summer. (teamtalk.com)
Alves, 25, has been a long term target of Chelsea's Avram Grant as well as many other top European clubs.
The Brazilian international is widely regarded as one of Europe's best defenders and is currently valued at around the £25 million mark.
I personally would love to see Alves in the Premier League. He is a terrific right-back that is certainly not afraid to get forward. United, in my view, would be receiving a tremendous talent if they do sign Alves.
Newcastle United striker Michael Owen may quit the club at the end of the season if they try to cut his wages, alerting the attentions of Everton. (Daily Mail)
Owen, 28, spent several years at Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool and has been linked with a move back to Anfield in the past.
Owen has struggled to show anything like the kind of form he did at Liverpool at St James' Park which has led to intense speculation he may leave the club this summer.
The England international is apparently about to be offered a new deal at Newcastle but their is talk that the club will significantly lower his wages, something which Owen isn't to pleased about.
I personally don't see Owen leaving the Magpies in the summer but stranger things have happened. Their is no doubt, on his day, Owen is one of the best strikers in Europe but unfortunately for him it hasn't quite happened in recent years.
West Ham are hopeful of signing Juventus striker Davide Lanzafame this Summer according to reports on Sky Sports today.
The 21 year old came through the Turin side's youth system and caught the eye of former Juve star Anontio Conte, who took the youngster on loan at the current side he is managing, Bari. He bagged 10 goals in 33 appearances for the Serie B outfit, earning for himself a call up to the Italian U 21 team.
Conte has said in the media that "If he improves and learns he can become like Cristiano Ronaldo." The Hammers look set to sign the young starlet on a season long loan, should it be successful they will make a bid for the Italian to keep him at Upton Park on a permanent basis.
Tottenham and Newcastle United are to do battle for Manchester City defender Richard Dunne. (thisislondon.co.uk)
The Ireland international is said to be considering quitting City this summer after the treatment Man City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has received from club owner Thaksin Shinawatra.
Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan is keen to hook back up with Dunne, 28, whom he managed at City back in 2005.
Meanwhile, Spurs manager Juande Ramos has apparently made a new centre-back one of his top priorities this summer. It is believed that either club will have to pay around the £8 million mark for the player's services.
As a City fan myself, I would obviously be gutted to see our captain leave. He has been a tremendous servant to the club since joining from Everton all those years ago.
Tottenham are to challenge North London rivals Arsenal for Lille midfielder Jean Makoun. (Sky Sports)
The 24-year old midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League for several weeks. Makoun has been at Lille for over seven years now making over 150 appearances in that times.
Makoun is currently valued at around the £11 million mark and it is believed that both Junade Ramos and Arsene Wenger are willing to match that valuation.
Makoun has over a dozen caps for Cameroon failing to score in the process. I have heard and seen many good things about Makoun and I personally would love to see him move to England.
Rafa Benitez has set his sights on Sevilla midfielder Seydou Keita this Summer according to reports in The Sun this week.
The Mali international joined the La Liga outfit in last Summer from Lens on a four year deal with Manolo Jimenez' side. Keita has also managed to make numerous appearances for the Mali international side.
It is thought that if Liverpool want to snatch up the 28 year old they may have to pay up to £7 million. Personally I don' think we need another player in this position especially if the rumours about Gareth Barry are true.
Chelsea are planning moves for Man City defender Micah Richards and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. (Daily Mirror, Sun)
City and England defender Richards has been linked with numerous moves to Stamford Bridge in recent months.
The 19-year old has progressed through the ranks at Eastlands and recently pledged his future to the club but with the recent goings on involving Eriksson he may follow many others a leave the club.
Meanwhile, Ramos has also been linked with a several moves to the Premier League in recent months. The Spanish international is a key player at the Bernabeau and there is no doubt that the club will be doing everything in their power to keep the 22-year old.
Both would be tremendous signings for Avram Grant. It is likely to set him back at least £50 million to capture both players, however I don't foresee both joining the Blues.
Rafa Benitez has put a £15 million price tag on Liverpool striker Peter Crouch according to reports on Sky Sports today.
The 27 year old joined Liverpool in 2005 from Southampton but with a serious lack of first team football, Crouch is supposedly looking for a Summer move elsewhere in the Premier League. Portsmouth, Newcastle, Villa and Spurs have all been linked with the 6' 7" frontman.
However Rafa Benitez has now put a £15 million price tag on the former Pompey man to possibly scare off his admirers. Is Crouch worth that much?
Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell has today been released by Liverpool after five years at the club.
The Australian midfielder joined Liverpool back in 2003 from League One side Leeds United and has since failed to shine in the red of Liverpool.
Kewell, 29, has thirty caps for his country, scoring nine goals in the process. He played just under one hundred games for Liverpool scoring just twelve times.
This news doesn't surprise me one bit. Kewell has been poor at best for Liverpool and it has surprised me how long Rafa Benitez has held onto him.
Manchester United have today turned their attentions to Ajax striker Klass Jan Huntelaar after admitting defeat in the Dimitar Berbatov race. (Daily Express)
The Holland international is set to leave the Dutch giants at the end of the season and several top European clubs have been linked with his signature in recent months.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be keen to add to his attacking options over the summer and it is now believed that the 24-year old is his number one target.
Huntelaar is likely to cost United as much as £20 million if they want to secure his services. I must admit I feel Huntelaar could turn out to be a big flop in the Premier League, like fellow Dutch players who have moved to the England.
Tottenham manager Juande Ramos is targeting summer moves La Liga pair Samuel Eto'o and Sergio Garcia. (Setanta, AFP)
Spurs are keen to add to their attacking options due to the possible departure of star striker Dimitar Berbatov to Real Madrid.
Eto'o has been linked with a move to the Premier League for months now after rumours spread that he was unhappy in Spain. It is believed that Barca will only listen to offers above £30 million for the 27-year old.
Meanwhile, Real Zaragoza striker Sergio Garcia has also bee linked with a move to White Hart Lane. The 24-year old Spaniard is widely regarded as one of La Liga's top strikers and he is likely to cost around the £15 million mark.
Both, in my view, would be excellent signings for Ramos. Eto'o as most of you will know is among the world's leading strikers and would no doubt fit right into the Spurs team. Garcia is slightly less well known but I feel he would also be a terrific signing.
Everton have today joined AS Roma is the chase to sign Valencia midfielder Joaquin. (soccerglobe.net)
The Spanish international is set to leave the La Liga side in the summer after a disappointing season with the club.
but he will face stiff competition from Everton manager David Moyes is believed to be very keen to bring the 26-year old to GoddisonSerie A side AS Roma.
I would love to see Joaquin in the Premier League because I think he is a magnificent player. I am a bit surprised that none of the big four have been linked with the player yet but I'm sure if any of them want to sign him they will be show an interest pretty soon.
Tottenham are reportedly on course for signing Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra this Summer. The Londoners are also supposedly in pursuit of West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand.
Juande Ramos has already started planning for next season with the introduction of £15 million Luka Modric. Diarra was thought to be a target of Spurs before Harry Redknapp snatched him up in January and now it seems as thought they'll have a second bite of the cherry this Summer.
After bringing in Woodgate earlier in his reign as Tottenham boss Ramos is also expected to move for Anton Ferdinand who is out of favour at West Ham at the moment. It is likely that the duo will cost Spurs about £13 million.
Arsenal are preparing to bring in AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso to replace to Alexander Hleb after he admitted he wanted to leave the club. (Independent)
Gattuso previously stated that he would love to move to England and play in the Premier League.
After the departure of Gunnners midfielder Matthieu Flamini and the possible departure of Hleb, it is thought that Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his midfield options.
Gattuso, 30, previously played in Britain with SPL giants Rangers. Gattuso has over 50 caps for Italy and is widely regarded as one of Europe's top midfielders.
I personally would love to see Gattuso in the Premier League. He is a tough player that gives 100% for the cause every time. Obviously Gunners fans will be hoping that they can hold onto Hleb but I don't see them doing so.
Derby striker Kenny Miller could be set for a return to Ibrox according to reports in the Daily Star today.
The former Celtic and Rangers man is thought to be looking for a move after his current side Derby were relegated in humiliating fashion from the Premier League. As well as that Rangers are thought to be in the market for a new front man with the possible exit of Cousin this Summer.
It is expected that the Blues will have to cough up £2 million for the 28 year old Scotland international, but personally I don't think his goal scoring record is good enough to even be worth that much, his only decent run of form coming at Wolves.
Liverpool look set to lose Norwegian full back John Arne Riise according to The Sun today, however reports also suggest that he will be used as a part exchange for £12 million rated Gareth Barry.
The 27 year old signed for Liverpool in 2001 from Monaco for £4 million and has since made over 230 appearances for the Reds but it appears now as though fans are getting restless after several below par performances this season, highlighted especially by his own goal against Chelsea.
Gareth Barry has been used as a left full on several occasions for Villa but it is unlikely that if Rafa was to get him he would play him there. So, Barcelona defender Eric Abidal and Borussia Dortmund's Philip Degen are two other options for the Spaniard to mull over
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a £12 million bid for Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar in the event Alexander Hleb leaves the club. (Daily Mirror)
Kranjcar, 23, has played a staring role in a Portsmouth team that has progressed to the FA Cup final.
Pompey boss Harry Redknapp will obviously be keen to hold onto the Croatian who has been with Pompey for just under two years now since joining from Hajduk Split.
I personally can't see Wenger splashing £12 million on Kranjcar. I do think he is a very good player however for whatever reason I don't see him at Arsenal next season.
Juventus are planning a £12 million summer bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (Daily Telegraph)
Alonso has been linked with several exits from Anfield in recent months after he lost his place in Rafa Benitez' side to Javier Mascherano.
Juve spent £8 million on former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko during last January's transfer window. The Serie A giants are believed to be very keen on bringing the 26-year old Spaniard to the Delle Alpi.
I don't really know what to make of Alonso's season this year. The last few seasons since joining Liverpool he was a key part of the team however in recent months he has played a slightly lesser part. £12 million for Alonso, may be good value for money.
Arsenal managr Arsene Wenger is planning a £15 million summer bid for Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins. (News of the World)
Newcastle have hit a really good patch recently with Martins contributing to the run in no small part. This has led to speculation that Martins may be targeted by a side like Arsenal.
Martins has been with the Magpies for over two seasons now since joining from Serie A side Inter Milan. He has scored just under 30 goals during his time in England.
It would be a real shame to see Martins leave Newcastle this summer. He has began to show the kind of form that made Glenn Roeder spend £10 million on him back in 2006.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is to bid £25 million for Manchester City defender Micah Richards. (Various)
The England international has been linked with several moves away from the City of Manchester stadium in recent months despite the fact he signed a new deal last year.
Richards, 19, has played a large part in City's above average season despite being injured for the past month or so. Ferguson is believed to be preparing a massive £25 million for the player.
As a City fan myself, I would be gutted to see Micah leave. There is no doubt he is a terrific player now and he is bound to get even better. United would be getting a magnificent player if they manage to persuade him across Manchester.
Arsenal and Tottenham are to do battle for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson come the opening of the summer transfer window. (News of the World)
Johnson, 20, has progressed through the ranks at City over the past few years but talk of a player mutiny at the club has led to speculation that he amongst many other City players will leave in the summer.
The England under-21 international is widely regarded as one of England hottest prospects and it comes as no surprise to me to see sides like Spurs and Arsenal interested. Johnson is currently valued around the £12 million mark.
As a City fan myself, I obviously hope he stays but I just feel he may want to leave the club before it gets too messy with eh whole Eriksson and Shinawatra thing. I feel he would be better off joining Spurs, due to the fact that he would receive more first team football.
Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has today, once again, been linked with a £8 million exit from the club with Portsmouth said to be interested. (Various)
The England international has never really been given a long enough run in the Reds first team to prove himself to Rafa Benitez and a lot of the talk in recent weeks is that he will leave in the summer.
Crouch, 27, has been at Anfield for over two seasons now and has failed to nail down a first team place at the club. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is said to be a keen admirer of the player's and is ready to bring him to Fratton Park come the end of the season.
I personally think Crouch should of left Liverpool in the January transfer window because it is unfortunate to see a talent like him sit on the bench week in week out. I feel he may turn out to be a terrific signing for Pompey if he does indeed end up moving.
Real Madrid are planning summer bids for Chelsea duo Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. (Daily Mirror)
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Drogba has long been linked with a move to the La Liga giants but Essien would appear to be a new target of Real's. There is no doubt Chelsea manager Avram Grant will be keen to hold onto Essien, 25 and Drogba, 30.
I personally think Drogba may leave Stamford Bridge in the summer but I don't feel Essien will be leaving just yet. Both are essential parts of the Chelsea team and if they were to leave Grant would need to bring in players of the calibre of Kaka.
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has said that he would like to move to a Premier League club according to reports in several of today's papers.
The fiery Italian has been with Serie A giants AC Milan for almost 10 years, but it now appears as though the 30 year old is looking for a new challenge. Early indications suggest that the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea may all be interested in "The Rhino".
With Flamini and Essien being linked with moves away from their respective clubs, and Spurs' frequent defensive problems, he would be an ideal player for any of the London sides.
Today's game at Craven Cottage can only be described in two words : six pointer.
Both sides currently occupy 19th and 18th respectively in the Premier League table and realistically both need all three points to keep their survival hopes alive.
This game could of been an easy three points for Birmingham, that was if Fulham hadn't of come back from 2-0 down last week at Man City to win 3-2.
Birmingham could be sitting comfortably in 16th if they had of held onto a 2-0 lead at St Andrews last week against Liverpool but they ended up drawing 2-2.
At 4:50 today we should have a much much clearer of image of which of these sides are going down. Both will be looking for the three points obviously and neither side really want a draw.
If results go against today, Fulham could go down. Birmingham on the other could be as good as down if Reading and Bolton win their respective matches today.
It's going to be an edgy affair at Craven Cottage today but personally I feel Fulham have the momentum and they will nick it by a goal.
Today's accumulator of the day consists of five matches in the Premier League. First of all I have gone for Man United to beat West Ham @ 1/6. Although a crap price it is definitely bound to happen.
Then we move onto the three o'clock kick-off's. I have gone for Blackburn to beat Derby @ 2/7. Aston Villa to beat Wigan @ 4/7. To round off the three o'clock's I have gone for a draw in the Middlesbrough and Portsmouth game.
Finally to round the whole accumulator off I have gone for Bolton to beat Sunderland and steer clear of the relegation zone @ 4/6. In total the accumulator pays just over 12/1 and in my book that is a very handy price.
Tottenham are to be engaged in a massive bidding war this summer for the signature of Valencia striker David Villa, who is now wanted by Real Madrid. (Various)
The Spanish international is said to be interested in leaving Valencia at the end of the season after a poor campaign for the La Liga outfit. Villa has been linked with several clubs in recent weeks including Spurs and Real.
Spurs boss Juande Ramos is said to be very keen on bringing the 26-year old to White Hart Lane and he is willing to bid as much as £24 million for the player.
In my book, Villa is an outstanding player. He has a record of a goal every other game wherever he has been in his career including his international team Spain. I feel he is as good as, if not better, than Liverpool striker Fernando Torres (and that's pretty good).
Barcelona are ready to make an audacious bid for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas by offering the North London club £15 million plus former Gunners legend Thierry Henry. (Daily Star)
Fabregas has been a long term target of the La Liga giants and although Arsene Wenger hasn't been willing to listen to any offers for him in the past, this offer may just tickle his fancy.
Henry left the Gunners last season and has so far failed to produce any kind of form at Barca. That has led to intense speculation that he will return to the Premier League this summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be interested.
I don't really know what to make of this offer. It certainly is very interesting. Henry will always be a Gunners legend and I always felt he would come back to them. Meanwhile Fabregas has certainly established himself as a bit of a hero in those parts so....
Liverpool have today made a bid believed to be worth £10 million in total for Aston Villa and England midfielder Gareth Barry.
The Villa captain has been a linked with a move to the Reds for some time now and it would appear now that their interest is indeed concrete.
It has also been speculated in recent days that Liverpool will offer a few players for the 27-year old and that may well be part of the offer that sees Barry move to Anfield.
Barry is a terrific player and it doesn't surprise me one bit to see the likes of Liverpool interested in him.
I feel he would be capable of playing Champions League football and I do think Liverpool would be getting a player that has the capabilities to strike a devastating partnership with Gerrard in the centre of Liverpool's midfield.
Arsenal midfielders Alexander Hleb and Matthieu Flamini are said to be ready to leave the club in the summer for the Serie A. (Daily Star) (Daily Mail)
Hleb, 27, has today been linked with a move to Inter Milan who are said to be very keen to bring the Belarus international to the San Siro in the summer.
Hleb has also been linked with moves to Barcelona in previous months but Inter are said to be favourites now. Meanwhile, it looks increasingly likely today that Matthieu Flamini will indeed be joining AC milan.
The French defensive midfielder has been linked with AC for several months but today it has been suggested that he has informed his team mates of his decision and will join the Serie A giants in the summer.
Obviously this isn't the news Arsenal fans wanted to hear. Both Hleb and Flamini have been terrific for the Gunners this season and with the two of them possibly leaving that could leave other top players to leave the Emirates.
Arsenal are preparing for life without Matthieu Flamini after it was reported on Monday that he is close to joining AC Milan.
The North London club are interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. (The Times)
Johnson, 23, is widely regarded as one of England best young midfielders and several clubs including Liverpool have also been linked with the player. City manager Sven Goran Eriksson recently said he would do everything he can to keep Johnson at the club.
As a City fan myself I would be devastated if Johnson leaves because I feel he is a tremendous talent that will only get better with age. His ability to pass the ball is phenomenal and it comes as no surprise to me to see a top side like Arsenal interested.
Aston Villa and Portsmouth are preparing summer bids for Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda who has been told he has no future at White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)
The former Wigan Athletic player has had an indifferent spell at Spurs but just recently it has taken a huge downturn. He has never really seen eye to eye with Spurs boss Juande Ramos and he is set to leave the club in the summer.
Villa were said to be close to signing Chimbonda in January, but for whatever reason he didn't move to the Midlands outfit. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp is said to be a keen admirer of the 29-year old's and is also interested in signing him.
I personally think Chimbonda should leave Spurs as soon as possible and restart his career at either of the two clubs in question. He has the capabilities to be a terrific defender but unfortunately he never really displayed his best form at Spurs.