After the initial rush of the first few days, the magic roundabout seems to have come to a grinding halt, with Chamakh’s loan move to West Ham the only transfer of the last two days. Will we get the push we need to get the merry-go-round spinning again?
The Rumour Mill
Goalkeeping news first, with Jack Butland attracting interest from Arsenal, Fulham, and Southampton, according to the Daily Star. England’s no. 2 is valued at around £6m. Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Manchester United are looking at Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, after Sir Alex Ferguson ran out of patience with David de Gea. The article also says that young centre-back James Wootton is wanted by Bristol City on loan.
Joey Barton could stay in France after his loan spell expires, according to the Metro. Marseille’s sporting director Jose Anigo said “Should he desire [to stay] it could be very good”.
Arsenal are on the look out for a couple of new players, according to the Daily Express. Arsene Wenger’s side added to their fixture congestion with yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea in the FA Cup.
One of the scorers in that game was Swansea’s Danny Graham, who is wanted by Norwich and Reading. Michael Laudrup wants to keep the player, according to a report in the Mirror.
The Daily Express confirms one of the Metro’s stories yesterday and says that QPR are interested in Loic Remy. The striker – who also has Newcastle and West Ham after his signature – could be on the move for £11m, after Rangers began talks with Marseille.
Cagliari defender Davide Astori is on his way to the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail. He is expected to sign for Southampton, who have placed a £9.5m bid to trump Liverpool’s own offer of £7m. It is believed that Cagliari value the defender at around £12m.
West Ham could make a move for former player David Beckham, says the Mirror. The 37-year-old midfielder, who is currently a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy, could join Joe Cole in returning to his boyhood club.
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