Mere Forum Chatter:
QPR are said to be close to securing a £5million deal for Man United’s Dimitar Berbatov. However, while £5million for such a talent is a genuine bargain, the Bulgarian is unlikely to covet a move to Loftus Road. Mark Hughes’ side have also been rumoured to have bid for at least eight other available strikers this summer.
Reports from Italy suggest that Juventus are ready to hijack Manchester’s bidding war over Robin Van Persie by trumping both the reds and blues with a £70million bid for the Arsenal man, who has just one year to run on his contract.
Swansea are keen on West Brom’s out of favour striker Simon Cox. The Republic of Ireland international was touted for a move to Championship Blackburn but would prefer the chance to stay in the big league this coming season, and could move to The Liberty Stadium for a fee of £2million.
Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll is the subject of a £2million loan bid by West Ham. But contrary to some reports, the two clubs are yet to agree on the deal, which would see Carroll join The Hammers for the 2012/13 season with a view to a £17million permanent deal. Carroll is said to be against joining the Hammers full-time, and is keen to stay and fight for his Liverpool place. But new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants to free up the Anfield wage bill by lending the England striker to Sam Allardyce’s newly promoted side.
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Everton are close to prising Steven Pienaar back to the North-West, 18 months after they sold him to Spurs. The South African trickster returned to Goodison on loan last term, but is set to make the deal permanent in the coming days after incoming Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas gave Pienaar’s £4million departure his blessing.
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Tim Cahill has ended his 15-year spell in English football by leaving Everton for MLS side New York Red Bulls. The Aussie midfielder moves to the Big Apple for a £1million fee, but has not ruled out a temporary return to Goodison Park during the American off-season, should the two sides agree on terms.