Manchester City are looking to offer David Silva a new five-year contract worth 52 million pounds in order to ward off interest from Spanish champions Real Madrid. Silva, who has two years remaining on his current contract, told Daily Star, “My home is at City and I am totally satisfied there. My head is not at Real Madrid but at Manchester City.” He is widely expected to sign the new deal in the next few days.
Ashley Cole has set the cat amongst the pigeons at Chelsea as Soccernet reveal that the left-back could run down the remaining one year in his contract and leave the club on a free transfer next year. The two parties are yet to begin negotiations over a new deal, thus fueling the rumours of his possible exit from Stamford Bridge.
Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis has said that a move to a Premier League club would interest him. Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, the 27-year-old Aston Villa and Sunderland target said, “This could be the ideal moment to make a change and the Premier League is a destination that appeals because I like the football there. I want to have more challenges, more dreams, and to play in the English league would be an important step for me.”
Wset Brom have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of striker Obafemi Martins reports The Independent. It has been reported that Rubin Kazan, whom Martins joined in 2009, are keen on recouping 3 million pounds for him, and have also turned down Albion’s interest in signing him on a temporary basis. Martins, whose family lives in England, is keen to return to English football.
Junior Hoillet continues to be a hot prospect this summer as the Mirror reports that the winger, whose contract at Blackburn expired recently, could be plucked by QPR. Rangers are looking to get ahead of Everton, Sunderland and Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach for the 22 year old’s signature.
Everton manager David Moyes has said that Everton stars Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines are not for sale at any cost, reports the·Daily Star. Both players have been linked to Manchester United, but Moyes is not ready to let go. “We are always going to have interest in the players we have because we have good players but we don’t sell easy here and we try to build a team,” he said, “Of course you are going to lose players now and again but we have kept the bulk of players and we will continue to try to add to it and keep improving.”
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is convinced that new signing Matthew Lowton will be a key player for the club.
Describing his new signing as a “bright prospect”, Lambert told the club’s website, “Matthew is a really talented young player who brings a lot of things that can really benefit the club. He’s a good player already and he’s only young so he has the potential to be a really good player for us. He’s hungry to succeed and to go further in the game, both of which are attributes that we want at this football club and that we are looking for.” He added that Lowton would be under no pressure and commented that what the youngster had achieved at Sheffield United was ‘great’.
Fulham have signed 29-year-old right-back Sascha Riether from FC Cologne on a one year loan deal, with an option for a permanent move at the end of the season. Riether, who has two caps for Germany, told the club’s website, “I feel very pleased to have signed. It feels like I’ve had a long break from football and for me this is a new experience in a new country. Fulham is a good club, a big club with a big tradition and for me it’s great to be here.”
23-year-old left back Alexander Buttner will soon join Southampton after a deal was agreed with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. “Vitesse and Southampton have agreed the transition of Alexander Buttner to the Saints,” the club posted on their official website. The transfer will be confirmed after the player undergoes a medical at the Premier League club.
Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Manchester City outcast Wayne Bridge on a one-year loan deal. The 31-year-old left back was one of manager Gus Poyet’s main transfer targets and the Uruguayan was delighted with the capture as he told the club’s official website, “It’s difficult to say how I happy I am because it’s not easy to get top-class players. I’m absolutely delighted to have Wayne with us. He’s been one of the top three left-backs in this country for many years.”
Jonathan Woodgate has signed for home-town club Middlesbrough on a free transfer report The Sun, after former club Stoke City released him in the summer. The 32 year old has signed a three-year deal with the club he first joined in 2006, where spent two seasons, making 46 appearances.