Sun 5th Aug – Liverpool and Swansea prominent in today’s football transfer gossip columns
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hasn’t endeared himself to former club Swansea since he left them this summer and the Sunday Mail claims that he could further infuriate the Welsh outfit by moving for Ashley Williams. The 28 year old centre-back is being seen as a replacement for Daniel Agger, should he be tempted by either Man City or Barcelona.
Brendan Rodgers had the air of a man who seemed frustrated by the lack of transfer action at Liverpool as he revealed to ESPN that if the Reds failed to land their intended targets, he would be forced to make ad-hoc purchases in the loan market. Despite the slow progress over deals for Clint Dempsey and Joe Allen, Rodgers confidently declared:” The make-up of the group will change before the season starts and that will change the dynamic of the team also.”
The Swans face another battle to hold on to one of their players as the Sunday Mirror report that Man City are considering Scott Sinclair as a possible addition to their Premiership winning squad. The 22 year old is expected to cost only £5m, which is a paltry fee compared the one City might have to cough up if they move for another Roberto Mancini target Theo Walcott.
Swansea are said to be one amongst a host of English clubs interested in Serbian striker Nemanja Nikolic according to Sky Sports, with the 24 year old striker being tipped to leave Hungarian side Videoton for the Premier League.
West Ham have faced a brick wall in their bid to land 24 year old defender Bilel Mohsni according to Sky Sports as Southend have reportedly rejected £150,000 bid from the Hammers. The Frenchman, who has only one year remaining in his contract, has been on trial with the newly-promoted side this summer.
Martin O’Neill remains fairly confident that Sunderland will retain the services of Stephane Sessegnon, but the Black Cats manager refused to guarantee the Benin International’s presence at the Stadium of Light. The 28 year old has been linked with a move back to France but O’Neill cleared the air as he told The Journal: “We would very much like to keep Stephane – any manager would want to keep him. I would love to give a ‘hands-off’ message but I wish it was as easy as that. If I was to say ‘You cannot touch him’ then I might have to come back here two days later and say ‘sorry’.”
Alan Pardew has reassured Newcastle fans that the club are indeed working on bringing in new faces to Tyneside. The Magpies haven’t built on last season’s success and with a tough Premier League and Europa League campaign coming up they most definitely need an injection of new players. The manager told the Shields Gazette that he had done his part by short-listing the targets and now it was up to the club’s hierarchy to stitch up a deal.