Transfer stuff

Downing and Adam FINALLY to Liverpool, Thiago to Man Utd and more…

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We can normally take or leave tennis but for some reason we’ve properly got into this year’s Wimbledon.

Maybe it’s the lack of World Cup action that’s helping our love of the game or maybe it’s because Kate Middleton is in the crowd for Andy Murray’s game and is looking very PHWOR!

The Spoiler is already picturing the disgusted faces of our yet-to-be-born Grandchildren as we sit them down with a virtual Werther’s Original, wrap our gummy chops around the caramel globule and tell them how the Queen used to be a proper looker back in the day.

Anyway, here’s what we know about transfer stuff from the posh papers and the prole papers…

The Independent reckon Liverpool are about to complete the signings of Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam any minute now.

Adam is set to move for £8million today which means he may already be a Liverpool player by the time you read this. What’s wrong with Raul Meireles?

Meanwhile, Aston Villa’s Downing is expected to put in a transfer request before the end of the week.

No figure has been mentioned for Downing but Liverpool would surely expect to pay less than Man Utd paid for Ashley Young. If Downing costs more than £15million then Kenny Dalglish has been well and truly stitched up.

Speaking of Dalglish, are Liverpool fans happy with the summer so far? The Spoiler’s resident Liverpool fan can barely muster anything above ‘Yea, well… alright I suppose’, when we ask him what he thinks about Kenny’s transfer dealings…

The Daily Mirror are reporting Manchester United are after Barcelona’s 20-year-old midfielder Thiago Alcantara. United are offering £15million which both sides seem pretty happy about, although Barca want a buy-back clause put into the contract.

That’s taking the p*ss a bit, innit? The Premier League isn’t your feeder league yet, Barca.

That deal doesn’t look like it will happen, but Thiago could be heading to the North West with Bolton Wanderers on a loan deal.

And in three word transfer news…

Mata to Arsenal

Keane to Blackburn

Hulk to City


14 responses so far
  • Bill // June 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Utter bollox.

    Just because the papers say it’s so doesn’t mean it’s fact. The lazy hacks producing all this rubbish work on the theory that if the say something often enough it will become the truth just to shut them up.

    They have as yet failed miserably to realise LFC’s new owners, management and all concerned with the club have reverted to the LIVERPOOL WAY, meaning when they have something to say they will announce it not some dopey hack.

  • ajao habeeb olayinka // June 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    yeap!wat lfc is doing dis time it seems dat dey want to win d league,so impressive.

  • BusterG // June 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Not happy with LFC’s transfer activity this summer at all (so far). The policy to go younger and British-er seems broadly sound, but we’re not getting the best British talent (miss Jones, get Henderson/ miss Young, get Downing?) – and we’re paying more for it. I thought KK was building for a Champions League push this year, not Europa League qualification in 2015.

  • NH // June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Not overly impressed with the LFC signings so far either, the Henderson and Downing signings are/will be alright, they’re both workers and will no doubt grow, that said, I can’t see them going up against the top 4, especially after the lessons no doubt learned from last season. Apparently Arda Turan wanted in(?), and there are other players making a name for themselves which Liverpool could pick up for a lot less than £20m.

  • John // June 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    As a Liverpool fan, I can’t say that I hate the dealings thus far. Yes, Henderson was WAY overpriced, but the long-term effects of his signing with Liverpool could be extremely prosperous.

    With Adam, he managed to become an EPL standout with a not-amazing club at Blackpool. If he signs with Liverpool, he’ll be working alongside Gerrard, and feeding balls to Suarez and Carroll. It’s hard to imagine that, given what he managed to do at Blackpool, with the amount of talent around him, he could become a really amazing player surrounded by the Liverpool squad he’d be joining.

    Finally, as far as Downing is concerned, he’s a safer pickup than Ashley Young. For all we know, Young could jump ship AGAIN next summer when his contract is up. Liverpool NEED a winger, and with Downing comes a young, up and comer who has already made a decent name for himself (ask any Villa fan, and I GUARANTEE they’d give anything to keep him) who can play the left outside wing for Liverpool and finally get some crosses into the box. If you look at the Reds last season, they never truly had a true LM/LW. Downing will add that. I can’t see it not working out in Liverpool’s favor.

    Finally, my only “gripe” thus far is the inconsistent reports on what the LB situation will be. Granted, I say “gripe” because I know that it will be resolved before summer’s end. However, I’m torn on Clichy. His contract would have to be extended, of course, but as long as this Liverpool squad that Dalglish is assembling can win, surely Clichy will favor staying put if he joins.

    Regardless, reading that Dalglish is making poor decisions seems ridiculous to me. Dalglish is taking a gamble with Henderson, but if it pays off he’ll look like a genius. He’s strengthening the midfield with Adam (Aquillani wants out, Miereles could be out the door/has battled injuries, Gerrard has battled injuries) adding a wing that we’ve so desperately needed, and will be fixing the LB problem. All this, while attempting to trim the fat (Jovanovic, Cole, Konchesky) to make room for more improvements. Brilliant, I say!

  • NH // June 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Dalglish has done great with the team he inherited, no doubt, but the team he inherited was shallow and full of holes, the gaps will be filled by next season for sure but there’s still a lot of weakness elsewhere and if he wants to compete against an eager Ferguson/Villas-Boas/Wenger for Champions League then he’s going to have to bring in some bigger guns.

    As for Clichy, good left footed full backs are few and far between, he had a below average season but you could say that about most at Arsenal. I’m all for him joining Anfield.

  • clark kent // June 28, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I just hope rumors on wanting to sign Juan Mata is true. Someone need to take over the iconic No. 10 away from Cole, plus, he’s quite a decent winger too.

  • Juric // June 28, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Stop kidding yourself John. What are you? An ostrich?

  • phil // June 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    We have to get downing. He is a better crosser than anyone in the epl and would be really good for Carroll. He’s a left winger so kuyt on right downing on left, and gerrard / adam and lucas / jordan in middle.

  • Dave // June 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    So far we’ve got rid of none of our deadwood – and there’s double-figures of it – and signed a young lad who could come good.

    Not that impressed at all, but it’s early days.

  • thecat // June 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Self pity in bucket loads as per usual from the Mersey faithless. Just waiting for that final piece in the jigsaw…..

  • Nat // June 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    John you should really consider looking up how player contracts work.

    You have it wrong right now.

    and on Stewart Downing
    “he’s a safer pickup than Ashley Young”

    ????

    Downing isnt going to cost much less than Young, yet Young has been Villas star player for years. So I dont understand what you mean by safer? United have picked up a better player for near enough the same ammount as what Downing will go for.

  • Culham // July 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

    One thing Liverpool fans may be overlooking, Downing is likely to command a higher price than Young for the simple reason that Young was in the final year of his contract with VIlla.
    Villa were in danger of seeing him leave for nothing next year or a ‘acceptable’ fee this year. Downing is not in the final year of his contract so Villa do not have to sell him unless they get a really good offer they they feel they can’t refuse. That will probably mean a higher fee than they accepted for Young.

    Simply market forces… You want what I’ve got you have to pay market rate for an in contract player. Young – give me something today and its a better deal than getting nothing at all in twelve months. They are not like-for-like deals.

  • Culham // July 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    One thing both the author and the Liverpool fans here may be overlooking; Downing is likely to command a higher price than Young for the simple reason that Young was in the final year of his contract with VIlla.
    Villa were in danger of seeing him leave for nothing next year or a ‘acceptable’ fee this year. Downing is not in the final year of his contract so Villa do not have to sell him unless they get a really good offer they they feel they can’t refuse. That will probably mean a higher fee than they accepted for Young.

    Simply market forces… You want what I’ve got you have to pay market rate for an in contract player. Young – give me something today and its a better deal than getting nothing at all in twelve months. They are not like-for-like deals.

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