The Rumor Mill Round Up

29 April 2008

The summer transfer merry-go-round has begun with Spurs declaring their intent, splashing £ 20 million on Croatian Luka Modric, pipping King Kev’s toon to the midfielder’s signature.

The two pretenders to the big four are being linked with a host of stars. The Daily Mail claims Tottenham are resigned to losing front-man Dimitar Berbatov, who is desperate for Champions league football.

However the North London Club are rumored to have begun preliminary talks over a £ 16 million pound move for Valencia hitman, David Villa. With Valencia battling relegation Villa could be keen for a move and would be an ideal replacement for the Bulgarian striker.

The Mail also claims boss Juande Ramos is keen on bringing in Diego Capel from his former club Sevilla. The pacey Spaniard would provide natural width on a problem left hand-side. Dubbed the new Jose-Antonio Reyes the twenty – year –old has been linked with a host of top European clubs, including rivals Arsenal.

Keegan’s transfer kitty seems bottomless after last week’s reports his number one transfer target is Barcelona’s misfiring Thierry Henry. This week sources have linked Newcastle with Everton’s Leighton Baines, West Ham’s Dean Ashton and Manchester City captain Richard Dunne, who Keegan helped through a battle with alcoholism.

Furthermore, the Daily Mirror suggests Alan Smith, who has struggled to hold a regular first team birth since Keegan’s arrival could be involved in a £ 5 million swap deal with Rangers defender Carlos Cuellar.

Elsewhere Roque Santa Cruz has pledged his long-term future to Blackburn quelling rumors linking him with Manchester United.

And finally, Liverpool have been linked with Roma midfielder Mancini who is set to buy out the last year of his contract at the Italian club.