Premier League – Transfers: Hodgson set for Liverpool

June 29th, 2010

Ro Hodgson is close to finally joining Liverpool and is definitely out of the running to replace England coach Capello (Photo: Yahoo!)

Tuesday’s papers are of course dominated by talk of England and Fabio Capello’s future, but one man who won’t be replacing the Italian is Roy Hodgson who is close to finally joining Liverpool.

Hodgson has been listed as one of the favourites for the national job but the Daily Mail claims he will be appointed Liverpool boss “before the end of the week”.

Harry Redknapp has already said he would like the England job but that hasn’t stopped Tottenham being linked with a couple of players in Tuesday’s papers.

The Mirror claims that Redknapp has “stepped up” his bid to sign Joe Cole ahead of Arsenal, while the Mail says that both Spurs and West Ham will hold talks with Julio Baptista’s agent this week over a proposed return to the Premier League. You might remember the Brazilian (now at Roma) from his mixed spell at Arsenal.

All this on the back of news that Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed Spurs’ £28.35 million bid for star duo Simon Kjaer and Edinson Cavani.

Elsewhere, we come to a man who has scored more goals than any other player in Champions League history, a European football legend, who could be off to Blackburn Rovers.

Yes, the Lancashire town could be the shock summer destination for Real Madrid striker Raul, who is set to leave the Bernabeu.

Sam Allardyce is planning an audacious move for the 33-year-old, but faces stiff competition with the MLS still the most likely place for the Spaniard to pick up his pension. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City always play a roll in this column and the Mirror reckons they are close to wrapping up a combined £100m swoop for Yaya Toure, David Silva and Edin Dzeko.

They also claim City’s proposed move for James Milner has hit a snag.

Any City deal for Valencia star Silva could also see Roque Santa Cruz move in the opposite direction. (Daily Express)

Benfica’s David Luiz is another player being chased by Roberto Mancini (The Sun), although Lazio’s Aleksandar Kolarov remains an alternative defensive option. (Daily Mail)

We mentioned earlier that Big Sam wants Raul at Blackburn, but according to the Mirror he is fighting with Mark Hughes for the no doubt lucrative manager’s job at Dubai club Al Ahli. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham have been linked with a move for a couple of players, with the £10m-rated Nice striker Loic Remy and £6m Mexico midfielder Efrain Juarez both reported targets. (The Sun).

Birmingham are back in for Standard Liege striker Dieumerci Mbokani after his move to Fulham fell through. (Daily Mail)

Mikel Arteta has been linked with both Arsenal and Manchester City but Everton are desperately trying to hang onto their star Spaniard. (Daily Mail)

The Toffees also want to bring in Strasbourg and France U21 striker Magaye Gueye for £1.2m. (Daily Mirror)

The Sun claims that Arsenal have finally captured Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny as a replacement for William Gallas, with a £8.5m fee quoted.

Finally, Wigan have expressed an interest in Denmark midfielder Jakob Poulsen who plays for AGF Aarhus. (Daily Mail)

Source: Yahoo! News

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