Monday, 19 January 2009

Monday transfer round up

  • Craig Bellamy will soon be a Manchester City player. Ian Ladyman reports that a £12m offer has been accepted: £10m now, £2m depending on stuff, and that Bellamy's advisors were sorting out personal terms on Sunday evening.
  • According to the Daily Mirror, we have been allowed to sign Bellamy by Harry Redknapp (how nice of him!) on the condition that we allow him to sign Wilson Palacios. This seems pretty unlikely. Given that West Ham have refused to sell Bellamy to Spurs, and that Wilson Palacios would rather move to City than Spurs, I don't see how Redknapp could possibly hope to negotiate with us. But apparently our decision not to pursue Palacios is because we're close to signing Nigel de Jong.
  • Oliver Kay reports that Garry Cook and Simon Pearce are flying to Milan today for more talks with Milan - in the form of Adriano Galliani, and Kaká - in the form of his father, Bosco Leite. Kay goes on to mention what we already knew: that Berlusconi and Galliani are resigned to taking our money, but Kaká himself is less enthusiastic. And Hughes is taking the players on a winter training camp today apparently. Danny Taylor also reports on the Cook/Pearce mission, and says that Bellamy and de Jong should be tied up this week.
  • One more thing: Ian Ladyman mentions that we're still interested in centre halves, and names Marco Materazzi and Alex as Hughes' preferred targets.

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