Monday, 14 July 2008


Its been a summer of much speculation and little action so far in the Premier League transfer window, but it looks set to heat up in the coming weeks.

AC Milan are still favourites to sign out-of-sorts Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho from Barcelona, but Manchester City are still determined to land the former World Player of the Year, reportedly offering £25.5million for his services to the Catalan club.

Tottenham are reportedly trying to agree a fee with Blackburn for David Bentley, with Liverpool's Jermaine Pennant set to replace him at Ewood Park.

Liverpool seem set to use the funds raised from the Pennant transfer, along with the sale of Scott Carson to Stoke, West Brom or Middlesbrough and Peter Crouch's switch to Pompey to finalise a deal with Aston Villa for Gareth Barry, and tempt the Spurs board with a bid for £20million rated Robbie Keane.

Manchester United are still interested in fellow Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov and could finally complete a transfer after years of speculation over a move to Old Trafford. But no one is any the wiser over whether he will brought it to play with or replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who has made no secret of his desire to secure a 'dream move' to Real Madrid.

And Premier League newboys Hull are set to complete the signing of the experienced Dutch midfielder George Boateng once he passes a medical.

Sunday, 22 June 2008


Paul Ince has been named the new manager of Blackburn Rovers.

The 40 year old has left the MK Dons to become the first black English manager in the top flight.

Ince, who guided the Dons to the League Two title and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in his one season at the club, has signed a three year deal to replace Mark Hughes, who quit earlier in the summer to take over at Manchester City.

Last week the Premier League said Rovers were free to appoint the former Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool man, despite him not holding a UEFA Pro License.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008


Mark Hughes has become the new manager of Manchester City after leaving Blackburn.

The former-Wales manager has signed a three year deal and takes over from Sven Goran Eriksson.

The former Manchester United player had also been linked with the top job at Chelsea.

City owner Thaksin Shinawatra looks set to give Hughes a sizeable transfer kitty, whilst rumours have already started David Bentley and Santa Cruz could follow their former boss to Eastlands.


Gareth Barry's first international goal and a brace from Jermain Defoe led England to a comfortable 3-0 over a poor Trinidad and Tobago side.

David Beckham made the pre-match headlines, as Fabio Capello - for one game at least - handed him back the armband he gave up after the 2006 World Cup.

But it was the impressive Barry who opened the scoring, volleying home after good play by Stewart Downing and Wayne Bridge inside the first 15 minutes.

Jermain Defoe made it 2-0 almost instantly, before Barry was handed the armband for the second half.

Defoe grabbed his second and missed chances for his first England hat-trick, before Dwight Yorke came off the bench to make one last appearance for his country.