Saturday, 27 July 2013

EPL and European Transfer Rumours:

Not many done deals over the past few days, so instead I have some transfer rumours and news, along with my own analysis and reliability as to whether they will join the club(s) they are linked with.

Firstly, I will begin with the EPL:

Transfer Done Deals:

Gary Hooper (Celtic) to Norwich - £5million pounds

Solid signing: Gary Hooper has signed for Norwich on a three-year deal for around £5m pounds.
Mid-table side Norwich have confirmed a solid attacking signing in 25-year-old striker Gary Hooper on a three-year contract deal, as they beat QPR to the English player's signature. 

Norwich are building a very decent, solid side that could be able to challenge for a European place next season if they are consistent from the start. 
Leroy Fer, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper are all decent players who could do a great job for The Canaries as they look to build on their first season in the top flight. 

Transfer Rumours: 

Liverpool have reportedly made Valencia striker Roberto Soldado their target to replace wantaway striker Luis Suarez, who is angling for a move to Arsenal. 

Wanted: Roberto Soldado is wanted by Liverpool to replace talisman Luis Suarez in attack. 

Reliability: 4/5. Soldado wants to leave Valencia for a bigger club, and if Liverpool do end up being forced into selling Suarez they will be desperate to look for a replacement soon before the season starts. The feasible option here is Soldado, who is a proven goal-scorer at the top level. 

Roberto Martinez has admitted that Everton are not 100% guaranteed to keep hold on key players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. 

Reliability: 4/5. Baines is eager to stay at Everton, while Fellaini has not been linked with many clubs as of yet. Perhaps they will leave next season if Everton do not qualify for Europe..

FC Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar still wants a move to the EPL.

Reliability: 5/5. Huntelaar still has a lot of quality at 29-years old, but who would want to sign him? He would most likely not take a side outside of Europe though, so perhaps Tottenham or Chelsea? 

West Ham have confirmed their interest in Southampton striker Rickie Lambert.

Reliability: 5/5. Lambert is a top-class player, but lacked consistency in parts of last season. West Ham do not have many attacking options, and he would be a bargain buy if they could sign him up. 

Cardiff had an £8.6million bid accepted for Toulouse defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue, however he is stalling on the move because he has his eye on a transfer to a bigger club.

In demand: Capoue could join Cardiff, but he would prefer a bigger European club.  

Reliability: 5/5. I believe the rumour, but I highly doubt Capoue would join Cardiff unless it was a last resort simply because he is the kind of demanding player that would want to play for a bigger club than a newly-promoted Welsh side in the EPL. At least Cardiff are trying to improve their side before the start of the season. 

West Brom are hoping to sign Udinese's young startlet striker Matej Vydra on a season-long loan to try and replace the void left by Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku who returned to The Blues after a fantastic season at The Hawthorns. 

Potential: Matej Vydra was Young Player of The Year in the Championship for Watford last year.
Reliability: 4/5. West Brom finished in a respectable position last season, but this was mainly because of the contribution that Lukaku made to the team, scoring and assisting almost every game. 
Since he returns to Chelsea, they will need someone of his calibre who is young and has potential to do exactly the same as he did last season - Vydra could be the man to do that. 

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is still wanted by new manager David Moyes, and is refusing to give up his offer for the Spaniard despite Barca claiming that Cesc is not for sale.

Wanted: Manchester United are desperate to sign Fabregas and bring him back to the EPL.

Reliability: 3/5. Manchester United are desperate to sign a top-class midfielder, but they aren't being very successful at the moment. Thiago was being chased for two months, but ended up at Bayern Munich.

Kevin Strootman virtually signed for United but ended up in Italy at Roma and Modric looks as if he will stay at Real Madrid. David Moyes is under pressure to sign Fabregas and bring him back to England - but Barca do not want to sell. The best option for them now is to try and sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

Done deal: Thiago Alcantara snubbed United in favour of UCL champions Bayern Munich. 

Best option? Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could be available for around £20m.

Thank you for reading my blog post today, I will have the next part of these transfer rumours + done deals out later today :)