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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Transfer rumours and signings

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posted on Feb, 1 2004 @ 09:06 AM
As the January transfer window is about to close it usually sparks a frantic bid to sign players.One is Norwegian star Martin Andresen he has revealed his delight at his loan move to Blackburn Rovers.The former Wimbledon midfielder has joined Rovers from Norwegian outfit Stabaek until the end of the season.The 27-year-old is now confident he can make more of an impact than he did with The Dons in 1999.


Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord has conceded that his days at Highbury are over after being frozen out of things by Arsene Wenger.The 29-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season,has failed to agree a new deal and seems set to exit North London in the summer.

Arsenal are understood to have made an enquiry about Fernando Morientes,but any hopes Real Madrid had of getting Thierry Henry in exchange have again been quashed.The Gunners are believed to have asked about the availability of Morientes,who is currently on loan at French league leaders Monaco,last week and are now considering a summer move for the Spanish international.


Portsmouth are looking to seal a pre-transfer deadline swoop for Newcastle's Tresor Lomana Lua Lua.


Czech Republic star Tomas Rosicky has admitted that he almost joined Chelsea last month, but The Blues are now likely to secure his signature in the summer.The Borussia Dortmund star is recognised as one of the best young playmakers in European football and Chelsea look set to fend off interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona to clinch his signature.


Charlton boss Alan Curbishley says that he is to add to his squad before the transfer deadline by signing Arsenal youngster Jerome Thomas.After losing Scott Parker to Chelsea,Curbishley is determined to keep his side's momentum going.Curbishley says that he has been chasing Arsenal's 20-year-old for some time,and hopes to seal the deal for the forward for £100,000 before the transfer deadline on Monday.

Manchester City

Manchester City have wrapped up their move for Belgium international Daniel van Buyten, with the defender signing from Marseille until the end of the season.Van Buyten arrives at The City of Manchester Stadium on loan with a view to a permanent deal,with David Sommeil moving in the opposite direction.


Fulham have reportedly signed Liberian-born striker Collins John from FC Twente, according to the Dutch club.The 18-year-old agreed to join the Barclaycard Premiership club on Friday in a four-and-a-half-year deal as Fulham boss Chris Coleman looked to replace top scorer Louis Saha following his move to Manchester United.John was under contract to Twente until 2005 and has impressed with nine goals for the club this season after arriving in Holland as an asylum seeker.

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