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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Football news and rumors 21/07/04

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posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 01:17 PM
Patrick Kluivert completed his dream move to Newcastle and then vowed to fire them back into the Champions League. The 28-year-old Dutchman signed a three-year deal after flying into Tyneside as the Magpies pushed through a quickfire signing which manager Sir Bobby Robson likened to their 15million capture of Alan Shearer. Kluivert has signed a new permanent deal at a time when it was thought he would initially spend 12 months on loan at St James' Park and will wear the number 11 shirt vacated by Gary Speed.

Portsmouth are leading the chase for Senegal midfielder Papa Bouba Diop. The Senegal international is currently training at Fratton Park as he seeks to win a move to The Premiership. Lens are willing to sell the powerful midfielder for the right fee and Pompey are considering a move for Diop. The player's agent, Monte-Carlo based Willie McKay revealed Pompey are favourites for Bouba Diop after he impressed boss Harry Redknapp.

Blackburn Rovers boss Graeme Souness has revealed he was offered the services of Lazio striker Claudio Lopez but balked at the player's wage demands. The Argentinian striker is out of favour at the capital outfit but would still have been regarded as a real coup had Souness secured his signature. A season-long loan deal was proposed but the former Liverpool chief was unwilling to match the player's financial package.

Gary Speed has completed his 750,000 move from Newcastle to Bolton. The 34-year-old Welsh captain will link up with his new team-mates once they return from their short trip to Portugal and is expected to play in the friendly against Bradford at Valley Parade on Saturday. But he admits he has 'mixed emotions' about his exit from Newcastle. Speed has signed a two-year deal at the Reebok Stadium bringing a seven-year stint at St James' Park to a close. While the security of an extended contract, plus Bolton's ambitious plans for the future have gone a long way to easing the pain of his Newcastle departure, the Wales skipper accepts he will leave Tyneside with a heavy heart.

West Ham manager Alan Pardew believes it would have been "silly" to pass up the chance of giving Tottenham misfit Sergei Rebrov a trial. The Ukrainian striker cost Tottenham 11million when he signed from Dynamo Kiev four years ago and is still a Spurs player despite spending all of last season on loan to Fenerbahce in Turkey. He has become surplus to requirements there as well but could link up again with former White Hart Lane team-mates Teddy Sheringham and Matthew Etherington at Upton Park. Rebrov has been training at West Ham for the last few days and Pardew said: "He wants to come. He has a feel for the club and it would be wrong not to look at someone of his ability.

Jose Mourinho looks set to turn his attentions to bringing in another central defender after Portugal international midfielder Tiago became Chelsea's latest acquisition. Following the capture of Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba for a reported cub record fee of 24million on Tuesday, and the news Eidur Gudjohnsen had penned a new deal at Stamford Bridge, the formalities of Tiago's transfer from Benfica were finalised last on Tuesday night. The 23-year-old will fly out to the United States with the rest of the Chelsea squad later on Wednesday for a three-match tour which will include games against Celtic, Roma and AC Milan.

Newcastle midfielder Hugo Viana has agreed to rejoin former club Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan. The 21-year-old has been desperate for a move from St James' Park following his failure to establish himself in English football. Sporting have invoked a clause in the contract Viana signed when he left them for Newcastle in July 2002 giving them first refusal on resigning him.

Greek outfit Olympiakos have announced they have completed the capture of Brazilian superstar Rivaldo. The former Milan star has been looking for a new club since leaving Cruzeiro in February. Celtic, Bolton and Werder Bremen had all shown an interest in the 32-year-old, but a deal ultimately failed to materialise on each occasion. However, Olympiakos, who will be in the UEFA Champions League next term, now claim to have secured the South American services.

Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has revealed he would choose West Ham over Middlesbrough if he left Highbury. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Middlesbrough, but would rather drop down a division and join the club he grew up watching.



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posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 10:05 PM
Rebrov should go to milan and join Schevchenko. They were a great duo when they played with kiev and lost to juventus, the same year that ManU won the treble.


posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 11:52 AM
Yeah i agree they was a good partneship, that's why Tottenham bought Rebrov in the first place. It seems he never settled in and he didn't get a good run in the side.

At the moment he is training with West Ham and they want him to play for them. The only thing stopping it at the moment is the wages as Tottenham want us to pay half to take him on loan.

posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 02:24 PM
It would be a good thing if they got him. As you say he was and still is a quality striker. He never got the breaks at Tottenham. Remember this is 1st division and he could take the league by storm. Thing is aswell West Ham could be resigned to losing Harewood if they get Rebrov. I'm sure Crystal Palace have put in a 1million bid for him.

[Edited on 7/22/2004 by Speedfreak]

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