Thursday 19 April 2018

Premiership gossip: St Petersburg set to make bid Arsenal’s out-of-favour Andrei Arshavin

Andrei Arshavin
Andrei Arshavin

It has been a fairly quiet transfer window in the Premiership so far, but that hasn't stopped the tongues wagging. We've rounded up all the rumours and given our take on what you're likely to see before the January 31 deadline.


Zenit St Petersburg are set to make an £8m bid for Andrei Arshavin, their former captain. (Daily Star)

Verdict: The 30 year-old has one year left on his contract and manager Arsène Wenger has, reportedly, made no attempts to try and keep the Russian. Asrshavin will not be missed at the Emirates.

Aston Villa

Villa are being linked with Blackburn Rovers’s Scott Dann. (Express & Star)

Verdict: Former Birmingham centre-back unlikely to be welcomed at Villa Park. Arsenal and Liverpool are also, reportedly, interested in Dann. Forget it.

Blackburn Rovers

Liverpool and Arsenal have been put on alert as defender Scott Dann, 24, seeks urgent talks with manager Steve Kean over Blackburn future. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: First Samba. Now Dann. The boys with experience seem to be sensing relegation.

Bolton Wanderers

Owen Coyle, the Bolton Wanderers manager, is looking to increase the Anglo-American 'trade' boom by luring striker Sébastien Le Toux from Philadelphia Union to the Reebok. (

Verdict: Sébastien who? The 28 year-old is considered one of the best strikers in the MLS and is in training with the club. 50/50.


Shanghai Shenhua are hopeful they will complete the signing of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba before next Monday. (

Verdict: A couple of months ago we would have mocked 'not for all the tea in China'. Not now though, not bad for a club who play in front of just 10,000 at home.


Everton may revive their interest in AEK Athens's centre-back defender Kostas Manolas. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Following the financial meltdown in Greece, Manolas would feel at home at cash-strapped Everton.


Fulham will have to to find at least £6.5m if they want to sign Maxi Lopez, the Argentine striker, from Catania of Serie A. (Daily Mirror)

Verdict: Martin Jol will be desperate to add a striker to his squad with Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora's future uncertain, though will face stiff competition from Fiorentina and AC Milan.


Liverpool are looking at £5m-rated Swansea striker Scott Sinclair and his team-mate Joe Allen in the summer. (Caught Offside)

Verdict: Brendan Rodgers would be mad to mess with his team.

Manchester City

Nigel de Jong, the City midfielder, could be heading towards the exit door at the Etihad Stadium after the Dutchman turned down a new contract worth over £100,000 per week. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Has made just eight league starts this season and failed to be selected even in Yaya Touré's absence. Clearly not part of Roberto Mancini's plans. Going.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, is ready to make a £3m bid for Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne. (

Verdict: Recent injuries to Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans have seen the champions play Chris Smalling and Phil Jones out of position and the England under-21 international could be the man to help Ferguson out. "Nathaniel won't sign a new contract,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said this week. It's on.

Newcastle United

After signing a new No 9, manager Alan Pardew is looking to sign a new goalkeeper, according to Swansea director John van Zweden. “Clubs have enquired about [Michel] Vorm," said Van Zweden. "Manchester United have asked, in addition Chelsea and for that matter Newcastle United." (

Verdict: They've got Tim Krul and there's no way Brendan Rodgers is going to want to sell. Never going to happen.

Norwich City

Jonny Howson is preparing to hold talks with Norwich City after Leeds United took the controversial decision to sell their club captain. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Verdict: Howson has said he has received an "acceptable offer”. South-bound.

Queens Park Rangers

Mark Hughes, the new QPR manager, is ready to test Blackburn Rovers's resolve by making a third bid for the unsettled Christopher Samba. (Belfast Telegraph)

Verdict: Let's face it, where the Venky's are involved anything could happen, but probably off to London.

Stoke City

Stoke City are hoping to lure Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega to the Potteries. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Tony Pulis, according to the Mail, also faces competition from Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton. Wigan to Stoke? Unlikely.


Craig Gardner's north east 'nightmare' could be ended by Birmingham City who want to take the midfielder back to St Andrews on loan.

Verdict: Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has amitted Gardner wants out, but is unlikely to allow him to leave without replacing him.

Swansea City

Swansea could be ready to step up their interest in Watford centre back Adrian Mariappa, as they look to bolster defensive options. (Eat Sleep Sport)

Verdict: Eat Sleep Sport master the art of playing it cagey so that if they're wrong they've got a failsafe defence.

Tottenham Hotspur

Villarreal have joined the growing list of teams interested in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Giovani Dos Santos. (Daily Mail)

Verdict: Wigan, Bolton or sunny Spain? Tough one that. Oh, and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is keen on Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi. It's on.

West Bromwich Albion

Roy Hodgson, the Albion manager, has said he won't panic buy and that the club needs "to be careful" during the January transfer window. (

Verdict: No comment.

Wigan Athletic

Roberto Martinez says he is confident Mohamed Diame will commit his long-term future to the club and won't leave on a free this summer. (Eat Sleep Sport)

Verdict: Who wouldn't want to commit to Wigan Athletic?

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves have been linked with a move for one-time England striker Kevin Davies. (Eat Sleep Sport)

Verdict: Could Davies be persuaded to leave one relegated club for another?

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