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Football Transfer Gossip 7th November 2011

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Celtic are rumoured to be interested in ZendenThe first week in November is usually the point where most transfer rumours and speculation begin to pop up from everywhere and this year is no exception. With Manchester United already having made their first signing for January, other clubs are likely to follow suit with certain players, albeit for those that will play a part in the clubs future and not the immediate impact many will expect.

Newcastle United’s start to the season has them linked with numerous players although it can be claimed that manager Alan Pardew will play it cool as he did during the summer.

Here is a compilation of today’s football transfer gossip.
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Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are keeping a watchful eye on Ghana’s international left sided midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah this season with it likely that at least one club will make an approach for the Udinese player within the year.

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Newcastle United are ready to go back for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell in January but will face competition from West Bromwich Albion for his signature.

More: Daily Mirror

Bristol City are rumoured to be keen on Stoke City’s experienced midfielder Michael Tonge and are believed to be looking to bring the 28 year old to Ashton Gate on loan within the next fortnight.

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Derby County are ready to pounce for Mansfield Town midfielder Tom Naylor on loan with the 20 year old also attracting interest from QPR, Leeds United, Hull City and Charlton Athletic.

More: Daily Mail

Manchester United have made their first signing for 2012 already having completed a deal for 15 year old youngster Andreas Pereira.

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Celtic are reported to be keen on former Middlesbrough forward Boudewijn Zenden.

More: UK Press

Newcastle United are prepared to wait until the summer for bosman targets Gary Cahill and Junior Hoilett but will have to hope that neither sign a contract extension before then or are sold on in January, something that looks exceedingly likely to happen to both players after Christmas.

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Blackburn Rovers manager Steven Kean claims his players within the squad are fed up over certain fans looking to oust him from the side.

More: Daily Mirror

Liverpool FC defender Daniel Agger has described his side recent display against Swansea as a group of “headless chickens”.

More: Daily Express

New Arsenal signing Gervinho could play a key role in landing long term target Eden Hazard.

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Nigel Pearson wishes to return to Leicester City but a compensation package will need to be agreed with current club Hull City.

More: Daily Mirror

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists midfielder still has a future at the club

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that troubled midfielder Granit Xhaka still has a future at the club and will be considered for selection in the Gunners upcoming fixture against Southampton.

Xhaka has yet to feature for the North London side since his confrontation with the club’s supporters at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The Swiss midfielder was booed whilst being substituted which triggered the 27-year-old, who responded by cupping his ears and swearing at the section of fans who were jeering him.

He threw the captain’s armband to the floor and quickly took the Arsenal shirt off before storming into the changing rooms.

Following the incident, Emery had no choice but to strip Xhaka from captaincy, which was then handed over to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Swiss international posted an explanation on social media citing his anger at threats to his family to cause the trigger to his verbal assault on the fans.

It has been reported that the enigmatic midfielder has been house hunting in Italy as rumours to a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window strengthened.

Odds for Granit Xhaka’s Next Club

3/1- AC Milan

10/1- Borussia Monchengladbach

11/1- Newcastle

12/1- West Ham

12/1- Atletico Madrid

The midfielder is 1/1 to leave the club but the bookies think that the likelihood of the former captain staying is higher, with the odds of him staying at Arsenal being set at 8/11.

Xhaka still harbours some feelings over the way the Gunners handled the situation, especially the decision to strip him from captaincy, but is ready to make amends and move on.

The deep-lying playmaker was selected for Switzerland for the international break and scored in a 6-1 win over Gibraltar to help confirm his country’s spot in next years European championships.

Emery is willing to do the same as Xhaka and has stated that the midfielder’s mindset is becoming better over the coming days and thus, is going to consider the midfielder for selection.

The Gunners have been struggling this season under the Spaniard with Xhaka being one of the mainstays in the side prior to the incident against the Eagles.

Arsenal sit in 6th place in the Premier League but are well adrift of a top-four place currently. Only three points will do for the supporters especially considering the poor form of their opponents.

The Saints are currently in 19th place, just one point ahead of Norwich and have lost four of their last five league matches.

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Arsenal set to battle rivals Manchester United for the signature of teenage sensation Erling Haaland

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Arsenal and Manchester United have both registered their interest in 19-year-old Erling Haaland who has taken European football by storm this season.

The goalscoring sensation has scored 26 and assisted 6 in all competitions for his club side RB Salzburg in just 18 games.

The Red Devils have always been heavily linked to the striker due to his links with current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian coach managed the youngster during his time at Molde and was highly impressed with Haaland during his come-up at the club and tipped the striker for greatness.

However, Arsenal have become somewhat shock contenders for Haaland’s signature. The teenager and his father Alf-Inge, who used to play for Manchester City, have reportedly visited the North London club.

Haaland’s 21 goal contributions in just 12 games in the Austrian Bundesliga have highlighted his great potential but it has been his performances in the Champions League that have lit up Europe.

The Norwegian international has scored in every group stage game thus far, having netted 7 times in 4 appearances against Genk, Napoli and the reigning European champions Liverpool.

He has already made history in the competition as he is the first player in Champions League history to score six goals in his first three games and is currently the top goalscorer in the competition.

The teenager has also created history in the youth levels of the national team in the U20 World Cup this summer.

Haaland scored an incredible 9 goals in a single game against Honduras U20 side in a 12-0 battering, which help end a disappointing tournament for the Norwegian side on a brighter note.

Manchester United are heavy favourites to sign the young giant according to the bookies, with the Red Devils 5/2 to pick up the teenager in the January transfer window.

On the other hand, the bookies deem it highly unlikely for Haaland to join Arsenal as the odds are currently at 20/1, but they could change in the near future.

Both Premier League giants are struggling so far, with both Solskjaer and Emery heavily linked with a departure from their respective clubs.

Solskjaer’s side sit one point and one position behind the Gunners in the league table with Arsenal already 8 points behind the top four.

Both clubs could use the help of Haaland despite the good form of their respective strikers Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This is due to the fact that United and Arsenal have only scored 16 goals in the Premier League with the lowest goalscoring tally in the top four being rivals Chelsea, who have 27 goals.

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Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker admits he would love to work with Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker insists that he would love to work with his former teammate and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, who has been heavily linked with the managerial position at the Emirates.

The duo played together for the Gunners for five years between 2011 and 2016 and Mertesacker was employed as the head of the academy following his retirement from football in 2018.

His former compatriot Arteta also retired at the North London club, but two years earlier, and was appointed as a City assistant soon after.

During their time together at the club, Arteta was the captain with Mertesacker serving as the vice-captain meaning that they shared a tight and professional bond.

The big friendly German admitted that the Spaniard is a top guy who trusted him and thus, would love to work with him again.

Arteta has been heavily linked with the managerial role at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s poor start to the 2019-20 campaign.

However, it has not been the first time that the ex-midfielder was linked with the job. When Arsene Wenger left the club in 2018, Arteta was reportedly one of the main candidates for the job alongside former Arsenal players Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera.

Arteta was said to have been interviewed by the club’s hierarchy to see whether he could be the one to lead a post-Wenger evolution of the club.

It was reported that the Citizens would let Arteta leave if Arsenal had offered him the job, but Emery was given the green light instead.

Due to the Gunners’ struggles thus far, Arteta is one of the favourites for the job with the bookies having the former Everton man 7/2 to take over from the former Paris Saint-Germain manager.

Only former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shorter odds, with the odds of the charismatic Portuguese taking over set at 5/2.

Arsenal currently sit in 6th place in the Premier League with the likes of Leicester City and Sheffield United ahead as Emery’s side have failed to take advantage of the poor spells that rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hostpur have been going through.

In just 12 games, they are already 8 points behind the elusive 4th place position, which would give them automatic qualification to the Champions League next season.

They do have the chance to qualify for the Champions League via winning the Europa League, which is perhaps their best opportunity to do so.

Emery’s side sit pretty at the top of their group having won 3 and drawn one, with their youngsters such as Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka heavily impressing.

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