Transfer Roundup: Manchester United, Tottenham, Juventus, Aston Villa, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Bolton, Sheffield United, Flamengo, Rangers, Celtic, Bayern Munich

It’s Friday, so I know that you who are reading Soccerlens at work, you can’t wait to skate through the rest of your day and get home for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can do the same with the transfer roundup, because if you click, you read to the bottom – no return policy, and no money-back guarantees.

Birmingham have completed the signing of Hibs defender David Murphy in a 1.5 million pound deal, with the 23-year old penning a three and a half year deal to return to his home country.

Alex McLeish has also gotten permission from Martin O’Neill and Aston Villa to talk to defender Gary Cahill about a move. Aston Villa value the 22-year old defender at 4 million pounds, and with the club not keen on sending him out on loan again, it looks like Birmingham will have to pay up if he wants to further bolster his defense.

However, the news isn’t so great just yet on Everton’s James McFadden. Birmingham looked set to snap up the Scottish star after the Toffees had accepted a bid in excess of 5 million pounds, but now, a second, unnamed club has entered the picture, and McFadden is set to meet with the mystery club before making his final decision. That club may or may not be Celtic, who have been interested in the former Motherwell man for quite some time.

Also from the department of persistence, after being knocked back multiple times in their bid to sign Marlon King, Fulham have finally broken Watford’s resolve, as 5 million pounds plus Collins John on loan appears to be enough to send the Hornets’ star striker back to the top flight.

Bolton have signed Portsmouth’s Matthew Taylor for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year old hadn’t seen the pitch much for Harry Redknapp this term, and his future came down to a move to either Sunderland or Bolton, and he chose the latter of the strugglers.

Twists, twists, and more twists in the Afonso Alves saga. Middlesbrough want him, and have agreed terms with him, but the problem is that he has contracts with two other clubs already. One is his current club Heerenveen, and the other is AZ Alkmaar, as the Dutch FA ruled that he has a legally binding contract with the club, even though the deal wasn’t finalized between the two clubs. Alves wants out of Heerenveen and out of the Netherlands, but it remains to be seen if he does. The Dutch FA has to make a final decision in the next week, and it will determine if he winds up going to Boro in a big-money move, or if he’s forced to stay in Holland and unhappily score goals.

One player we can cross of the list is Lyon’s Fred. After flirting with a move to Tottenham, the Brazilian striker has decided to stay at Lyon at least until the end of the season. While Fred may not be the most punctual person in the world, he does have some smarts, as moving to Tottenham, who have more than enough strikers, wouldn’t have made much sense. Lyon also had a concrete offer from PSG, which was initially said to be the 24-year old’s preferred destination, but if it really had been, he would probably be in Paris by now, wouldn’t he?

As for one of Tottenham’s 32 strikers, he could be on his way out shortly, as Jermain Defoe has reportedly been in talks with Martin O’Neill over a move to Aston Villa.

Manchester United have dipped into the South American well to pick up a couple of players for the future, signing twin Rafael and Fabio from Fluminese. The 17-year olds patrol opposite sides of the field, as Rafael slots in at right back, with Fabio in on the left.

Juventus need to make an addition to their defense after losing Giorgio Chiellini to injury for the next month, and they’re being linked with three names – Michele Canini of Cagliari, Fabiano Santacroce of Brescia, and Francesco Pratali of Empoli, with the latter looking the most likely of options.

But, Olof Mellberg is still high on Juventus’s list, and with Bolton said to be making an approach for the veteran Villa defender, the Serie A giants could be pressed into making an immediate transfer move for him, instead of trying to lure him on a Bosman deal.

And now, for the final run-through – are you ready for it? Flamengo are going to make a bid for Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) in two weeks…Fulham are closing in on a deal for FC Copenhagen and Norway international defender Brede Hangeland, with a 3.5 million pound deal in the works to reunite the 26-year old with former coach Roy Hodgson…former Middlesbrough man Ugo Ehiogu is set for a move to Sheffield United after he was released by Rangers, who are being linked with a loan move for West Ham defender Christian Dailly…Bayern Munich will not be selling striker Lukas Podolski, and Celtic will not be selling Evander Sno, even though neither player has figured much into their respective squads this season.

Also See: January transfers from the Premier League.

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  1. Hugo Steckelmacher 18 January, 2008