Transfer Rumors (19 Jan 2010): No Flamini loan for Man City, Man United rebuff Tottenham’s Foster interest, Birmingham in third bid for Liverpool’s Babel, and more


City To Loan Flamini?

After being linked with a loan move to Tottenham last week, it’s now looking like former Arsenal man Mathieu Flamini could be on his way to Manchester City on a similar deal, as Manchester City are reportedly close to landing the versatile Frenchman on loan from AC Milan. (Daily Mail)

Analysis: Looks like this is nothing more than rumor for now, as AC Milan have officially branded it as such.

Spurs Fail In Foster Move

Tottenham sounded out Manchester United about a move for goalkeeper Ben Foster, but their interest has been rebuffed. (The Mirror)

Analysis: There really haven’t any opportunities thus far that would see Foster be almost assured, or at least be in an excellent position, of having regular starts from the outset. So, unless one of those comes along, his World Cup chances might well be done for.

Birmingham Back In For Babel

Birmingham have made a third bid for Liverpool forward Ryan Babel. And in order to make the Dutch international be more receptive to a move, they’re adding 10k per week to his contract offer – and the chance to play as a center forward. (The Mirror)

Analysis: This one should get done as soon as possible. Babel and Liverpool are better off without one another, and Birmingham are offering him a great opportunity to get his club career back on track and show what he can do if he really wants to.

Zamora To Return To West Ham?

New West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan are looking to make an immediate splash in the transfer market by bringing back striker Bobby Zamora to the club where he played from 2004 until his move to Fulham in the summer of 2008. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Perhaps the interest would be there from Zamora to return to a club that he loves, but it’s hard to see Fulham letting go of one of their key assets. Well, unless West Ham are willing to stump up a fee that would be a fair bit more than what they sold him for.

Hull Sign Zaki

Hull City have completed the signing of former Wigan striker Amr Zaki on loan for the remainder of the season. (

Analysis: Zaki proved that he has the talent to succeed in the Premier League, so from a talent perspective, he should be a big help for Hull, but talent won’t matter one bit if his attitude doesn’t improve from his stint at Wigan.


Lille Ready To Pounce For Kaboul

Lille are prepared to stump up £10m for Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul. (The Mirror)

Analysis: Portsmouth need the money, plain and simple, and 10m is more than reasonable, so hopefully there won’t be any haggling for an extra mil or three here.


Senderos Considers Celtic Switch

Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos could be on his way to Celtic sometime this week. The club has made their interest known, as the Swiss center back has stated that he’d be very receptive to a loan move to Scotland. (The Sun)

Analysis: Senderos should be able to do well in the SPL, but he certainly can’t go in and expect to have an easy go of it even if it’s not quite the Premier League or Serie A.

Is this the end of the Golden Age of English Football?
Now hail Wenger for prudence