Transfer Rumors (22 Dec 08): Foster to leave United, United and Chelsea chase Belgian star, City like Villareal keeper, and more

It’s the start of a new week, and after a couple of days off, I’m back in the saddle to give you all the latest in transfer news and rumors. We’ve got rumors involving the Premier League’s best and brightest, including reports of a potential head-to-head battle between Manchester United and Chelsea for a highly-rated Belgian youngster.

Keeper Foster Wants to Leave United

Ben Foster’s future at Manchester United doesn’t look as clear as he’d like it to, and with that knowledge in mind, he may be looking to pursue his options elsewhere in January.

Analysis: He’s got a great deal of talent and potential, and with Van der Sar signed on for (at least) another season, how much longer can he wait?

Chelsea and United to Battle for Belgian Star?

If you want a talented young midfielder, look no further than Standard Liege. They’ve already sent one to the Premier League, had another linked with Aston Villa and Arsenal, and now Axel Witsel is being linked with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea.

Analysis: Well, if he’s the subject of a 19m bid by the likes of United, then he’s got some serious skills. Standard’s got a pretty bright future, and so does Belgium’s national team, for that matter.

Manchester City After Villareal Keeper Lopez?

Manchester City need a lot of things right now, and a new goalkeeper is one of them. It appears that they may have moved on from Gigi Buffon and have their eyes on Villareal’s Diego Lopez.

Analysis: He doesn’t have a wealth of starting experience, so that could be a concern. But, he is the #1 keeper for a premier European side, so that says something about his abilities.

Aston Villa to Make Bellamy Move?

Craig Bellamy’s been in the news quite a lot lately, hasn’t he? Today, he’s being linked with a reunion with Martin O’Neill at Aston Villa, where he could help the Villains in their push for glory.

Analysis: Bellamy may not score a lot of goals, but he will provide some depth up front and free up more opportunities for Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Le Havre Looking to Sign Manucho

Ligue 1 side Le Havre are reportedly in negotiations with Manchester United to sign striker Manucho.

Analysis: His opportunities at United will be limited for the foreseeable future, so this will be a good chance for him to showcase his skills in a top league.

Pompey In for Tottenham’s Zokora?

Portsmouth are looking for a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Lassana Diarra, and a target they have in mind, according to the News of the World is Tottenham’s Didier Zokora, who they could shell out 10m for.

Analysis: Well hey, if there’ll be some business one way, then there’s nothing wrong with some going the other way, right? Pompey have the money to spend to get Zokora, but I’m not sure if they should put so much of the Diarra money on one player.

Well, that’s the end of another busy day in transfer news and rumors, but keep checking back throughout the remainder of the day and into tomorrow for all of the latest from the gossip pages.

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