Football Transfers – July 2009 (part 3)
We start this week’s round-up with Manchester City completing the £25million transfer of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Arsenal are looking to replace Adebayor with Bordeaux’s Moroccan star Marouane Chamakh. The striker has admitted this week that he wishes to play in the Premier League next season. Sunderland and Blackburn have also registered an interest, but the Gunners remain favourites to capture the star.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has other options like Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, though the striker looks likely to join former champions Lyon as a replacement for French international Karim Benzema.
Manchester United have also signed a striker in the shape Senegalese international Mame Diouf from Molde for a reported £4million fee. The 21 year-old will remain in Norway until January when the domestic season finishes.
Tottenham are interested in signing England international striker Peter Crouch. The striker is rated at £11million by Portsmouth. Tottenham will face stiff competition from Sunderland and Fulham who are both interested in signing the gangly star. Tottenham are also struggling to complete the double swoop for Sheffield United full backs Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker. They face competition from Everton for the £8million rated pair and could yet miss out on the young duo.
Everton are favourites to sign Swedish Under-21 star Rasmus Elm. The Kalmar midfielder is rated in the £1million bracket. Fulham and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven are also interested in the youngster, but Elm has already visited Goodison Park and was impressed by what the Merseysider’s have to offer.
Elsewhere Aston Villa have completed the £12million signing of Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough. The deal went ahead despite the England international being out injured until at least January. Villa’s city neighbours Birmingham have also completed the £1million signing of Rangers midfielder Barry Ferguson.