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Carroll Exit Paves Way for Liverpool Signings

The transfer of striker Andy Carroll, 24, from Liverpool to West Ham United has finally been completed, with the player moving to Upton Park for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around £15 million. Carroll spent last season on-loan with the hammers scoring seven goals in twenty three league appearances and earned many plaudits for his accomplished performances leading the line at the east London club. Negotiations to make his move permanent have been ongoing since the end of last season and today Carroll finally put pen to paper on a six year contract. The transfer fee is a new club record for West Ham, but represents a £20 million loss for Liverpool on the £35 million that Kenny Dalglish paid Newcastle United for Carroll’s services in January 2011.

Now that the Anfield club can bank the income from Andy Carroll’s transfer they can move forward on some of their own summer targets and they look likely to start by signing FC Porto winger Christian Atsu for around £3 million. The twenty one year old Ghanaian has sixteen caps for his country with three goals and was part of the Ghana squad that got to the semi finals of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. This was his first season as a regular in the FC Porto first team squad, having signed for the club as a seventeen year old. He made his mark on loan at Rio Ave the previous season, scoring six goals in the Portuguese top flight, before returning to his parent club and making seventeen appearances in this campaign, contributing one goal as Porto won the championship. Transfer negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage.

Liverpool’s recruitment plans seem to be focusing on the Iberian peninsula this summer as reports in Spain say that the club has made a substantial offer for Sevilla youngster Luis Alberto Romero, although the clubs have yet to agree on a price. The twenty year old attacking midfielder spent the season on loan at Barcelona B, scoring eleven goals in thirty eight games but is now back in Andalucia at his parent club, for whom he has only made a handful of first team appearances. He has represented Spain at under 18, 19 and 21 level. Staying in Spain, there have been no further developments in Liverpool’s attempts to sign Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas. A transfer fee has been agreed between the two clubs but the player has yet to commit to a move.

Other Liverpool targets are Shakhtar Donetsk’s Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The future of striker Luis Suarez, who is away with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup, has still to be clarified, with the player being linked to a potential move to Real Madrid, where he could yet link up with his international strike partner Edinson Cavani, who is also coveted by the Spanish club. One confirmed Liverpool signing is defender Kolo Toure, who arrives on a free transfer from Manchester City at the end of his contract.

Ruud van Nistelrooy set to snub Premier League for a switch to Hamburg

Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is set to reject a return to the Premier League and instead join Bundesliga side Hamburg on a free transfer. The 33 year-old Dutchman has been linked with moves to West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City, but now it appears he is set to move to Germany despite some big-money offers from the English clubs.

van Nistelrooy has failed to win back a place in the Real Madrid side following lengthy injury lay-offs during the last 18 months. The Spanish club have allowed him a free transfer in order for him to be able to try and push for a place in the Dutch national squad for the forthcoming World Cup this summer after reversing his decision to retire from the international scene after Euro 2008.

The star striker has not been short of offers since becoming available, with half the top flight clubs around Europe vying for his signature. And that’s hardly surprising given his goalscoring record. During his club career, his has amassed 326 goals from 514 appearances and has scored 33 times from 64 appearances for the Netherlands.

Despite receiving better financial offers from elsewhere, including a reported offer of £100,000 a week from West Ham United’s new owners, van Nistelrooy is about to put pen to paper on a transfer to Hamburg.

Spanish sports daily Marca, believe that the main reason behind van Nistelrooy’s decision to snub the Premier League is that he doesn’t believe he is at the same physical level as he was when he was at Manchester United. The less physical demands of the Bundesliga may suit him much better.

A deal between the two clubs is believed to have been concluded and van Nistelrooy will travel to Germany over the weekend to finalise personal terms and complete a medical before signing for the Rothosen.

West Ham set to seal Eidur Gudjohnsen deal

West Ham United are believed to be close to sealing a deal to secure the services of Icelandic forward Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco. The 31 year-old has been on the radar at Upton Park for some time, having played alongside current Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola at Chelsea, but the Premier League club failed in an attempt to snap him up last summer when he left Barcelona to move to France.

Gudjohnsen has failed to settle in the French principality after joining AS Monaco just last August. He hasn’t scored a single goal in his nine appearances for Les Rouges et Blanc so far, and is now set to up sticks once more and team up again with Zola in a return to the Premier League after four years away from England’s top flight.

Zola is a keen admirer of Gudjohnsen after enjoying a successful spell together at Stamford Bridge. In their three seasons together up front for the Blues, they shared the princely sum of 79 goals.

Zola has been desperately trying to get another striker through the doors of Upton Park for some time as they look for the perfect partner for current top goalscorer Carlton Cole. A lack of funds denied the Italian from getting his man last summer, but following the club’s takeover this week by David Gold and David Sullivan, he has been given funds to spend in the transfer market and looks set to bag his number one target.

The Hammers are also looking to conclude a deal for 32-year-old Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy. The South African has been on the fringes of Sam Allardyce’s side so far this season and seems set to leave Ewood Park during the January transfer window.

The Cape Town-born forward is hoping for more regular first-team football in a bid to secure a place in the Bafana Bafana squad for this summer’s World Cup finals which take place in his homeland. Blackburn are said to be looking for a fee in the region of £2.5 million for the striker, who is also being tracked by Turkish club Galatasaray.

Sunderland ready to challenge West Ham for Portuguese star?

Nuno Gomes in action for Portugal during Euro 2004

Reports today indicate that Sunderland might be ready to muscle in on West Ham’s plans to bring former Portuguese international Nuno Gomes to Upton Park.

With Sunderland on the verge of losing Kenwyne Jones to Liverpool, Black Cats manager Steve Bruce has wasted no time in identifying his potential replacement in the form of Benfica’s Nuno Gomes. The 33-year-old has been only a sporadic performer for Benfica this season despite being club captain, and is looking to revive his career away from his homeland.

Gomes, who has been targeted by several foreign clubs, including West Ham, shot to prominence during Euro 2000 when his attacking play aroused the interest of all the big-guns before he opted for a stint with Fiorentina.  However, his time in Serie A was far from happy, and he soon returned back to his former side Benfica, with whom he has remained since.  However, his excellent form when Benfica played both Liverpool and Manchester United, prompted interest back in 2006 from the Merseysiders, although a deal never came to fruition.

Offically Benfica have announced their reluctance to part with one of the more influential players within the dressing room.  Furthermore with several sides circling Javier Saviola, including supposedly Tottenham, the Lisbon-based giants may prefer to wait and see how that transfer pans out before turning their attention to the future of Nuno Gomes. 

The recent outstanding form of the like of Oscar Cardozo and Javier Saviola for Benfica, currently lying second in the Portuguese league but leading goal scorers, has seen Nuno Gomes more or less reduced to a supporting role, despite the fact he is still very much part of the international picture.  Nevertheless with the World Cup looming, Nuno Gomes can’t afford to spent the entire season warming the Estadio da Luz bench, so where better to head than its namesake the Stadium of Light?

The Premiership pair may face competition not only from Italians Livorno, who have been linked with several strikers this month including Rangers’ Kris Boyd, but also from further afield.  Uzbek side Bunyodkor have been credited with an interest; they are managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari, a former manager of Portugal, so well acquainted with Nuno Gomes.  Brazilian side Santos are also supposedly keen on trying to persuade Nuno Gomes to try his luck on the other side of the Atlantic.

The veteran striker would be a good signing for either Premiership side, thanks to his experience and versatility, as he can play both an out-and-out and a more withdrawn position.

Bolton and West Ham to face German competition for Man City winger?

Reports today suggest that Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United may have to fend off German competition if they are to secure the loan deal of Manchester City starlet Vladimir Weiss.  The Slovakian right-winger could be allowed to leave Eastlands on a loan deal, to gain some further experience, alerting the interests of the struggling German side to his availability.

The 18-year-old has caught the eye for City in their cup ties, but is yet to start a Premiership match, and with the resurgence in form of Martin Petrov, chances for Weiss look limited in the second half of the season.

Despite his tender age, Weiss is already part of the full Slovakian set-up, and showed his potential when he helped his side overcome Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in a crucial victory, which helped book their ticket to South Africa.  Weiss is in need of regular first team football to ensure that he doesn’t slip too far down the pecking order, and miss out on potentially his only ever chance to participate at a World Cup.

Bolton and West Ham have already been linked with a move for the player’s signature, but Manchester City may be more open to a deal that takes the player abroad.

1. FC Köln have been struggling near the foot of the Bundesliga all season, and despite the arrival of home-town hero Lukas Podolski after a troubled time at Bayern Munich, they have been unable to lift themselves away from the final third.  The arrival of Weiss would therefore be a huge bonus before they re-start the season by hosting Borussia Dortmund, a match UK readers can see live on ESPN UK at 16.30 GMT.

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