Transfer Round-up: 28 June 2012
With the Euro 2012 semi-finals stealing all of the attention, transfer rumours seem to be flying under the radar as more players are linked with summer moves.
Starting off in London where SkySports are reporting that QPR star Adel Taarabt has signaled his intention to stay at Loftus Road for the foreseeable future. Despite being linked with moves to PSG and various other clubs the player is keen to sign a new contract.
In Wales the Daily Mail confirmed that Cardiff City are keen to sign Liverpool veteran Craig Bellamy for a second time. The Malaysian owners are investing a lot of money in the club and want to make Bellamy part of the revolution after radically changing the image of the club.
The Daily Mirror are reporting that newly promoted Southampton have placed a £6 million bid for Birmingham City goalkeeper, Jack Butland. With Premier League heights beckoning for Butland, Birmingham’s new manager Lee Clark will have his work cut out to hold on to England’s third choice keeper.
According to Goal.com, Fulham are interested in signing both Scott Sinclair and Luciano Narsingh. Martin Jol is reportedly interested in adding pacy wingers to his side to improve on last season’s showing. Although interest is there, formal bids won’t be made until the futures of Fulham stars Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele are clear.
Italy and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will not be moving back to Italy according to SkySports. The controversial striker has been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus, but his agent has been quick to rubbish these rumours.
There has been another twist in the Luka Modric transfer saga with a possible deal of £30 million + Nuri Sahin with Real Madrid being reported. According to the Daily Mail, Spurs are keen to soften the blow of losing Modric by including Nuri Sahin and possibly Ricardo Carvalho in the deal. Chelsea are still rumoured to be interested in signing Modric, but Manchester United have pulled out of the race to sign the Croatian midfielder.
Another blow has been dealt to free agent Michael Owen according to the Daily Mirror. Owen was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and has been linked with Stoke City and United Arab Emirates outfit Al Shabab. It has been revealed that the UAE side has deemed Owen to be past his best and not worth signing. With no widespread interest Owen may have to lower his standards and sign for a Championship club.
Finally, Portugal and Genoa midfielder Miguel Veloso has hinted at exiting the Italian side according to Goal.com. Veloso is quoted as saying that he does not know if he will be at the club much longer. Dynamo Kiev is one of the sides rumoured to be interested in the player.