There’s never any shortage of transfer rumours, often without foundation as the gossip mongers amongst us rarely let the truth get in the way of a good story. Fishing out those potential transfer dealings that are more fact than fiction can often be a tricky business. With this in mind here’s a helping hand with my guide to the the 5 players most likely to be found at a new training ground come pre-season training.
Junior Hoilett – The Canadian has at times this season lit up Ewood Park despite the gloom that has surrounded much of Steve Kean’s reign. His performances have attracted the attention of a host of clubs with Arsenal and Tottenham being consistently linked with the winger. The 21 year old’s contract expires in the summer and he’s looked less than keen to sign a new deal. Regardless of whether Blackburn manage to retain their place in the Premiership don’t expect Hoilett’s wages to be paid by Indian chicken farmers next season.
Moussa Dembele – The Belgian international has been impressive ever since he arrived in London, so much so that a move to a team in the Champions league seems inevitable. The arrival of Pavel Pogrebnyak has seen Dembele pushed into a deeper midfield role but this has not been accompanied by a drop in a form. Arsenal is one possible destination, what does seem certain is that Fulham will be cashing in on a prized asset come the summer.
Carlos Tevez – Although Tevez has re-entered Mancini’s plans in recent weeks the Italian’s reluctance to bring the Argentine off the bench, understandable after how the last time he attempted to bring Tevez on as a sub ended, highlights that Tevez’s future still lies away from Eastlands. The inability of any club to match City’s valuation in January may have seen Tevez’s strained relationship with City continue but it is likely that the club will take whatever they can get in the summer to be free of a rotten apple.
Demba Ba – A rumoured £7 million buy out clause on the Senegalese internationals contract means that Newcastle are almost helpless to stop their star striker leaving in the summer when a Champions league club come calling. The signing of Cisse can even be seen as Newcastle recruiting Ba’s replacement in preparation for his exit.
Dimitar Berbatov – The fine form of Welbeck and Hernandez has meant that last season’s Premier league top scorer has struggled to even get a game this campaign. At 31 years old the Bulgarian is at an age where he wants regular first team football and Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that that is not something he can guarantee the languid striker meaning a move away from Old Trafford seems inevitable.
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