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Rovers keeper Robinson on Allardyce list
FORMER Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is ready to offer Paul Robinson a route back into the Premier League – should Robert Green carry out his Upton Park quit threat.
England stopper Green is out of contract at the end of June and has not agreed new terms having helped the Hammers win promotion back into the Premier League.
West Ham chairman David Gold has admitted on Twitter that he expects Green to leave this summer, leaving the Premier League new boys looking for a replacement.
Rovers’ number one Paul Robinson is understood to be high up on Allardyce’s wish list of replacements, having been a big admirer of him during their time together at Ewood Park.
Allardyce (pic-tured right) has other names on his short list though, includ-ing free agent Jussi Jaaskelainen from Bolton, and might be put off Robinson by the expected high price tag Venky’s are likely to place on him.
The departure of Robinson would help cut Rovers’ wage bill in preparation for Championship football, with Mark Bunn and Jake Kean ready to slot into the number one and number two berths.
Rovers know they will be unable to keep both Robinson and Bunn at the club next season and so would be tempted into offloading the former England goalkeeper for the right price.
Allardyce touted Robin-son for an England recall when he was his boss at Ewood Park and would jump at the chance to be reunited with him.
Rovers skipper Robinson could also be tempted into being handed another stint in the top flight but could be priced out of a move.
Hammers set sights on Holt, Anelka, Jaaskelainen
West Ham have confirmed that they have had a bid rejected for Grant Holt, and that they are also chasing Nicolas Anelka and former Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Holt publicly stated his desire to leave Norwich last week, and the Hammers - looking for a new goalscorer after securing promotion back to the Premier League - saw an offer of £3 million turned down by the Canaries.
Norwich chief executive David McNally denied on Twitter that a bid had been received but a West Ham source saidtold ESPN: "It is true what Norwich are saying, West Ham did not bid £4 million for him. [But] a bid of £3 million was lodged for Holt."
The Hammers may still return with an improved bid for Holt, though the two clubs are thought to differ in their valuations of the player.
Sam Allardyce is determined to bolster West Ham's strikeforce ahead of the club's return to the top flight and is also considering trying to convince former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward Anelka, whom he signed for Bolton in 2004, to return to English football.
Tottenham and QPR are also reportedly interested in Aneka, with the Frenchman thought to favour a move back to the Premier league from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenuha, though his wages could prove a stumbling block for the Hammers.
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With Rob Green released by the club, Allardyce is keen to be reunited with his former keeper Jaaskelainen, who left the Reebok Stadium earlier this month.
The Filth to raid West Ham for Rob Green and James Tomkins
Harry Redwanker has identified England's number two goalkeeper as a player he wants to add to his squad this summer.
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Hammers co-chairman David Gold confirmed over the weekend that Green will be leaving Upton Park on a free transfer after seeing out his contract with the club.
With 41-year-old Brad Friedel and Carlo Cudicini, 38, among his goalkeeping ranks, Redknapp needs a younger option in this area and Green seems to fit the bill.
As well as entering negotiations with the former Norwich stopper, Spurs have tabled a £5 million bid for Tomkins, which their London rivals are currently considering.
Tomkins is rated as one of the country's best youngsters in the heart of defence and played all but one of West Ham's matches last season as they secured an immediate return to the Premier League.
Caught Offside suggested Spurs are keen to add two centre-backs to their squad this summer, with Ledley King expected to retire and Ryan Nelsen due to move to the MLS. Belgian Jan Vertonghen will be one and they hope to make Tomkins the other.
West Ham are expected to fight hard to keep the 23-year-old, but his head could be turned by the prospect of European football at White **** Lane
£5 millon for tomkins
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned the Anfield board to forget about selling striker Luis Suarez, 25.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has reiterated to Manchester City that defender Thiago Silva, 27, is not for sale.
Rafael van der Vaart refuses to rule out a move to Schalke
Tottenham's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 29, has refused to rule out the prospect of joining Schalke, in a bid to be closer to his wife who works for a German TV channel.
Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is a wanted man, with both Monaco and Russian side Rubin Kazan interested in signing the 25-year-old.
Chelsea target Lucas Moura, 19, won't be leaving Sao Paulo until 2014 at the earliest. The striker has already reportedly been the subject of a £30m bid from the Blues.
Tottenham are planning a double raid on West Ham to sign goalkeeper Robert Green, 32, and defender James Tomkins, 23.
Wigan and Fulham are both chasing Derby striker Theo Robinson, 23, who scored 12 goals last season.
West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 25, claims he is wanted by Newcastle and Tottenham. "We have already started talking to teams like Newcastle and Tottenham," he said. "I'm leaving it all in the hands of my agent."
Arsenal are in talks with Anderlecht's Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia, 26. However, they face stiff competition from Real Madrid.
QPR boss Mark Hughes is eyeing Fraser Forster, 24, as a potential new number one. The goalkeeper has spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic from Newcastle.
Sunderland want to sign Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady, 26, who is halfway through a four-year deal at Spartak Moscow.
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Turkish side Eskisehirspor want Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, 31, despite him only recently signing a new deal at the Emirates.
Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly has emerged as the new favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.
Frank Lampard could represent Team GB at the Olympics
Frank Lampard could represent Team GB at the Olympics
After being forced to pull out of Euro 2012 through injury, Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard, 33, could be in line for a call-up to represent Team GB at this summer's Olympics.
Harry Redknapp's future as manager of Tottenham Hotspur appears increasingly uncertain before he heads into contract discussions with the club's hierarchy this week.
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Rio Ferdinand is refusing to quit playing for England, despite his latest snub by manager Roy Hodgson. The Manchester United defender has told friends he has no intention of retiring from international football.
Hodgson does not want Ferdinand to quit England and has texted the player to assure him he wants him to be part of his future plans.
Hodgson is under mounting pressure to justify the omission of Ferdinand after the Manchester United central defender told friends he considered the decision to be "morally very suspect" and fears increased about its capacity to unsettle the team ahead of Euro 2012.
Hodgson has cracked down on his England players' sponsor appearances, telling five of his squad to cancel a proposed Nike event in London yesterday in order to rest ahead of the squad's trip to Poland tomorrow for their Euro 2012 base camp.
The European Championship has finally been immortalised in Lego, just days before the 2012 tournament gets under way in Poland and Ukraine.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has joined the £2m race to sign Rangers forward Steven Naismith.
Rangers have hit back at the SFA's claim the Court of Arbitration for Sport could have ruled in the club's disrepute charge. (Various)
QPR are eyeing a move for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, on loan from Newcastle, as the Parkhead club try to sign him on a permanent deal. (Daily Record)
Neil Lennon wanted to tell axed coach Alan Thompson to his face he was being sacked.
And Parkhead misfit Efrain Juarez looks set to sign for Club America in his homeland of Mexico. (Daily Record)
Paulo Sergio will find out in the next 24 hours if he is to remain as Hearts boss. (Scottish Sun)
Motherwell's Chris Humphrey has been booted out of the Jamaica squad for breaking a team curfew. (Various)
Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is confident wantaway star Fraser Fyvie will stay at Pittodrie until January. (Daily Record)
Former Dundee Utd winger Danny Swanson will sign for Peterborough in the next 24 hours. (Various)
Scotland are set to move up seven places in the Fifa rankings despite losing 5-1 to the USA. (Various)
Hibernian will have to beat off competition from clubs south of the border to sign Slovak international Lubos Michalik. (Various)
French club St Etienne have asked the SFA if they can buy Hampden's old square goalposts, which the French team hit twice as they lost the 1976 European Cup final to Bayern Munich. (Various)
England boss Roy Hodgson has told Rio Ferdinand: You still have an international future.
Eden Hazard only opted to join Chelsea after they won the Champions League.
Roy Hodgson has offered Rio Ferdinand an olive branch - and does not want him to quit England.
Roman Abramovich fitted another piece into his £120million Eden project at Chelsea last night - and Porto striker Hulk will be next.
Roy Hodgson was under increasing pressure last night to justify his decision not to take Rio Ferdinand to Euro 2012 amid fears that the backlash could destroy harmony in the England camp.
Frank Lampard is in contention for a surprise place in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad after his Euro 2012 heartbreak.
Rio Ferdinand has promised to get behind England at Euro 2012 despite his controversial absence from the squad.
Eden Hazard completed his move to Chelsea - and could not resist a dig at Manchester United.
Rio Ferdinand is refusing to quit playing for England, despite his latest snub by boss Roy Hodgson.
Eden Hazard last night completed his £32m move to Chelsea.
Harry Redknapp's future as manager of Tottenham appears increasingly uncertain before he heads into contract discussions with the club's hierarchy this week.
Brendan Rodgers has turned to diplomacy in an early attempt to cement his position as Liverpool manager with a declaration that he will always reserve a warm welcome for Kenny Dalglish, his predecessor.
Roy Hodgson has cracked down on his England players' sponsor appearances.
Chelsea last night confirmed that they had finalised an agreement to sign Eden Hazard from Lille.
Roy Hodgson was under mounting pressure to justify the omission of Rio Ferdinand from his squad after the Manchester United central defender told friends he considered the decision to be "morally very suspect" and fears increased about its capacity to unsettle the team ahead of Euro 2012.
Eden Hazard says that he chose Chelsea over Manchester United because he felt he had a better chance to establish himself in the first team at Stamford Bridge.
Roy Hodgson was accused of "insulting people's intelligence" as the backlash escalated over his insistence that Rio Ferdinand was excluded from England's Euro 2012 squad for purely football reasons.
Stuart Pearce is to delay naming his 18-man Olympic Team GB squad because of fitness concerns over key players, but Euro 2012 injury victims Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill are not under consideration
It's a fairly quiet day in the world of football transfer gossip, with scribes across the country presumably too busy waving flags like dim serfs, alongside the rest of this miserably submissive nation, to make anything up.
Arsenal are planning an £8m deal for Lucas Biglia, the Anderlecht midfielder. Real Madrid are also very interested, however, so that's that.
Real Madrid are additionally sniffing around David Silva, but the Spanish international seems happy enough to keep gnawing on Manchester City's teat.
Brendan Rodgers has barely got his feet under the desk at Liverpool, and already he's having to shoo suitors away from Luis Suárez. Juventus are prepared to offer a paltry £16m for the striker, and are also talking about throwing Eljero Elia or Milos Krasic into the deal. Rodgers isn't having a bar of it, though you sense this won't be the Uruguayan's last appearance in the Rumour Mill this summer.
Juventus also want Robin van Persie, though that's hardly news.
Sunderland wish to sign Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady, though might be best advised to wait until the former Celtic star has completed an underwhelming Euro 2012 before deciding how much to offer.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, from the 1970s, are planning a bid for Junior Hoilett. We like this retro vibe. More St Etienne, Magdeburg and Derby County in the Rumours, please!
Tottenham Hotspur might be tempted to cash in on Gareth Bale, before he spends too much time in central midfield and is found out. Manchester City, are expected to pip Barcelona, St Etienne, Magdeburg and Derby County to his signature.
With Luka Modric tempted by a move to Manchester United, Harry Redknapp might cash in his own chips and bugger off to Qatar.
Liverpool have also joined the unedifying scramble for Crewe's 18-year-old prodigy Nick Powell. We'll see what Manchester United and Arsenal have to say about that.
Fraser Forster, on loan at Celtic from Newcastle, wants to join Rangers, albeit the Rangers of the London-based Queens Park variety, so let's all calm down. Heurelho Gomes, Rob Green and Ben Foster are also in the frame for the gig, with Paddy Kenny likely to head off to Leeds United and his old pal Neil Warnock.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are locked in battle to sign Birmingham City midfielder Foday Nabay, who is 14. 14. He's 14. How can this possibly mean anything to anyone?
Eskisehirspor are interested in Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
Wigan Athletic want free agent goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
And we are all wretches, fawning servile wretches. The state of us, grown adults and all.
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Many thanks CH, cant help thinking we should be building this team around Tomkins for the next 5 years, not selling our best talent again .. The two Dave's wouldn't be that short sighted would they?
**** Redknapp, he'll have to pay more than 5 million for Tomkins. Perhaps we could do as Gummi suggested in The Transfer thread.
yep - i suggested him and McGregor the other day. The left back Wallace is quite good too. A few bargains up north at Dundee Utd too ?
that is what we shoukld do he is one piss taker the saggy chops twitcher
Read that too, believe it was on twitter.
might be having a sniff round again but I can't see us letting Tomkins go. And if we did they'd have to cough up a lot more than 5 million I'm sure... **** T*ttenham, scum scum scum.
I've heard that Wallace is meant to be quite a good player too. Don't watch a lot of scottish football so wouldn't know for definite, just what I hear from those that do watch it.
The Tomkins story is just another attempt in a long line of **** fest wind ups perpetrated by the North London sewer kings - they get off on getting a reaction from us and more often than not, get one.
Can't do anything about Green going there if that's what he wants.
I agree that Jones is a bit of a gamble, however I have seen him be absolutely superb on his day and a couple of years ago for Sunderland he was looking like a real player.
If we could get him for a bargain and Sam could get him playing he may be a good signing.
Completely Agree! some of the players Sam if true seems to be wanting is beyond me! including Grant Holt, Nicolas Anelka and Jussi Jaaskelainen, how totally inspiring Not!
As usual the papers are speculating like crazy. i'm pretty sure most of the rumours about us are made up.
£5m for tomkins? give it a rest!!
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