January Transfer Rumors: 12 Craziest Rumoured Moves

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2011

January Transfer Rumors: 12 Craziest Rumoured Moves

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    The January transfer window can, at times, be home to the mad and the marvellous.

    Teams who aren't doing as well as expected can make rash decisions and panic-buy their way to doom, while those who are going well might take a bit of a gamble on someone who could be their key to even greater glory, while not disrupting things too much if they don't work out.

    Here are the 12 craziest suggested transfer rumours ahead of the winter transfer window.

    Oh, and just to be clear, Asamoah Gyan isn't (to the best of my knowledge, this week at least) making another transfer move; it's just that his move on loan from Sunderland in the Premier League to Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates definitely ranks up there as crazy.

    And ridiculous.

    And money-grabbing.

    Anyway, on we go...

David Beckham to Queens Park Rangers

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    England's greatest commercial export could be about to bring his stint in the MLS to a close as his career with LA Galaxy winds down.

    Even if he does leave the US league, a host of European clubs would welcome him with open arms—the re-built PSG side, the Englishman-loving Harry Redknapp's Spurs, and many others.

    Queens Park Rangers, captained by Joey Barton and sporting Anton Ferdinand as their shiny new defender, probably won't rank up there as his top choice.

Glen Hoddle to England

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    Right, well, technically this isn't a January transfer window move, but it definitely ranks as crazy, so it's going in.

    Ray Wilkins reckons former national boss Glen Hoddle should be a leading candidate to replace Fabio Capello once the Italian leaves England after the forthcoming Euros.

    Sacked as England manager for comments made about disabled people, Hoddle has most recently been working in Spain in a kind of second-chance factory for youngsters released by professional clubs in England—a business venture which ended after a disagreement with local side Xerez.

    Stay on your feet, Ray.

Rafael Van Der Vaart to Anywhere

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    Apparently, Harry Redknapp reckons his squad is so chock-full of megastars that he will struggle to guarantee Rafael van der Vaart a starting place every week, which the papers have naturally led to mean that van der Vaart is leaving.

    Maybe he will, but, if so, it will be Redknapp's loss.

    Does he really believe that Steven Pienaar, Jermaine Defoe, Aaron Lennon or Roman Pavlyuchenko all warrant a starting place ahead of Dutchman and derby goalscorer van der Vaart on a regular basis?

Rio Ferdinand to Chicago Fire

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    Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand has been linked with a move to the MLS after failing to secure a starting spot on a regular basis for club and country this season.

    Such reports are surely premature—injuries permitting, Ferdinand is still likely to play a pivotal role for United this season, especially with Nemanja Vidic facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson to Queens Park Rangers

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    A double raid from one London club on another might not be out of the question, but after both Zamora and Johnson fired Fulham to their first win of the season recently, it is likely both players will go on to play a big part in the growth of the club under new boss Martin Jol.

Ezequiel Lavezzi to Zenit St. Petersburg

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    A failed summer bid from the ambitious Russian outfit has seemingly not dented their hopes of signing talented forward Lavezzi, and they are willing to try again in January.

    Lavezzi is, however, outrageously talented, and if he were made available to leave Napoli, then a queue of clubs at the top of their respective leagues would surely be queueing up to take the forward away from Italy.

    Zenit have the financial power, but can they even compete on the pitch with the similarly wealthy in their own league?

Alvaro Negredo to Tottenham Hotspur

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    Having shed Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane from their squad list this summer, Harry Redknapp's attacking options are looking rather thinner than usual.

    However, the reported signing of Sevilla and Spain forward Alvaro Negredo are a long way off being on-target with the goalscorer close to signing a contract extension with his current club.

Carlos Tevez to Al-Wasl

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    This link came about because Diego Maradona is the Al-Wasl boss.

    Manchester to Argentina: 7,000 miles.

    Dubai to Argentina: 8,500 miles.


Juan Back to Brazil

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    The agent of Brazilian defender Juan claims that he has received an unbeatable offer from a Brazilian team to take the player back home.

    Plagued by injuries for the past two seasons but still a top defender in his prime, Juan will surely look to move to another European club if he must leave Roma before going back to South America.

Antoine Griezmann to Liverpool

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    Real Sociedad's in-demand youngster, Antoine Griezmann, is a player with a big future, so a move to one of Europe's super-powers should not be ruled out.

    However, with fees of around €30 million being quoted for a player who has yet to perform consistently for an entire season in Spain, not too much notice should be taken of this transfer rumour—or at least the fee attached to it.

Denilson Back to Arsenal

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    Disturbed and unwanted central midfielder Denilson looks to have ended his loan spell at Sao Paulo, but surely Arsenal will not think his return will answer their problems.

    Denilson has been unimpressive since going on loan to his home land, racking up two red cards in three matches and criticising the club's supporters.