World Football: Arsenal and the Latest Buzz in Transfer Rumors

Jon GilbertCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2011

World Football: Arsenal and the Latest Buzz in Transfer Rumours

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    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Steven Pienaar of Everton in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on January 5, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    Transfer rumors are beginning to heat up in the English Premier League and elsewhere in Europe as teams look for players they believe will solve their problems.

    Some players want out of what they have deemed bad situations and some teams are wanting to unload talent that has panned out or they don't have room for.

    Which transfers will actually take place are beginning to take shape with big names at the center of the rumor mill. Fans definitely have in mind what they hope goes down.

    Here are the latest transfer rumors in world football.

Luis Suarez May Be Headed to Liverpool

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 19:  Luis Suarez of AFC Ajax in action during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between AFC Ajax and AJ Auxerre at the Amsterdam ArenA on October 19, 2010 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Image
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    Kenny Daglish took over at Liverpool in hopes of turning the Reds disappointing season around. Daglish got off to a poor start, losing in his first two matches as manager.

    Now he's surveying the transfer market in hopes of finding some new pieces to boost results and morale in Anfield.

    With Fernando Torres continuing to show such poor form, Daglish has reportedly been seeking Ajax strike Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan national had a splendid World Cup this past summer and has been Ajax goal-scoring lifeblood in recent years.

Arsenal Has Its Eye on Youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    As is the case in major football, the big clubs consistently snatch up the all the transcendent talent from the smaller clubs. It looks like Arsenal is close to doing so again to Southhampton.

    Southhampton is the current home of 17-year-old star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The midfielder has scored seven goals this season for the Saints.

    It's Oxlade-Chamberlain's speed and strength that are drawing comparisons to current Gunner Theo Walcott and have Arsenal so enamored. It's reportedly going to cost Arsenal £5 million.

Could Karim Benzema Be Headed To Aston Villa?

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    MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 9, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Karim Benzema's absence from the French World Cup team this summer could have been a harbinger of his play with club team Real Madrid. It's been a colossal disappoint that has left Benzema with only one goal in 17 appearances.

    Both totals were expected to be higher for the striker with immense talent. Now there is speculation that Real Madrid could be unloading Benzema, possibly just on a loan to another club.

    Aston Villa has reportedly shown interest in taking Benzema in while he tries to find his form. Pairing him with Emile Heskey at the front could form a potentially potent forward line for Villa.

Liverpool Is Looking For Help in Its Midfield

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    MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 20: Mark van Bommel of Bayern is challenged by Cicero of Wolfsburg during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on August 20, 2010 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty I
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    Truthfully, Liverpool is looking for help everywhere and scratching its head. A team so talented shouldn't be in the bottom half of the league table and searching for answers outside of its own dressing room.

    That is the case, however, for the Anfield club. Rumors claim that Liverpool is in pursuit of Bayern Munich's Mark Van Bommel and Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra.

    Diarra is considered second best to Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and Kaka has returned to the fray from injury, crowding Real Madrid's midfield.

Arsenal May Sell Andrei Arshavin

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Andrey Arshavin of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on January 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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    Andrei Arshavin leads Arsenal in assists this season but the Gunners have hoped for more goals. The Russian's inconsistent play has led to speculation that he may be on his way out at Arsenal.

    The club that is currently linked to Arshavin is Italian power, Juventus. Juventus is currently sixth in Serie A, only three points off the Champions League qualification pace.

    Arshavin could provide a boost to the attack and prove crucial down the stretch. Juventus would be silly not to pursue this seriously.

Steven Pienaar Is Leaving Everton But Where To?

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    STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Steven Pienaar of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at the Britannia Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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    Everton's Steven Pienaar has been one of the hottest names in transfer talks since the beginning of the 2010-11 English Premiership campaign. Everton has announced that they've finally found the right suitor.

    However, they haven't announced who that suitor is, only that a deal has been made. Earlier in the week it looked as though Tottenham was the club to beat. But talk of Chelsea and Italian force Internazionale have dominated of late.

    Talks with Chelsea have broken down. Is Inter the new home for Pienaar or is there a mystery club in the mix?

Michael Johnson Wants Manchester City to Loan Him

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Michael Johnson of Manchester City during the Carling Cup 4th Round match between Manchester City and Scunthorpe United at the City of Manchester Stadium on October 28, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livese
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    Michael Johnson's promising career has been halted by injuries. The 22-year-old midfielder has only played one English Premiership game in two seasons.

    In an effort to resurrect his career, Johnson has expressed strong desire to be loaned away from Manchester City. City is loaded with midfielders and isn't able to give Johnson the playing time necessary to get him back into form.

    No clubs are reported to be expressing interest yet. This is likely to stay a short-term loan as all signs indicate Johnson still has a future with City.

West Ham Looking For Boost in Form Of Robbie Keane

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    MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 20:  Robbie Keane of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League group A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Tottenham Hotspur at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 20, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Get
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    West Ham United has been trying to avoid relegation by bringing in new players, including taking Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge in on loan. Manager Avram Grant has made it know that his next target is Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.

    Keane, however, may be too expensive for West Ham. The 30-year-old garners £65,000 weekly. That would be on top of an anticipated £5 million transfer fee. Grant is hopeful he can still get the deal done.

Emmauel Adebayor's Disappointing Run at Manchester City May Be Over

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:   Emmanuel Adebayor of Manchester City looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester City and FC Salzburg at the City of Manchester Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by
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    Things haven't gone as expected since Emmanuel Adebayor signed with Manchester City in 2009. This season, the imposing striker only has one goal in eight English Premiership appearances.

    But his talent is still visible and has clubs wondering if he's worth purchasing. Rumors have it that one club interested in Adebayor is Real Madrid. With Karim Benzema in poor form, Real Madrid may think that Adebayor can kick his own poor form in Spain.

    If this move is completed, it could result in Benzema being moved himself.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Says Club Will Not Sell

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    IPSWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal looks on ahead of the Carling Cup Semi Final First Leg match between Ipswich Town and Arsenal at Portman Road on January 12, 2011 in Ipswich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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    Arsenal has been a pleasant surprise this season in the English Premiership, fighting valiantly for the championship. Rumors swirl that Arsenal is not only shopping for players, but also has a few on the market.

    Aresenal manager Arsene Wenger says that is not the case. Wenger has stayed true to his weeks long claim that he is not interested in parting with any of the players currently on the roster. The team is still looking for some new players for its side.

Arsenal and West Ham Mum on Matthew Upson Talks

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Matthew Upson of West Ham chases the lose ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood park on December 18, 2010 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulo
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    Speculation is that West Ham United and Arsenal have spoken about a transfer of West Ham center-half Matthew Upson to the Gunners.

    West Ham manager Avram Grant claims he hasn't received a call from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger has simply refused to comment on the reports.

    Neither has given a deliberate denial of any doings, leaving it to be assumed that something could happen with Upson.

Blackpool's Charlie Adam Could Be Headed to Liverpool

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    BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Charlie Adam of Blackpool is pursued by Christian Poulsen of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Liverpool at Bloomfield Road on January 12, 2011 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Alex
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    Ever watch your favorite club get shredded by a player and think, "I really wish he was on our side?" Well, that feeling may be satisfied for Liverpool supporters. The club is reported to be interested in Blackpool's Charlie Adam.

    The midfielder helped Blackpool pass Liverpool in the English Premiership table and earn its first double over Liverpool since the 1946-47 season with a 2-1 win Wednesday.

    Now Liverpool is trying to sign Adam to get his talents working for it instead of against it.

Blackpool Will Look For Charlie Adam Replacement For Deal To Happen

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    NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Arron Ramsey of Nottingham Forest in action during the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace at the City Ground on December 18, 2010 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths
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    If Blackpool does let Charlie Adam free for Liverpool, it will do so with a replacement in mind. That player was considered Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.

    However, recent reports are that Blackpool's attempts to receive Ramsey on loan have failed.

    Where Blackpool plans to look next is unclear.

Is Pablo Mouche Headed to West Ham?

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    WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 23:  Pablo Mouche of the Boca Juniors gets past Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix during the pre-season friendly match between Wellington Phoenix and Boca Juniors at Westpac Stadium on July 23, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Ph
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    West Ham United has made a bid for Boca Juniors dynamo Pablo Mouche. The 23-year-old strike has earned comparisons to fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez.

    It looks to be only a matter of time before Mouche gets his start in the English Premier League. But with who remains to be seen.

    Don't count out Blackburn Rovers or Birmingham in the Mouche sweepstakes.