Thursday 02-10-2008

Latest Transfer Stories


Russian claims Bayern interest
Pogrebnyak open to Munich move

Russian star Pavel Pogrebnyak claims he is in negotiations with German giants Bayern Munich.
The 24-year-old striker caught the eye during Zenit St Petersburg's triumphant Uefa Cup run last season, in which they knocked out favourites Bayern in the semi-finals.
Pogrebnyak's 10 goals made him the joint-leading scorer in the competition, level with Bayern's Luca Toni, and he went on to score in their Super Cup win over Manchester United.

The Russia international also impressed in Zenit's narrow UEFA Champions League defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday, before revealing he is a big fan of Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Etxeberria signs 'free' contract
Striker to play final season for free

Joseba Etxeberria has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract extension at Athletic Bilbao that will see him play out the rest of his career for free.
The 31-year-old has made the huge gesture in a bid to give something back to the fans for their loyalty to him throughout his 15-year stint with the club.

Etxeberria was just 17 when he joined the club and says there is no other place he would rather finish his career.
"I wanted to do this gesture but never, in any moment, did I want to set a precedent," he said.

Robins add duo to squad
Kenton and Wesolowski head to Whaddon Road

Cheltenham Town have signed Darren Kenton and Leicester City midfielder James Wesolowski on loan.
Kenton has linked up with the Robins on a free transfer, having been without a club since leaving Leeds United at the end of last season.
He trained with Bristol City in August and new Cheltenham boss Martin Allen is confident the defender will be an astute acquisition.

Allen told the club's official website: "He is a strong, solid defender who is only 30 years old.
"He is fit and a good player and a good man that I remember from my short time at Leicester City. He will certainly help us."

McCarthy happy with winger deal
Wolves boss moves for Edwards to compensate for injuries

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has expressed his delight at signing Carlos Edwards on loan.
Sunderland winger Edwards has joined Wolves for the next three months following injuries to Michael Kightly and Matty Jarvis.
Edwards has made just two appearances for Sunderland this season and Roy Keane had been keen for the wide man to secure regular first-team football.

He could make his debut for the Championship leaders against Swansea City on Saturday and McCarthy is happy to sign a player of the Trinidad & Tobago international's calibre.

Wolves move for Edwards
Three-month loan for winger

Sunderland winger Carlos Edwards is joining Wolves on loan.
Edwards has agreed a three-month loan deal at the Championship leaders.
A host of clubs were thought to be chasing the Trinidad & Tobago star but Wolves have won the race for his signature.

Sunderland boss Roy Keane is willing to loan out the midfielder as he is well down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has moved for Edwards after losing Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly to injury.

Henry happy at Barcelona
Striker hails Messi as the best in the world

Thierry Henry has played down talk linking him with a move away from Barcelona, saying he is happy at the Spanish titans.
The Frenchman's future at Camp Nou has been the subject of conjecture with the player thought to be unhappy with his role in Pep Guardiola's side.

Henry struggled again in Wednesday's win over Shakhtar Donetsk with the former Arsenal captain being substituted for Lionel Messi, who scored both goals in Barca's dramatic win in the Ukraine.
The 31-year-old insists he is happy at Barca and that the side's celebrations against Shakhtar showed the renewed spirit within the camp.

Striker claims United interest
Yildirim flattered by United talk

Turkish teenager Sercan Yildirim claims Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing him.
The Bursaspor striker is regarded as one of the best young players in Turkey and is already a member of the Turkey Under 21 team.
The 18-year-old is currently Bursaspor's top scorer with four goals in four games and his performances have not gone unnoticed among Europe's top clubs.

Yildirim admits he is flattered to be attracting interest from United and claims they have contacted Bursaspor about his availability.
"United have contacted my family and the president of the club," Yildirim told the Turkish media.
"When a club with their reputation is interested in you, you have to take notice."