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Skipper out striker in?

Filed: Sunday, 13th July 2008
By: A Different Staff Writer

This weekend's transfer rumours link Lucas Neill with Manchester City and Everton's Andy Johnson with a move to the Boleyn.

Newspaper reports this weekend suggest that Neill is unhappy that an extension to his current contract has yet to be agreed, with the club reportedly being reluctant to increase Neill's salary - which is currently in the region of 50,000-70,000 per week depending on which particular newspaper you want to believe.

Neill has been the subject of interest from Turkish club Galatasaray but would presumably prefer to stay in England where Manchester City are said to be considering a bid of 1.6m for the full-back's services. Such a move would see Neill reunited with former boss Mark Hughes who, as manager of Blackburn Rovers, sold him to United in January 2007.

Further gossip suggests that United still have hopes of signing Swiss midfielder/full-back Valon Behrami, presumably as a replacement for Neill should the Aussie depart. Lazio are said to be looking for 9-11m (depending on newspaper and exchange rate) for the player who currently wears the coveted no.85 shirt for the Aquilotti.

Meanwhile, closer to home, with Bobby Zamora seemingly on his way to Fulham, there are new rumours suggesting that Andy Johnson will be on his way down the M6/M1 to replace him. Wigan were thought to be favourites for the striker's signature - Steve Bruce was one of his former managers at Birmingham City - but Hammers are said to be ready to gazump the Latics. It remains to be seen whether the attraction of playing in front of a half-empty JJB stadium every other week will prove more attractive to the sometimes unsteady striker, who has 8 England caps to date.

Apparently following Zamora on his way to Craven Cottage will be John Paintsil who, if he goes, will add a reported 1.5m into the transfer kitty. Some of this may apparently go towards Swedish international midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson who spent an unhappy 8 matches at the Reebok Stadium last term, a spell which apparently gained him the nickname "The Feather" in view of his "lightweight" performances (such wags those northerners).

Wilhelmsson is currently registered as a player with Nantes but he appears to be either out of favour or too expensive to play as, since joining the French side in 2006 he has spent most of the time out on loan with spells at Roma, and, latterly Deportivo La Coruna as well as Bolton.

More rumours later....

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by essexiron
05:27PM 15th Jul 2008
''Please God, anyone but Johnson. We could get Edison Cavani for less.

Curbs out ...''

by aushammer
01:29PM 15th Jul 2008
''I am slowly becoming depressed, I dont understand the media whatsoever. Seriously, you hear so many different stories, apparently West Ham are trying to get rid of Lucas Neill but so many different stories are attached. Please, can't someone from the club (like Curbishley) just come out and say what is happening, whether he wants to keep Lucas or not.

And also everyday you hear that we are linked with 50 new players, one day it is one club favourite for the player and then next day someone has jumped the queue. I hate the media!''

by Texan Hammer
05:42PM 14th Jul 2008
''Andy Johnson? Yeah right Curbs, just what the club needs - an injury prone diver who blows hot and cold! As for Lucas Neill? Well I will carry his suitcase all the way up to Eastlands if it gets him out the door, slow is too kind a word for him.

One last thing - I cannot believe the club are considering getting rid of Robert Green and replacing him with Alexander from Rangers; has the club gone totally mad?''

by Mr Moon
12:42PM 14th Jul 2008
''John Paintsil is at least part-owned by MSI so I doubt selling him will generate any money, just as 'selling' Tevez didn't.''

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