Liverpool still after Arsenal ace Walcott, Bendtner off to Juve?
Rodgers tries to offload striker Carroll to fund Walcott deal but Arsenal want to keep winger
AS THE transfer window begins to creak shut things are starting to get frantic on the merry-go-round as managers and agents desperately try to cut last-minute deals.
One of the most intriguing rumours doing the rounds today is that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is frantically trying to bundle Andy Carroll out of Anfield so he can buy Arsenal's Theo Walcott before time runs out tomorrow evening. At least that's what the Daily Mail would have you believe.
The paper claims that Carroll, who has been left out of the Europa League squad for tonight's game against Hearts, could now be offloaded to West Ham on a season long loan against his will. That would apparently leave Liverpool with enough readies to make an offer for Walcott.
Sounds foolproof, except that Arsenal have decided not to sell their winger despite his current contract dispute
Goal.com reports that Arsene Wenger has softened his stance on Walcott after initially deciding that he would be shown the door if he didn't agree to a deal worth a meagre £75,000 a week. "Theo has one year to go. We want to extend his contract. I think Theo loves the club," said the Gunners boss. "He is not obsessed by money," he added, while presumably throwing darts at a picture of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri.
While Walcott does appear to be staying, Nicklas Bendtner is shuffling ever closer to the exit. Sky Sports reports that Juventus are closing in on the not-so-great Dane after missing out on Dimitar Berbatov.
There are also hopeful rumours that Marouane Chamakh could be heading for Malaga on a season-long loan.
So, with Arsenal shedding players the way Prince Harry sheds clothes, could the Gunners be about to reverse the trend by snapping up Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel?
That's the view of Dutch newspaper AD, which claims the Gunners are lining up a bid for the 24-year-old. Rumours have been swirling about the Dutch international for months, linking him with Chelsea and Newcastle, but now it appears Arsenal have jumped to the front of the queue as the transfer deadline looms.
AD says that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still believes his defence needs bolstering despite two clean sheets in their first two league matches of the new campaign, particularly with Bacary Sagna sidelined for weeks with a broken leg.
When Talksport put the story to Richard Law, responsible for player contracts at the Emirates, his response didn't shed much light on whether van der Wiel will soon be slipping on the red and white of Arsenal: "I cannot confirm or deny. We never make announcements on transfer issues."
Meanwhile, it's back to the Dimitar Berbatov saga. And it seems the main reason why the laid back Bulgarian is not heading for Juventus, or Fiorentina for that matter, is because he's joining Fulham instead. The Daily Telegraph reports that the unwanted Manchester United striker has jumped at the chance to link up with his old boss at Spurs, Martin Jol, and is undergoing a medical at Craven Cottage.
Talking of Fulham, and The Guardian reports that Spurs have confirmed the signing of Fulham playmaker Mousa Dembele, paying the £15m release clause to see off opposition from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
But that might not be the end of Andre Villas-Boas transfer activity. According to goal.com, the Lilywhites boss will do his darnedest to offload Scott Parker, Aaron Lennon and Rafael van der Vaart in the next 48 hours.
The Portuguese coach wants to "introduce greater dynamism in the spine of the team" and believes that will best be accomplished without the distinguished trio. Hamburg are said to be edging closer to coughing up £15m for van der Vaart while Villas-Boas hopes someone will come in for the injury-prone Parker and the inconsistent Lennon. ·