Adebayor could replace Andy Carroll at Newcastle

Apr 7, 2011
Bill Mann

Transfer Talk: Togolese striker linked to Magpies. Arsenal to sign Jenkinson but miss out on Mexes

Fresh from putting Spurs to the sword, Emmanuel Adebayor is being linked with a return to the Premier League. The former Gunner turned Man City reject bagged a brace against Tottenham in Real Madrid's 4-0 rout in Tuesday night's Champion League clash, and according to the Metro the strapping 6ft 4in striker might be on his way to Newcastle next season to replace Andy Carroll, who quit the Magpies for Merseyside.

Asked in the wake of Real's defeat of Spurs if he was considering a return to the Premier League, the 27-year-old Adebayor said: "If I have the chance to go back to England one day, why not? I will never throw England away. I love the football, I love the atmosphere."

Adebayor joined Real on loan from City in January – where he had never fitted in under Roberto Mancini – and for the moment the Togolese star is content to be back doing what he does best – busting the net. "I am just happy to be on the football pitch again, playing football," he said. "That is all that matters now. We will talk in the summer about what I am going to do about my career."

Adebayor is just the sort of  player many Arsenal fans would love to see return to the Emirates to revitalise their flagging fortunes, but according to the Daily Mirror Arsene Wenger is pressing on with his policy of signing youngsters. The latest teen sensation to be linked to the Emirates is Charlton Athletic left-back Carl Jenkinson. The Mirror claims the 19-year-old has agreed to join Arsenal on a four-year contract.

Jenkinson has only just established himself as a Charlton regular but apparently the nutty professor sees him as another promising youngster who could go on to follow in the footsteps of Gael Clichy and enjoy a trophyless career at Arsenal. To that end the Gunners are offering to pay Charlton around £1m.

However the south London club are haggling over the amount of compensation they get for the player. Apparently the Addicks want around double what the Gunners are offering, even though the player is desperate to head north to the Emirates as he is an Arsenal fan.

One player who has turned up his nose at the chance to join Arsenal is German international Piotr Trochowski.

The 27-year-old is on the brink of leaving Hamburg and according to Talksport the experienced winger – who's played 35 times for his country - reckons he stands more chance of winning some silverware with Spanish side Sevilla than he does with Arsenal, and let's face it he's probably right. Trochowski's contract with Hamburg runs dry in June and he'll leave for Sevilla on a free transfer.

Another highly regarded player who believes he would be better off anywhere other than Arsenal is Roma defender Philippe Mexes. The 28-year-old Frenchman had been tipped to sign for the Gunners last summer – and again in the New Year - but it appears the international central defender fancies more of la dolca vita in Italy. Asked by website if the rumours linking with him to AC Milan were true, Mexes said: "I will make a calm decision (but) Milan... I will probably play there."

French rag Le Parisien claims that Andre Ayew won't be taking up residence at Liverpool having decided to pledge his loyalty to Marseille.

The 21-year-old Ghanaian has been the subject of interest from the Reds, as well as Italian outfit Parma and German side Schalke – spankers of Inter Milan in Tuesday's Champions League final – but he finds life in the south of France to his liking. "Marseille is a great club and I feel good here," said Ayew, valued at around £15m. "I love the supporters and the manager treats me well so I hope to be here for a long time."

Liverpool are said to be also showing more than a passing interest in Portuguese centre-back Rolando, or at least that's what the player's agent claims. Speaking to, the exotic-sounding Peppino Tirri said that Liverpool weren't the only Premier League club chasing  the 25 year-old defender who is currently in gainful employment with FC Porto.

"There is also Manchester United and Liverpool following the player," said Tirri. "I think something could move towards the end of the month. Now the clubs are focused on the championship and the Champions League."

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