December 03, 2002

Shopping season! EPL transfer window re-opens in January.: One of the two times (mid-season and pre-season) that teams can buy and sell players (a FIFA ruling, and due to be challenged by the FA, EPL, Football League, and EPA) comes up in the new year. Leeds needs to unload up to seven players to make up a 50-million pound deficit. Man Utd is ready to buy in order to rebuild. Man City's Keegan has 7 mil to spend on two foreign players. Birmingham may sign four to shore up the defence. Table-toppers Arsenal won't buy or sell, according to manager Wenger. Last-place West Ham wants a striker and a defender. What are your top transfers? BBC collected rumors from fans, to add fat to the fire.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 12:01 PM - 8 comments

Well I think Liverpool should sell Heskey, Murphy and Carragher... Pick up Rooney from Everton... Take back Anelka... Buy Greening from Middlesbrough...

posted by StarFucker at 01:14 PM on December 03, 2002

Keep track of the transfers at Soccernet's On the Move.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:20 PM on December 03, 2002

And I meant PFA (Professional Footballer's Association), not EPA. Although, maybe the Environmental Protection Agency might have something to say. ;-)

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:11 PM on December 03, 2002

Take back Anelka? No. And who's Greening? What's he done? I think di Canio or Zola, for playmakers. And wingers, man, wingers!

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:20 PM on December 03, 2002

why does Leeds owe so much money?!

posted by StarFucker at 02:52 PM on December 03, 2002

From the Fan's rumors: Arsenal want to sign USA star Landon Donovan from San Jose Earthquakes to replace Bergkamp. Jonathan, U What? As much as I like Donovan (and would love to see this from a purely US-centric view), I really doubt this will happen (especially since his contract is with Bayer Leverkusen and he is only on loan to San Jose).

posted by trox at 03:38 PM on December 03, 2002

StarFucker: Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale said it best, "We have spent too much in the market without recouping." And it looks like their debt is more like 78 million. Pounds, that is. Whew. There's this excellent summer transfer round-up from the Guardian, but Leeds actually looked like they ended up ahead on the buy and sell. We have to look further back for the source of the financial burden.

posted by worldcup2002 at 05:00 PM on December 03, 2002

"I heard a whisper from a reputable source that Sunderland are going to win a game in the New Year". Love the link to the fans' rumours.

posted by BigCalm at 09:08 AM on December 04, 2002

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