Sunday, June 03, 2007

West Ham To Sign Bellamy?

The Sunday People reports that West Ham are favorites to sign newly-appointed Wales captain Craig Bellamy. The troubled striker looks certain to leave Liverpool as they too have new money to spend and the Hammers are rumored to be willing to offer Bellamy a pay rise of up to approximately £70,000 per week, thus leaving Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers behind in the race for his signature.

None of the three abovementioned clubs interested are expected to meet Liverpool's valuation of £12 million, which is a ridiculous price after all. West Ham may offer in the region of £8 million. Liverpool paid £6.3million for Bellamy last year.

Bellamy, however, wishes to remain at Liverpool. 'It's been very difficult in terms of adapting to not playing every week but I've learned so much. I've gained so much this year,' he said. 'It's been a great experience to be involved with what I think is the best club in the world. It has been a massive achievement.

I would have liked it to have gone a little bit better than it is has but you have to take it on the chin. There have been much better players than me who haven't had a great first year and come back and done really well over the next couple of years.'

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Marseille Negotiating With LiverpooL On Cisse's Future

Marseille have confirmed they are set to hold talks with Liverpool next week regarding Djibril Cisse's future.

Cisse spent last season on loan at Stade Velodrome and reports suggest Marseille will seek to agree another loan deal, but it is believed Liverpool are keen on a permanent transfer.

'The meeting with the Liverpool officials should happen later next week,' Marseille chairman Pape Diouf told the club's official website.

'I have good hope because Djibril has showed very clearly his desire to go on with us.

'So there are already two parties willing, ours and Cisse's.

'Now we have to convince Liverpool. We are keen to go far in the talks to settle that case.'

Jermaine Pennant Gunning For England Spot

Jermaine Pennant is hoping his performances for Liverpool will one day lead to an England call up.

'A lot of players have been tried on the right, but no-one's filled that gap yet,' he told BBC Sport.

'I'm still young and if I can keep playing well for Liverpool I don't see why I can't get the nod one day.'

Pennant worked hard to claim a regular place in Rafael Benitez's side and impressed many with his performance in the Champions League final defeat to AC Milan.

'I was happy with my season,' he said.

'To come from a relegation battle to play in the Champions League and come third in the Premiership, if somebody had offered me that two years ago I would have taken it all day long.

'But, for a team like Liverpool it's a disappointing season to end up with no silverware.'

Although Benitez will be looking to revamp his squad over the summer, Pennant does not believe there will be a huge influx of new players.

'I don't think there will be a complete change of squad, there may be a few players coming and going, but that happens at every club,' he said.

'I'm an easy target (for speculation), but no-one has said anything to me about leaving.

'I'm sure I'm staying. I've got a contract for another two years and I hope I can stay for as long as possible.

'Next season I'm sure I'll improve as a player and really shine, and that will lead on to the international stage.'