Chelsea are reportedly weighing up the possibility of joining West Ham and Birmingham in the race for Jay Bothroyd.
It is widely accepted that Bothroyd, who made his England debut earlier this season, will be leaving the club this season as they hope to cash in early on the player’s contract expiring at the end of the season.
A move could cost the champions around £2m, which the Daily Mail claim would prove good value for money despite Carlo Ancelotti’s budget having been “seriously restricted” by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.
Carroll signing unlikely.
Newcastle United have reportedly told potential suitors to Andy Carroll that the England striker is going nowhere – even stating they wouldn’t sell him for £40m, reports Mirror Football.
However, it is thought that Man City, Spurs and Chelsea will test that resolve, despite reports that the club’s budget has been restricted.
A source close to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said: “Every week there seems to be a new club supposedly wanting Carroll.
“This must be worrrying for the fans, but Mike Ashley knows that new manager Alan Pardew wants to build his team around Carroll and he is not interested in selling him – even if someone bids £40m.”
Kaka race on.
Chelsea’s bid for Kaka may be hijacked by Man City this month, according to Footy Latest.
The Citizens had hoped to capture the Brazilian shortly after they were taken over, launching a whopping reported £100m bid, but the player didn’t feel that the City of Manchester Stadium was a big enough location to display his talents.
Carlo Ancelotti has been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder in recent days, and Stamford Bridge appeared a likely destination – but the blue half of Manchester feel the 28-year-old may change his mind now that Roberto Mancini has begun to build a side challenging for Premier League honours.
Abramovich has reportedly agreed to help Ancelotti in his bid to join up with the player he managed at Man City, but it is not thought likely that he would want to enter a bidding war with City owner Sheikh Mansour.