Rumours

2004

HEADLINES
2902: Anfield alerted as Overmars eyes...
2902: Dalglish for Kop comeback?
2602: Parry's secret trips to Bangkok
2302: Reds linked with Thai takeover
1502: Report: Owen opts to join Real Madrid
0502: Tottenham's Keane linked with Liverpool...
0302: Liverpool and Everton linked with Chelsea ...
 

 

RUMOURS ARCHIVE              
2004
January
 

FEBRUARY 29
Anfield alerted as Overmars eyes Premiership return

Kop Talk

Anfield has been alerted with the news that Barcelona ace Marc Overmars would like to return to the Premiership before hanging up his boots.

Gerard Houllier is an admirer of the player and has previously made attempts to sign him but was priced out by Barca some time ago.

"It is possible I will return," said Overmars. "I had my best seasons at Arsenal. English football suits me. I miss the atmosphere."

At 31, some fans may feel that Overmars is passed it but that isn't the case. He still possesses lightning pace and hasn't lost any of his creativeness. With only a year left on his existing deal, he would also be available at a knocked down fee and he could offer a short-term option to a side that is lacking ideas.


FEBRUARY 29
Dalglish for Kop comeback?

Ananova

Kenny Dalglish could return to manage Liverpool if Gerard Houllier leaves in the summer, the Sunday Express reports.

''Friends'' say if Dalglish received the call to return to Anfield, he would find it hard to refuse.

He is still friends with chairman David Moores and attends Liverpool's home games.

Liverpool won their last league title in 1990 when Dalglish was manager. He quit a year later and went on to manage Blackburn and Newcastle.


FEBRUARY 26
Parry's secret trips to Bangkok

Kop Talk

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has been involved in a number of secret meetings in Bangkok claim reports today.

The last summit 'The Wallet' attended was apparently attended by Thailand's deputy trade minister, other politicians and influential businessmen.

It is claimed that the Liverpool chief has been attending the meetings to discuss marketing the Reds which included a future shirt-sponsorhip deal and other commercial opportunities including perimeter advertising. The possibility of building an academy in Thailand is also been on the agenda.

A "group of extremely wealthy Thias interested in buying a substantial slice of the club" are also said to have rubbed shoulders with Mr Parry.


FEBRUARY 23
Reds linked with Thai takeover

Sky Sports

Liverpool are the latest Premiership club to be linked with an overseas takeover, as Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is thought to be considering purchasing the club.

Shinawatra made tentative enquiries about buying Fulham last year, but Cottagers chairman Mohamed Al Fayed rejected his overtures.

The telecommunications tycoon is now thought to have switched his attentions to Liverpool as he looks to get involved in English football.

Thai national team coach Thawatchai Satchakul, who advised Thaksin during his targeting of Fulham, revealed he has been weighing up a move for Liverpool for some time.

"I believe the prime minister already had his aides checking Liverpool's financial position in the past four to five months," said Satchakul.

"He is now in the process of deciding whether to bid for Liverpool.

"His feeling now is similar to that five or six months ago when Fulham was in the picture. If you visualised him doing shopping in a store, I would say the prime minister's eyes are now fixed on Liverpool."

Thaksin admitted on Sunday that he was looking at buying a bigger club than Fulham, but refused to elaborate on the identity of his target.

"It should be a bigger club (than Fulham)," said Thaksin.

Any proposed move for Liverpool would depend on current chairman David Moores, who has been the club's majority shareholder at Anfield for over ten years.

Moores hinted at the club's AGM in January he would consider his position at the end of the season leaving the road clear for someone to take major control.


FEBRUARY 15
Report: Owen opts to join Real Madrid

By KopTalk News

Liverpool striker Michael Owen has already decided to quit Anfield in the summer and sign for Real Madrid, claims a report in The Daily Mail newspaper today.

The highly respected (in media circles) and very well connected journalists Peter Fitton and Joe Melling are responsible for the article in question. As it has been penned by them, officials at Anfield will certainly be alarmed and they will most definitely read it with interest.

The report claims that Owen wants to team-up with David Beckham and that he is not interested in a move to another Premiership club such as Manchester United or Chelsea even though they would be prepared to match the 100,000-a-week wages that the Spanish giants would be prepared to offer him.

Owen's agent Tony Stephens is said to have not even opened talks with Liverpool over the player's next deal although they are planned. Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has claimed that preliminary talks had already started but according to the report, that was just a customary telephone enquiry between the club and Stephens.

Stephens negotiated David Beckham's move to Real Madrid last summer and we've previously reported that he has already been sounded out by Real about a possible deal for Owen.

Sources at Anfield told KopTalk last month that they believed one particular journalist with close links to the Liverpool striker (neither of those responsible for this particular report) was leaking snippets of info to the press to try and ignite interest. It wouldn't be right to name the journo at this time but we will do if it all kicks off.

The player claims he wants to remain at Anfield and we actually think he will sign a new deal if things do turn around. However, if the Reds do slump you can expect him to leave. The sacking of Gerard Houllier in the summer, may persuade the player - who is unhappy with the manager's tactics - to hold out a little longer before testing himself abroad.

The fact that the player is settled in his new home, has a keen interest in horse racing and likes to be near his family, may also go in our favour. Chief Executive Rick Parry will meet the player's wage demands but it's more about playing at the top rather than the money.


FEBRUARY 5
Tottenham's Keane linked with Liverpool switch

Kop Talk

Rumours in London claim that Tottenham's Robbie Keane could be on his way in the summer with Anfield a possible destination.

Speculation suggests that Spurs are also interested in Liverpool's John Arne Riise and that Keane could go the other way in some kind of swap deal.

Gerard Houllier is a fan of the 23-year-old Irishman who is comfortable in attack or in midfield and there have been whispers over the last fortnight that Riise is a target of Spurs and that he could be axed in the summer.


FEBRUARY 3
Liverpool and Everton linked with Chelsea midfielder

Kop Talk

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton have both been linked with a possible move for Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole in the summer.

The former West Ham ace is unhappy at the role he has with the Londonders and is reportedly ready to listen to offers at the end of the season.

Everton are this week said to have failed in a last minute attempt to take the player on loan to Goodison for the remainder of the season even though Chelsea tried to loan the player out when they signed him, much to the player's annoyance.

He may not be sold in the summer but a loan opportunity may be too good for him to turn down if he continues to play a minor role at the Bridge.


Thor Zakariassen