THE INSIDER: Delph destined for Everton, Wolves hunt down Serb, Fulham fancy an Italian and Portsmou
10 June 2009 12:39
Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the biggest (and littlest) transfer moves this summer.
His column, published every weekday, offers an insight into the deals which will be done and those that won't - and why.
A 5/5-rating means The Insider reckons it's a done deal; 0/5 means The Insider has his mortgage on it not happening
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Leeds to Everton - The Insider says: 3/5
Everton manager David Moyes is continuing his approach of trying to attract the best young talent in the country, with players knowing they will have an opportunity to break into the first team.
Delph has generated interest from all the top clubs and seemed destined to join Manchester United last season.
United are still keeping an eye on the player, but no firm bids have been placed with Leeds at this stage.
The Elland Road club would still prefer to sell £4million-rated Delph and have him loaned back for a season as they make another attempt to escape League One.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Aston Villa are also monitoring the situation, but Delph regards the Everton move as an attractive proposition.
Red Star Belgrade to Wolves - The Insider says: 5/5
As Sportsmail revealed last week, Wolves were in the driving seat for the Serbia international, who has six months remaining on his contract.
Milijas has attracted interested from Hamburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach, but Wolves' willingness to pay £2.6m has ensured the deal will go their way.
Aston Villa went to watch the player at the weekend when he scored for Serbia against Austria, but didn't think he was quite suitable for their requirements.
Sampdoria to Fulham - The Insider says: 2/5
There is a lot of speculation about this 31-year-old Italy international, with a clutch of second tier Premier League clubs expressing an interest.
The one catch for Fulham may be Sampdoria's valuation of £4m, but Delvecchio is a box-to-box player and has the physical presence to survive in the Premier League at 6ft 3ins.
Stoke, Hull and Sunderland may also step up their interest.
Portsmouth to Basle - The Insider says: 3/5
The former England international held talks with Turkish side Trabzonspor and looked set to agree a two-year deal, but has since decided that the move is not right for him.
Campbell is now mulling over a three-year offer from Swiss side Basle and is expected to hold further talks later this week.
The 34-year-old is unlikely to receive such a long-term deal elsewhere, but Wolves and Blackburn had shown an interest.
Campbell's wage demands, however, were considered too high.
Portsmouth to Chelsea - The Insider says: 3/5
Sportsmail revealed last week that a £17m deal had been agreed between Portsmouth and Chelsea, leaving the Blues in pole position to sign the player.
But Liverpool still retain an interest and Anfield manager Rafa Benitez wants to press ahead to make Johnson his first signing of the summer, as soon as the player returns from England duty tomorrow (Thursday).
The Reds are still owed money from the sale of Peter Crouch to Portsmouth and that would enable them to strike a deal, despite their limited budget.
Johnson would like to stay in London, but regards the chance to join Liverpool's title challenge as an attractive opportunity.