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THE INSIDER: Pompey to Sunderland too tall an order for Crouch and former Chelsea star priced out of
Published : 23 Jun 2009 12:50:09
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. Don't miss yo Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline.e. ............................................................................................................ Peter Crouch Portsmouth to Sunderland - The Insider says: 2/5 The England striker is far from happy with the way things are being handled at Portsmouth and that has alerted clubs around the country. If Portsmouth show ambition however, he could still be there come the start of the season. Sunderland, Blackburn and Tottenham have long admired the 6ft 7ins striker but he would not come cheap with Portsmouth keen to at least recoup the £11million they agreed with Liverpool and a small matter of wages at £70,000 a week. Impeccable taste: Peter Crouch keeps up to date with all the major sports news in the Daily Mail as his girlfriend Abigail Clancy (right) enjoys the sun in Italy Michael Essien Chelsea to Real Madrid - The Insider says: 1/5 Essien cut a forlorn figure towards the end of last season. Despite coming back strongly and figuring prominently in key games he is wary of being left out too often for John Mikel Obi in a competitive midfield. Chelsea would not want to entertain offers but his agent Fabian Piveteau has revealed any offers from Real Madrid or Barcelona would have to be considered. The warning signs are there for new Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti. Matt Derbyshire Blackburn to Olympiakos - The Insider says: 5/5 Only surprise is that this deal has dragged on. Blackburn wanted to have funds in place before allowing Derbyshire to go and Roque Santa Cruz's transfer to Manchester City has ensured that. They also didn't want Olympiakos to undervalue Derbyshire and the £2.6m plus add ons will see to that. Expect Derbyshire to flourish and return to these shores a better striker. Eidur Gudjohnsen Barcelona to Tottenham - The Insider says: 2/5 Highly regarded in the Premier League but two things are working against Gudjohnsen and Spurs. One is his bumper wages of around £80,000 a week and the other is his age at 30. The latter is not a major obstacle but Tottenham prefer to bring in younger players when possible. Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland and Fulham will also be interested but finances may dictate some major negotiations before Gudjohnsen returns to the Premier League. Miguel Monteiro Valencia to Aston Villa - The Insider says: 3/5 Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has monitored the Portuguese right back for over a year and nearly signed him last summer. Sportsmail revealed Villa's renewed interest earlier this month with Everton and Tottenham also alerted with his price reputed to be around £5m. The one problem is his reputation off the pitch. The talk in Spain is that he enjoys his social life a little too much and can sometimes allow matters to get out of hand.