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The Insider: David Ngog closer to Bolton move

11 Aug 2011 14:45:50

The Insider: David Ngog closer to Bolton move

Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the major 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 your daily Insider instalment here.  DAVID NGOGLiverpool to Bolton THE INSIDER says: 3/5 JOEY BARTON Newcastle to StokeTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 The Liverpool striker has held talks over his future and is keen for the chance to speak to Bolton about a prospective move. The 22-year-old knows his opportunities are limited at Anfield and is ready to move on. He was offered as part of the deal that brought Jordan Henderson to Liverpool but terms could not be agreed and he has since been courted by clubs in France, Holland and Germany. A move abroad certainly seemed more likely but his head has been turned at the prospect of playing regularly at Bolton under a manager that seems to bring the best out of young strikers. Liverpool hope to finalise a deal for Jose Enrique today and the next stage will be for them to bring in a centre half. They are interested in Birmingham's Scott Dann but watched Gary Cahill last week and may try to use Bolton's desire for Ngog as part of the bargaining in a possible deal for Cahill. Bolton have turned to Ngog with doubts over the fitness and value for money of Birmingham's Cameron Jerome but it will still come down to money. Tuncay will join from Wolfsburg on loan but Bolton have offered less than Stoke and Wigan to their other target Shaun Wright-Phillips. Barton has been back training with the first team and and could well figure for Newcastle against Arsenal at the weekend. Without him and amid reports that Cheick Tiote is still short of fitness they could be in for a tough time against a side with a lot to prove. Barton is still available on a free  despite talks to heal the rift between him and the club. The offers have been varied to his agent Willie McKay who says he has one of the easiest jobs of his career in finding Barton a new club. Zenit St Petersburg would like to tempt him to Russia with ?68,000 a week after tax. However, Barton has a young family to consider and while, he won't dismiss any offer from abroad, his preference would be to stay in this country. Stoke have held talks and would offer him a good contract as they raise their ambitions but there are still a few surprises left in the market place for the 28-year-old. Whatever his image he is still a good footballer and as a free transfer that is a gamble bigger clubs are willing to consider. Barton's wages are prohibitive but the fees being asked for other players means a move to the top six is possible.  LORIS NERYSt Etienne to Liverpool THE INSIDER says: 3/5 ELIAQUIM MANGALAStandard Liege to TottenhamTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 Liverpool are constantly looking for players who can add depth and versatility to their squad as they have been found wanting in recent months with injuries in key areas. Nery is a 20-year-old defender that Damien Comolli knows very well and could be levered out of St Etienne for a reasonable fee. He is not seen as automatic first-team material and the French would be interested in striking a deal where he signs for Liverpool then returns on loan to continue his education. Liverpool's immediate plan is to bring in players who can hit the ground running. They will finalise the deal for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique today after deciding he was the best value option for that position and then they will look at bringing in a centre back. Birmingham's Scott Dann remains an option as does Gary Cahill but Liverpool are under guidelines to try and sell a few first with another striker also on the horizon. Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles may be the best sources of income although Steven Gerrard's continued absence with an infection related to his groin injury means Kenny Dalglish will not lose too much sleep if either is still at the club on August 31. Mangala is a defender who has been watched by Spurs boss Harry Redknapp (above) as well as Sunderland, Newcastle, West Bromwich, Liverpool, Everton and Bolton. He is a 20-year-old centre-half who started out as a striker and was converted to left-back before establishing himself in the middle. Being left-sided makes him a rare commodity and that has prompted a lot of interest. He is a regular in France's Under 21 squad and has been talked of highly after figuring alongside another highly rated French defender Mamadou Sakho. However, English clubs are not fully convinced that at ?6million he would be money well spent. Valencia have long held an agreement with the player and Liege but have yet to put hard cash on the table as they wait for moves such as Juan Mata to Arsenal to develop. Instead, Porto are looking for young players to develop are ready to step in and could wrap up a deal by the start of next week. Porto themselves are still in negotiations over the potential sale of Radamel Falcao to Atletico Madrid while Chelsea are pressing ahead with their interest in ?25m-rated Uruguayan wing back Alvaro Pereira if they can get him for less. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEClub-by-club guide to all the Barclays Premier League summer transfersPREMIER LEAGUE NEW KIT SPECIAL: Strips your team will wear in 2011-12


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