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The Insider: Tuncay weighs up Premier League return as Sven eyes yet another Foxes signing

09 Aug 2011 14:23:13

The Insider: Tuncay weighs up Premier League return as Sven eyes yet another Foxes signing

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.  VICTOR ANICHEBEEverton to Leicester THE INSIDER says: 3/5 LASSANA DIARRAReal Madrid to TottenhamTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 Leicester have suffered a rare blow in the transfer market with Reading's Shane Long opting to join West Bromwich and are in the market for another striker who can be a big success in the Championship. They are maintaining interest in Bristol City's Nicky Maynard and know they will have to offer around ?5.5million to get him. They are also serious in their interest for Everton's young Nigeria international Victor Anichebe who has struggled to fulfil his potential at Goodison. Anichebe has had a couple of bad injuries but even when fully fit has failed to put a consistent run of form together. On his day he can be a handful for any defence as he has all the attributes; physique, pace, power and skill. Finishing is his weak point but that may be more due to confidence. He would cause chaos in the Championship and having the momentum of a season at that level would stand him in good stead should Leicester then be promoted. The problem at the moment is Everton have very few striking alternatives themselves. They are in a Catch 22 situation as they need to sell to bring in better but can ill afford to let players go so close to the season start. Leicester may offer ?3m for Anichebe and that won't be enough just yet. An offer of ?5m with guaranteed add-ons may have success before the window closes. Sportsmail revealed the problems involved with prising Diarra away from Real Madrid and those obstacles still exist. Diarra is on ?120,000 a week in Madrid and will have to take a hefty cut. Real would let him out on loan but want a decent fee should he leave permanently as they look to recoup funds following another busy summer. Tottenham are looking to offload Wilson Palacios and that could offset the deal at the other end but they do not intend to sell at ?8million. Stoke are definitely interested, as they have been since December, but wages and the transfer fee are still to be agreed and it is understood that may take a good bit of negotiating. Diarra was in Paris at the weekend to see Paris St Germain lose 1-0 to Lorient. His visit has sparked speculation PSG have opened talks about bringing the France international home this month and that remains a possibility. He would prefer to play in a more competitive league and likes the idea of playing for former boss Harry Redknapp but PSG have the funds required. Tottenham continue to try to offload players but a deal involving either Sebastian Bassong, David Bentley or Robbie Keane for Blackburn's Chris Samba, Aston Villa's interest in Alan Hutton and Fulham's desire to sign Jermaine Jenas are all stalling over money with wages and fees all considered too high at this stage.  TUNCAYWolfsburg to BoltonTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 MATTHEW BATESMiddlesbrough to SwanseaTHE INSIDER says: 4/5 Owen Coyle has had to be creative in his thinking this summer with some serious injuries to contend with and a tight budget. He is eager to bring in a striker who can improve the link-up play between midfield and attack and continue the good work put in place in the early part of last season. Cameron Jerome of Birmingham and Liverpool's David Ngog have both been considered for differing reasons with Ngog's pace an attribute Bolton lack and Jerome always willing to draw defenders away into the channels. However, Jerome is struggling to shake off an injury and Ngog is still a little expensive. That means former Middlesbrough and Stoke striker Tuncay has come into the reckoning. The Turkey international only moved in January in a ?4.5million deal but has barely figured after joining in the middle of a difficult season for the club and is available on a loan. There are still some details to be ironed out about wages but there is a good chance the deal could happen. Coyle may still face a battle to hold on to Gary Cahill before the window closes with Arsenal and Liverpool deliberating over a late move. Ngog could yet figure in negotiations should Liverpool bid. Manager Kenny Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke watched Cahill last Friday as did Steve Rowley of Arsenal. The alternative for both could be Birmingham's Scott Dann who is cheaper at around ?8million. Middlesbrough are vulnerable to offers at the moment and have a good squad in terms of young talent to pick from. Swansea are obvious fans having signed Leroy Lita and failed in a move for Marvin Emnes and it's no surprise their chief scout is Middlesbrough's former head of recruitment Dave Leadbeater. However, they are optimistic over a move for Bates who has just one year left on his contract. The 24-year-old has so far failed to agree new terms at The Riverside and has battled back to fitness following four cruciate ligament knee operations. Swansea have also made an offer for Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala who is wanted by Hull and are still hopeful of signing goalkeeper Michel Vorm from FC Utrecht for ?1.5m as they look to prepare a defence capable of playing good football but withstanding a big step up in quality. A deal for France striker David Trezeguet, as discussed in Sportsmail last month, remains some way off as the 33-year-old's wages are substantially more than Swansea expected. He was after a deal worth around ?29,000 a week tax free and that may be too big a burden for Swansea. They want a striker who can handle the Premier League but don't want to put the club in a perilous financial position if the deal doesn't prove a success. Trezeguet is a free agent after leaving Hercules but is looking for a two year contract with a release clause should they go down.    The Insider: Redknapp's striker search leads to Ruiz as Sunderland offer Bellamy a chanceThe Insider: Samba on his way to Spurs as Chelsea defender Alex is linked with move


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