THE INSIDER: Ribery to Liverpool, Sunderland close-in on Bent and Redknapp eyes Carew

10 July 2009 01:44
Simon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the biggest (and littlest) transfer moves this summer. Insider 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 instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline. Franck Ribery Bayern Munich to Liverpool - The Insider says: 1/5 Unless Rafa Benitez believes in fairies or Liverpool are about to be taken over by new investors this deal is highly unlikely. Franck Ribery Doubtful: Liverpool may be interested in Franck Ribery but a bid is highly unlikely Bayern do have interest in Alvaro Arbeloa and admire Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso and Albert Rieira but Liverpool would need cash to replace those players. Signing a superstar on the wing and being £15m out of pocket wouldn't make sense. But Liverpool will do more business. Darren Bent Tottenham to Sunderland - The Insider says: 4/5 Every chance of this going through. As Sportsmail revealed last month the two clubs had to get closer on the valuation and they are inching towards that with Sunderland looking at £12m up front. Darren Bent On the move: Spurs striker Darren Bent is all set to join Sunderland Spurs would still prefer around £16m up front but there is a deal to be had. Bent is keen to just play so he shouldn't cause too many problems once it gets past the fee. Sunderland also hope to have Fraizer Campbell tied up by Monday but will struggle with Peter Crouch. Bobby Zamora Fulham to Hull - The Insider says: 3/5 Hull have put an offer in for Zamora and are determined to land a striker with Fraizer Campbell likely to be heading for Sunderland and Marc Antoine Fortune signing for Celtic. Bobby Zamora The trouble is they will face competition from Blackburn and Fulham want more cash up front so they can improve their offer for Peter Crouch. Zamora is content at Fulham but knows Roy Hodgson wants to upgrade and that may mean starting on the bench if he stays. John Carew Aston Villa to Tottenham - The Insider says: 3/5 Once again Sportsmail readers will remember this from early last month when we brought you the news that Harry Redknapp was keen on Carew and may even strike a deal which included Jermaine Jenas going the other way. Villa are still working on their other targets and want to have another striker lined up before they consider allowing the big Norwegian to leave. They have considered a few options in France. Aston Villa's John Carew Sheffield United's Kyle Naughton Target men: Tottenham are tracking Aston Villa striker John Carew (L) while Everton are nearing a deal for Sheffield United youngster Kyle Naughton (R) Kyle Naughton Sheffield United to Everton - The Insider says: 4/5 Everton were rebuffed in their initial offer for Naughton with the Championship club chasing a deal worth £7m in total. The Toffees have now re-adjusted their initial down payment and talks will go ahead over the weekend with the player keen to join. Aston Villa have also shown interest but have yet to match Everton's offer. The Blades have already earmarked the money on other recruits and have a couple of good young defenders coming through the ranks to replace Naughton.

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