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The Insider: Arsenal lead Gervinho race as Inter try to tempt Meireles from Liverpool

14 Jun 2011 13:46:26

The Insider: Arsenal lead Gervinho race as Inter try to tempt Meireles from Liverpool

ShareSimon 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.  GERVINHOLille to Arsenal THE INSIDER says: 4/5 NICOLA LEGROTTAGLIE AC Milan to QPR THE INSIDER says: 2/5 The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international made it clear last month that he wanted to play Champions League football and that has put Arsenal in the box seat. Sportsmail revealed in May that Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton had made the early running for the striker who scored 15 goals this season for Lille. However, Lille wanted ?10m even though he only has one year left on his contract. Spurs and Newcastle were both prepared to pay that while Paris St Germain, flush with new funds from their takeover, were willing to offer more. The player made it clear to Lille his preference was England and Arsenal - ahead of Manchester City - but Arsene Wenger only wanted to offer ?8m. As Sportsmail again revealed, Tottenham attempted to flush out all interest by making their offer last month but the player is more keen on a switch to The Emirates. Negotiations between clubs will begin this week and it will come down to how much Wenger thinks they should put on the table. QPR have been casting their net far and wide to add some top level experience to their squad on a modest budget. Legrottaglie is vastly experienced and may be too close to the end of his career to make a notable contribution to Neil Warnock's side this season. He is a free transfer after his six month contract with Milan ran out and would be a useful acquisition for the knowledge he could pass on but it is questionable what he could offer amid the pace of the Premier League. Legrottaglie is 35 in October and has had a few injuries over the years but has looked after himself particularly imbued with the knowledge from AC Milan's Milanello training camp. He was also in the initial training squad ahead of Italy's World Cup campaign last summer. He has held talks with QPR and is now awaiting their response after voicing his excitement at the prospect of a move to London. However, if Warnock is forced to make every penny count at Loftus Road this summer he may be best exploring other possibilities.  RAUL MEIRELESLiverpool to Inter MilanTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 KAMIL TEVFIK Bucaspor to West Ham THE INSIDER says: 2/5 The Portugal international had an inauspicious start to his Liverpool career as the team stuttered under Roy Hodgson but he emerged as one of the stars of Kenny Dalglish's model. He won the fans Player of the Year and scored five eye-catching goals including a real gem at Wolves and the crucial winner at Chelsea. It helped win over the Liverpool fans who have warmed to him despite the fact after being moved around the midfield it is difficult to assess where his best position lies. That could also be reflected in Liverpool's purchasing. They signed Jordan Henderson and want Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing. That will leave a crowd fighting over three places with Steven Gerrard due to resume his normal role on return to fitness. Liverpool need to offload to help redress the balance of their ?80m summer rebuild and a high-profile sacrifice may be necessary. Meireles's representatives are understood to be chasing an improved contract and that may have something to do with Inter's interest. If they have a spare left-back and centre-half maybe a surprise deal can fall into place. The former Fulham and Millwall youngster went off to Bucaspor last summer and, after a difficult start, has transformed himself into one of the form players in the Turkish Super Lig. He is a Turkish Cypriot born in London, and is also known as Kamil Ahmet ?rek?i and has alerted Hammers boss Sam Allardyce (above). Tevfik's story is one of determination. After being released by Millwall he went to Bucaspor where the manager decided he was best suited to the reserves without even seeing him play. But after designing his own strict training regime Tevfik got himself noticed and a new manager gave him his chance from which he hasn't looked back. Championship sides were alerted to his form and have sent a few scouts to monitor his progress and one or two Premier League sides have since done the same. He is highly rated in Turkey and seen as one for the future in the national team having figured at youth level and Under 18s. However, he is interested in a return to England to prove himself again. West Ham, Reading and Blackpool are possibilities. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline.  Liverpool back in Adam hunt but Blackpool want ?10m for their star manPardew wants PSG striker Erding after Gameiro's Newcastle snub    Explore more:People: Neil Warnock, Simon Jones, Sam Allardyce, Kenny Dalglish, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam Places: Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Milan, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom


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