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The Insider: Tottenham eye Radamel Falcao, Bayern Munich considering Nicklas Bendtner move

17 Jun 2011 13:28:53

The Insider: Tottenham eye Radamel Falcao, Bayern Munich considering Nicklas Bendtner move

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.  RADAMEL FALCAOPorto to TottenhamTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 NICKLAS BENDTNER Arsenal to Sporting Lisbon THE INSIDER says: 2/5 The 25-year-old Colombian has a phenomenal goalscoring record at Porto with 41 goals in 50 games. He has been watched closely by Tottenham scouts over recent seasons and they even considered an approach to Argentinian side River Plate in 2009 before he moved to Portugal. Falcao has said recently that he is ready for a move to a bigger European club amid glowing reports from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal too, however, Tottenham remain unconvinced. While there is no doubting his ability to put the ball in the back of the net, the latest scout reports indicate reservations about what else he contributes in the games. That may not matter to some sides but Tottenham need more rounded payers due to the style they like to play and the general nature of what it takes to succeed in the Premier League. A price of ?18m to ?21m also means you have to be convinced you are making the right choice. Internacional's Leandro Damiao would offer better value. The outlook may change if a big offer comes in for Jermaine Defoe but Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane are the more obvious sacrifices to make room for new additions up front. Bendtner's father and agent Thomas revealed yesterday that Sporting Lisbon had made a move for the frustrating Arsenal striker but Sporting's general director Carlos Freitas was quick to deny that this morning. The 23-year-old Dane is set to leave the Emirates after failing to command a regular first-team place but Freitas said: 'There is no offer sent to Arsenal and we have no plans to make one. Our club has identified targets for next season and our interests are different to that of the agents.' Although there is reported interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund also, both clubs have so far said they have other priorities. Bendtner was wanted by Fulham but the change in manager may have put paid to that move although they were never going to match the ?12million price tag. The player has undoubted talent and has age on his side but the price is inflated on reflection of his performances over recent seasons for Arsenal and the national team. A change is necessary to kickstart his career and probably get more one on one coaching but Bendtner may have to be patient for the move.  SOL CAMPBELLNewcastle to NorwichTHE INSIDER says: 1/5 ROGER JOHNSONBirmingham to WolvesTHE INSIDER says: 2/5 The 36-year-old is still looking to play at the top level and says he has a few clubs in the Premier League who have shown interest. Norwich manager Paul Lambert wanted to take the former Arsenal and England defender on loan in January only for Newcastle to block it as they needed defensive cover. Campbell keeps himself in good condition but his lack of match sharpness would have to be addressed if he is to make a telling contribution. He can still read the game well and is as strong as ever but the body isn't moving as quickly as his mind. Norwich would have to have someone who can make up the ground alongside him but his experience would be of great benefit to their squad. Campbell's wife recently gave birth and he is looking to stay in London for the next six weeks while adjusting to family life before linking up with a new club. That may interest West Ham and QPR too.Wolves are ready to kickstart the bidding on the 28-year-old former Cardiff defender with a record ?7million offer. Birmingham need to sell to get the club back on an even keel ahead of their Championship campaign and Johnson, Scott Danns, Nikola Zigic and Craig Gardner will all be sold if they can find suitable buyers. Ben Foster is also expected to depart but Aston Villa may find that a difficult or costly deal to conclude. Johnson, though, had a fine season in the main and was noted for his willingness to stick to the task of defending plus his ability in the air at set-pieces. Blackburn and Tottenham have also monitored his progress and other clubs may yet enter the bidding. Wolves though want to bring in players fairly quickly ahead of pre-season and have made a statement of intent with bids for Jamie O'Hara and Reading's Matt Mills also likely to follow soon. They also like Scott Dann but Stoke have made the first move there with Liverpool and Arsenal still weighing up alternatives. Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline  Explore more:People: Sol Campbell, Robbie Keane, Scott Dann, Paul Lambert, Simon Jones, Nicklas Bendtner, Roger Johnson, Jamie O'Hara, Craig Gardner, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Ben Foster Places: Liverpool, London, Lisbon, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Portugal, United Kingdom


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