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Tuesday Transfer Twaddle: Pennant to Portsmouth

jermaine-pennantOft-troubled Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has accepted a temporary loan move to Portsmouth, to play for former Arsenal teammate Tony Adams.  Pennant deflected interest from AC Milan and Real Madrid, originally preferring to stay at Liverpool, despite not playing.  Who wouldn’t want a player with that type of ambition?

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness’ raging jealousy of AC Milan has lingered after the Dubai trip.  Upset by the audacity of Milan’s 120 million euro valuation of Kaka, Hoeness has tried to one-up them, by claiming Franck Ribery is worth 150 million!  Unfortunately for Bayern, Ribery does want to leave eventually, possibly for free when his contract expires in 2011.

Talks between Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin have hit an impass, with Zenit demanding that the London club raise their bid from £10m to £15m.  Five million pounds is a substantial sum, of course.  So is the £40m they would lose by not qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Lukas Podolski will return, as speculated, to his former club FC Koln, with Koln essentially returning the £10m Bayern paid for him in 2006.  However, there’s still a solid six months of awkwardness before that happens, as the clubs will not consummate the deal until July 1.  The 23-year-old should have a fabulous sulk party on the bench with new signing Landon Donovan. 

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Headlines: Elano to Spurs?

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Spurs will sign Elano, because you can never have too many ball-playing attacking midfielders. (Caught Offside)

Gemma Atkinson called off her engagement with Marcus Bent.  I was sure that relationship had 60 years all over it. (Sports Crackle Pop)

Zenit are “hopeful” Arsenal spend silly money on Arshavin. (The Spoiler)

Ben Foster wants to leave Manchester United. (Soccerlens)

Fat and Orange are concerned over Arsenal board developments.

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Arshavin Allowed to Leave Zenit

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Changing their summer obstinacy, Zenit St. Petersburg will allow Andrei Arshavin to leave the club in the January transfer window.

“It will be better both for our club and for the player,” Zenit manager Dick Advocaat said.  “We had good time together and it’s time to part with him.”

Tottenham is Arshavin’s most likely destination.  The club have coveted the Russian captain since last year.  The 27-year-old agreed personal terms with the club last summer, however the Spurs and Zenit remained £8.5 million apart on his transfer price.

A deal now would probably be closer to Spurs’ £12.5m evaluation.  He would resolve Tottenham’s shortage of diminutive second strikers.

At that price Arshavin could also interest Chelsea, who are looking for a striker.

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