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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Find out which striker Liverpool are looking to re-sign, what Real Madrid player has turned down Tottenham and who has called Jens Lehmann a muppet.

Will Hazard be the man to help Arsenal recover from the loss of Fabregas?
Will Hazard be the man to help Arsenal recover from the loss of Fabregas?

POOR ARSENAL HAVE had a less-than-pleasant time in the transfer market this summer.

Not only have they lost their two best players, but they have seemingly been turned down by just about everyone.

Real Madrid are the latest team to tell them where to go, as they have rejected the club’s loan bid for Kaka.

Lassana Diarra will not be signing for Tottenham – or at least that’s what I’ve been assured this article says.

QPR will flex their financial muscles by offering Joey Barton £60,000-a-week to move to the side. Cue: a carefully-worded statement from Barton insisting that it wasn’t for the money that he moved to the London club.

Or perhaps he’ll turn them down and move to Shrewsbury instead for the sheer valour that goes with playing for a more humble club.

Speaking of money, Nasri claims Arsenal’s inability to clearly demonstrate they had any was what convinced him to move on.

Finally, Jens Lehmann has failed in his attempt to sue Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese, after indicating he was a muppet and belonged on the ‘Muppet Show’. Rumours that the courts rejected the claim on the basis that it was a fair assessment of the goalkeeper have yet to be confirmed.

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Ill-advised prospective deal of the day: Will Liverpool sign Craig Bellamy? It will mean their three-man strike-force comprises of a criminal (Carroll), a cheat (Suarez) and of course, a golf club-wielding maniac (Bellamy). This is one of several reasons why they shouldn’t buy him.

Advised prospective deal of the day: Arsenal must sign Eden Hazard, if only to appease fans. And Wenger needs someone to fill the void left by Fabregas and Nasri, as Denilson isn’t going to become world class anytime soon.

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