The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Notorious cry-baby Cassano could be on his way to Liverpool in a busy day for wheeling-and-dealing rumours.

Come in 99? Could Cassano be on his way to Merseyside.
Come in 99? Could Cassano be on his way to Merseyside.
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ALEX FERGUSON IS up to his old tricks again.

The Manchester United manager described Luka Modric as the best footballer in England in an unashamed bid to charm the Croat into signing for his club, as they prepare to enter a bidding war with Chelsea.

Samuel Eto’o has become the 1,112th player to be linked with Man City (along with Arsenal), as newspapers seemingly publish countless rumours as fact in the knowledge that, sooner or later, one of them must be true.

Speaking of baseless rumours, Gervihno – the player who has at various stages been “reportedly” set to sign for about 10 different clubs - may now be signing a new contract with Lille.

Inter Milan are ready to drag Carlos Tevez out of his Man City nightmare. That is if you accept that someone who earns £286,000 a week’s life can ever be described as a nightmare.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are linked with Milan striker Antonio Cassanoa player who is prone to tears and temper tantrums when things don’t go his way. Hopefully the Anfield faithful will be sensitive to his delicate disposition.

To add insult to injury, new Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is planning to take Ben Foster away from his former club with a £10m bid. Unwanted by Aston Villa fans and despised by Blues’ followers, McLeish is seemingly aiming to become the most hated man in Birmingham if he isn’t already.

It’s been a surprisingly quiet few days for the considerable number of Irish internationals looking to move clubs, but today rumours abound that Shay Given will be moving to West Brom. Surely he’s too good a player to be slumming it with the Baggies.

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Finally, in a statement that doesn’t really make much sense, Trevor Brooking has said that England need to produce 10 Jack Wilsheres (plus a competent goalkeeper presumably) if they are ever to succeed at a major tournament. I reckon the wait could last a good bit longer in that case – particularly if they plan on playing Wilshere-esque players in defence.

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