Tag Archives: heerenveen

Liverpool hope to beat Manchester United to Filip Djuricic

Liverpool jump to head of queue for 4m-rated United target Djuricic

|

UPDATED:

07:30 GMT, 8 November 2012

Liverpool plan to steal a march on Manchester United in the race for Heerenveen's attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic.

Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the 20-year-old Serbian and invited him for a trial in 2009.

But work permit problems scuppered United's hopes of completing the deal, leaving him free to join Dutch side Heerenveen instead.

In the market: Brendan Rodgers (right) wants to boost his squad

In the market: Brendan Rodgers (right) wants to boost his squad

But Djuricic could yet end up in the Premier League with Liverpool plotting to launch a January move, according to the Daily Star.

Manager Brendan Rodgers expects 4million will be enough to entice him to England as he looks to bolster his depleted front line.

Meanwhile, Rodgers hopes young striker Adam Morgan will be able to further his development with Europa League experience and eventually provide support for a lightweight front line.

The 18-year-old had made the trip to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkala as part of a squad lacking a number of first-team regulars.

With Luis Suarez, the club's only fit senior striker, left at home and Fabio Borini still injured there is an obvious vacancy up front for someone.

Chance: Adam Morgan may get a taste of Europa League action

Chance: Adam Morgan may get a taste of Europa League action

Samed Yesil, also 18, struggled in the lone front-man role in the Reds' Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea last week and Morgan may get his chance to show what he can do in Moscow.

But Rodgers is wary of loading too much pressure on the teenager, who was prolific at youth level.

'Adam has done very well,' the Northern Irishman said.

'He was with us in pre-season and then he has gone back to working with the under-21s and scoring goals and he has had the opportunity to travel out with us.

'But you have to be careful with young players. No-one inherently believes in young players more than myself but you have to give them time.

'You can destroy them if you put them in at the wrong time if they are not able to cope technically, tactically and mentally.'

West Brom sign Dinamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season long loan

West Brom snap up defender Popov after missing out on Oviedo to Everton

|

UPDATED:

21:24 GMT, 31 August 2012

West Brom have signed Dinamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Macedonian international Popov ends
Baggies boss Steve Clarke's search for a new left-back to provide
competition for current first choice Liam Ridgewell.

New signing: Goran Popov

New signing: Goran Popov

The 27-year-old has become Albion's sixth signing of the campaign after being granted a work permit and passing a medical.

Clarke has moved for Popov after losing out to Everton in the battle to sign Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen.

He said: 'I've said many times over the past few weeks that we've been looking to bring in one more defender and I'm delighted we've managed to sign Goran.

'We allowed two left-backs (Nick Shorey and Joe Mattock) to leave at the end of last season so it's very pleasing we've got another naturally left-sided player within the group to give us more balance.

'We've now got good competition for places in all areas of the squad.'

Clarke added: 'Goran is a player the club have closely monitored for around three years so we know what we're getting.

'He has also given up the opportunity to play Champions League football with Dynamo Kiev to join Albion in the Premier League and he's determined to do well here.'

Albion sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, said: 'Goran first came to our attentions during our promotion season of 2009-10 (when with Heerenveen) but we missed out on him that summer when he joined Kiev.

'We've continued to monitor him and have seen him acquit himself well for Kiev in the Champions League and against Manchester City and Stoke in the Europa League.

'Goran is an established, experienced left-back who is tall, powerful, good on the ball and likes to get forward.

'I'm sure he will settle in really well with us in the Premier League.'

Former AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade defender Popov played for his country at Under-19 and and Under-21 level and currently has 36 senior caps to his name.

West Ham set to sign Miralem Sulejmani from Ajax

Hammers set to swoop for 14m record Ajax signing Sulejmani ahead of deadline day

|

UPDATED:

11:53 GMT, 30 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

West Ham are the favourites to sign Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani as the Dutch giants prepare to cash-in on their record signing before the transfer window closes.

The Serbia international has struggled to settle in Amsterdam since his 13.8million arrival from Heerenveen in 2008 and is desperate for a move.

Hammer time: Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani could be set to join West Ham

Hammer time: Ajax forward Miralem Sulejmani could be set to join West Ham

The Hammers have had him watched for over two years and are keen to end their lengthy pursuit in time for Friday's Deadline Day.

The 23-year-old can operate on either flank making him a attractive proposition for Upton Park boss Sam Allardyce who tends to operate one up front with two supporting forwards either side.

Ajax director of football, and former Arsenal star, Marc Overmars has revealed one approach has already been received – but stopped short before confirming it wasa bid from the Barclays Premier League club.

'It's a serious offer, but I can't mention the name of the club,' he said.

'Miralem knows about the interest.'

Market moves: Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add more firepower to his squad

Market moves: Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add more firepower to his squad

West Ham are also keen to bring in one more striker before the window slams shut and are expected to make a return bid for Liverpool misfit Andy Carroll.

Nicky Maynard and Carlton Cole could be moved on to help finance any potential arrivals.

Championship side Cardiff are believed to be interested in ex-Bristol City frontman Maynard while Cole is understood to have interested a host of Premier League clubs and in Turkey.

Oussama Assaidi to join Liverpool for 3m from Heerenveen

Assaidi to join Liverpool for 3m from Heerenveen as Rodgers continues to strengthen

|

UPDATED:

18:06 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool have completed a 3million deal for Heerenveen winger Oussama Assaidi, subject to the Moroccan international passing a medical.

The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract and will move to Anfield after turning down an offer to stay in Holland from Ajax. He was also wanted by Spartak Moscow and Galatasaray.

Fulham had expressed an interest in the pacy Assaidi, who can operate on the flanks or through the middle, earlier this summer but he is expected to be unveiled by Liverpool within in the next 24 hours.

On the move: Assaidi will join Liverpool

On the move: Assaidi will join Liverpool

Assaidi will triple the 7,000 per week wages he was being paid by Heerenveen and will sign a four-year contract on Merseyside, plugging the gaps in the squad that have been left by the departures of Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

Once the formalities of Assaidi’s deal are completed, Liverpool – who have not received any bids for Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam – will hope to finalise a move for Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin on a season long-loan.

Liverpool have conducted lengthy discussions with Real Madrid over releasing Sahin, who had indicated he had wanted to play in the Champions League, and hope they have convinced him to move to the Barclays Premier League.

Fulham want Heerenveen"s Oussama Assaidi

Jol resurrects bid for Assaidi as forward's proposed move to Ajax stalls

|

UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 15 August 2012

Wanted: Assaidi (right)

Wanted: Assaidi (right)

Fulham have revived interest in Oussama Assaidi after the Heerenveen forward’s proposed move to Ajax fell through.

The 23-year-old Morocco international turned down the option to play for Holland despite having dual passports.

With star player Clint Dempsey likely to leave, Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to plunder his homeland once again to bring fresh blood to Craven Cottage.