Hadji to Arsenal,
Ostenstad to Highfield Road along with half the Aston Villa
squad – once a club has money to spend there’s no end of
Arsene Wenger is thought
to be keen to snap up the new Sky Blues skipper to fill the
holes in his squad caused by the departure of Marc Overmars and
Whether Coventry City
will be prepared to let Hadji follow Robbie Keane and Noel
Whelan out of the city without a replacement remains to be seen,
even if it is for the £7.5 million speculated in some areas.
But according to the
universal rumour mill, there will be no shortage of replacements
as the Sky Blues are being linked with any player who is
Blackburn striker Egil
Ostenstad has been told by manager Graeme Souness that he is not
in the blueprint for an Ewood Park revival, and he could be
released for as a little as £3 million.
originally sold Ostenstad for £7 million, putting him out of
the Sky Blues’ league at the time.
But he has now become
available again and Coventry boss Gordon Strachan is reported as
being an admirer.
And here is still
speculation that Julian Joachim will sign from Aston Villa, and
Benita Carbone’s name has also been thrown into the ring.
It is more likely that
Carbone will sign for Bradford, who have promised to unveil a
big new name tomorrow.
All three players,
however, will demand much higher salaries than the current Sky
Blues pay structure.
Football agent Halim
Hirallah claims he will offer the Sky Blues first crack at
signing a third Moroccan international - striker Ahmed Badja,
who currently plays in Saudi Arabia.
Hearts have told any
prospective buyers to keep away from their captain and
midfielder Colin Cameron, but with the club having recent
off-the-field difficulties, a good offer might be enough to
prise him away.
Celtic have given
unsettled striker Mark Burchill permission to talk to any club
interested in him, and he has inevitably been linked with
defender Barry Ferguson has gone to Division Three side
Hartlepool on loan to get some first team experience.