More forwards linked, but defender rumours fade

Last updated : 17 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Earnshaw celebrates after scoring against Germany
A relatively quiet week this time for transfer rumours, with very few new ones emerging.

Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff)

Sir Bobby is rumoured to be preparing a £3million bid for the prolific Zambian born Welsh international. Earnshaw is a fantastic prospect and would fit nicely into Sir Bobby’s way of playing, as he is both quick and skillful.

Don’t know if there’s any truth in it, but he would be a good signing.

Javier de Pedro (Real Sociedad)

The transfer listed Spanish international winger has apparently declared an interest in coming to St James’ and has been quoted as saying: "I know Newcastle watched us on Saturday and that they are interested.

"They have not made me an offer but I know they are a good team, that Alan Shearer plays for them and they are doing well in the Champions League.

"If it was me they came to watch then I think they'll have gone away happy because they saw me play well.

"I love playing for Real but I wouldn't discount the possibility of leaving for England."

Jaap Stam (Lazio)

Sir Bobby will again try and persuade the Dutchman to join us, but is likely to be thwarted by a bid from Man City.

Chris Armstrong (Oldham Athletic)

Sir Bobby has apparently had the young left back watched, but if he decides to bid he will face competition from Blackburn.

Left back from Oldham, anyone remember Carl Serrant?

Brett Emerton (Feyenoord)

The rumour won’t go away and Sir Bobby has done little to quash it, commenting: "We're always looking at the market to see what is on show, and whether we can improve our squad.

"We have a list of players that we like and without telling you that we're going to buy anybody, the fact that we've played Feyenoord twice has given us an opportunity to see him (Emerton) against us, which is very important.

"He's a box-to-box player, a big strong boy and he's a handful in his best position, centre midfield.

"But then Jermaine Jenas has done really well for us there. He hasn't deserved to be out of the side.

"He's got heading ability, he's got the legs and the touch. He's given me a bit to think about."

Fabio Macellari

The unattached former Bologna and Inter defender has apparently turned us down, along with Rangers and Birmingham, and will instead join Bayern Munich.

Remember that at the moment these are just press rumours.

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