Transfer talk

Last updated : 02 July 2004 By Nicky Bremner
Marc Overmars is again back on the rumour list. The Dutch winger was released from his Barcelona contract but wages appear to be the problem.

So is James Beattie, seen as an ideal like-for-like replacement for Alan Shearer, although Southampton have insisted there has been no offer for the England forward. Lyon's Sidney Govou has also been linked.

James Milner and Nicky Butt also looks to be on the verge of signing.

Bobby has stated he needs a right back so the usual targets are being brought up - Mills, Melchiot, etc, although Hatem Trabelsi looks like he is on the way to Arsenal.

In my opinion, Overmars is a class act - pacey, skilful and direct. Beattie is no Shearer but he has similiar physical attributes - a worthy buy for the right price. £8 million being quoted is far too much. Govou deal looks highly unlikely. Milner is a hardworking good youngster - great buy. I'm not sure about Butt though. He hasn't hit form for a long time and the last thing we want is another injury-prone midfielder. Voice your opinions on the messageboard.