Soccer Truth & Rumors: Feb. 22, 2007

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Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler will be offered a shock move to America by old teammate Steve Nicol at the New England Revolution. -- The Mirror

Fowler, the former England international, who has scored 160 goals during his English Premier League career, is on the tail end of his European career, but is just 31 and has a natural link to the Red Bulls, having been teammates with Claudio Reyna at Manchester City from 2003-2006. -- North Jersey Herald

Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen is losing patience with the bench role he is fulfilling at Celtic and, according to his agent, the Glasgow club are running the risk of losing him if the situation does not change. The MLS could offer a way out for the combative midfielder, with a possible link-up with former Real teammate David Beckham at the LA Galaxy mooted. --

Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena told reporters at practice on Wednesday that the team is planning on announcing a signing either this week or next week and that it would likely be a designated player. -- Soccer by Ives

A more likely blockbuster announcement from MLS is the jersey sponsorship for David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy. Two sources have confirmed that the bidding is down to Citibank and Herbalife (and, interestingly, not Beckham sponsor adidas). The Citibank offer to have its name across the front of Galaxy shirt, the sources said, is a monster: five years, $49 million. A decision is expected any day. -- San Diego Union-Tribune

Adriano was excluded from the Valencia game because of his wild weekend. As happened too often in the past seasons, Adriano partied a bit too much for the liking of Inter manager Roberto Mancini and chairman Massimo Moratti after previous indigestion caused at the sight of the player snapped with a cigarette and chubby female groupies in hand. --

Arsenal us lining up a £6 million bid for Charles N'Zogbia. It is believed Arsene Wenger would have made an approach for the young Frenchman during the January transfer window had he not been out with a knee injury, yet he will now move for him in the summer. --

Will ex-Spurs striker Fredi Kanoute make a move to Juventus? His form is attracting attention from top clubs in Italy and Spain. --

Tottenham have flown Italian keeper Mirko Lamantia over to London for a spell at the club. Paul Robinson is the undisputed number one at White Hart Lane with Radek Cerny and recent recruit from Sunderland, Ben Alnwick, also on Martin Jol's playing staff. --

It appears that Fabio Capello has preserved his job at Real Madrid, at least for a few days, after yesterday's 3-2 victory over visiting Bayern Munich in a European Champions League Round-of-16 match. According to reports in the Spanish news media, Capello offered to resign this week, an offer that was rejected by club officials. -- New York Post

Living -- and playing -- legend Romário has silenced rumours emanating from Vasco da Gama that he may consider lengthening his playing days beyond the magical mark of 1,000 goals. --

Juventus claim they could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo four years ago. --

Queens Park Rangers told veteran Welsh keeper Paul Jones he can leave on a free transfer. --

Newcastle Jets have offered their coach Gary van Egmond as assistant to the Socceroos national team coach if the current number two, John Kosmina, is fired. --