The world of Premiership transfer gossip is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Speculation is rife in the likes of the Mirror, Daily Mail, Times, Sun andâ€¦ errâ€¦ Tribal Football all do their best to predict and/or completely make up the future.
Hereâ€™s our opinion on the Premiership transfer rumours weâ€™ve read in the papers and around the netâ€¦ and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.
Tottenham have a Â£3million deal in-place for Derby County midfielder Giles Barnes.
CaughtOffside Says: Tottenham have admittedly made a bit of an effort to sign up some good British talent in recent years with mixed degrees of success but Barnes has put in some pretty spectacular performances for a good Derby side. Can never have too much pace and an eye for goal, but it’ll be interesting to see how Martin Jol manages his army of midfielders next season.
Manchester United are increasing their interest in Barcelona’s Eidur Gudjohnsen.
CaughtOffside Says: We still think he’s the perfect Ferguson striker. Drops deep to help build up play, smart, erratic finishing.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has offered Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner a new four-year contract but the Danish striker is being watched by Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
CaughtOffside Says:Bendter wants to stay at Arsenal as long as he gets to play. Arsenal can not finish worth their life and so if somehow this doesn’t end up with the in-form Bentdner staying at the Emirates then someone needs to be fired (probably not Wenger).
Barcelona are believe Frank Lampard will not be able to agree a new deal with Chelsea and are ready to step in, possibly offering Deco as a makeweight.
CaughtOffside Says:Not quite sure why Deco would be needed as a makeweight if Lampard is going to invoke the new FIFA rule and just buy out his contract. Unless he’s planning to avoid being called a Judas b*stard for the rest of his career and actually ensure that Chelsea get a deal that matches his transfer value.
Tottenham will turn their attentions to Portsmouth defender Matt Taylor if they fail to sign promising Wales teenager Gareth Bale in the summer.
CaughtOffside Says:Will be interesting to see how good slightly-minted Portsmouth are at holding onto their talent when other clubs come sniffing. Taylor is exactly the sort of attacking full back that Martin Jol needs in his formation and would give them a proper threat on the left.