The world of Premiership transfer rumours is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Hereâ€™s our opinion on some of that more interesting nonsenseâ€¦ and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.
After being linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, the word on the street is now that Samuel Eto’o will only move to the Premiership if it’s with Manchester United.
CaughtOffside Says: Heard this bollocks before, and the last superstars to seem to be destined for United ended up at Chelsea instead. But Eto’o is truly in the young stages of his prime and his style of play is perfect for England, if someone in the Big Four does pick him up it would certainly change the landscape of the title race.
Aston Villa’s Luke Moore is fit again after shoulder surgery, but has turned down a loan move to Stoke.
CaughtOffside Says: We’ve been to Stoke, and can see why Moore wouldn’t want to go there. But competition amongst Villa forwards has increased since Moore knacked his shoulder against Chelsea in September. Back then he was battling comedy striker Milan Baros for a shirt, now he’s up against proper footballers like John Carew, Luke Young and Shaun Maloney. That said, we love Moore’s quote justifying his decision – “I was told that Bosko Balaban would block my way when I first got into the team at Villa.” Can’t argue with that.
Liverpool are set to sign Cambridge City’s 19 year old left back Danny Blanchett, after the young fella impressed Rafa while on trial at Anfield.
CaughtOffside Says: Are the lower leagues only capable of producing full backs nowadays? Seems all the recent transfer rumours involving big clubs handing over money to not so big clubs have involved left and right backs like Gareth Bale and Dan Gosling (though young Gosling fancies himself as a midfielder).
Tottenham will sign 16 year old Bordeaux winger Henri Saviet for Â£2 million.
CaughtOffside Says: Seems Martin Jol is keen to keep pace with Wenger in the promising youngster North London arms race. With Adel Taraabt’s impressive debut against West Ham, things could get interesting in 2010.