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Latest Transfer Rumours: Woodgate, Nugent, Curtis Davies and Alan Smith

The world of Premiership transfer rumours is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Here’s our opinion on some of that more interesting nonsense… and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.


Both Arsenal and Liverpool are thinking of offering John Woodgate a juicy £80,000 a week contract, stealing him from under Middlesbrough’s noses.

CaughtOffside Says: We genuinely feel for Boro here. They took a gamble on Woody when everyone else (including Newcastle) thought his only contribution would be to the physio’s overtime, but the way the silly-haired defender’s playing a move to a top four club is inevitable. The more likely destination is Liverpool, as Rafa will be looking to upgrade everyone possible with his American Express.


Rangers have an eye on Preston and England Under 21 goal machine David Nugent.

CaughtOffside Says: Strange that no English Premiership team has made a concrete bid for this young man. He would have been a great signing for someone in January for the final push of the season, West Ham could have done worse than sign him as a last throw of the dice (and they did).


West Ham will sign West Brom’s Curtis Davies.

CaughtOffside Says: Given the clubs may be swapping divisions in May, this one probably won’t be finalised anytime soon and maybe not at all if Davies has any ambitions. Unless they also offer him 60K a week…


Assuming Sheffield United stay up they’ll spend £7 million to relieve Manchester United of makeshift midfielder Alan Smith and return him to his proper position up front.

CaughtOffside Says: Poor smudger. Remember when Fergie promised him he wouldn’t be playing right midfield at Old Trafford like he had at Elland Road? Fergie forgot to mention he wouldn’t get to play up front much either, and then his ankle exploded. If Smith really is available, surely a more established side like Everton or Newcastle will step in.