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.
Portsmouth have joined Tottenham and Newcastle in the battle to sign West Brom defender Curtis Davies.CaughtOffside Says: For a while we thought it was CuStis Davies for some reason, but whatever. Tottenham need a new centre back like they need new central midfielders (our Spurs friends inform us they do in fact need both), unless Ledley King really is secretly crocked for life. Newcastle’s interest needs no explanation. It’s surprising no one has snapped him up yet, with all the new money being thrown around we expectede Aston Villa or West Ham to come storming in as soon as the credit card activated.
Portsmouth may be ready to hijack 18-year-old midfielder Lester Peltier’s move to Arsenal from Trinidad and Tobago club San Juan Jabloteh.CaughtOffside Says: We only recognise about half the words in that sentence, but it seems unlikely that Arsenal won’t get any youngster that Arsenal want. Play early, play often, get incredible training. When Wenger retires, all he’ll leave for his successor is legions and legions of world class youngsters. What a tough job that will be.
Internacional de Porto Alegre superkid Alexandre Pato has opened the door to a move to the Premiership, alerting Manchester United and Chelsea and claiming that he would like to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo’s feats.CaughtOffside Says: We drooled over the kid when we were in Tokyo to watch the FIFA Club World Cup, and likened him to Cristiano Ronaldo back then as well. It’ll be a shame if he goes to the dying league that is Italy, and to be honest we’d much rather see him playing for free-attacking Manchester United than the rigid, results-come-first system at Chelsea. Forget Fernando Torres, if Ferguson wants to get Rooney a partner then this is the lad.
Real Betis are interested in Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez.CaughtOffside Says: WHO? Oh yeah. He runs fast and stuff…
The People says Ashton has told his closest friends that wants to play Premiership football and that he will leave Upton Park in the summer if West Ham are relegated. Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton are amongst the suitors.CaughtOffside Says: Got to love those “closest friends” stories. Given that Mido just isn’t working out at Tottenham, Newcastle won’t turn down an opportunity for more fancy attackers, and James Beattie is kinda crap, any one of those clubs would do well with Ashton in their ranks. But taking a chance on someone with multiple injuries keeping them out for a season, with setback after setback, is a little risky. Won’t stop anyone from signing him up the first day they can, though.
The Sunday Mirror says Royals boss Coppell is preparing a Â£2million bid for Aston Villa’s Northern Ireland international Steve Davis as a replacement for Steve Sidwell.CaughtOffside Says: Not bad, Davis has been inconsistent but can be a handful when on form. A hard worker, but we’re not sure he replaces Sidwell’s box-to-box efforts. Better off handing the ginger one a fat (relegation clause filled) contract on his terms.
Chelsea are in talks with the family of Mallorca’s 17 year old striker Emilio Nsue, who has a 10 million buyout clause in his contract.CaughtOffside Says: As with most foreign youngsters, the best we can do is say he’s ace on FM2007. He’ll join the likes of Salomon Kalou, SWP, and Diarra in vanishing from sight for a few months before re-emerging out of position.
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