Batch two of the day; our contribution to the rumour abyss of white noise that is the internet.
Arsenal’s Spanish keeper Manuel Almunia could be England’s next number 1, in one year he’ll be able to get British Citizenship. (Various)
Everton and Man City are to launch an improbable four-way transfer tug-of-war with AC Milan and Juventus for FC Basle striker Felipe Caciedo, if they somehow manage to win aforementioned tug-of-war they’ll have to shell out £1.5m for the lad. (A variety of rancid sources – including Tribal Football)
Two members of the Liverpool Old Boy network are on the move – Lyon are ready to jettison Milan Baros, with Torino ready and waiting to scrape him up off the pavement while clown-named wide boy Bolo Zenden has been so poor for Marseille that PSV Eindhoven are waiting to gobble him up on a free. (Guardian)
…While former Liverpool manager is considering throwing his hat into the ring for the vacant Ireland job. He’ll have to spar with old duffers Howard Kendall and Terry Venables for the job. (Various)
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has had talks with both Benni McCarthy (who reportedly sped away in a car after being subbed last week) and all round nice guy Robbie Savage – as they are becoming increasingly unsettled with Sparky Hughes’ selection policy. (Mail)
…And the fact that Robbie Savage is fidgeting on the Blackburn subs bench has alerted Tottenham, who are in the market for a midfield nice-guy. (Guardian)
Chelsea are going to allow striker Andriy Shevchenko to leave the club on loan in January with lots of MLS clubs rubbing their hands with glee. (Mirror)
…While much-better-than-Shevchenko Didier Drogba is having a spat with his Chelsea paymasters because he wants his knee op immediately whilst Chelsea staff want him to wait. (Sun)
New Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is after left back Gary Naysmith and wants to nab the Scotland ‘star’ and bona fide Scotland star James McFadden for part of his January rebuilding program. (Various)
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, fresh from turning his nose up at the South Korea job, is now after Derby County’s Steve Howard, and he’s ready to shell out £1.5m for him.