RUMOURS! West Ham and Pompey stars in Manchester City dash

Posted by throws us some of the days’ crazy, crazy rumours.

Forty-three minutes past midday as I write this and someone has apparently just spotted Dean Ashton at the City of Manchester Stadium. Either that or it’s one of Sven Goran Eriksson’s other bleached blondes dropping by to keep the Swede company.

Mobiles across the light blue half of Manchester are buzzing with news of the West Ham striker making a deadline day dash up north where he might at least get a game. Mind you, Manchester City’s dire lack of strike power means Carl Leaburn would probably make the side if he was still around.

Hold on … ANOTHER deadline day whisper from Eastlands. Felipe Caicedo, FC Basle’s 19-year-old Ecuadorian front man, checked in to the Lowry with several men in suits mid-morning. Now, he’s either over to sample the delights of Salford Quays or to make Sven a very happy man after half the forwards in Europe turned City down.

In fact, there’s now a queue of centre forwards stretching from the Man City Ground almost to Stockport – Pompey’s Benjani is the latest in the frame and £8m is the asking price.

And breaking news from the Planet Wishful Thinking – Kaka, world footballer of the year, has been seen in the King’s Road. Which means he must be on his way from AC Milan to Chelsea for £100m.

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