Spurs look to have yet another Gareth Bale-flavoured transfer saga, as the club has ordered the Welshman back into training, despite Real Madrid already selling shirts with his name on the back, erecting a stage to on which to unveil him and, presumably, saving some dinner in a tupperware box for him to microwave when he gets in. According to PA Sport, Bale’s quite narked off about the whole situation, and has not reported for training this morning after having the weekend off.
But why are the club behaving like this? Here’s The Mirror’s take on it: “Furious Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stepped in and stalled the £86 million deal in protest at what he believes to be the “arrogance” of buying club Real Madrid.”
Arsenal will buy, honest, says Wenger, and the Mirror seem to think they’re set to raid Real Madrid for Karim Benzema, Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil. Good luck with that, lads.
Newcastle and Everton look set to duke it out for Wigan star James McCarthy. Prices are ranging from £8-10 million.
Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala, and expect to pay around £12m.
Crystal Palace look set to make a £2m move for Reading’s Jimmy Kebe and are also having a look at Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.
Cardiff City have made a £6m bid for Heerenveen’s Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason.
Nahki Wells is the player on everyone’s lips, including Harry Redknapp if the Daily Star is to be believed. The striker wrote himself into the Bradford City record books at the weekend by being the first player to score in eight successive games for the club, bagging a brace in their 2-0 defeat of Sheffield United, and the paper this morning reported QPR are poised to make a £3 million bid for the Bermudan.
Huddersfield Town’s Anthony Gerrard has told the Yorkshire Post he is relishing his new central role in the Terriers’ defence.
Fresh from Town’s 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth, he said: “I’m not surprised with how successful (the new formation) has been because I think we’ve got the personnel to deal with it.
“I’m really enjoying it because I’m getting on the ball a lot more. In modern-day football, you’ve got to expect to be trying different systems and the lads have adapted well to it.”
BRIAN MCDERMOTT admits he is no closer to landing a winger ahead of Monday’s transfer window deadline – although he is not ruling out that situation changing over the coming days.
A wide-sided player remains very much the transfer priority for McDermott, whose Leeds side will be attempting to extend their unbeaten run at the start of the season to six games at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening.