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In bleak, snowy mid-February, there have been few green shoots of transfer news poking their little heads out of the barron wasteland of rumourdom, until today, that is.
The irritating will-they/won’t-they Chelsea-n-Lamps story has been dragging on like an ELP concert all season, but now The Daily Star has breathed fresh life into the saga by claiming that EVERTON are offering the veteran midfielder a THREE YEAR DEAL (y’what?!).
The paper claims the Merseysiders, who usually look to have run out of chocolate coins to spend on players, are chasing the England midfielder, who will hit 35 this summer, by offering him £80,000-a-week to become a toffee, but face stiff competition from the likes of PSG, AC Milan, LA Galaxy (sigh) and Manchester United.
A fiery Celtic were undone by a defensive masterclass from Juve last night but Uncle Arsene is still keen on Bhoys midfielder Victor Wanyama.
According to Today’s Daily Telegraph, Wenger sent a scout to Parkhead last night to compile a detailed report on the holding midfielder after having a bid rejected by Tolouse for Etienne Capoue.
David Bentley (still Spurs’ record signing (I know, right?!)) looks like he could be returning to Blackburn Rovers.
Manager Michael Appleton has confirmed that Bentley is one of “three or four” players he is looking to bring in during the loan window.
The top-four transfer wheel looks to be gaining momentum, as the Daily Express have today claimed that baby-blue bank-breakers Manchester City are considering a summer move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, who we know is good, but can anyone really forgive his disastrous form for Germany at Euro 2008?
According to the Sun, ridiculously attack-minded left-back Andre Santos looks set for an awkward return to the Emirates this summer, as he claims he will come back to fight for his Arsenal place next season, despite being 4th choice in the position.
Newcastle United – or should it be “Newchateaux Ensemble” – are looking to bring in even more Frenchmen this summer, according to The Metro.
The commuter’s favouruite said the club are looking to tie up deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Isimat-Mirin this summer.
Leandro Damiao – who Spurs have been cautiously chasing like some neurotic Woody Allen character for some time – looks like he could be on his way to Napoli this summer.
Talksport reckon Napoli are sweet on Damiao as a replacement if Edinson Cavani leaves the club this summer. And if the Cavani transfer fees being talked about are to be believed, we wouldn’t bet against the Neopolitans having the wonga to stump up for the Brazilian.
Huddersfield Town look set to make Mark Robins their next manager as the club have opened talks with the former Rotherham and Barnsley gaffer.
Robins has taken cash-strapped Coventry City to the verge of the League One playoffs this season and, should talks with Town be successful, an announcement is expected to be made tomorrow.
More good news for West Yorkshire clubs, as Bradford City laid the ghosts of their recent league form to rest by smashing Wycombe Wanderers 3-0.
In an evening of firsts, Nathan Doyle scored his forst Bradford City goals for nearly seven years and, perhaps more importantly, ridiculously-good centre-half Andrew Davies played his first game since October after recovering from an ankle injury.
Leeds United were unlucky to be gunned down 1-0 at Middlesborough, but many LEeds fans are now calling for the head of manager Neil Warnock.
The 64-year-old also faced criticism for refusing to make substitutions before Main produced his decisive goal but he brushed off the abuse after the final whistle, saying: “Leeds fans have suffered for a long time so it’s the natural thing.
“If we’d taken our opportunities then they’d have been chanting our names but that’s what you get in football.
“We’ve got to be positive and it is difficult. The glass is always half empty in Leeds and it needs to be half full. We’ve got to try and win our next three or four games and go gung-ho.”
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