Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Spurs want Kaka to 'cover for Van der Vaart', apparently, Shanghai want Drogba too, some Gotze guff and more...


Ballsy and almost entirely untrue story in The Daily Express this morning.
That most august of journals reports that Spurs are lining up a loan move for Kaka. Yep, that Kaka.
Of course, attacking midfield/No.10 is exactly the place Spurs don't really need anyone else, but the Express ploughs on regardless.
The paper claims Harry Redknapp wants 'another creative player to add to his stable of ball players', and has identified the property of Jesus as the man he wants.
Here's the interesting (if still untrue) part though - there could be some horse trading involved.
The paper claims: 'Real want to recoup about £30million for the former AC Milan player but their long-standing interest in Tottenham's Gareth Bale could lead them to do a deal if there is some encouragement that the Welshman may be available.
'Redknapp wants cover for Rafael van der Vaart as his club embark on the second half of an impressive season, with a title challenge a real possibility.'
Rather inevitably, PSG are said to be keen as well.

It seems Shanghai Shenhua is the place to be for ageing Chelsea forwards.
After the Chinese side bagged Nicolas Anelka on Monday, they have apparently set their sights on Didier Drogba too.
Zhou Jun, the businessman who is backing the team, is quoted by the Laaaahdan Evening Standard as saying: "Drogba, is a very excellent player. If these big-name players are willing to come to China, we are willing to have warm negotiations and communications with them.
"A lot of clubs are chasing Drogba. From our perspective, we also have to see what Drogba wants. So from our club's perspective, we have this to say: If he is willing to come, we will definitely welcome him."

See, one of the reasons people get so annoyed at the parochialism of the English football world is the belief that the Premier League is the ultimate - the 'be all', if you will.
To whit, The Sun reports this morning: 'MARIO GOTZE is out until next month with a thigh injury - putting a Premier League move in jeopardy.'
Yes, because that's the big tragedy here, not that Dortmund will be missing one of their star players for a few weeks.
Anyway, the paper claims Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all sniffing around the 19-year-old, who we would advise to stay exactly where he is, as wonderful as it would be to see him on our screens more regularly.

As is standard, the wonderful Clarence Seedorf his the nail that is Carlos Tevez right on the head.
About where Tevez will go in January, Seedorf said: "Looking back at his career, his agents and every move he has ever made, I think Tevez will go where they can promise him the most money.
"Milan would be the first time in his life that he has chosen a club for his career rather than the money. We'll see what happens."

We rather fear we're repeating ourselves after reporting a similar story in Monday's gossip column, but The Daily Mail claims this morning that QPR are leading the chase for Bobby Zamora.
The paper also claims: 'Sunderland and Aston Villa are also interested, but QPR would match, or even increase, Zamora's current £45,000-a-week wage.
'The £10million wanted could be a snag.'
Quite so.

Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent is something of a gobsh*te, for barely a week goes by without him linking his client to a new club, but here's what he has been quoted as saying about the latest potential move for Pav:
"This is true that Tottenham have turned to QPR," Oleg Artemov told sovsport.ru.
"I know about it. The club has a right to do so as they have a contract with Roman.
"Before talking about it - if Roman wants to be a QPR player or not - we have to consider every detail. Roman hasn't thought about it yet."

Newcastle will finally sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga for £7m - if he passes a medical today...Blackburn boss Steve Kean is looking to sign Racing Santander's defensive midfielder Papa Diop on a short-term deal in January...Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne has been targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson as the ideal replacement for Gary Neville, after he impressed during the recent Carling Cup win over Manchester United...Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign up to five players in the January transfer window...Swansea winger Scott Sinclair has ruled out a move away from south Wales in January, with Fulham said to be one of several clubs interested in him...Wolves will try to lure striker Ross McCormack away from Leeds in January with a cash-plus-player deal involving Andy Keogh who is currently on loan at Elland Road.

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