TRANSFER TALK

Man City target five players, Owen won’t move in January

Nine days remain until Mark Hughes starts his spending spree

Manchester City targets Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bridge on opposite sides

With the transfer window drawing closer, the tabloids have desperately been searching for names that they haven’t already linked with Manchester City. But rather than rationing themselves to one rumour a day they have thrown all the new names into the mix at once as a special Christmas present to their loyal readers:

Kolo Toure to Manchester City
The Sun have declared Toure as Manchester City’s top £10 million January transfer target based on the fact “he seems to have been made the fall guy for his side’s stuttering season and is now behind William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Johan Djourou in the pecking order.” The Spoiler is baffled by this logic considering he has started more league games that Silvestre and Djourou this season and was arguably Arsenal’s best player against Wigan before picking up his latest injury.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: The only reason Wenger would let Toure go is if he has decided he is too injury prone and that seems unlikely.

Mark Hughes wants another four players
The Daily Mail claim that Hughes will spend £40 million next month on Marcos Senna, Wayne Bridge and his former Blackburn players Roque Santa Cruz and Craig Bellamy.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Would that be good value for money? Senna is 32, Bridge has started twelve league games in eighteen months, Bellamy cost West Ham £7.5 million last summer and has scored four league goals while Santa Cruz has only scored four goals compared to eleven before Christmas last year.

Michael Owen shows his loyalty
“I hope this is seen as a positive, and not disloyal in any way,” is what Owen said of his decision not to leave Newcastle in January.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Does Owen really expect his decision to see out a big-money contract yet probably still walk out for nothing at the end of the season from a club who spent £16 million on him, to be portrayed as loyalty?

Matthew Upson isn’t actually living in fear
“Upson fears from Hammers future,” screamed a headline in today’s Sun although the quotes used in the story such as ”speculation can be flattering” and “there is never a dull moment here but that can be a positive thing” don’t actually support the image of a man living in fear of what lies around the corner.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: A non-story. Upson could well leave West Ham next month but he is handling himself very professionally right now, unlike when he left Birmingham for the East London club two years ago.


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