Defoe and Johnson to leave Portsmouth, Real Madrid to snap up Wigan winger
The latest gossip, rumours and damned lies
In just three days, the transfer merry-go-round will start spinning, and rather amazingly, none of the latest rumours contain the words “Manchester City”…
Jermain Defoe to Tottenham
The Sun believe Defoe’s days on the south coast are numbered as his substitute appearance at the Emirates caused a bust up with Tony Adams. This fits in with The Independent’s belief that the striker is all set to link up with ‘Arry in a £15m deal.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: The deal would be convenient for the clubs, who could settle ouststanding payments on his £7m January transfer, and also for Defoe, who spends almost every second off the pitch chasing skirt in London nightclubs. However, Mr Redknapp insists they cannot afford his services, and he would require special dispensation from the Premier League to play for a side he left less than a year ago. Additionally, the Daily Mail suspect Aston Villa are lining up a £16m bid for him.
Luis Valencia to Real Madrid
Juande Ramos and co are said to believe Wigan’s Luis Valencia is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo on the right wing, and will offer up to £15m to bring the young Ecuadorian back to Spain.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Steve Bruce won’t want to let him go, but if his undisclosed transfer fee to Wigan was as low as we suspect, that kind of money may simply be too much to refuse.
Glen Johnson to Liverpool
The in-form right back is one of many players reported to be leaving Fratton Park, and Rafa Benitez is said to be willing to part with £9m to bolster his defence.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: A few weeks ago, Lauren was quoted a saying Diarra would go to Madrid, Defoe would go back to Spurs and Johnson would ‘also leave’. If the fire sale does go ahead, Tony Adams will be truly fudged.