Madrid target Spurs midfielder, Liverpool to welcome back old striker
The latest gossip, rumours and damned lies
It’s just a couple of days until the Premier League’s elite start waggling their chequebooks, and Arsene Wenger has vowed to defy the economic downturn with some big spending. His top target appears to be a Russian with the face of a baby, while Juande Ramos is rumoured to be interested in bringing a Tottenham midfielder out to Spain…
Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal
The Zenit star’s agent has been adding to the speculation that Professor Wenger will break Arsenal spending conventions for a Fabregas replacement in January. He told the Daily Star: “We know that Arsene Wenger likes the look of Arshavin. But I like the look of Angelina Jolie and it doesn’t always mean you get what you want.”
Spoiler truth-o-meter: Arshavin has made his position at Zenit untenable, but all this hype about a move to London could just be a cynical method of raising his transfer fee. Perhaps Spain and Italy beckon for the Euro 2008 sensation.
Jermaine Jenas to Real Madrid
Seemingly on a mission to be linked to every middling-to-average player in the Premiership (see yesterday’s speculation over Jermaine Pennant and Luis Valencia), the La Liga champions are said to “have an interest” in
midtable obscurity the Tottenham midfielder.
Spoiler truth-o-meter: Shifting the Spurs vice captain would free up some cash to bring back Jermaine Defoe, but we suspect the Daily Mail are chasing a cold lead on this one.
Emile Heskey back to Liverpool
Rafa and co have reportedly been interested in bring Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey back to Anfield for many months, and The Sun say Liverpool are preparing a £4m bid for the Wigan striker.
Spoiler truth-o-meter: A cheap, reliable striker with an excellent Premier League pedigree could be just what the doctor ordered, particularly if £20m benchwarmer Robbie Keane departs.