Parker and Downing may stay put but Defoe is about to go
All the latest transfer rumours/gossip/lies
On the fifth day of the transfer window, there are more reports about players staying where they are than there are exciting stories of those moving on to bigger and better things. Here are today’s top rumours:
Scott Parker might not join Manchester City
Any West Ham fans that were hoping Manchester City might solve the clubs’ financial problems in one go by paying over the odds could be left disappointed. Last night Sky Sports delivered the exclusive news that Parker would sign for the club withing 48 hours but this morning they have contradicted their own story by claiming that West Ham have told them they will not be selling the midfielder.
The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Parker is the big name departure that would damage West Ham the least so nobody should blame the board for selling if Manchester City are really willing to pay £12 million.
Stewart Downing won’t be sold either
Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has vowed that no star players will leave the club this month following reports that Stewart Downing would submit a transfer request today in an attempt to join Tottenham. Boro have also criticised Spurs and Harry Redknapp for their attempts to unsettle the winger, pointing out that it was just a few months ago that Daniel Levy was threatening action against Manchester United for similar conduct towards Dimitar Berbatov.
The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Redknapp might be advised to stop revealing transfer targets in the press anyway as it gives Manchester City the chance to outbid them.
Jermain Defoe to Tottenham
There is one player who still looks likely to move amid the sea of players staying put and that’s Jermain Defoe. Despite Tony Adams’ state-the-obvious comment that “he is a Portsmouth player and until you hear otherwise, I am positive he will stay”, the Daily Mail claim that Pompey have agreed a £15 million fee with Tottenham that will see the South Coast club double their money.
The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: £15 million isn’t bad money for an unsettled player but only if an adequate replacement is brought in.