Emmanuel Adebayor closes in on Man City move, Sunderland chase James Collins
A further helping of transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies
Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City
Mark Hughes has confirmed holding talks with Arsenal over signing the Togolese striker and Sky Sports sources – which proved accurate yesterday – believe he will have a work permit hearing in Manchester tomorrow.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: If the reported £25 million fee is correct then Arsenal couldn’t really turn it down. It will be interesting to see if the majority of the money gets spent on a striker, a holding midfielder or nobody.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Spurs
Real Madrid say that talks to sell Huntelaar to Stuttgart are at an “advanced stage” but The Daily Mail fancy Spurs to make an eleventh hour bid.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: It could prove too late to enter the race but if they do, Huntelaar will have a tough decision to make. Stuttgart are in the Champions League but it’s reported that Spurs would pay bigger wages.
James Collins to Sunderland
The Daily Mail claim that Steve Bruce will continue reuniting members of West Ham’s 2006-07 Great Escape back four by spending £5 million to add Collins to a defence already containing George McCartney and Anton Ferdinand. The Black Cats have previously been linked with Lucas Neill too.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Collins is probably no longer first-choice given James Tomkins’ form towards the end of last season but the popular centre-back has always been willing to fight for his place.