Hamburg are ready to hijack West Ham’s van Nistelrooy bid
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There’s just over a week to go before the shutters above the January transfer window slam shut, which means two things: big deals are slowly beginning to whir into action and rumour-mongers are getting increasingly desperate.
Bongo merchant and new West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has set tongues wagging by claiming the club he three days ago described as being “in an incredibly bad [financial] situation” are now ready to pay someone – who most UK papers assume to be 33-year-old dodgy knee owner Ruud van Nistelrooy - £100,000 a week. Perhaps the move will be financed by the £15m the Telegraph say Man City are ready to hand over for the Hammers’ “Swiss Beckham”, Valon Behrami.
Interestingly, the Spanish press are extremely confident the East End club aren’t even in the race, with a deal between the Dutch striker and Bundesliga club Hamburg apparently already wrapped up with pretty bow.
Occasional Man City striker Jo has cemented his position as forever being included in one of those yearly ‘worst transfer flops ever’ features, by being exiled to Galatasaray on a six-month loan deal after walking out on Everton at Christmas. David Moyes is apparently considering giving the vacated loanee spot to increasingly forgotten Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.
Hull, Birmingham, West Ham and Aston Villa are all slugging it out in a four-way rumble to win the hand of Rangers striker Kris Boyd, whose contract is up in the summer, while elsewhere, Spanish paper AS claim Wigan gaffer Roberto Martinez is eying up Villarreal‘s 23-year-old Argentinean striker, Marco Ruben, who currently holds an immaculate international record of one cap, one goal.
Finally, the Daily Mail have won today’s Obviously Made-Up Transfer Rumour of the Day Award twice over, with the ‘news’ Spurs are prepared to spaff £6-10m on bringing Portsmouth‘s Younes Kaboul back to White Hart Lane, before somehow conjuring up another £25m to hand over to Juventus for Giorgio Chiellini.