Transitional season ahead as Levy padlocks the purse

Maybe the HP Touchpad fire sale taught Daniel Levy something in the last week: if you have stuff that no one wants then you have to practically give it away.  If Alan Hutton is the 16 gigabyte version (only available in white) – demanding a mere 3 million pounds for his poor application ecosystem – then […]

The eighth best player of all time

While I was relieved that Tottenham’s £25m bid for Newcastle’s Andy Carroll was rejected, I was still dismayed that Harry Redknapp could think that the striker was worth a punt at that money. Then along came Liverpool’s new owners, Fenway Sports Group, making demeaning ‘pfft’ sounds as they shoved ‘Arry out of the way and […]

Gallas is not a serial killer

I’m usually quite grounded when it comes to the tribal nature of football.  Crossing the Merseyside divide, traversing the North London battle lines or exchanging colours in Glasgow will usually earn you abuse from your former employer’s fans as well as a proportion of your new supporters. As a Tottenham fan, having a former Arsenal […]

Hodgson has his targets right

Is a move for former England right-back Luke Young a sign of how far Liverpool have fallen or a sign that the consistent and respected defender is finally getting his just rewards? If all goes to plan the former Tottenham and Charlton player will move from Aston Villa to Anfield for £2.5m – a sum […]

O’Neill ready to stand up to Liverpool again

Martin O’Neill has said he will not take a Liverpool bid for his services lying down.  The Irishman was named as 6/4 favourite for the manager’s role at Anfield after Rafa Benitez left by mutual consent on Thursday. But after rebuffing repeated attempts by Liverpool to sign his captain Gareth Barry in 2008 and 2009, […]

Tottenham transfer window round-up: “Meh”

In a blog earlier this week I bigged up Tottenham’s chances of netting Niko Kranjcar and Martin Petrov while nervously hoping that we’d avoid an ‘Arry brain-fart and sign David James.  Two from three ain’t bad. Kranjcar was signed for a curiously small £2.5m while David James remained at Portsmouth as he was apparently not the […]

T-1 and counting: Tottenham transfer rumours

With one day left in the Premier League transfer window and Spurs losing Huerelho Gomes, Ledley King and Luka Modric to injury, it seems ‘Arry Redknapp will have to dip in to the transfer market a couple of times today or tomorrow. Unsurprisingly he is rumoured to be returning to his former club Portsmouth for […]

Something for nothing

The post-Bosman transfer system is a complete boon for those club chairman horrified by the wages that average players command these days.  With June 30th heralding the end of many Premier League contracts, here are some available players that might interest thrifty managers. Jermaine Pennant (Right winger, released by Liverpool) I’ve never quite understood the […]

A critical eye on the latest transfer nonsense

First off we have some hyperbole from Carlos Tevez. “I did not feel supported after they signed Berbatov…I gave my life for the Manchester United shirt” No, clearly you didn’t. Dimitar Berbatov has become a hate figure for many United fans, the Emmanuel Eboue of Old Trafford.  He’s going to feel the abuse more intensely next […]

The Eleventh Hour

As the old block of cheese – which has been holding the transfer window open – gets chewed by some vermin, I’ve decided to have a look at some of the recent deals and evaluate what they might mean for the clubs involved. Confirmed Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea – AC Milan, loan) Well, that didn’t work.  […]