So the season has come to an end and before we get our biannual fix of international football, it is time for the epic shirt swapping that occurs within the Premiership during this time of year.
Copious rumours are flying around everyday but the Daily Star has set tongues wagging by suggesting Mark Hughes wants to get rid of Joey Barton for being suspended all the time and to bring in Jermaine Jenas, who gets injured all the time.
After Barton was sentenced to his record 12 game ban, Mark Hughes has begun looking for a midfielder with a creative spark that his midfield so badly needs if they are to avoid the drop more comfortably than the season just passed.
Apparently £4 million is the amount that will tempt Spurs (although I doubt they will need much tempting) into letting Jenas go.
With the likes of Van der Vaart, Modric, Parker, Sandro and the newly improving Jake Livermore, a chance of first team football at Spurs for Jenas is about as likely as smooth and intelligent debate occurring between pundits on ITV’s coverage of the first England game.
Injuries permitting, Jenas could be a shrewd signing for QPR if given time to bed in and he avoids any more injury problems. Of course the issue of avoiding injury is a big one and one no manager can avoid when thinking about the once promising prospect of Jermaine Jenas.
Harry Redknapp also had a chat with Roy Hodgson recently. It seems the two men, that once battled for the poison chalice that is the England job, wanted to talk about WBA defender Jonas Olsson. According to the Daily Star, Harry wants to bolster his defensive ranks with the Swedish international who has one year left on his contract, making him a viable bargain and we all know Harry loves a bargain more than Del Boy loves a cocktail with a sparkler poking out of it. Olsson may be keen to move on as he is worried about getting in a rut at WBA
“I’ve been here for four years now and perhaps it is not wise to become too rooted in one place”.
Jonas Olsson has been a consistent and loyal servant to WBA over the years and with the likes of Ryan Nelsen and William Gallas not getting any younger and Ledley King and Michael Dawson still often plagued by injury, this could be another clever signing for Harry.
Of course the fact Olsson is coming to the end of his contract could also mean this is all a cunning ploy to get a new and improved deal from WBA.
With Jan Vertonghen a formality in regards to his transfer to Spurs, according to the Guardian, Harry is addressing his defensive issues before the possibility of trying to keep his biggest stars is at the forefront of his mind.
Without Champions League football, Luka Modric will once again be looking for a move along with the Welsh wonder kid and Jimmy Neutron lookalike Gareth Bale. Both could walk into any of the big four’s first team but Manchester United will be the ones most desperate for some creativity in midfield.
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