Sometimes the football rumour mill really does verge on becoming a little more than a mid-week game show.
Edmunds, Kelly and co. were unavailable to present for us, but the format remains pretty much the same: yes, that’s right, it’s time for yet another big-money Transfer Target Trio.
This week’s contestant, and returning to the show for the umpteenth time, is Liverpool. Their chosen subject: Ashley Young, Ryan Shawcross and Daniel Sturridge, who will cost the club a combined £27m.
Well, after all, it’s not the first time a club is reported to be lining up a transfer window swoop to capture several Premiership stars and revive their fortunes, save their season etc. Roy Hodgson has already begged for more time to make the Liverpool squad his own before the board sack him, and the Mirror is confident that these are the players the Anfield boss needs to bring in to save his job.
Two slight differences to this story from the norm, however; first, it isn’t the Liverpool manager who’s making these signings; second, the club may well sack Hodgson anyway, even if they do manage to secure all three signatures.
So, Roy actually seems to be less of a contestant and more of an unwanted member of the studio audience in this case.
Damien Comolli will offer £15m for Ashley Young, although they may have to offer Aston Villa considerably more to beat off competition from Manchester United. Alex Ferguson could also scupper Comolli’s chances of landing Ryan Shawcross, as United have first refusal on Stoke’s defensive stalwart.
However, a move for Daniel Sturridge does look more definite, after the striker informed Chelsea he wants to join Liverpool on loan, with the Anfield outfit likely to have the option to make the transfer permanent, should Sturridge impress.
The boss’ future still hangs in the balance… but Liverpool certainly aren’t going to be shy in the market this month, as they really can’t afford to lose any more ground in the league.
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