With our fleeting interest in events on the pitch satisfied this weekend, it’s comforting to know attention can now turn to random rumours and fabricated speculation.
Football has taught us a lot this past few days. It’s showed us that even when you are the most unbearably selfish, mentally warped individual, you can still enjoy the feeling of thousands of people cheering your name after scoring a few goals against Norwich.
It’s also taught us that if you get the ball pretty near the goal line in an FA Cup semi final, then that’ll do. But lets put the mania of the English game to one side for a moment, and instead focus on the captivating movements of an impending transfer window.
The newly Christened ‘Sun on Sunday‘ leads the way, with some tantalising updates on Lionel Messi’s future. And indeed, If you look really closely at the leading headline: ‘I never want to play in England,’ you might just be able to spot something newsworthy.
Alternatively if stories with actual relevance are more your thing, you may wish to take a gander at this exclusive from the Daily Mirror’s ‘football spy.’
Reports suggest West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is preparing to let star striker Peter Odemwingie leave the club at the end of the season, in order to make room for Andy Johnson.
Far from questioning the judgement of Hodgson, who somehow managed to earn seven wins at Liverpool, one still may be inclined to wonder why on earth he’d want to do that. After all Johnson is 31, and Odemwingie remains a firm fans favourite despite picking and choosing his moments to perform. But Baggies fans fear not, your club are also in for Nottingham Forest winger Garath McCleary… but face stiff competition from Swansea and Everton.
Here’s a real transfer dog fight, but unfortunately it’s not for the purists. The aforementioned Baggies, Stoke City and Aston Villa form an attractive three way proposition for Wolves midfielder Jamie O’Hara. O’Hara has now been relegated twice in the last three years if you include this season, which you should, and will look to break free from Terry Connor’s nightmare in order to prolong his career in the top flight.
The 25 year old enlightened all who cared enough to listen, telling the Sunday Sun: “anything that happens would be up to the club to decide.”
Finally if you’re wondering how that Lionel Messi story ended: “I could never see the day arrive when I would play in England. It’s hard to look beyond my own club and it’s not something I have ever thought about or considered.”
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