JOE's Transfer Talk Jan 10
With more transfer chat than Limerick Junction on a Friday night, here’s the best of today’s football gossip.
There is a distinctly Irish feel to today’s big transfer rumours, which makes a pleasant change from all the talk of Lamps and the like.
It kicks off in the Irish Independent with another story linking Richard Dunne to the MLS. While the New York Red Bulls were supposed to be hungrily eyeing up the Honey Monster, it seems that old mucker Robbie Keane has had a word and now the LA Galaxy are thinking of bringing in the Villa man.
With Becks gone, Galaxy have been linked with the likes of Lampard and Kaka so whether the Irish legend is ‘sexy’ enough for them remains to be seen. According to the paper, Galaxy want to see if Dunne can regain his fitness before making a move. Take a number behind Villa fans, Irish fans and Trap on that one.
The other Irish international in the papers today is James McCarthy. The Wigan youngster was very tentatively linked with Arsenal at the start of the window but now, according to the Star, Everton fancy getting the talented midfielder in to replace Marouane Fellaini. The big Belgian is still at Goodison but the same paper reckons it is only a matter of time until he is shipped out to Manchester United or Chelsea and they see McCarthy as the ideal replacement.
Those of you longing for a drawn out January transfer deal should listen up; Tottenham’s move for Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao has hit a snag. Spurs have made bids for him in the last two windows but it isn’t a case of third time lucky so far as the Mail report that his agent is saying he is staying in Brazil. With three – yes, three – full weeks of window action to go, we haven’t heard the last of this.
In ‘should know better news’ the Mail are also reporting that Harry Redknapp plans to bring William Gallas in to shore up the QPR defence, while the Mirror are reporting that the Londoners have also made a £5million bid for West Brom defender Jonas Olsson.
Fulham fancy a bit of flying Dutchman Maarten Stekelenburg, according to the Times, but Roma said no to selling the keeper while another stopper, QPR’s Robert Green, could be dropping down a division to join Nottingham Forest.
Finally, some transfer news for Liverpool fans as almost all the papers report that two-time manager and all-round club legend Kenny Dalglish is about to brought back in an ambassadorial role. Pass the Ferrero Rocher Kenny.