Transfers & Rumours

Transfer Rumours: Football is awash with gossip, hogwash, tittle tattle and rumours and we’ll dutifully round them all up here for you and assess them in our own wry, irreverent way.

  • Hackett wants better treatment for refs from BBC January 19th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Keith Hackett will meet BBC radio and television journalists next week in an attempt to counter what is seen as an increase in official-bashing in Aunties output. Hackett, who is the professional referees’ chief, regularly talks to the LMA (League Managers Association) and PFA representatives before each season, and the decision to address broadcasters is […]

  • Glen Johnson nicked for stealing a toilet from B&Q January 19th, 2007 Chelsea

    This has to be the oddest football story I’ve heard in ages, but England defender Glen Johnson, who plays for Portsmouth on loan from Chelsea, and Millwall striker Ben May were caught at a B&Q in Kent on Wednesday after the pair were spotted by a security guard putting a toilet seat into a box […]

  • Singer David Gray becomes a commentator for the day January 19th, 2007 Arsenal

    Musician David Gray is to take to the commentary box for Sunday’s match between Arsenal and Manchester United. The 38-year-old will be a summariser on Radio Five Live Sports Extra’s 1920s-style coverage of the match. You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Hargreaves slams “spiteful” Spanish January 17th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Owen Hargreaves has accused Real Madrid of responding in a "spiteful" manner to David Beckham’s impending exit. The Bayern Munich midfielder, and England team-mate of Beckham at last summer’s World Cup, believes Beckham "will have the last laugh" over his controversial switch to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy. His summer exit from the Bernabeu […]

  • Barrow defender sent down for GBH January 11th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Barrow defender James Cotterill was sentenced to four months in prison for smashing a rival player’s jaw during an FA Cup match. It is thought to be the first time in recent history a football player has been jailed in England for an offence on the pitch. Cotterill pleaded guilty to punching Bristol Rovers striker […]

  • Mourinho spits his dummy out over pocket money and Terry still out January 11th, 2007 Chelsea

    Chelsea special one Jose Mourinho has accused the Stamford Bridge board of refusing to back him in the January transfer window. It would seem Jose doesn’t think he’s had enough money already! Reports have already suggested Mourinho could leave in the summer after a fall-out with owner Roman Abramovich and Mourinho said: "I’ve identified the […]

  • Brum fans get kicked whilst they’re down January 10th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    I feel sorry for Birmingham City’s fans. I really do. The real ones are being kept out of the ground by over inflated ticket prices and they constantly live in the shadow of their arch rivals Aston Villa. Well, to make matters far worse, their own beloved club have shat on them as well with […]

  • Ipswich players disciplined for trip to Amsterdam January 10th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Five Ipswich Town players have been disciplined for taking a two-day break in Amsterdam last week ahead of their FA Cup tie against Chester City. First team regulars Alan Lee and Gary Roberts, along with young fringe players Darryl Knights, Scott Barron and Chris Casement, are in hot water over the unauthorised jaunt. Ipswich boss […]

  • Coventry striker up in court January 9th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Coventry striker and kebab lover, Kevin Kyle, is facing two charges of breach of the peace following incidents in his hometown of Stranraer last year. A footballer? Being a rowdy bugger? Get outta town! The Scotland international, who joined the Championship outfit from Sunderland, is accused of shouting and swearing in the Harbour Street and […]

  • Souness confirms bid of £20m for Wolves January 9th, 2007 Blackburn Rovers

    When I heard that Graham Souness was to take control of Wolves, I naturally thought it would be something like a fight to the death with an entire pack. Well, it isn’t. Old pig heart, Graeme Souness, has claimed that he’s made a £20m bid to take control of Wolves, despite the club denying the […]

  • Up the people says Steve Bruce January 8th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Thanks to some terrible photoshopping from me, Steve Bruce has become the country’s leading socialist after claims that the magic of the FA Cup is on the wane after inflated ticket prices kept real fans away from the grounds this weekend. Bruce said; "Third round day was always a big date in my diary but […]

  • Breaking News: Le Guen and Rangers part company January 4th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    Rangers manager Paul Le Guen has left the club by mutual consent after a difficult couple of weeks at Ibrox. The Frenchman had recently stripped Barry Ferguson of the captaincy after claiming the player was undermining him in the dressing room. Le Guen then gave the armband to Gavin Rae who admitted that he was […]

  • Wigan slash ticket prices again January 4th, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    As you can see from this picture here, Wigan Athletic have been suffering when it comes to getting bodies through the turnstyles. Recently, Paul Jewell has been frustrated at the low attendances which saw them cut the price of tickets for the Chelsea game to £15, sparking a virtual sell-out. However, the gate dropped dramatically […]

  • Beckham off to San Siro? January 3rd, 2007 Bolton Wanderers

    http://www.davidbeckham.com.ar/david-beckham-5.jpg If you believe the gossip, David Beckham currently has two offers if he want to leave Real Madrid this month. There is talk of him going to join the misfits at the Reebok Stadium to play for Bolton Wanderers. As unlikely as that seems, the rumours persist. However, there are now rumours that he could be on his way to…

  • Benayoun wants Hammers to take courage from mud January 3rd, 2007 Transfers & Rumours

    http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/02/85/benayoun_yossi_whfc_profile_2005.jpg Yossi Benayoun has hit out at West Ham’s performances, highlighting the 6-0 annihilation at Reading. Benayoun, who originally turned down a move to Bolton Wanderers, now 4th in the table said “I am ashamed. I am shocked at the way we played. We played like a bunch of drunks…

  • Fulham ‘keeper cleared of serious injury January 2nd, 2007 Fulham

    I normally have a little whince when there is a horror injury in football, but I’m strong of stomach and watch on largely unflustered. However, that changed yesterday when I screamed like a girl when Antti Niemi fell on his neck and went all wrong-ways. Well, after being aghast at the whole thing, I was thrilled to hear that he’s been released from hospital after doctors cleared him of any spinal injuries…

  • Terry back operation ‘successful’ December 29th, 2006 Chelsea

    http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/jonah_freedman/10/06/world.rankings/p1_terry_1005.jpg Chelsea hope to have John Terry back in action within a matter of weeks, after he undergoing surgery on his back injury. The England skipper has not featured in the Blues’ last three Premiership matches, in which they have conceded six goals and fallen four points behind leaders Manchester United…

  • Hamman era ends as Cardiff do deal December 22nd, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    A takeover deal to secure the future of Cardiff City FC has been signed just minutes before deadline. There were fears that the club could have been put into administration if a deal was not done by noon on today (Friday) but director Steve Borley confirmed the agreement was struck at 11.45 this morning to […]

  • Jewell jumps to the defence of the special one December 22nd, 2006 Chelsea

    Paul Jewell has leapt salmon-like to the defence of Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho after he received a fair bit of criticism for ‘card-waving’ at Newcastle. The Portuguese has been criticised for attempting (allegedly) to influence officials, but Jewell, whose Wigan side face the Blues at the JJB Stadium tomorrow, is adamant there are bigger fish […]

  • Sonko “scared” ahead of Chelsea clash December 22nd, 2006 Chelsea

    http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/03/31/Ibrahima_Sonko_Reading_Profile_2005.jpg Reading’s Ibrahima Sonko says he is “scared” ahead of the clash at Chelsea after receiving numerous death threats after his collision with Oilers’ keeper Carlo Cudicini. The Italian was hurt in a collision with Sonko in October, the same game that also saw Petr Cech suffer head injuries and John Terry take up a position between the sticks…

  • Reed gets chairman’s vote of confidence (uh-oh!) December 21st, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    Charlton chairman Richard Murray has given his backing to woeful manager Les Reed and said that the Addicks’ board will provide funds for new signings in January….

  • Bury thrown out of the FA Cup (and Chester are over the moon) December 20th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    http://www.football.co.uk/shared/images/teams/bury.jpg Bury have been chucked out of the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player in their 3-1 second-round replay win over Chester City on 12 December. Chester, who are surely buzzing their tits off, have now been reinstated and will play Ipswich in the third round as well as receiving all the cash that comes with being in the second round…

  • News Balls: Joey Barton on the move and other snippets December 20th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    Aston Villa, Newcastle and Middlesbrough battle it out for newly-appointed England spokesman Joey Barton [Mail]Blackburn want to sign former player David Dunn from Birmingham [Mirror] And, in a happy turn of events, Birmingham want to sell him [Planet Blues] Villa boss Martin O’Neill wants to sign Leicester City defender Richard Stearman, not to be confused […]

  • Breaking News: Liverpool vs Arsenal match postponed due to fog December 19th, 2006 Arsenal

    http://www.lancs.ac.uk/ug/jamesm2/image1.jpg Attention fans who are thinking of going to the Liverpool/Arsenal Carling Cup match tonight. The quarter-final tie is in doubt due to Anfield being shrouded in dense, thick, pea-soupy fog and a pitch inspection due at 18.15 pm…

  • England to host Germany for first match at new Wembley December 19th, 2006 Transfers & Rumours

    http://www.whoateallthepies.tv/images/wembley_10.jpg The German Football Association (DFB) have said that their national team will be England’s first opponents in the new Wembley Stadium on 22 August, in 2007. Who else thinks that seems a bit optimistic? Anyway, Germany coach Joachim Low revealed last week that the game was due to go ahead even though the Football Association had not made any announcement of the fixture. Whoops!