It looks like Darren Bent is off to White Hart Lane, for around Â£17m – yes, because he is worth more than Thierry Henry. If the move goes ahead, then the soon-to-be-ex-Charlton striker will have to fight Robbie Keane, Fat Mido and possibly Jermain Defoe for the right to partner Dimitar Berbatov up front. (Although […]
What is it with Real Madrid and successful managers? Real sacked Vicente del Bosque in 2004, after he had steered the club to two Champions League titles, two league titles, a Spanish Supercup, a European Supercup and an Intercontinental Cup. Del Bosque was probably the unluckiest manager to lose his job in football history. And German Jupp Heynckes was sacked after guiding Real to the Champions League crown in 1998.
Until now if you had told Pies that Chris Coleman had an interest in Basques we would have envisaged the ex-Fulham boss creeping round Ann Summers trying not to draw too much attention to himself. But – perhaps even more shocking than that image – it seems the Welsh whinger is being primed for a return to management at recently relegated Spanish side Real Sociedad.
Just when we thought that the purse strings to Roman’s rubles had been tied closed with all the endeavour of an over enthusiastic boy scout, Chelsea actually look set to spend some money.
Chelsea utility man Geremi is the latest player Sam Allardyce would like to spend some of Mike Ashley’s millions on [that's on wages and signing-on fees before some smart arse points out he is available on a free transfer!] . The Cameroon international is known to be eager to find more regular first-team action than he has been getting at Stamford Bridge.
Summer just ain’t summer any more without a bit of Italian football scandal. And there is plenty going on at the moment. Four players, including Italian international David di Michele, have been charged with illegal betting. The Palermo player, along with Atalanta’s Thomas Manfredini and Vicenza’s Massimo Margiotta, is accused of betting ‘directly or through third parties, on the results of official matches organised by the FIGC.’
League Two outfit Accrington Stanley might be one of the few Football League clubs who won’t mind too much if their fans turn up to games paralytic – it will help to pay the players’ wages! Stanley have taken over a pub with profits from behind the bar going straight into the club.
Liverpool and England striker Peter Crouch could follow Thierry Henry to Spain if Atletico Madrid get their way. The Spanish outfit want to bring Crouch to La Liga as part of any deal that takes Fernando Torres to Anfield. The Daily Star reports that Real’s city rivals would love the lump the ball up to the 6ft 7in striker.
The feat is not quite dramatic as it may sound. Thieves have stolen the arms of a statue of Pele in Brazil. The legend’s replica arms were sawn off the bronze statue situated outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador. The statue showed Pele holding the World Cup aloft, and the replica trophy was taken with the limbs.
Jose Mourinho wants to follow his successful Khalid Bhoularouz experiment by signing another colourfully named Dutch defender. The Special One’s target is Holland under 21 left-back Royston Drenthe. Despite sounding like the setting for The League of Gentlemen, Â£4 million-rated Royston has been one of the stars of the Dutch team in the European Under 21 Championships.
Happy now Jose? Uefa has named Chelsea as one of the eight seeds for next season’s Champions League. The other English CL teams â€“ Liverpool, Man Utd and Arsenal â€“ are also seeded; England is the only country to have all of its representatives seeded.
As expected, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has lodged a formal takeover bid for Manchester City. The bid is valued at Â£81.6m. The City board said it intended to support the bid from UK Sports Investments, which is controlled by Thaksin and members of his family.
One of Pies’ favourite Premiership players, Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard, is to miss the start of next season. The former Wigan man is still having problems with the knee ligament injury which wrote off last season’s campaign for him. The 28-year-old has not played since September last year when a tackle with Newcastle’s Scott Parker dislocated his knee and put paid to his all-action start to the season.
If Jose Mourinho decides he is going to kick off on the referee we see plenty of hand-gesturing, plenty of sulking and, usually, the Special One dispatched to the stands. In Brazil, however, they needed riot police to escort America coach Lori Sandri off the pitch after one of his players was sent off for elbowing an opponent. All hell then breaks lose as the coach is handcuffed and his players end up scrapping it out with the coppers!
The Premier League has announced it is going to trial goal-line technology in the auspicious surroundings of Reading youth team matches. The Royals have been asked to test out Hawk-Eye technology with a view to introducing it to the Premier League in two years.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has revealed rumours of Craig Bellamy returning to St James’s Park had him reaching for the bottle. The retired Magpies striker said he needed a few drinks to calm him down after reading that Sam Allardyce was planning to sign the Welsh international.
Newcastle striker Oba Martins survived a terrifying ordeal in his native Nigeria this week, when the car he was driving was shot at by masked gunmen. His mate was hit and wounded, but Oba escaped unharmed.
Gooner, going, gone! Jeremie Aliadiere, The ferret-featured Arsenal striker signed for Middlesbrough in a Â£1.5m deal where he hopes Teeside fans will finally be able to put a face to his name.
According to the Current Bun, Barcelona will look to Arsene Wenger after losing out on the Spanish league title to great rivals Real Madrid. Frank Rijkaard is expected to step down following Barca’s failure to win either the Primera Liga or Champions League.
Chelsea Phone Chargers and Fulham Fridge Floggers are pushing each other around while arguing over who loves South Korean international Lee Chun Soo the most. The West London rivals are both eager to keep their Korean sponsors happy by signing a player who could warm their bench with the efficiency of a Korean microwave warming your dinner.
League One outfit Millwall are ready to offer a trial to mdifielder Fiston Manuella, who was jailed for two months earlier this season for headbutting an opponent.
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Veteran striker Teddy Sheringham has been arrested for allegedly giving false details in response to a speeding charge. The ex-England international was interviewed by police on 15 May and has been bailed until July. Sheringham’s former team-mates at West Ham Bobby Zamora and Shaun Newton have been arrested under similar circumstances and have also been given bail.