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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.

75464295.jpgFinish drinking your tea. You don’t want to spit it everywhere when you hear some really shocking news. You’ll never guess. Joey Barton has been charged with assault after an alleged training ground bust-up with a former team-mate. *faints*

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In one of the most surprising transfers yet this season, overweight Spurs striker Mido has joined underachieving (in the Prem at least) Sunderland for a fee of £6m.

Bean bites back

August 1st, 2007

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Sean Bean has given a Sharpe response to Neil Warnock’s accusations that the film star and Blades fanatic upset his family with a foul-mouthed tirade after last season’s relegation.

Mark Hughes wanted to sign Roque Santa Cruz and now he has his man, signed for a relatively modest £3.5m from Bayern Munich – it’s a good move for the popular Paraguayan striker, who would probably have spent much of this season at Bayern sat on his ass, watching the likes of Luca Toni, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose score goals in the Bundesliga.

Vince%27s%20list.jpgThroughout the recent Asian Cup, Pies feared for Australia as they seemed to be heading down a dangerous road that England had gone down last summer. The Socceroos implemented The Masterplan (© Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard, A. Cole) of telling every man and his dog just how good they were before the tournament, not delivering on the arrogant promises on the pitch and crashing out trophy-less.

Oh, the fickle world of football: Tuesday 31st July: Fergie reveals a crop of promising youngsters he dubs ‘the future’ of the club. “My biggest management job next season will be with the young players – Johhny Evans, Gerard Pique, Danny Simpson Lee Martin, Chris Eagles, Frazier Campbell and Guiseppe Rossi,” he said. “They’re terrific […]

Jose%20Antonio%20Reyes.JPGJose Antonio Reyes is on his way to Bolton. Well, not just yet but Reyes seems to be following the Nicolas Anelka Sulk Route out of Arsenal and we all know where that ends. Reyes – on his way to becoming a journeyman himself – has completed a £6 million switch to Atletico Madrid.

Much Adu about nothing?

July 31st, 2007

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Remember Freddy Adu? The US child star who had most of Europe’s top clubs clamouring for his attention when he was just 14. Well, four years on and he’s just signed for Portuguese side Benfica for a reported fee of around £1m.

BeanSean.JPGNeil Warnock quit as Sheffield United manager after Hollywood actor Sean Bean launched a foul-mouthed attack on him and his family, he has claimed today. Warnock claims a drunk Bean, who is a Blades director, reduced his wife and five-year-old son to tears.

Meet Cork City striker Roy O’Donovan who is likely to link-up with his namesake Keane in the near future. Sunderland and Fulham are both interested in the 21-year-old striker who they believe could be the next Kevin Doyle. The Reading striker forged the route from Cork City to scoring regularly in the Premier League. O’Donovan scored 21 goals in the Eircom League last season, and both Keane and Lawrie Sanchez seem happy that he can make the step up to the Premiership.

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He left sports broadcasting on the Beeb for the money, sorry challenge of ITV and then hot-footed it to Countdown on Channel 4 faster than anyone can say “Robbie Earle –a football pundit?” And now silver fox, Des Lynam is going back to what he does best – footie.
Des will front a big advertising campaign for

Reo-Coker – world class?

July 27th, 2007

reocokerhat.jpgThere’s nothing like a warm welcome but Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov seems to be clouded by claret coloured spectacles in his praise of new signing, Nigel Reo-Coker.

Man Utd starlet Nani has been ordered to stop his back-flipping goal celebration, by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Portuguese winger performed a flip after scoring on his United debut, in a friendly against Shenzhen FC, but reportedly winced on landing:

Lomano Lua Lua famously injured himself after performing a back-flip celebration, and Fergie doesn’t want the same fate to befall Nani. Fair enough, as he has paid £17m for the youngster.

WoodgatePoll.JPGIt might be a little premature given that are still 93 years worth of transfer flops to come, but readers of Spanish newspaper Marca have voted Jonathan Woodgate as the worst signing of the 21st Century.

FootballMonk360.jpgWhile most clubs have their players running around the training ground until they’ve hurled up the last of those holiday excesses, Romanian outfit Cetatea Targu went for a more laidback approach. The players spent 10 days in a monestary. Club officials took the players into the mountain monestary six miles from the nearest village in the hope that the team would be ‘close to God’ for the new season.

RonnyScotland.JPGBarcelona star Ronaldinho has played down reports that he snubbed a move to St Mirren. The Scottish side tried to sign a 21-year-old Ronaldinho in 2001. Saints claim he turned down a loan move while his transfer to Paris Saint Germain was held up.

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New Birmingham City owner, Carson Yeung, has a dream – but we’re not sure it’s one that will help Blues fans will be sleep easy tonight. Apparently, the Hong Kong-based tycoon wants to eventually put out a team featuring 11 Chinese players.

Sven has beaten Spurs to the signing of Bulgarian international, Martin Petrov, following a £4.7m deal that brings him to Manchester City from Athletico Madrid.

Barton%20%26%20Lee.JPGFormer England internationals Warren Barton and Rob Lee have been arrested on suspicion of taking a luxury limousine and driving it while unfit. The ex-Newcastle pair were arrested at around 11.30pm last night before being released on bail. Barton, 38, and Lee, 41, allegedly took the Mercedes E220 from a street in east London.

57186254.jpgApparently, Kieran Dyer’s likely move away from Newcastle hasn’t got anything to do with a better contract or his testing relationship with the fans – it’s about ‘family problems’.

Blackburn want Santa Cruz

July 25th, 2007

Blackburn are trying to bolster their front line by bringing in Roque Santa Cruz from Bayern Munich.

Digao.JPGKaka’s younger brother has joined AC Milan’s first-team for the coming season. Rodrigo Leite – or Digao in Brazilian footballer nickname lingo – was signed by the Italian giants in 2005, but immediately loaned out to Rimini. But Digao – a 6ft 4in defender – has now been drafted into the reigning European Champions’ first team plans for next season. He trained with the senior squad for the first time yesterday.

Radiation.JPGItalian club Catania have cancelled a pre-season jaunt to Japan amid fears than an earthquake had caused radiation leaks. The tour was scrapped because an earthquake in the northwestern city of Kashiwazaki is reported to have caused radioactive leaks from a large power station in the area.

Brighton get new stadium

July 24th, 2007

_40846604_falmer_203.jpgBrighton, home of pebbled beaches, dirty weekends, men in makeup and now a new football stadium…hopefully. As a Brighton resident, we’ve been waiting for this news for years but it seems the Seagulls can finally come home to roost.