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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.

Roy Keane thinks Jose Mourinho has ‘the edge’ over the other Premiership managers, including Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who managed Keane for so many seasons at Old Trafford. Sunderland’s new boss admitted to admiring Mourinho and his team in an interview printed in this weekend’s Sunday Times. Click below to read what Roy had […]

Newcastle assistant Kevin Bond takes a break amid bung claims [Guardian] Unemployed Swede seeks club to ruin [The Sun] Nottm Forest’s David Johnson retires with back injury [BBC Sport] Welcome to Wembley (pictured): Home of Tottenham Hotspur? [Guardian] Diego Tristan opts for Mallorca after flirting with Big Sam [BBC Sport]

The Who Ate All The Pies campaign to get Jimmy Bullard into the England squad is over quicker than you can say: "Ouch, Scott. Please get off my knee." Fulham‘s chimney sweeping midfielder is likely to be out for the rest of the season after scans revealed damage to the cruciate ligament sustained when he […]

Arsenal might have had a terrible start to the season on the pitch but they are top of the table in the musical stakes. With accomplished mandolin and guitar player Gilberto Silva already at the club, the samba rhythm is beating well at the Emirates Stadium with the arrival of Julio Baptista. ‘The Beast’ plays […]

Here’s a lunchtime teaser for you to throw out to your workmates. Can you guess which fans are officially the loudest in the Football League? (Premier League clubs are not included, btw.) The answer may surprise you. Click below to find out…

Wayne Rooney floored Blackburn Rovers defender Michael Gray (pictured) with one punch at a Manchester nightclub after one too many suggestive comments about his fiancee Colleen McLoughlin. The Sun reports that Rooney – who was set for a career in boxing if he hadn’t made the grade as a footballer – did not even stand […]

Transfer window-exempt free agent Diego Tristan (pictured) pimps himself around England [Mirror] Cashley Cole wants trophies not money apparently [Football365] Premiership corruption scandal on the way [Independent] Portsmouth bid for Spurs bench-warmer Jermain Defoe on deadline day [The Sun] Pedro Mendes considered quitting football after Thatcher elbow [BBC Sport]

‘Eighty per cent of qualifying matches [for Euro 2008] this weekend were without interest – and that’s being quite optimistic. We are going to destroy the interest of the spectator long-term,’ Arsene Wenger told The Sun. The Arsenal gaffer continued: ‘In each Euro qualifying group, there are seven or eight teams resulting from the break-up […]

Ah. Ben Thatcher. A misunderstood genius or absolute cock? It’s the latter isn’t it? Well, We all know about Thatcher’s assault on Mendes and his elbow on a certain son of a Man Citeh legend has reared its head again. Oh, not to mention the Chinese player who suffered a punctured lung after meeting the […]

Any player who waves an imaginary card in an attempt to get an opponent booked will be booked themselves, UEFA have ruled. Referees have also been ordered to clamp down on dissent, and to book at least one player if they are surrounded by a group. The new rules come into immediate effect for this […]

Thank Christ that’s over. The facts: 1) Cashley Cole is now a Chelsea player. Hmm, I may have to lose Wayne Bridge from my fantasy team. And I’d only just signed him. Bah. 2) William Gallas is now an Arsenal player. Arsenal are also £5m richer. Would you rather be Arsenal or Chelsea on this […]

UPDATE Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano have indeed signed for West Ham, and not just on a poxy one-year loan deal – these are permanent signings, folks. Who’d have thunk it? Of course, there’s still much suspicion that Roman Massivelyrichovich – who owns a controlling stake in Corinthians, the Argentine pair’s previous club – is […]

Reading star Leroy Lita was arrested today on suspicion of GBH, after he allegedly headbutted a man during a night out in Bristol. Lita is being questioned by police over the alleged attack, which is said to have taken place in the Haymarket area of Bristol city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning. […]

Manchester City are seemingly gunning for the ‘pink pound’ with a new initiative to encourage homosexuals to watch the footy in North Manchester. The club has paid a four-figure sum to join the Diversity Champions scheme, run by gay rights group Stonewall. It is the first professional club to join the scheme, which focuses on […]

Man U make £10m bid for David Trezeguet? [Sporting Life]Owen Hargreaves: I’m staying at Bayern, boo-hoo [BBC]Spurs set to re-sign Mido. Er, why? [Football365]Charlton close to signing Costa Rican winger Christian Bolanos [Guardian]Arsenal’s shock £17m bid for Carlos Tevez [The Sun]

Premier League footballers are storing stem cells from their newborn babies to use in case of their own career-threatening sports injuries. They are freezing cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of their babies as a possible future cure for cartilage and ligament problems, The Sunday Times reported. Five professional footballers have frozen their children’s […]

Sunday news balls

August 27th, 2006

A few titibits to accompany your coffee and croissants: Arsenal & Man Utd keen on Nigel Reo-Coker [Observer]Mark Van Bommel off to Bayern Munich – does this mean Owen Hargreaves is going to Old Trafford? [Football365]Roy Keane formally introduced to Sunderland’s players? [BBC]Swedish police to investigate Henrik Larsson for alleged punch [The Offside]Sports Illustrated’s ‘World […]

Ben Thatcher has been suspended by Man City and charged by the FA following his disgraceful challenge on Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes. Thatcher must answer a charge of serious foul play by 12 September. A statement on City’s website said: ‘Ben Thatcher has been suspended from first-team action… This is pending the results of the club’s […]

The Uefa Cup – does anyone care these days? Yes, if you’re team’s in with a chance of winning it. So for fans of Spurs, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Hearts, Rangers and Derry, here’s how the first-round draw looks (ties played on 14/28 Sept): Levadia Tallinn (Estonia) v Newcastle UtdMolde FK (Norway) v RangersDerry City […]

Fifa has said Italy may be thrown out of the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008 if Juventus continue to fight relegation to Serie B for match-fixing in the courts. Juve were relegated to Serie B and docked 17 points for trying to exert influence over referees; now they’re trying to take their appeal to a […]

Dutch hardman Khalid Boulahrouz has completed his move to Chelsea. He goes by the nickname ‘Cannibal’, which is one of the best nicknames we’ve had in the Premier League for ages. That’s exactly what football needs: more intimidating, WWF-style nicknames. Any more nickname suggestions? Oh, here’s a brief clip of Khalid the Cannibal clattering Ronaldo […]

Ashley Cole is NOT in Arsenal’s squad for their Premiership opener against Aston Villa, despite claiming he is available to play. Ooh, the plot thickens. Can we assume that this means a deal has been struck with Chelsea? If so, why hasn’t it been announced yet? Arseblog, who usually know what the craic is, seems […]

Trevor Mitchell has just broken his own Guinness record for ‘world’s fastest haircut’, snipping (ho ho) his previous best by 12 seconds to a barely believable 59 seconds. If you’re wondering what this has to do with football, Mitchell’s victim model was none other than Kevin Keegan. The pair have known each other since Mitchell […]

Cristiano Ronaldo has had his first run-out since the World Cup. Boo, hiss, he’s behind you etc. Winky played for 72 minutes of Man U’s 4-1 friendly win against Oxford, and scored a couple of tasty goals with curling shots. Apart from a few boos (Man U fans cheered him, natch) from the panto-loving Oxford […]