By Chris Wright
Everybody be cool, this is a rumoury! Here’s today’s round up…
Why do birds suddenly appear…
Rumour No. 1: West Ham have made a good old-fashioned written bid for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy . Rover’s boss Sam Allardyce has told the South African he can leave but only if the club can secure a suitable replacement and, with a loan move for Eidur Gudjohnsen on the verge of being agreed, that shouldn’t be too hard.
McCarthy has failed to turn up to the last two Blackburn training sessions and will now be hoping his move to The Hammers does go through, as Allardyce has promised to take care of the striker’s disciplinary ‘in house’ – images of hacksaws and ball-gags spring to mind – if the transfer fails to materialise.
Never underestimate the importance of layers
Rumour No. 2 : According to The Independent this morning, Manchester United have joined the race to sign £7 million rated Fulham centre back Chris Smalling . Arsenal declared an interest in the England U21 man last week and it seems that United are just as keen to procure the assured young defender.
UPDATE: Fulham have accepted an undisclosed bid from Man Utd and if personal terms are agreed then Smalling will join The Reds at the start of the 2010/11 season.
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