Football shorts: Sidwell to Villa (definitely), Adebayor to Milan (maybe), and other spherical snacks


9th, July 2008

Today’s hottest news, rumours and lies have a three-chilli rating
Aston Villa are very close (medical permitting) to signing Chelsea misfit Steve Sidwell (pictured) for £5m, as direct replacement for outgoing captain Gareth Barry. Who wants to point out to Martin O’Neill that Sidwell is nowhere near as good as Barry… [BBC]
More after the jump…

Arsenal offer Emmanuel Adebayor to AC Milan, says Milan suit Adriano Galliani. Speaking to Italy’s Antenna 3 TV station, Galliani reportedly said: “Arsenal wrote us a letter today in which they have said that they are ready to talk to us about Adebayor.” A letter, eh? Haven’t the Gooners heard of email? [Goal]
Permatanned Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan – a man who resembles a Bo Selecta! version of Shane Warne – is not happy. And that makes us happy. But why? Because a tribunal has ruled that Spurs only have to pay £700,000 to Palace for teen prodigy John Bostock. To be fair to Jordan, this is a laughably low sum for a player who has captained England at junior level and who has been courted by many of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona and Chelsea. [Mail]
Wayne Rooney has a new Stereophonics tattoo. Ha ha ha ha. No, really, he does… [The Spoiler]
C-Ron is definitely going to Madrid this season. How do we know? Because tennis whizz Rafael Nadal (an avid Real Madrid fan) was told as much at Wimbledon, by Real head honcho Ramon Calderon. [The Sun]
Wigan Athletic want Everton slaphead Andy Johnson. But will David Moyes play ball? [Telegraph]