Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Coco no-no

Another one bites the dust.

This time, it's the deal to bring Inter's out-of-favour full-back Francesco Coco to St James's Park on loan. Coco played for around an hour in Saturday's 5-0 pre-season win against Yeading, but it seems as though terms couldn't be agreed. A shame, because with Babayaro in terrible form and Elliott having cocked up disastrously against Deportivo, we could do with a left-back.

One move that could be resurrected, though, is the deal for Nicolas Anelka. Apparently we're back in the hunt for the Incredible Sulk after Michael Owen unsurprisingly turned his nose up at the prospect of playing on Tyneside. The word "desperation" springs to mind - where are all these world-class players lining up to join, then, Fred?

In other news, we beat Bray Wanderers 7-1 in a friendly last night. Milner continued his good pre-season scoring form (Dubnica away, Deportivo home, Yeading away, Bray away), N'Zogbia and Ameobi bagged a couple (the latter having scored twice in the last minute against Yeading) and there were also goals for Dyer and Chopra. Parker, Emre, Given and Shearer didn't make the trip to Ireland but should all be in contention for Sunday's Premiership opener at Highbury.


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