Saturday, July 07, 2007

In the queue for Queudrue?

After the buzz of activity around St James' since the season finished, it's been a slow few days on the news front - hence the tumbleweed round here. So, what exactly IS happening?

Today's Daily Mirror claims we're duelling with Everton for the services of Fulham's former Smoggie Franck Queudrue. The brevity of the story suggests a serious lack of substance, though - it's no secret we're in search of a left back, Fat Sam having warned Celestine Babayaro he'd need to prove his worth. Sunderland have again been linked with a move for Wigan's England U21 international Leighton Baines - I say let's monitor the situation, and step in to scupper the Mackems' plans if it looks as though he might go for £5m or less.

Meanwhile, the Mirror has also suggested Spurs are after Ludovic Giuly, pushed further down the pecking order at Barcelona by the arrival of a certain T Henry, until recently himself resident in North London. I think we should maintain our interest in him, as he'd be a useful attacking option, though our track record with French players is not exactly good.

Good to see that loveable rogue and amateur golfer Craig Bellamy's time with his boyhood heroes Liverpool looks like lasting just a year, with the BBC reporting a £7.5m move to West Ham is practically done and dusted. It'll be interesting to see if one former Newcastle captain, Scott Parker, takes as kindly to young Master Bellamy as another did...


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