Sunday, August 16, 2009

Comings and goings - well, goings, anyway

Paul's report on yesterday's first win in the Championship to come tomorrow, but in the meantime a round-up of some of the latest news and gossip...

The Sunday papers are once again full of speculation about the departures of more first-teamers. The Express and the News of the Screws both claim Fabricio Coloccini will soon be on his way, though disagree about the likely destination, naming Real Zaragoza and Palermo respectively. We'd gladly see the back of the Argentinian in return for the mooted £4m, but I'd be more disappointed - though not entirely surprised - if his compatriot Spiderman also leaves (for Olympiakos). The first two games of the season have shown that while real end product is still somewhat lacking, he will terrorise full-backs at this level.

More concerning still is the rumour that Everton's interest in Steven Taylor is now matched by Fulham, whose Brede Hangeland is a target for a host of Premier League rivals including Arsenal. .com reported that on leaving the pitch yesterday Taylor's "facial expression resembled a 'goodbye look' to us".

Fellow local lad Andy Carroll is also reportedly the subject of covetous glances from Molineux and Upton Park - at least, that's according to the News of the Screws, who seem to be predicting we'll not have enough bodies to muster a squad by 1st September...

Meanwhile Sebastien Bassong enjoyed a perfect debut for Spurs against Liverpool, shackling Fernando Torres and then popping up with a headed winner. Little Saint Mick, a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford, should have opened his account for Taggart's mob in the last minute but fluffed his chance, while Habib Beye was part of the Villa side which slumped to an unexpected opening day defeat at home to Wigan.

Also on the scoresheet this weekend were Obafemi Martins for new side Wolfsburg and Johnny Godsmark, with his second goal in successive games on loan at Hereford. If the sales keep ticking over at the current rate, Godsmark will have been recalled to St James' and made club captain by this time next week...


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