Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shopping spree?

According to the BBC site, Abdoulaye Faye is set to leave Bolton before the transfer window closes, the Senegalese player's most likely destination being St James' Park for a reunion with Fat Sam. Comfortable both in defensive midfield and as a centre-back, Faye would represent a decent addition to the squad as long as the fee is reasonable for a 29-year-old.

I was also (probably for the first and last time) delighted by something that appeared in the Daily Mail today - namely, that we're pursuing the signature of Barcelona right-back Juliano Belletti, which would mean curtains for Stephen Carr. Belletti, who has found opportunities few and far between since the arrival of Gianluca Zambrotta from Juventus last summer, is like his compatriot Cacapa the wrong side of 30, but it would be nice to have the scorer of a Champions' League final winning goal in the side, especially if he'll cost as little as the £3m quoted.

As for the rumours reported all over the place that we're interested in Phil 'Steptoe' Neville, all I'll say is that I'm glad there's next to no chance of David Moyes letting him go...

Kieron Dyer's move to West Ham looks as though it could be back on now that both parties have calmed down and stopped flinging mud at each other. It'd be better that we didn't have an unhappy player wasting away in the reserves while leeching his exorbitant wages, so the sooner a deal's done the better for all concerned - plus the money recouped could come in handy for any further purchases.

Antoine Sibierski and Agent Chopra continued their goalscoring form for their new sides tonight, both netting for the second consecutive game, while Andy Carroll endured a rather less auspicious debut than either of our old boys, coming off the bench to no avail last night as his new loan club Preston made an ignominious exit from the League Cup at home to league newcomers Morecambe.

Last but certainly not least, Roy Keane, unable to restrain himself any longer, has finally shattered that mask of managerial coolness and launched into a hilarious tirade about how players have been refusing to sign for Sunderland because their WAGs have turned their noses up at the array of shops in the city. The Sunderland Echo inevitably wheeled out the marketing manager for The Bridges for some defensive mutterings about how it's a Mecca for the Great Unwashed - but, to be honest Roy, I think players have plenty of reasons other than the local amenities not to choose to waste part of their careers on Wearside on an ultimately successful bid to break the lowest ever Premier League points total for the third time in three top-flight seasons...


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