Monday, July 25, 2011

Red Devil indeed?

First Arsenal, and now Man Utd. Could ASBO really have caught the eye of Taggart as well as Arsene Wenger? With Paul Scholes now retired, I suppose the Red Devils are lacking a box-to-box card magnet in central midfield. While ASBO's no stranger to being on wanted lists, it would be a novelty for him to be the cause of an unseemly scrap rather than one of the protagonists...

Meanwhile, it seems as though some good might actually come of our thus-far-disastrous US tour. The Sun reports that yesterday's opponents Orlando City are interested in Alan Smith. Whether Smith would be content to leave for a club that isn't even in the MLS is a moot point, but Jabba for one would be delighted to see the back of another of the strong-willed and influential senior pros while also lightening the wage bill load by a hefty £60,000 a week. I wonder if they're still keen after watching him in action at close quarters?

Desperation could also result in us waving goodbye to the Lone Ranger, though possibly only temporarily. With the Championship and Europa League campaigns soon to be upon his new club Birmingham, Chris Hughton is getting panicky about the size of the squad at his disposal and has apparently earmarked Ranger as the man to solve the specific striking crisis.

As far as incoming transfers are concerned, the Daily Heil is among those suggesting we're edging closer to a deal for Mevlut Erdinc. Less than a fortnight ago the Turkish striker's agent was claiming his client would be staying at PSG to fight for his place - but the determination of the French club's moneybags new owners to sign further forwards seems likely to force him out.

One target who looks destined to line up elsewhere is the Zog, for whom Villa have agreed a fee with Wigan. There have been hints that he might try to force his exit by going on strike. Now where have we heard that before?

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