With Mario Balotelli having joined AC Milan, Manchester City have been today linked with a move for the Barcelona striker David Villa.
You can’t help but think that this is a classic piece of ‘2 + 2 = 5’, lazy journalism. Manchester City’s Sporting Director Txiki Begiristain used to work at Barcelona, so naturally they will be linked with any Barca player that seems vaguely available. It will probably be Steve Archibald tomorrow.
There might be more substance to the tabloid talk of Tom Huddlestone joining Fulham for £5m. Martin Jol managed him at Spurs and came close to a loan deal for the midfielder on the last day of the summer transfer window.
Huddlestone has struggled at Tottenham since returning from injury and must bitterly regret pledging to not cut his hair until he scores a goal. At this rate he will soon look like Carlos Valderamma, but will be soon spraying the ball around like the Colombian at Fulham?
According to his agent (and they never lie) Wilfried Bony will soon be joining Newcastle, though it remains to be seen whether the deal will be sanctioned once they realise that he isn’t French.
Yet the Ivory Coast striker does seem like a plausible transfer target for Newcastle, who failed in their attempt to sign Loic Remy. The Magpies lack cover for Papiss Cisse and the free-scoring Vitesse striker looks like he could make a similar impact in the Premier League.
From the far more reliable horses’ mouth that belongs to the Anzhi manager Guus Hiddink, comes the news that Christopher Samba is currently leaving Russia on a jet-plane destined for Heathrow Airport.
From there he will make the short, but no doubt lengthy and stressful journey to Queens Park Rangers, who will tie up a £10m deal to sign the big central defender.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Once safely positioned in the Queens Park Rangers defence, Samba should be able to look around and see the South Korea left-back Yun Suk-Young standing near him.
This tabloid headline writer’s dream, signed for QPR today for an undisclosed fee from Chunnam Dragons. Expect Harry Redknapp to exclusively refer to him as “the smashing young Korean lad”.
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