By Tony Attwood
It’s a funny ol’ game.
The surprising headline of the day comes in the Telegraph, normally rather pally with our old mate Arry the Red and his dog Rosie.
“Stop playing the blame game, Harry – if QPR are relegated it’s nobody’s fault but your own” the headline writer screams while also telling us that Manchester United have sacked their European scout for racial slurs. So just another day in football.
Meanwhile in a survey people were asked to vote what position Arsenal particularly need one new player for. You could only vote for one.
The answers were
What is interesting is that some people actually think we need a new keeper, full back, attacking midfielder, or centre forward. It is as if they haven’t seen any of the three keepers who have appeared this season, not noticed the arrival of Bellerin (or want to make sure that he feels unwanted by having a new player brought in ahead of him and so asks to leave), hasn’t recognised the growth in skill and ability of Monreal, and doesn’t know that besides Giroud we have Welbeck and also wants to make sure that Akpom feels unwanted.
As for wanting attacking midfielders, where on earth are we going to put them, and who is going to drop out? Santi Cazorla, Ozil, Ramsey, the Ox, Rosicky – and that is without considering Alexis and Theo as midfielders or the return of Jack in that position.
But still it is central midfield where everyone is clambering for replacement bodies. So helpfully up pop the inventors to find us some, and off they go saying that we are making a bid.
Latest on the line are Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan both currently members of the German squad.
Hummels is the Borussia Dortmund captain and has been there since 2009. He was part of the team that were runners up in the Champs League in 2013. He’s got over 30 caps
Here’s his record
|2006/7||Bayern Munich reserves||42||5|
|2008/9||Borussia Dortmund (loan)||25||1|
The story is that the player won’t reveal his intentions, and says that he never has done.
İlkay Gündoğan is also a central midfielder from Dortmund who also plays for Germany
|2008/9||VfL Bochum reserves||2||1|
|2009/11||1. FC Nürnberg||48||6|
Also on the list today is Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea, but they’ve told Arsenal to bugger off.
Meanwhile it is being said that we have agreed a fee with Legia Warsaw for Krystian Bielik, although the Daily Mail is still saying that Bielik is thinking of going to Hamburg because the weather’s better.
But there is always something for people, no matter how strange their voting habits. Indeed those people who voted that we need a new goalkeeper will be excited by the Express’ version of events in which we are bidding £12m to sign Mattia Perin from Genoa. Quite why we are doing this is not explained..
Meanwhile back in the midfield world we have another name: all the way from Dinamo Zagreb, it’s Marcelo Brozovic.
Still at least no one is this week saying that we are going to sign Balotelli.
So overall I reckon we must now have covered at least 50 names in these occasional reviews of supposed transfers, which on the basis that only 2% of all transfer rumours are right, means we’ve named the man who is coming our way.
But hopefully matters decided in court are less of a lottery, because Archway Sheet Metal Works the firm that has been battling with Tottenham H and its new stadium, has gone to court to try and get the noisy neighbours to give him some peace.
The owners of Archway are fighting the compulsory purchase order that forces them to move. This is the firm that suffered a fire last November and have had “bomb threats” delivered to their door.
And staying with dubious doings, comings and goings, the Football League has decided that maybe Birmingham City are perhaps still talking with Carson Yeung who is banned from being a director because of his money laundering.
He’s in prison in Hong Kong but from there is apparently still running his empire and telling the club which directors he wants in and out. He wants his partner and his chauffeur in, to work with his hairdresser, it is said.
If Birmingham are guilty according to the League, they can deduct points, fine the club and stop transfers or expel them from the League, so that Birmingham could play QPR in the Conference.
BIHL which owns Birmingham is registered in the Cayman Islands and listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange and is 15% owned by British Virgin Islands company, U-Continent Holdings.
A spokesperson for Birmingham City said they were trying to get information from BIHL.
Like I said, funny ol’ game.
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