Monday, June 20, 2005
Another day, 28 more rumours...
Sky Sports reckons we're either about to offer, or have already offered, about £3 million to Sheffield United for 22 year-old centreback/midfielder Phil Jagielka. They've already knocked back an offer of £1.5 million from Charlton a month ago, and Portsmouth have supposedly made a £2 million bid.
Also, we're linked with defender Thomas Helveg (Norwich) and striker Heidar Helguson (Watford). The former wants to play in the World Cup for Denmark, so he'll be itching for a first team place in a high profile team. The latter is going for £1.2 million.
As much as I enjoy all the speculation, is it too much to ask that we just splash out on Jay Jay Okocha? (Well, probably, yes.)
And now, the striker who is half the man Jay Jay is, or at least has half his name. Jay Bothroyd is being hunted by West Ham and Manchester City. He's currently on loan at Blackburn from Perugia but Hughes doesn't want him permanently. He was out for a couple of months with a torn thigh muscle, and has fallen out of favour, but wants to stay at Rovers.
Darren Purse has stated that he wants to stay with the Baggies and fight for a first team place rather than make the switch to the Irons in the Premiership. Well, to each his own, I say.
Meanwhile, off the field, Alan Pardew has brought physiotherapists Steve Allen and Paul Hunter from Cardiff City.
And that's your bloomin' lot.