The Saturday before deadline day usually means hundreds of stories linking various players to various clubs. Not so this Saturday when it comes to Newcastle United - only one story has dominated the day:
Andy Carroll to Tottenham (Every media outlet going)
How likely? Redknapp does love tapping up other club's players. The media seem to be willing this one through too but it will not happen at Â£25million.
Sure, Â£25million is a lot of money for a young man in his first full year as a Premier League player - but we have all seen what he can do. He has a goal every other game, numerous assists, wins everything in his own area and theirs from set pieces and is a full England International. Even if he goes through a lean spell in terms of goals he will be a handful and a nightmare to play against for opposition players.
I have read one or two comments along the lines of "what if opposing defenders sus him out by next season?" Yeah, good luck with that one - sus out a 6 foot 4 battering ram and lets see where it gets you.
Carroll is our talisman. They say every player has a price and I fear that will probably be true of any player playing for Mike Ashley - but to those (few) of you who would cash in at Â£25m, we will not see a penny of it so why would you want that?
At least we have not just surrendered and sold within 24 hours like those just down the road.....
Carroll will still be a Newcastle United player when the window closes.