City will also ship Jo off to Everton on loan in a bid to free up some space for their Roque Santa Cruz bid. The Toffees have a host of midfielders happy to fill the void up front but, say the News of the World, despite Mikel Arteta snubbing both Arsenal and Man City to sign a new four-year deal with Everton, they’d still quite like a striker.
Yet Tottenham could mess it all up, according to the People, as they might decide they’re not so keen to reunite Jermain Defoe and Liverpool misfit Robbie Keane after all and go for the Paraguayan.
Keane was left out of the match against Chelsea amid talk of a £15m bid from Arry Redknapp, and the Irishman's days at Anfield look numbered, but don’t say it too loudly or Liverpool might get cross.
Spurs certainly look busy as Redknapp wants ‘’one or two more’’ signings because his squad does not have the required depth. And, having already spent a king’s ransom on the likes of Defoe, Wilson Palacios and Pascal Chimbonda, who’s to say they won’t shell out a few bucks on someone else before Monday night?
A sneaky bet on them pinching Andrei Arshavin out from the under the noses of Arsenal may not be amiss, as the Russian’s transfer from Zenit takes on new levels of complication with neither club willing to budge on a £3m difference in the fee. If anyone is still interested, it’s in the Sunday Telegraph, but a late twist could be in the offing.
The Toon, meanwhile, are trying to get some new faces in themselves, although are finding it tough with a derby against Sunderland to contend with and Mike Ashley's personal financial crisis limiting their funds.
JFK has jumped on the Arry bandwagon and said he wants ‘’one or two’’ more, presumably one to replace Charles Insomnia whose £6m switch to Wigan should be completed before the window closes and another to help out the growing injury crisis up front. Ryan Taylor will move once N’Zogbia’s deal is done and was seen at St James’s Park on Sunday wearing a Newcastle training shirt if you don’t believe us, while Albin Ebondo should fly in from Toulouse.
Elsewhere, Sky Sports have West Brom closing on a deal for Argentine attacker Juan Carlos Menseguez, with Tony Mowbray hoping he might turn out to be the new Lionel Messi - although a move for Paris St Germain's Youssouf Mulumbu appears to have fallen through. Oh well.
Fulham, meanwhile, have suddenly got all interesting after getting rid of Jimmy Bullard and signing Giles Barnes on loan, as they look to tie up a few deals to keep their push for Europe intact.
With Tottenham setting an example, the Cottagers have decided they’d quite like one of their stars of old back at the club and are in talks with the MLS over a loan return for American hero Brian McBride.
The West Londoners are also pretty keen to take advantage of Olivier Dacourt’s absence from the Inter Milan lineup and want the former Leeds midfielder to sure up the centre of the park. Fulham might face a fight from Bolton, but the Frenchman is apparently having a medical at Cravan Cottage so they might have beaten them to the punch.
Sunderland have wrapped up a deal for Tal Ben Haim, on loan, after he completed a medical and filled all the forms in; while Gary O'Neil should move, as he did at the end of the August 2007 transfer window, right on the deadline. Although he has a pick of former club Portsmouth and newly interested Stoke to rescue him from his Boro nightmare according to the Daily Star.
Despite all the speculation there has been an eerie silence in terms of players actually signing. The calm before the storm? Batten down the hatches, and will someone please call Jack Bauer! We could be in for a long 24 hours.