The Horse's Head Gossip
After a veritable feast yesterday, the transfer gossip on this Friday morning resembles more of an ultimately unsatisfying breakfast bap, so we're left with some more Gareth Bale to Real Madrid nonsense. This increasingly tedious transfer saga will not go away, especially if the Daily Mirror and Daily Star have anything to do with it.
rags newspapers refer to a story in Madrid daily AS which shows 'Real President Florentino Perez is attempting to pull out all the stops in a bid to snare his prime target despite Bale's comments and Spurs' determination.' Real have 'deliberately left the No 11 shirt, vacated by former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho, vacant and a senior club insider explained it was all part of a softening-up process by Perez.' This claim is somewhat dubious given the only player Los Blancos have signed this Summer who might have been in line for that number was Isco who said he "chose the (number) '23 'because it is the day of my brother's birthday."
In any case, with negotiations with Tottenham at an impasse and Madrid's attempts to 'talk sense' into Daniel Levy unsurprisingly failing, Perez has been forced to take radical action according to the Star. The former civil engineer "now" plans to fly with Carlo Ancelotti and the team for their July 21 friendly with Bournemouth so he can hold 'face-to-face talks' with the Spurs chairman. However, the horse's head will have to be put back in the freezer as the Spurs hierarchy won't actually be in the country at the time as they are expected to fly out to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong that weekend. Given this salient fact is in the public domain, is there just a possibility Perez was planning to fly out with the team anyway and the sound you're hearing in the background is shit being thrown against the wall?
A similarly predictable transfer story is Harry Redknapp looking to sign one of 'his boys'. The Mirror report that the man who is definitely not a "Wheeler-Dealer" 'wants to work with Peter Crouch for a FIFTH time.' The former England striker has already played for 'Arry at Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and Tottenham. With plans to 'raid Spurs for Scott Parker as his midfield general' already in motion, the QPR manager is surely pestering Tony Fernandes to make inquiries for Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe while trying to tempt 47-year-old Teddy Sheringham out of retirement. This story also gives us an excuse to pull a very awkward looking fancy-dress costume out of the woodwork.
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