Wingers' World 18 - Final Furlong
A rather brief one this morning, before I am away out to work, a bit later than normal today.
Wingers' World is nearing the end of it's stint, what with the advent of the new season almost upon us, but it may return in some other form throughout the season.
Up first of all to the land of the Stonner Kebab, that's right I'm taking the high road all the way up to Edinburgh, where It's being reported that Craig Gordon has agreed personal terms with Sunderland, and a whopping £9m deal is about to be signed, sealed and delivered (and he's yours, Keano).
The Daily Record claims that Sunderland will pay £7m up front, with a further £2m to be paid in bits n bobs, here n there, while the player himself is in line to treble the £12k per week wages he was getting at sunderland by, well, three times as much. Zonkers.
Gordon's been tipped to join the Premier League for quite a while now, with Arsenal more often than not his supposed destination. Indeed, maybe he would have, but it's highly unlikely Le Boss would have signed th Scottish Stopper for a fee in the the region mentioned above, if that's what Hearts chairman Vladimir OmenThreeManov was demanding.
Well whaddya know, a heartening story reaches Wingers World this morning of an old man who has moved down to a South Coast retirement home and found a new lease of life. If it was a Disney film, I'm sure there would be little tweety birds landing on windowsills and magic brooms sweeping floors, while woodland creatures all peered round the old man's front door, while he sand with joy.
And who knows, maybe that's exactly what's happening this morning in the life of Sulzier Campbell, as his fine displays last time out for Pompey have led to speculation that 'Honest' Steve McClaren will hand the defender a recall and 'issue an SOS plea' (© any bleedin' tabloid you care to think of...), because John Terry is out injured for a month (so we lost a defender to injury, we are supposedly blessed with a dearth of world class defenders, do the press really need to sh*t bricks every time Terry blows his nose?).
TEAMtalk the source for that one, with McClaren their source, as he was quoted saying, 'It would be silly and foolish of me to dismiss David James and Sol Campbell.'
Campbell in turn, said, 'If the call came would be delighted,' though it was not clear if he was referring to McClaren's statement, or receiving a telegram from the Queen.
Stop! Hammeur Time
Some bombshell news now, in the shape of Fulham FC, who have sent shockwaves through the premiership by signing someone who is not from Northern Ireland (a bit like how everyone used to be surprised when we signed someone who wasn't french - now they're just surprised when we sign someone...). Fulham manager, and ex-liverpool spanish defender, Mark Lawrensanchez, has stepped in to snap up Watford's Hameur Bouazza for a fee reported by bbc.co.uk as £4m.
Bouazza impressed in spells at Vicarage Road last season, and could be in line for his debut at The Grove this weekend...
Rafa looks to add a sissy to his squad.
Sky Sports reckon that Rafa El Gafa will try and bring in Real Madrid's Brazilian full back Cicinho, who at present finds himself at the back of the queue for a starting spot at the Bernabeu behind Michel Salgado and Sergio Ramos, under new coach Bernd Schuster.
Cicinho, once touted as the successor to Cafu in the Brazilian national team, was interesting Roma, so say the Skysters, but in the form of a loan, whereas Rafa's perceived bid of £6.8m would be more appealing to the utterly hideous madrid club (my opinion there, not Sky's).
That's all for now folks - I'll try to squeeze one out, like a fart on a crowded train, but hopefully it will be more pleasant and less invasive to the nose. Ta-ra, chums...