(Anyone else start getting the Star Wars theme music in their heads there? No? Carrying on then….)
Could Costa really be heading to China? What on earth has happened to West Ham’s Golden boy? And who the blaaady hell are PSG looking at?!
Yes that’s right chaps ( & chapettes!) Transfer Talk is back! A week seems a long time in football, with so much speculation flying around, I’ve dissected some of the week’s best rumours from the ‘yeah I can see that working’ ones to the damn right ridiculous ones.
Let’s start with the realistic ones first.
Martin Olsson (28) (Norwich – Swansea) Defender
As I’m writing this, I can see that the deal has actually happened. Way to rain on my parade their Swans. Couldn’t just give me a few more hours could you. But anywhooo, a very solid acquisition for Swansea City. Who are still crying more than this fella, over the sale of Ashley Williams.
Olsson will bring some very much needed Premier League experience to Swansea and excellent cover for the injured Neil Taylor. Although it might not be long until he’s playing against his old club Norwich in the Championship.
Robbie Brady (25) (Norwich – Sunderland / Crystal Palace) Midfielder
Things aren’t going well for Alex Neil at Norwich at the moment, and players are taking a chance to move whilst they can. Brady who came through the Manchester United Youth System.
Has already seen a bid for £10m turned down from Palace for his services. If Sunderland do make a bid, it’ll be in monthly instalments as they are strapped for cash. Would provide some extra impetuous going forward especially for the Black Cats. Scored twice for ROI during Euro 2016 and for a midfielder 7 goals in 31 International appearances, is a rather tasty record.
Scott Hogan (24) (Brentford – West Ham United) Striker
After 2 previous failed bids, have a feeling this one will drag on until the end of the window. But after being left out of the defeat by Newcastle United with his manager stating ‘it was in the long term interest of the club’ it would appear it won’t be long until Hogan is pulling on a West Ham shirt.
Brentford are rumoured to want £9m + £6m in add ons A.K.A £15m, but West Ham are only willing to pay £3m in add ons… But with 21 goals in 33 apps for Brentford, you’d imagine it won’t be long till West Ham cave.
Carl Jenkinson (24) (Arsenal – Crystal Palace) Defender
Doesn’t quite fit into Wenger’s plans unfortunately. With added knowledge of knowing that Bellerín is the 1st choice RB by some distance. Spent a fair amount of time on loan at West Ham previous seasons gone by.
Would appear that he’s not far away from joining up with one of his old managers in Big Sam at Palace. Who is in the market for defenders.
Fernando Llorente (31) (Swansea City – Chelsea) Striker
Would be the jammiest move. Going from a relegation battle to a title battle. I personally don’t see Llorente key to Swansea’s survival hopes, he’s not like a Defoe who is going to score all the goals.
As the majority of us know, Conte worked with Llorente at Juve several seasons ago, but by no means did Llorente set Serie A alight. With a goal scoring record, just better than a goal every 3 games in the league.
With the future of Costa uncertain, Llorente could be a shrewd bit of business from the Italian, with perhaps the unfavoured Michy Batshuayi heading in the other direction.
But with Chelsea playing some fantastic free-flowing football at the moment, it would appear strange to change that up to accompany a big target man who’s less mobile than Costa. But we wait to find out.
Jake Livermore (27) (Hull City – WBA) Midfielder
This one broke over the last couple of days or so. WBA are keen to strengthen their midfield options, and have targeted Livermore. Underrated Premier League player, can play as a box to box midfielder or as a defensive one. Could work well with Pulis at WBA.
£10m has been offered already for him, but Hull City want closer to £15m. You’d have to think that if Livermore and Snodgrass leave, Hull should almost definitely begin preparing for life in the Championship.
Bojan (26) (Stoke – Middlesbrough / WBA) Striker
When Bojan burst onto the scene at the Camp Nou in 2007, we were told he was going to be joining the likes of Messi and Ronaldinho. Did he really think 10 years later he would be choosing between staying at Stoke or joining ‘Boro?
Did you know: Bojan made his Barca debut at 17 years and 19 days, breaking Lionel Messi’s record.
A career which promised so much at such a young age, looks likely to happen with ‘Boro, as Gaston Ramirez fancies a move to Leicester City.
And now for the crazy audacious rumours.
Christian Benteke (26) (Crystal Palace – PSG / WBA) Striker
Quite possibly the maddest of the lot. From a Premier League relegation battle to a probable Ligue 1 title. PSG are looking for a battering ram – esque striker as a back-up for Edison Cavani. But could you really see Benteke pulling on a PSG shirt? I think he might like to mind!
West Brom on the other hand seemed willing earlier on in the window, with the virtually non – existent Saido Berahino heading in the other direction plus cash. But that rumour seems to have run it’s course now.
Andre Gray (25) (Burnley – West Ham) Striker
With the Hammers having little success in the market so far with bids for Defoe & Hogan both rejected, and with one of their most attacking options in Payet refusing to play for the club. West Ham’s attack is looking in pieces.
The form of the Championship’s player of the season 15-16, has lead to being linked with a host of Premier League clubs with West Ham supposedly ready to make a £15m offer to Burnley.
But you’d think the Clarets would be bonkers to let him go. With 28 in 56 games for Burnley so far, fans will be hoping he continues that great record.
Patrice Evra (35) (Juventus – Manchester United / Crystal Palace) Defender
Could the former United star be heading home? His former team mate in Rio Ferdinand hasn’t helped speculation with his posts via social media adding to the rumours.
With Luke Shaw fading into the background ever more at United, and Darmian a natural right footed player playing at Left Back, you have to think this rumour could turn into something. As we all know Evra ‘loooooves this game’ and keeps himself incredibly fit and dedicated so even if he provides cover for the rest of the season.
Crystal Palace offer that attraction of playing Premier League football and being able to live in London, but I see United as the front runners on this one.
Let’s see what next week brings us!
Thanks for reading folks!