In a Sunday Mailbox which is understandably dominated by Manchester United, there are a few little bits for the rest, specifically Chelsea & a Liverpool Christmas list...
Another rotten day for David Moyes, whose desperation for a win was epitomised by the selection of an unfit Robin van Persie in attack. It's looking pretty worrying indeed...
10. Oussama Assaidi to Stoke
Although Brendan Rodgers described him as an 'exciting player that will excite the crowd', Assaidi proved anything but in his first year at Liverpool. The 25-year-old struggled with the step up from the Eredivisie and made just 12 appearances in all competitions, failing to start a single Premier League game. Assaidi provided little evidence to suggest he can have an impact in the top flight and Stoke fans should be worried at reports linking the Potters with a late move for the winger. Mark Hughes has found it difficult to add new faces to aid a transition to a more attractive playing style, but Assaidi should only be seen as a last resort.
9. Samuel Eto'o to Chelsea
Who'd have thunk Samuel Eto'o moving to the Premier League could ever be deemed underwhelming? Chelsea have reportedly been offered the Anzhi striker for just £2m as Jose Mourinho assesses his options in case the Blues fail with a final bid for Wayne Rooney. Eto'o would be an intriguing signing, but at 32 his previous powers have faded dramatically and it's unlikely he would prove to be the missing piece of the jigsaw for Chelsea. It would be better to remember him at the height of his powers, rather than witness the fall of one of the game's finest strikers.
8. Lee Cattermole to anyone
"Oh, we're going to be that sort of team," is the groaning response one would expect from fans of a club tracking the irrepressible Cattermole. The 25-year-old still has time to transform his reputation but, after failing to heed numerous warnings over his 'combative' style, it seems he enjoys being known as a bruiser. Cattermole is currently working his way back to fitness following a knee injury, but it's been reported that Paolo Di Canio is willing to sell. The midfielder's 41 yellows and seven red cards over the last five years should be enough to ward off potential suitors.
7. Tom Ince to Tottenham
Similar to several other names on this list, Ince could prove to be a shrewd signing in the last week of the window. The problem for rumoured suitors Spurs, however, is that after narrowly missing out on a £30m deal for Willian, a move for Ince suddenly seems enormously underwhelming. The England Under-21 international would jump at the chance to join Spurs after rejecting an £8.5m switch to Cardiff earlier in the summer, but Franco Baldini will surely try to push through a deal for Erik Lamela before turning to the Championship winger.
6. Martin Demichelis to Manchester City
Vincent Kompany's groin injury should provoke Manuel Pellegrini into a late dash for another defender despite Matija Nastasic's return to fitness. Following persistent links to Real Madrid livewire Pepe, Martin Demichelis has now emerged as Pellegrini's leading target and the pair enjoyed a successful spell together at Malaga. The speculation is rather odd considering Demichelis only joined Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer and although the 32-year-old would cost just €5m, his addition as a late stop-gap is hardly the sort of forward-thinking move to excite the fans. Toby Alderweireld, who partners Kompany for Belgium, may be a better option.
5. Carlton Cole to anyone
Cole has bided his time following his release from West Ham, reportedly rejecting moves to Crystal Palace and St Etienne as he waits for a better offer. It's likely that his patience will be rewarded, but the likes of Hull, Cardiff and Stoke would do well to steer clear of a striker who would demand wages far outreaching his contribution. Although the 29-year-old had a reasonable record with the Hammers, his total of two goals last season suggests that it's time to draw the curtain on Cole's top-flight career. The Championship beckons, Premier League clubs should not.
4. Kevin Doyle to Swansea
Yes, it's true, Swansea have actually been linked with Kevin Doyle as their search for another striker goes to the wire. "I don't want to go into names," said Michael Laudrup when asked about Doyle last week. "But a striker is a priority because goals are so important. Signing Wilfried Bony was great, but we still need a different kind of striker as well because hopefully we will play many games this season." If by 'a different kind of striker' Laudrup means one who's become increasingly hopeless as his club plummet through the divisions, then Doyle may just be his man. If not, then the Dane should be strongly advised to look elsewhere. Goals are important, and Doyle has managed only 21 in the last three years.
3. Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to Man United
Sarah Winterburn argued here that anyone being sniffy towards United's pursuit of Fellaini would surely have felt differently had Sir Alex Ferguson still been in charge. While that is certainly true, David Moyes' interest in a player he signed for £15m in 2008 is incredibly underwhelming after three failed bids for Cesc Fabregas and rumours of a move for Mesut Ozil. Even United don't seem entirely convinced, offering a 'derisory and insulting' £28m for Fellaini and Baines as they seek to strengthen before the close of the window. Along with Fellaini, Baines would be a solid addition to the champions' squad, but when Fabio Coentrao is on the market, and 18-year-old Luke Shaw is excelling at Southampton, wouldn't Moyes be best looking elsewhere?
2. Will Hughes to Liverpool
Undoubtedly a superb prospect, Hughes can expect to be burdened with the hopes and dreams of a nation for much of his playing career owing to his possession of a rare skill for an Englishman - being able to pick a pass. The 18-year-old has been tipped for bigger things than his current stage at Derby, but it's unlikely Liverpool fans will be excited by a £10m move for the midfielder (which would supposedly see Hughes return to Pride Park on loan) at the end of a summer chasing a marquee signing. Hughes may eventually play an important role in Liverpool's five-year plan to return to the top four, but after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Willian both said no to the Reds, Rodgers will need a bigger name to appease expectant supporters.
1. Mathieu Flamini to Arsenal
'Gareth Barry to Arsenal' was a strong contender for top spot in this list but, after rumours the Man City midfielder could be on his way to the Emirates subsided, Flamini has emerged as the new undisputed number one. Awarding the midfielder a contract may not be the worst decision Arsene Wenger has made this summer, but it smacks of poor planning and a crippling lack of ambition. It's five years since Flamini quit the Gunners for AC Milan and it can be argued that he's only just being replaced... by himself. The 29-year-old is not the sort of signing Arsenal fans will have envisaged back in June amid talk of financial firepower and Wenger has only a week left to stretch his imagination.
Matt Stanger - he's on the Twitter.
Well. Early days but I'd say Flamini 1- 0 Fellaini.- jimbarcorp