JOE COLE IS QUIDS IN
If you believe The Sun (and we know that's a dodgy way to start any sentence) then Joe Cole will earn £10m-plus over the next 18 months - which is pretty good for a 31-year-old has-been who has barely kicked a ball in the last six months.
The Sun claim that Liverpool will give Cole a £4m pay-off to leave the club, while West Ham will take over the last 18 months of his £90,000-a-week deal. Quite what the Hammers are thinking (shirt sales?) or where he fits into that West Ham side is anybody's guess, but there's one big winner in this deal: Mr Joe Cole.
Even if the Daily Mail are right and the pay-off is closer to £3m, that's a pretty good wedge.
Nuri Sahin is likely to follow Cole out of the Anfield exit door, with reports suggesting that Fulham, Inter Milan and Sahin's former club Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing the midfielder if they can arrange a deal with Real Madrid.
LAMPARD TO INTER?
In amongst the Demba Ba developments is a line in The Sun that Inter Milan are 'lining up a swoop' for Frank Lampard. We're not sure you have to swoop for a player out of contract - just sending a car to pick him up outside the ground would do the trick - but we're happy to believe that the Italian club want him as a replacement for Wesley Sneijder.
SPURS IN FOR VILLA
The Daily Mail seem pretty intent on finding David Villa a club in England - the latest club to be linked are Tottenham after Arsenal and Liverpool were both apparently put off by the £16m transfer fee for a 31-year-old. It's difficult to see Daniel Levy fancying that deal either.
AND THE REST
French side Lille want QPR striker Djibril Cisse...Swansea are ready to sign Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas for £200,000...Sunderland look to be winning the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau...Fulham are close to a loan deal for Ghana star Derek Boateng...West Brom want £4million for midfielder Graham Dorrans...West Ham seem willing to let misfit striker Modibo Maiga leave for Newcastle...Stoke, Fulham and Udinese are locked in a three-way battle for Saint Etienne's Faouzi Ghoulam...Neil Redfearn could return to Barnsley - as boss...
...Reading hope to complete a £400,000 deal for Australia international Tomas Rogic...Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson will ask his dad to lend him midfielder Nick Powell...Blackburn's bid to bring in Peter Taylor as their next manager has hit a snag due to a tax problem...Jermaine Jenas has returned to Spurs after making just one start in three months on loan at Nottingham Forest...Tottenham are ready to sign Ezekiel Fryers at the second attempt...Swansea striker Michu is attracting interest from Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkala...Wigan are closing on a loan deal for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel...
...Norwich are launching a £5million bid for Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal...Schalke want Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to replace Lewis Holtby, who is a target for Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool...PSV Eindhoven are interested in taking Andrey Arshavin on loan from Arsenal...Lille have joined West Ham in showing interest in Marouane Chamakh.