MIGNOLET IS WANTED MAN
Our favourite thing about Simon Mignolet is that the Sunderland fans sing his name to the tune of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (a-Mignolet, a-Mignolet, a-Mignolet, a-Mignolet). Our second favourite thing is that he is rather a good goalkeeper.
It seems that Manchester United and Arsenal have noticed the latter (if not the former) and 'are both keeping tabs on the Sunderland keeper', according to The Sun. The Belgian cost Sunderland just £2m when he joined in 2010 but we suspect his price tag has risen into the £7-8m bracket in the last three years.
DI MARIA FOR SALE
Angel Di Maria looked pretty damned good against Manchester United last week, but the Daily Mirror claims that the Argentine winger 'is being offered around Europe to top clubs including Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain' after an 'indifferent season' at the Bernabeu.
The report does not confirm that United are interested or indeed speculate about a price tag, but we would suggest that United should be interested when the alternative is the willing but one-footed Antonio Valencia.
LIVERPOOL LOOK AT LOVREN
'Liverpool are weighing up a summer move for Lyon defender Dejan Lovren,' is a line in the Daily Mail. So what do we know about Lovren? He's 23. He's Croatian. He started his career at Dinamo Zagreb. He's apparently also a target for Chelsea and Everton. He's primarily a centre-back but can also play at right-back. He would probably cost around £7m.
So what do we know about Liverpool? They need a centre-back.
AND THE REST
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is chasing Levante's former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar...West Ham chairman David Gold has given Sam Allardyce a vote of confidence...Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has joined Brentford on loan...Steve McClaren is set for crisis talks with FC Twente in a bid to thrash out his future with the Dutch club...Paul Buckle has left Luton with immediate effect for personal reasons...Crystal Palace have extended Jacob Butterfield's loan spell from Norwich by another month...Mikael Silvestre is poised to sign a two-year contract with Portland Timbers in the MLS worth $200,000 per year...
Varicose regent (why do I get shudders when I think of a blue veined prince?) - I think you're on to this prediction lark. I predict that Gill will take over UEFA in a few short years (obviously a better footballer than that French bloke running it now) and he will ensure that the Mickeys get some unpronouncable Russian team every Europa cup. And Pa________________ul (length of space denotes last League win) don;t be dissing your rellies who are above you; especially when sanity 1892 can take the mickey out of a Mickey Mouser- norvennah