Gossip: Oxlade-Chamberlain, ‘Arry, Frank & Terry, Evra

Date published: Thursday 29th December 2016 12:26

‘ARRY, FRANK AND TERRY TO SWANSEA?
Of course. No sooner had Bob Bradley cleared out his Pop Tarts, Twinkys and… erm… home fries from the manager’s office at the Liberty Stadium, Harry Redknapp was talking up his own chances of getting the job. Haven’t those owners made enough bad decisions recently?

“It sounds interesting – it sounds a challenge!” said Redknapp to Talksport, a radio station that is effectively Harry Redknapp in audio form. “Swansea are a good club and it would be a tough challenge, but a good challenge.”

“It’s a great club – where they’ve come from and what they’ve done, and the atmosphere there is absolutely fantastic. It’s a tough job for someone but it’s not an impossible one – I still think they’ve got a chance of staying up. I’ve not heard anything, I’ve had no approach from anybody. But it’s a good club and if the opportunity and the challenge came up it would be one that would be interesting.”

Do you reckon Redknapp thinks Swansea are a good club?

There’s more, too. The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law takes those quotes from Talksport, without crediting them, and then adds in the notion that Redknapp would ask Frank Lampard and John Terry to help him out. Sounds like a punt to us, albeit a fairly predictable punt given that this is Henry James Redknapp.

CAN EVERYONE PLEASE REMEMBER THAT HARRY REDKNAPP IS CLEARLY NOT GOING TO GET THE SWANSEA CITY JOB. THANKS.

 

LIVERPOOL INTERESTED IN THE OX
Between a very busy agent and a father who presumably has plenty of friends in the media, you just can’t stop big clubs being linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Despite him rarely playing regularly for Arsenal and never producing a run of form worthy of a place in a team challenging for titles, The Ox has again been linked with a title challenger. Not Manchester City or Chelsea this time, but Liverpool.

In the Guardian, Daniel Taylor (who knows his onions) reports that Liverpool are monitoring Oxlade-Chamberlain with a view to making a bid in January, as Jurgen Klopp looks to add extra depth to his squad.

That makes sense, too. Oxlade-Chamberlain will be disappointed if he expects a regular starting spot, but would be a useful addition to the bench and backup for Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, as well as offering cover for Adam Lallana’s role.

That said, it’s surely a long shot? Are Arsenal really likely to sell to a fellow top-four/title rival in January? And is there not still plenty of politics between the two clubs over the Luis “What are they smoking?” Suarez offer?

 

EVRA TO WEST HAM
Now this is something we can get on board with: Patrice Evra back in the Premier League. The left-back has started only three Serie A games this season as he concentrates on becoming an Instagram comedian, but would be welcomed back to England with open arms.

An exclusive from Alvise Cagnazzo in The Sun says that West Ham are looking to return Simone Zaza to Juventus and loan Evra in his stead. We bloody bet they are.

Worth pointing out that Cagnazzo has a number of exclusives on The Sun football website on the same day, which always worries us slightly. Still, we’ll see eh.

 

AND THE REST
Juventus manager Max Allegri wants to take over at Arsenal if current boss Arsene Wenger retires in the summer… Chris Coleman is top of Swansea’s shortlist for the manager’s role… Manchester United will not allow forward Anthony Martial to leave on loan in January… Chelsea have had a £21m offer for Atlanta midfielder Franck Kessie rejected… Manchester City and Chelsea are interested in Sevilla’s former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi… Liverpool, Roma and AC Milan are interested in Paris St-Germain forward Jese Rodriguez… Swansea want to re-sign Queen’s Park Rangers centre-back Steven Caulker… Middlesbrough are lining up a January move for Aston Villa’s Rudy Gestede.

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