The Empty Gossip

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 12:10

The Empty Gossip

It would be hugely arrogant to believe that England is the best in the world at anything, and that can include the peddling of transfer bulls**t. If you want to dine on the finest spurious claims, head over to Italy.

Tuttomercatoweb, that bastion of transfer rumour accuracy, claims that Arsenal will aim to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund before the window closes. That has been hungrily feasted upon by the Metro, Daily Express and the like.

Let’s face it – Arsenal aren’t going to sign another attacking midfielder. They’re going to have enough problems fitting Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck into the same side as it is.


Here is a rumour we can get on board with, namely Newcastle in the race for Bordeaux’s Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan.

Rolan was the subject of reported interest from Aston Villa, but it seems that Newcastle are also making their move. He does play in France, after all.

It’s not just hearsay (pure and simple), either. “There has been contact with Newcastle, but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries,” Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said. “With Newcastle, I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest.”

This is all lovely, but can someone shake Steve McClaren and remind him that his side are seriously short on defenders?


In the age of the internet, the three words that nobody wants to say are these: “I don’t know.”

With that in mind, let me come clean – I know very little about Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout. In fact, I only knew that he was French and played for Nantes. Captain clued-up.

So, we’re all learning: ‘Jordan Veretout (born 1 March 1993 in Ancenis) is a French footballer who plays for French club Nantes in Ligue 1. He plays as a midfielder. Veretout made his professional debut on 13 May 2011 in a league match against Sedan. He made his first start the following season in the team’s opening match of the campaign; a 1-0 extra time win over Reims in the Coupe de la Ligue.[2] Veretout is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-18 and under-19 level.’ Every day is a school day.

Anyway, Tottenham are preparing to offer €15m for him, apparently.


Sergio Aguero is struggling to make the start of the season for Manchester City… Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has joined the £10million chase for Hull defender James Chester… West Brom have made a £6million bid for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra… Stoke are struggling to get Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko to join the club… West Brom are set to move for Krasnodar midfielder Charles Kabore… Wigan will make a £1.5million swoop for Chesterfield winger Sam Clucas… Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes has expressed his disappointment after the club rejected a £10million offer for his services from Middlesbrough… Newly-promoted Norwich are eyeing ex-Bolton and Sunderland full-back Marcos Alonso… Juventus have been granted permission to discuss terms with Schalke star Julian Draxler… Mohamed Salah is on the verge of a move to Roma after the Italian club reached agreement with Chelsea to take the Egypt winger on loan, at a cost of about £2million.

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