TRANSFER Balls: Is Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski leaving the Gunners to play for…Spurs? Well, ITV had news.
Podolski set to join Arsenal’s fierce rivals Spurs in £10m deal
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has his latest book serialised in the Daily Mail.
Having talked utter balls about racism and Manchester City, the media’s favourite man on the inside explains who he signed Luis Suarez for Tottenham Hotspur from Ajax in 2011. Oh, no. Sorry. How he nearly signed Luis Suarez for Spurs had Liverpool not signed the brilliant Uruguayan.
“Despite all that has happened in his career since, one of the biggest regrets of my life in management is not taking Luis Suarez to Tottenham when we had the chance.”
THE Sun loves to turn football into a war. In readiness for Arsenal’s Premier League match with local London rivals Spurs, the paper thunders:
Wenger in Tottenham taunt ahead of North London derby
IN football, you define yourself by your rivals. And Spurs - who last won the league title in 1961 – have decided that the team they can rib and goad is Manchester United, who have won the league title in colour.
This T-shirt was spotted for sale outside White Hart Lane tonight, where Spurs were playing Nottingham Forest (league winners: 1977).
The TV show being lampooned by Wayne Rooney, Angel Dia Maria and Louis Van Gaal (two players who would walk into the Spurs side and a manager who declined the offer to manage Spurs) is Only Fools And Horses, which after peaking in the early 1980s, dribbled on until it excited only as a nostalgic tick, a Christmas treat right up there with adverts for Iceland’s frozen squirrels.
Spurs Balls: Partizan Belgrade Fans Call Jews Fools And State A Desire For Homosexual Sex with Horses
AT the Europa League Partizan Belgrade v Spurs match, the home fans added a bit of homemade art to the local colour. The message on the banner declared, somewhat crytically:
“Only Jews And Pussies”
Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Swansea’s Wilfried Bony For Less Than Spurs And Liverpool Bought Him For
TRANSFER Balls: The Daily Express reveals that Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are in for “£19m target Wilfried Bony”. The headline ends a little esoterically: “CONFIRMS interest.”
TRANSFER Balls: A look at football reporting. Is Jay Rodriguez heading from Southampton to Spurs or Manchester City?
The Sun on Sunday reports that Manchester City will battle Spurs to to sign Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez, 25.
Back on July, the BBC’S Ben Smith said Spurs had agreed to buy Rodriguez. Well, so he had “understood”:
The Guardian also “understood” things:
…it is understood personal terms have already been agreed in principle for a move to White Hart Lane.
Such are the facts…
Transfer Balls: You’ll Never Believe Who Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Yeovil And Manchester United Didn’t Bid For
TRANSFER Balls: Did Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs or Yeovil (did we leave any out?) bid for Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar? The Daily Express has a scoop:
No Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham bid for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Yes. The Express saays that no club bid for Huntelaar. Yeah, not even Bounemouth made a cheeky bid.
Ben Jefferson spells out the facts:
This is the same Ben Jefferson who told Express readers that Liverpool and Araenal were going to war for the Dutchman:
TRANSFER Balls: Is Manchester United and England’s Danny Welbeck on his way to Arsenal? Or is he on his way to Spurs? Let’s see what the media experts have been saying:
The Guardian says it’s Spurs!
The Guardian says it’s Everton!
Ian Herbert says it’s Arsenal for Welbeck!
The Mirror says it’s Spurs!
The Independent says it’s Arsenal!
The Mail says it’s Spurs!
Metro says it’s Arsenal!
The Evening Standard says it’s Spurs!
The Mail says it’s Arsenal!
Such are the facts…
TRANSFER Balls: A look at football rumours being passed off as fact by the mainstream press. Let’s look at how much Arsenal and Spurs want the titchy Brazilian called Bernard.
The Daily Express has news:
Arsenal and Tottenham on alert with Brazilian starlet Bernard set for loan move
Ben Jefferson adds:
ARSENAL and Tottenham are on alert after Shaktar Donetsk revealed plans to try and send Bernard out on loan this season.
WORLD Cup Balls presents the wisdom of Spurs’ player Andros Townsend, now ‘writing’ for the Sun:
MISSING out on a World Cup is the most devastating thing in football. And it is good news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should only sit out the opener against Italy.
As there is nothing more painful in the game than getting sidelined for the world’s biggest tournament.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Loic Remy still a QPR player?
Arsenal agree personal terms with QPR striker Loic Remy
On June 3, the IBTimes, said Remy was still at QPR. He was just part of a list of maybes on their way to the Gunners:
Loic Remy, Antoine Griezmann, Carlos Vela, Mari Mandzukic and Karim Benzema all heavily linked.
WEST Ham United fans are celebrating The Treble with an official t-shirt. It turns out that season 2013-14 was a stella year for the club.
BEST of luck luck Mauricio Pochettino, new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. As Danny Kelly advises, “If Daniel Levy drives you mad, you can always go back to the modelling!”
SO. How are Arsenal going to kick on from FA Cup glory? The Telegraph and Mail says the Gunners have £100m to invest in new players. And the Times identifies the first name though the door. It’s… Manchester City’s James Milner.
The Times says the Gunners are to offer around £10m for the blond Ray Parlour.
The Guardian says this is true:
Arsenal lead race as James Milner tells Manchester City he wants to leave
IS Adam Lallana staying at Southampton? Let’s see what the experts are saying?
The Sun has an “exclusive”:
Kop in £20m bid for Lallana
The Liverpool fans in their famous stand have raised millions to buy the player? No. The story is:
LIVERPOOL have made a £20million swoop for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.
And then it came to pass that Tim proved himself to be not all that good. In fact, he is worse then AVB.
Spurs Balls: Hoddle, Sherwood And De Boer Miss Out As Louis van Gaal Gets Manger’s Job (Say Experts)
WHO will be the next manager at Tottenham Hotspur? The current incumbent is Tim Sherwood. He feels unsettled:
“Every Press conference I do it’s ‘this manager’s coming in… Van Gaal, then Hoddle, this one and that one. Some of these managers are actually touting themselves for my job and I don’t think that’s right. If anyone asks me about another job I just tell them they’ve got a manager. Until they haven’t got a manager and I haven’t got a job, say nothing.”
Anyone think Sherwood will retire gracefully back to his former job as reserve team coach?
Arsenal Balls: On The 19th Annual St. Totteringham’s Day We Recall Who Said Spurs Would Top The Gunners
ON the 19th annual St. Totteringham’s Day – when Arsenal finish above Spurs in the Premier League – Lukas Podolski identified himself as a fan favourite:
Let’s review what the experts said:
Gary Lineker: “I think they’ll probably finish above Arsenal. Well, the interesting thing is that normally clubs… if they sell a huge player, they always say, oh, we’ll spend the money, we’ll put it back in the team but they invariably don’t, whereas at least you can say for Spurs they’ve had a plan and they’ve spent that money – and they’ve spent it actually before they got it really – so I think actually they’ve bought pretty well on the whole.”
SPURS Balls: Tottenham Hotspur smashed a dire Sunderland last night. The Daily Mail leads with a lovely picture of Emmanuel Adebayor (American salute) saluting his manager Tim Sherwood (British salute).
Adebayor might also have been saluting Chris Ramsey, but the Mail has cut out the team coach.
SPURS are ready to demote Tim Sherwood, their cheaper English version of Andre Villa-Boas in a gillet. Many Spurs fans should be delighted. He is clearly out of his depth. So. The chatter is on club chairman Daniel Levy offering the job to the old stager Louis van Gaal. But why leak this news now? Maybe it’s because the letters to season ticket holders are about go out.
Spurs Balls: Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton Says Fifth Is Good If You’re Tim Sherwood But Bad If You’re AVB
Last season, for example, Tottenham had the sixth biggest budget (£90m) for salaries in the league behind Manchester City (£202m), Chelsea (£173m), Manchester United (£162m), Arsenal (£143m) and Liverpool (£119m). On that basis you could argue that Tottenham’s fifth-placed finish under Andre Villas-Boas was an over-achievement.
So. AVB did well?
‘This season, if Tottenham’s coach Tim Sherwood finishes fifth, where they are currently positioned in the Premier League, that would be about right based on their current wage structure…”
THE Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton was no fan of Andre Villas-Boas, picking holes in the soon-to-be-sacked Spurs manager.
But things at White Hart Lane improved when AVB was dismissed and trust Englander Tim Sherwood was appointed manager.
On December 19, Ashton wrote in the Daily Mail:
“To fund their ambitious project, Joe Lewis, the club’s principle owner, is relying on the riches from regular Champions League football. All they need is a manager to guide them there. Step forward, Tim Sherwood.
SPURS Balls: Last night at White Hart Lane, Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood was upset by Benfica manager, Jorge Jesus’s perceived “lack of class”. As Benfica went 3-1 up in the teams’ Europa League last-16 first-leg, Jesus appeared to hold up three fingers.