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Arsenal Enter The Spurs Zone As Arteta Cuts And Runs And Redknapp Gets £40million For Modric

by | 1st, September 2011

THE last day of the football transfer window was frenetic on Sky Sports news.

Below a swirling countdown clock, Alan Curbishley the former Charlton man once tipped to be the England manager, opined:

“The bigger clubs get it all done. They don’t want to get involved in this last-day stuff.”

That was a possible dig at Arsenal, who were being linked with just about ever footballer in the world. The Gunners were in the fabled Tottenham Zone, waiting for players to get progressively cheaper as the countdown on Transfer Deadline day approached zero.

It might have worked, too. Mikel Arteta took a pay cut to leave Everton for North London. Yossi Benayoun decided a year with Arsenal was better than a year with Chelsea.

That and all other news was watched by Sky telly’s Bryan Swanson on his Sky Pad, an adapted iPad by which the tiny Swanson charted transfer activity by moving his fingers up, down, sideways and at one point directly at the people at home,thus  giving them a small sniff of what it is to get a call from Arsene Wenger.

All this rolling new was epitomised by Harry Redknapp’s dealing at Spurs. Transfer day is his Cup Final. The Sky Sports ticker read:

“Tottenham’s bid to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill described as 50-50 by sources close to the club.

News was that Cahill had as much chance to not playing for Spurs as he did of not playing for Spurs. The facts were clear. And in case you thought it was all made up to keep the show lively, Redknapp popped up to tell one and all:

“The chairman stood firm over Luka. I think £40million was apparently offered yesterday. Whether that’s true or not, it is what I heard.”

Watch out, Curbs, Reknapp’s natural home is the Sky Sports News Transfer Deadline Day hot seat.

Anyhow, you can see it all on Sky Sport – price on applications (will negotiate contract)…


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