Rumours, Half-truths and Lies: Welcome to the Final Day of the Transfer Window!

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

After what has felt like one of the most boring transfer windows in recent times, the last few hours have finally managed to stir some excitement among the rumour-hungry football fan contingent, while instilling a bitter taste in stomachs for others.

Throughout January, one of the big transfer stories circulating the Sky Sports/Sun/Talksport rumour mill has been Andy Carroll and Harry Redknapp’s supposed adoration. However, no sooner had the day started and his more likely destination moved slightly more north and a little to the west as Liverpool prepared to unwrap their purse strings.

Of course, the Kop have been bracing themselves over the last few days for the departure of their own favourite son, Fernando Torres as Roman’s millions began to roll once more. For a player who has looked like he didn’t want to be at Anfield for most the season, £50 million looks a great deal.

Similarly with Carroll, as the reported £35 million offer would usually have the Geordies snatching Scouse hands off. But the difference here is that Newcastle’s owner is Mike Ashley, a man who is known to have an itchy bum in the St. James’ Park chair and has been looking to sell for some time now. What price he bags the money and does a runner at the end of the season having bagged a small fortune on the club’s most saleable asset?

The other difference is that Carroll is a Geordie; born, bred and, most importantly, a fan. To the supporters, he is one of them, a local boy made good. He is the proud owner of the famous no.9 shirt, one which is like no other in football. They don’t want to see one of their own leave for money, but lest not forget, money talks. And if recent speculation that he has handed in a transfer request is true, then he has damned himself in the eyes of supporters forever.

Elsewhere, Blackpool’s favourite Scotsman, Charlie Adam, has also been interesting their North West neighbours Liverpool and Man United, as well as that “used to be famous club” Aston Villa, after guiding the relegation favourites to mid-table thus far. With fantastic vision, a penchant for knocking in penalties and free kicks, and that wicked left foot, expect him to depart sooner rather than later.

Birmingham’s Seb Larsson has been another man filling newspaper sport columns as he continues to stutter on a new deal. Early reports today even suggested he could be heading to Man City on loan as a replacement for the injured Adam Johnson and outgoing Shaun Wright-Phillips, but that seems a little unlikely to say the least.

Indeed, Birmingham have been quite the active participant this window with high-profile pursuits of Bentley and Keane having mixed fortunes, while it was announced today that old Newcastle striker/somersaulter Obafemi Martins was heading to St. Andrews on loan. The Magpies themselves, meanwhile, wait on news of Stephen Ireland’s incoming temporary transfer.

While the bids for Carroll and Torres, coupled with the institution that is Manchester City Football Club may suggest otherwise, this is actually a time of austerity for football, and loans no longer appear to be just a Football League phenomenon. So while the big guns may be looking to buy footballers for small country’s budgets, expect the majority of what is left of the window to involve temporary signings and small figure sums.

Unless you’re a fan of Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool.

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  • Mystical Mike

    this is a very boring and non existent day for all Arsenal fans!

    Andy Carroll 30m? Rossi to Spurs 30m? Is he ‘avin a laff?

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