Reading transfer news and rumours is often a quick-fire solution for your football fix, but are they reliable sources?
Most rumour mill rummagers pilfour the juicest clipping from the weeks back pages, then present it to you as if they have done something constructive. However, as we’re looking at second-hand news, the facts often gets confused. But we bring you the real stories that got lost in translation. So here are this week’s round of third-hand Chinese whispers…..
Chelsea are ready to offer £25m plus full-back Jose Bosingwa to land Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery. The Frenchman is currently trafficking in Knightsbridge air space, and Ribery’s desire for Boswinga’s affections is the Blues’ final attempt to entice him back down to earth. (Sunday Express)
Notts County director of football Sven-Goran Eriksson is hoping to persuade Pavel Nedved and Luis Figo to come out of retirement and join the League Two side, as he attempts to reinforce County’s reputation as the world’s oldest league club. (Mail on Sunday)
Hull will smash their transfer record with a £12m swoop for Real Madrid forward Alvaro Negredo, as long as the North-East club can successfully hijack every other club’s offer and also hypnotise the Spanish striker. (News of the World)
West Ham defender Matthew Upson has admitted he might have to be sold to ease the club’s financial uncertainty. If the Hamnmers sell Upson it will pave the way for them to move for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, in order to maintain the club’s trademark financial uncertainty. (News of the World)
Portsmouth have been asked by Lens to give bank guarantees showing they can stump up £4m to sign forward Aruna Dindane. Pompey’s original attempt to buy the player was exposed as fraudulent by the French club after the offer of a scrap-paper IOU note was revealed to be written in disappearing ink. (News of the World)
Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa all waiting to pounce on Fulham defender Brede Hangeland. The Whites have offered wages of £50,000 a week in order to help protect their much desired defenders’ safety. (News of the World)
Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is likely to join Barcelona next summer when the Spanish giants hold leadership elections. The Gunners skipper is set to achieve a boyhood ambition by becoming president of the European champions. (News of the World)