Tell me about the transfer rumour
According to The Sun, Manchester United are jostling with Manchester City over Saint-Étienne defender Kurt Zouma.
Will this transfer happen?
The lack of information provided by The Sun, 202 characters in total, casts doubt over the validity of the rumour.
So, you begin to surmise that whoever wrote that article isn't a football aficionado and probably spent more time coming up with the pun: "Alex Zoums in" than actually writing the piece.
The speculation over Zouma joining United seems to have stemmed from Sir Alex Ferguson supposedly inviting the teenager to watch a game at Old Trafford.
That's pretty innocuous since Ferguson routinely ingratiates himself with opposing players.
When Philippe Mexès was at Auxerre, he received a Christmas card from Ferguson.
In 2004, Ferguson introduced himself to Arjen Robben, who took a tour of United's training facilities without informing PSV Eindhoven.
Ferguson also once wrote a letter to then-Standard Liège player Steven Defour.
None of the three above-mentioned players joined United from their respective clubs at the time.
Grading the rumoured signing: B+
At just 18, Zouma has been a contributor to Ligue 1's joint best defence, which tells you that he has a high ceiling for success.
Moustapha Bayal wouldn't be in the starting XI if Zouma didn't injure his ankle.
Zouma is still just a kid and it's beneficial for his development to stay at Saint-Étienne.
Remember, the January transfer window is there for teams to sign injury-replacement players or footballers that will improve their team instantly.
Zouma is for the future, thus signing him in the summer transfer window, where he can get a preseason under his belt, seems more logical.
If Ferguson wanted a Premier League-ready Ligue 1 centre-back in January, he should take a look at Valenciennes' Gil.