Here is a new experimental article (which I could turn into a regular thing).
I have seen a few transfer stories already in a newspaper and I thought I might see which of them may carry some weight ("Weighty") and which of them are just ridiculously far-fetched ("Weedy").
Yes, it looks like a half-baked attempt at regurgitating existing stories, but I think I have a right to at least give my opinion on how likely they are to be true.
Adebayor Would Consider a Move to Tottenham (even after hearing 'that song') VERDICT - WEEDY
Emmanuel Adebayor at Arsenal was always lampooned by Spurs in a controversial chant aimed at him by Spurs fans. In politically-correct terms, the song assumes that his dad runs a grooming business for a certain animal from the African Savannah (elephant) and his mother sleeps with other men besides his father for a handsome ransom. However, the joke seemed to be on the Spurs fans as the Togolese striker has a gleaming goalscoring record against Spurs for Arsenal. He continued that while on-loan at Real Madrid by contributing to their 4-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
Adebayor seemed to take the song in good humour. He said he knew it was only a bit of fun and football combined with the chanting is "just a game." He went on to imply that he'd consider a move to Spurs, but I think he would be prepared to move back to anywhere in England, if not his current club Manchester City. Mancini will surely want to keep Adebayor on for the next season as Ade's Champions League experience with Madrid and Arsenal will come in handy as Manchester City prepare to get into the same competition.
The link between Spurs and a move for Adebayor isn't anything new. It came up in January too, and any transfer speculation story that isn't new is going to be old and tired.
I'd like to know why all the controversy focused on Adebayor's father allegedly washing elephants rather than his mother being accused of prostitution!
Also, since leaving Arsenal for Manchester City, Adebayor has had Arsenal fans turn on him too.
I'm not saying that it's okay to score for your new club against your old club and rub it in their faces [by powersliding a full 10 yards up to them], but the chant that Arsenal fans made up following the Togolese bus tragedy was a bridge too far as well. All I'll say about it is it implies that Adebayor now has a fear of coach-rides.
Sunderland and Newcastle are considering making a bid for Roman Pavlyuchenko: VERDICT - WEIGHTY:
While I personally don't want this to be true, Pavlyuchenko does seem to be likely to move away either on-loan or once and for all. The rejected Russian—a fan favourite at Spurs nonetheless—has been close to going on loan to the likes of Birmingham City and Zenit St. Petersburg in the past, but Zenit's bid was rejected and a deal failed to materialise. There was also talk of him making a return to Spartak Moscow, with whom he scored a total of 109 goals in 187 appearances.
Harry seems to have his favourites and has made it crystal clear to everybody that Super Pav is not one of those favourites. Crouch seems to take precendence even though he doesn't seem to be doing the job. If Pavlyuchenko was a regular starter the whole time, he'd be fantastic. He has scored regularly in domestic cups and in the 2009 Carling Cup, barring the final, he scored in EVERY GAME!
Also, when Harry first came to Spurs, he scored the late stoppage-time winner against Liverpool.
But all those goals and all the fans' support for Pav seems to have fallen on deaf ears as he was for a while third fiddle to Crouch and Keane who have both lost their edge now. And with pressure on Harry and Danny to get a top striker mounting more since losing fourth-place to Man City, Pav may be sold this summer.
Well, there they are. Some tidbits for your niggling peckishness for transfer stories.
Should this be a permanent fixture? Let me know your thoughts ;D