There are reports that suggest some of the deals we thought were tied up are back in play – at least according to the papers.Â Are these reports true or is it another attempt to sell papers – here’s what we think.
Sam – Oh Have I Missed Him?
Newcastle seemed to be well in front in the battle for young Wigan left back Leighton Baines – but itâ€™s looking like Everton will give us some competition for Leighton. Everton finished sixth in the league last year just two points behind Tottenham – so they have done very well under David Moyes and will be able to offer Baines UEFA football next season. However we still think Newcastle are in poll position to get Baines â€“ who would be a good capture for Big Sam â€“ this coming week hopefully. Itâ€™s understood from Wigan there have been no formal offers yet for Baines. Sam – go work that fax machine!
David Moyes – I’d love to have Baines
Both Liverpool and Chelsea are supposed to be in for Tal Ben Haim â€“ who is now a free agent and obviously in big demand. Mourhino has just signed Bayern Munichâ€™s Peruvian striker and free agent Claudio Pizarrot to add to the signing of free transfer Steve Sidwell and 16-year-old Oldham striker Danny Philliskirk. Ben Haim was ready to move to Stamford Bridge in January if Bolton (Allardyce) had not demanded Â£3M â€“ but we think Big Sam has convinced Tal to move to Newcastle to be part of his new vision for Newcastle. Mike Ashley taking over the reigns at Newcastle will also help. Itâ€™s little wonder so many clubs are after the Israeli â€“ it shows how good a player he is and will be a great capture for Newcastle â€“ stay tuned.
Tal Ben Haim in Demand
Just when we thought Mark Viduka was safely captured we hear that Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has had his holiday cut short by Millionaire Chairman David Gold to make an attempt to capture free agent Mark Viduka. Birmingham are said to be willing to offer the Middlesbrough striker Viduka a three-year deal worth about Â£5M. But why would Mark want to join Birmingham â€“ and if he goes for the money â€“ Sam wouldnâ€™t want him at Newcastle in any case.
Mark Viduka when at Leeds United
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