According to that paragon of virtue The Daily Mail, we might fail in out attempts to sign Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan.
Based on absolutely no evidence, quotes, ‘club sources’ or anything else that I can see, The Mail suggests that Bruce and the baboons from Wearside lead both Juventus and Newcastle in the race to sign the £10m-rated player.
Clearly no player would actually choose to go to Sunderland over Newcastle (or Juventus), so my sympathy goes to The Zog if Martinez and Whelan send him there kicking and screaming.
Is there a team anywhere that doesn’t want Jose Enrique? If the press is to be believed he seems like the most in-demand player in the Premiership and his list suitors has been extended with alleged interest from Olympique Lyon.
Lyon currently have Ahly Cissokho at left-back but rumour has it that he’s on his way to Inter Milan in the summer.
Jonas has recently been singing Enrique’s praises, saying:
“I believe Jose is one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, right up there with Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra and Gael Clichy.
“Jose is only young so he is going to get even stronger.
“It is a very special relationship between Jose and me. We have an amazing understanding, almost telepathic. Having Jose playing the way he does is brilliant for me, we know what each other is thinking.“
Very true. The Enrique/Gutierrez combination is probably our most prolific route to getting the ball forward. I still think Jose will go but I’m hoping like hell he won’t.
The omnipotent ‘club source’ has been stoking the rumour-mill again, this time suggesting that Jay Bothroyd is definitely on Alan Pardew’s wish-list and the club is likely to make another attempt to get the player after failing to do so in January.
The 28 year-old Cardiff City striker has had a great season, scoring 19 goals in 22 appearances.
And finally, no stories about the mating habits of pandas today. Instead I’ll have a laugh at how upset the Mackems are about the Olympic Torch. The committee responsible for the torch has decided that it will pass through and stay in Newcastle, Durham and Middlesbrough but they wisely decided that Sunderland was too much of heap to allow it to stay there.
This snub got a Mackem MP on his high horse and he raised the incident in parliament, saying:
“Sunderland is the biggest city in the north-east yet the Olympic Torch is not staying there. Why?“
I would suggest if the Right Honourable Gentleman has a look around next time he’s in Sunderland he’ll have his answer.