WEDNESDAY'S TRANSFER CLOCKWATCH
2315: Good line just in after Brighton's 0-0 draw with Hull in the Championship tonight. Gus Poyet has revealed Wolves approached the Seagulls about him but insisted he "never had a decision to make".
2018: News of another new deal for a Championship manager now. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has signed a three-and-a-half year contract extension with the Carling Cup finalists.
1840: Cash-strapped Portsmouth have been forced to make "a number of redundancies" today to help aid their battle for financial survival.
1820: Barcelona defender Dani Alves has predicted coach Pep Guardiola will renew his contract soon, saying: "Without him we are nothing."
1803: Interesting line on the eve of deadline day in Russia. Zenit St Petersburg claim they are in talks with Arsenal over a possible loan deal for Gunners forward Andrey Arshavin.
1752: Yeovil have secured the loan signings of defender Jonathan Grounds and striker Jonathan Franks from Middlesbrough.
1650: Rich Longton writes: "If he was the star of a 1982 Sci-Fi film, where he was abducted into the world of a computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape was with the help of a heroic security program, Fernando Torres, could take the moniker the 'nerd a**e of Tron'. Thinking about it, being sucked into the world of a computer (Chelsea needing a Control-Alt-Delete strategy at the moment), being forced to participate in gladiatorial games (I'm not sure he really wants to be there) with the only escape being a secuirty program (the 'project') - it all starts to make sense. Weird eh?"
1634: PSV Eindhoven have agreed the signing of Denmark defender Mathias Jorgensen from FC Copenhagen on a four-year contract. He'll move in the summer.
1625: Ken writes: "Have to agree, neck raved it for the last hour."
1611: Flawless hour from Caved Tinker there. For those interested, here's the Brian McDermott story he trailed.
1610: Said it might be a brief stint, and sure enough, Killer is stepping in. Mails to Reece.Killworth@bskyb.com
1605: An echo of Cameron here, as Branislav Ivanovic says of Chelsea: We're all in this together.
1555: Significant news for Reading and Wolves fans: Royals boss Brian McDermott has signed a new contract until 2015.
1547: What? Jock Oaf Dew Lid was a very common insult round our way.
1540: Lack of communication from Woodfield briefly throws me here, as Ken declares: "Bad form from our Jack I reckon. He promises a 'special prize' then does a runner."
*Reads back through clockwatch*
What a Jock Oaf Dew Lid that boy is.
1525: I'm sure you're all as thrilled as I am that our brave Prime Minister David Cameron is going to sort out the racism. What a lucky country we are.
He has confirmed after today's Important Talks that racism is bad, and says swift action is required to crush racism in football/briefly distract the beloved populace from the fact the country's on its uppers.
1510: The boy Woodfield has fled the scene without so much as a farewell. Poor form. Anyway, it's Tickers for what may only be a brief stint in the chair, but feel free to get the mails in to Dave.Tickner@bskyb.com
1434: Full Rooney details, folks.
1423: The latest on Wayne Rooney's fitness following this morning's story is that the Manchester United striker will miss tomorrow's Europa League clash with Ajax due to a throat infection.
1404: Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas should learn from Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson's handling of his senior players, according to former Blues assistant boss Ray Wilkins.
1357: Queens Park Rangers have confirmed that promising forward Petros Skapetis has joined the club from Australian side South Melbourne.
1354: Damien Mallon writes: "Fernando Torres = no red sort fern."
1346: For those wondering where the football news is this afternoon, there's not actually that much to report, but Ally McCoist has arrived at Ibrox as he meets with the club's administrators regarding the future of the club.
1346: Richard hasn't let that blow deter him, as he comes back with: "For ET, Nando errs."
1339: There's massive controversy over Ken's response, with Rich claiming that: "Naf is not a word!!!!"
Judges's ruling.....Ken's effort stands.
1326: Ken Livermore's superb effort: "FERNANDO TORRES: NAF, TONED, ERRORS."
1324: John Parry bites, and he bags a beauty, writing: "For Torres :-
ok so i didnt use all the letters sue me !!"
No lawsuits, but no star prize I'm afraid John...
1320: Miha writes: "Napoli vs Chelsea game was absolutely brilliant - it had all of the action, precise movement, good strikes and a great atmosphere. It wasn't a game between two bad teams, as someone has suggested here, but a game between two contrasting teams - one which had absolutely no fear and no real experience in the Champions League, and the second (team), which is on the wane. I also enjoyed Napoli's playing style - in hard contrast to the Tiki Taka play Barcelona have come up with, but quite entertaining. If they get a good draw in the quarterfinal, they could go to the semis which would be a massive achievement."
1320: Richard is on fire, and all alone in the competition stakes, writing: "Fernando Torres = Fan noted errors."
1306: Rich comes up with a very respectable effort! He writes: "In the words of Ken, Paul and John
Andy Carroll = Carry On Lad." - Keep those anagrams coming up folks, special prize for who i deem to be the winner.
1250: Mickey returns, writing: "Ah, poor old Juan Mata has a broken finger. Gerry Byrne played in the 1965 FA Cup Final for Liverpool with a broken Collar Bone. Now that's what you call pain and heroism ! Poor little Juan."
1245: Seeing as Torres v Carroll seems to the hot topic this morning, I hereby lay down a challenge; Who can come up with the best anagram for "Fernando Torres" or "Andy Carroll"? No cheating (if possible) allowed!
1244: John Parry writes: "Jack more than happy as the team seem to be coming together, especially if they reach the FA CUP final and achieve in one season of winning 2 trophys, which I do believe is the equivalant to what your fantastic squad of players past and present have won in the last 20 years ;) - Enrique would certainly get some of the sides first team out of Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool !!!"
1243: Colin returns, writing: "Next world cup winning England team. Hart, Smalling, Jones, Cahill and Walker. Sturridge, Cleverley Wiltshire Chamberlain. Wellbeck and Rooney. On the bust v bust argument; Torres would be successful at Spurs or United. Carroll will struggle anywhere but Bolton could be a fit or Stoke even."
1225: Chelsea will hope Juan Mata can play through the pain after sustaining a suspected broken finger in the 3-1 defeat by Napoli.
1221: Richard returns, writing: "Ps Ken - you wouldn't be happy your club splashing out on a so called superstar? But you're happy for your club to spend over £100m on players who wouldn't get on the bench of the top 5 clubs? Strange. My point was this - Torres game all about pace. Chelsea more about power and it all happens a bit slowly. Hence he just doesn't fit in. I think, if he played for Spurs in a side packed choc full of pace with top drawer wide players, you would see the best of him again. Either that or his injuries have actually taken their toll and he is gone. I'll wait and see him at another club before judging personally. Firm believer in class is permanent, form temporary."
1159: Ken returns,writing: "Richard , I am not sure I would be that happy to see my club splashing out money on a so called superstar who has lost his form, (possibly injured), and can't hit the target. Would be even less happy if the man in question came in to replace a Russian striker who had done exactly the same before !!!! With regards to Carroll, well in all honesty I would rather wait and see how things develop. He has age on his side, and I would not write him off yet !!!! Already he is out striking a 50 million World Cup winner, so not a bad starting place me thinks."
1148: Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana head the nominations for the npower Championship Player of the Year award.
1143: Arsenal's defensive ranks could be boosted by the return of Carl Jenkinson for this weekend's north London derby against Tottenham.
Think that says quite a lot about Arsenal's progression this season.
1139: Emanuel Pogatetz has signed a new three-year contract with Bundesliga club Hannover.
1128: Richard returns, writing: "Paul, yes, Carroll has scored more goals for LFC than Torres has for Chelsea. And yes, in terms of Chelsea, Torres has been a mistake. My point still stands that he is worth nearer £50m than Carroll is £35m. Also for there is no player at Spurs or Chelsea who even come close to Alonso or Gerrard then you are reverting to your usual nonsense. Maybe you misread but I said he would score a hatful at Spurs. Even Barndoor is on double figures!! Makes we wonder if I should actually be cheering you for fourth spot as you'll be unbearable.
"Ken (the usual voice of reason) - how do you know that Torres is on a serious downward spiral? I think you agree that he is totally not suited to the way Chelsea play. I think you would have to see him at his next club before writing him off - how old is he? 27? A friend of mine once said *on the cricket pitch when called a has-been* 'better to be a has-been than a never bloody will be son'. Think that applies here. I think we all know, you and Paul included, that Carroll is awful and will be on his way soon enough. Followed by the rest of the rubbish the King has overspent on.
1123: Wayne Rooney was the only significant absentee from the open portion of training ahead of Manchester United's Europa League last-32 decider against Ajax at Old Trafford tomorrow.
1119: Wolves are set to seek a manager with Premier Leagueexperience to replace Mick McCarthy.
Steve Morgan, if you're reading, there is no better candidate in my eyes than Alex McLeish. Plenty of relegation, ahem, top-flight experience.
1118: Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin has agreed a new two-year contract to remain in the role until after the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
1113: Carroll v Torres continues as Ken comes in, writing: "Richard, I have to applaud your attempt at defending Torres, but your logic is seriously flawed mate. The fact that Torres had achieved what he had means he should be doing more. In actual fact he has scored less since his move to Chelsea than the cheaper, younger and more inexperienced Carroll has done at Liverpool. The facts show that Torres is on the downward slope, whilst the less expensive Carroll, (who has outscored him), still has the time to mature further. Your logic would suggest that buying Dennis Law would be a good move because of his previous achievements. Once you have purchased a player it is all about what he does for you now, not what he did in the past. How can it be good business to spend 50 million on a previous World Cup winner who can't hit a barn door now ?"
1111: Paul Cressy writes: "Rich,I think what Ken and Co are trying to say is that Carroll has scored more goals than Torres in less games,yet in the same period of time,thus meaning Carroll is far better value than Torres over the last year.Your right when you say Torres would never score goals at Chelsea or Spurs,like he did at Liverpool.He had Alonso and Gerrard as a supply link 3 years ago,and no other players in those two teams come close to those two at their peak."
1054: Wolves are set to revert to their original plan of seeking a manager with Barclays Premier League experience to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy, it is understood.
1048: Get ready to pelt pantomime boos this way now as Germany coach Joachim Low is "confident" his side will be crowned European champions this summer.
1031: Richard returns, writing: "John - I believe that Maxi and Johnson scored at the bridge so how exactly did your AWFUL forwards prevail? So awful squared it is.
"Ken - I think you'll find that Torres is a World Cup winner, a Euros winner etc etc. Make no mistake - he is a proven fine player - he is simply at the wrong side. They just don't suit. He will be back again for sure, class is permanent. He would score absolute bundles if he played for us with Modric, Bale and Lennon feeding him. Carroll has NEVER done it. 30 odd goals in 90 games in the Championship. Marvellous. I would have Torres - £15m rather than Carroll ALL DAY LONG. So, in my opinion, Carroll is far more over-priced. Chelsea will certainly get nearer £50m than LFC the £35m if they get sold on."
1025: In a big boost to the cash strapped club, Rangers have accepted an offer for Matt McKay from South Korean club Busan I'Park.
1020: There's plenty of movement this morning regarding Andre Villas-Boas' future at Chelsea. Click here for full details.
1018: Full Pearce details here folks.
1015: Malcolm Cue is backing the proposed youth movement, writing: "That would be brilliant Mr Pearce I have been advocating that for ages, finally getting rid of the old guard who have had more than enough chances, take the youngsters through the Euros then prime them up for the World Cup when they will have age and experience of playing together working for them.
"What a team you could start putting together using Hart, Smalling, Jones, Cahill, Cleverly, Wilshire, Chamberlain, Sturridge, Rooney, Welbeck. Just wonder whether Harry if chosen) would feel the same and continue the theme. Lets hope so."
1009: Ken Livermore writes: "Richard, surely the most over priced forward has to be Torres? He cost more than Carroll, and has scored less goals. According to my maths that MUST make him the most over priced ; FACT !!!"
1008: John returns, writing: "Jack sack the maths department, and Mr Lynn, I don't know whether history will repeat itself but when awful met awful in November at Stamford bridge it was our awful front line that prevailed fella. Therefore meaning a massive + rather than awful squared !!!"
1002: Breaking News: Sky Sources believe that Stuart Pearce is to name an inexperienced England squad for their Euro 2012 warm-up against Holland.
0950: Richard Lynn writes: "Yes John, PLEASE let Sideshow Bob be playing against Liverpool. What a spectacle that will be. The most over-priced defender in history marking the most over-priced forward in history. Not sure what happens when awful meets awful. Is it awful squared?"
I've had a word with a our maths department, and yes, yes it is, Rich.
0942: John Parry adds the ever-growing list of Luiz critics, writing: "Sorry chavski fans, but Sideshow bob is not a defender !!!! and a complete liability, why not stick him in the reserves and asses him based on a midfield role, or sell him, either one, but please make sure he is playing when you play Liverpool later on in the season."
0935: Colin Ross writes: "The Chelsea game featured two bad teams and whoever goes through will almost certainly be eliminated in the next round. Brutal football. Sturridge is the only bright light in the chelsea future and this is a team along with arsenal that needs a new broom."
I'd feel confident that I, an overweight couch fiend could have defended better than Luiz last night. Mata was lively but indeed Chelsea need a kick up the backside if they are to progress at Stamford Bridge.
0924: Now this man needs some positivitytraining. Scott Brown will not admit that a potential 23-point lead over Rangers would guarantee them the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title.
0910: Leicester City are planning to hold talks with Aston Villa regarding the future of on-loan striker Nathan Delfouneso.
0849: I don't think you should laugh at the misfortune of others, but Mickey has no such problem, writing: "So funny watching Petr Cech running around in circles chasing after the ball when Napoli scored their 3rd goal. PRICELESS !"
0839: Dennis Davies writes: "I see the Sun is running with a Walcott/Sturridge swap line.
After checking to see whether it was April 1st, my only comment can be: yes please, yes please, yes please!"
That would certainly be a sweet move for Arsenal but Chelsea surely have enough problems finishing off moves without bringing in a player that can only score with his backside these days.
0821: A recent heart-to-heart with Australia coach Holger Osieck has convinced midfielder Mark Bresciano to end his 18-month exile from the national team.
0806: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish admits it is unlikely midfielder Fabian Delph will play again this season after suffering an ankle injury during his loan spell at Leeds.
0745: Dion Dublin thinks Paul Scholes would be welcomed back into the England fold with open arms.
0730: Here's Gianfranco Zola with a recap of last night's events in Naples.
0719: Morning folks. I made working my alarm clock look harder than teaching Villa how to defend corners this morning. I'm here though and ready to receive your e-mails throughout the day at email@example.com
0630: Morning all and welcome to another edition of the TC. Early Paper Talk ready for you to enjoy first off. Including much talk of failed gambles by Andre Villas-Boas, and all the other usual nonsense. Bon appetit!
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