Date:Wednesday April 4 2007
Our rumour column is back again, to underline a peculiar fact: United scored the most goals in the league this season but they are still poised to sign a host of strikers, according to the media.
The usual subjects continue to appear: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Fernando Torres are ever-present in rumour columns but there are a number of new faces, too.
First, David Villa is already believed to be ready to join Manchester United in the summer. Why? Because the Valencia striker commented he thought United were better than Chelsea. I don't know why it creates ground for speculation as it's pretty obvious.
Not quite clear (for me at least) why would we pay £13m for Raffaele Palladino but Juventus set that price for him. Is he really that talented?
While I have doubts about Palladino, I surely vote against buying Fabio Quagliarella. First, just writing down his name is viciously difficult. Second, it's all right, he scored 11 goals in the Serie A this term. But doing it for Sampdoria in one season and doing it for Manchester United consistently are quite different things - and anyway, we have a good Italian striker.
South African's are few and far since Quinton Fortune's departure but we should not buy Benny McCarthy for that reason only. Rovers want him to stay and though he tortured us 3 years ago with Porto, I don't think he's really the player we want.
Dimitar Berbatov is a much better answer if we ask which striker would add real quality to our forces but he had snubbed us once and has only recently committed himself to Spurs for another year at least. Would be a good purchase albeit at a hefty price but I can't see it happening.
So far, so good for this column: I rubbished all rumours that popped up. We should leave the striker issue now before I go on a roll and claim we are the best in the world and therefore need no new faces.
Newcastle are rarely mentioned anywhere near the word 'best': no surprise they feel Wes Brown would bolster their defensive options. The problem is, Roy Keane reportedly wants to buy his former teammate - don't know how they got on but surely Wes would choose a promoted Sunderland with Keano at the helm. I'm against his sale though: just imagine what would we do now without Wes? Play Cathcart or Eckersley? But of course, next season we might have Evans and Piqué... we'll see.
Date:Wednesday April 4 2007
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