‘TRANSFERRERS’ starring keano

I reckon this is better than the latest Hollywood blockbuster – Roy Keane’s first spell at the transfer window. He’s made some lulu signings so far, probably paying a little over the odds but who cares eh! I guess everyone’s been given around £25m to ‘buy’ Premiership survival and Keano’s not been afraid to plough his way through it. He’s also been talking a lot to the press about what he will and won’t do in the window. Today he’s had a double dose of media interest. Firstly he was in the press this morning saying how disappointed he was that a) certain players were being offhand and that one target had failed to return his call and b) fellow managers had disappointed him by blabbing about him making enquiries of their players. I guess the other managers are talking up the price of their available players. Keano doesn’t like that it seems. It’s a big boy’s world out there Roy. Secondly, he’s got the spending bug again and apparently offered £9m for a Scottish goalie (Hearts’ Craig Gordon) which a) must be a world’s first and b) has been rejected. Blimey he must be good. Never a dull day at the Stadium of Light. It’s almost better than watching Harry Rednapp’s transfer activity.

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Et tu Etuhu? Eh who?

I’ve got to admit that Roy Keane’s proving to be an enjoyable transfer wheeler-dealer. After the nearly £11m spent on Chopra and Richardson, he’s been more frugal on a lesser known prospect, Dickson Etuhu from Norwich. Not a lad I’ve come across to be honest but a super name. I’m still convinced he’ll be lining up a big name player to excite the Sunderland fans – despite his earlier protestations that he wouldn’t play that game. But I’d be keen to hear how season ticket sales are going so far. Will the commercial guys at the Stadium of Light be cooing over the pulling power of the latest 3 signings to stimulate ST sales? Ummm. So one more major signing at least I reckon. Tug of war with Boro for Alan Smith maybe or Robbie Keane perhaps. How about another raid on Old Trafford for OG Solksjaer and/or John O’Shea? Any rumours out there on Wearside?

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keano captures kieron, crikey

Well It looks like Man U have netted around £5.5M for Kieron Richardson. Blimey, I’m not sure I’d hand over the company cheque book to Keano (see Keano’s on the vino) but no matter. It’s a very good deal for Man U who are starting to recoup a lot of their summer outlay. Can’t wait till Kieron introduces cousin Charley to those Maccams. It’ll be the most fun in Sunderland since Bob Stokoe was there. Next out of Old Trafford looks like Heinze to Real/Newcy B maybe for £6.5M and then Smith for £7M to Boro? The NE seems to be the exit route for Man U players at the moment. Another 4 or 5 young lads should leave for around £1m apiece. That’s £25M or so of transfer revenue in a week or so with possibly more to come from the fringe players. Gotta hand it to David Gill, he’s a good book balancer. But the squad seems immeasurably more youthful and exciting. Think Sunderland might have to snare some bigger fish to survive. But who do you reckon’s doing the best business on the balance of transfers this summer Liverpool (who’ve done a lot of trading), Wigan (a lot of buying), Portsmouth (lots of trade as usual for Harry), Spurs (who have spent a lot), West Ham (where the turnover in players has been mindboggling) or your team?

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keano’s on the vino?

What’s happening at Sunderland then? I read earlier in the week that Keano won’t be making crazy signings to grab some big headlines for himself and the club just to satisfy the fans’ demands for a big name recruitment. Then I read a major feature in today’s Independent which basically says he’s not afraid of ‘spending £8m or £10m or £20m. it wouldn’t worry me’. Eh? He claims that no-one’s turned the club down but David Nugent wasn’t exactly busting a gut to leave the Championship’s perennial bridesmaids Preston to join Keane’s Premiership new boys Sunderland was he? Today Nugent signed for Portsmouth. ‘Cos they’re a lot bigger club of course. Is Keano feeling the pressure from the fans d’ya think? Maybe not, but I was very surprised to learn that he’d paid £5M for Michael Chopra tonight. £5M(!) for a player Cardiff paid Newcy Brown just £500k for a year ago, as the 4/5th choice striker at St James’, who had never looked like making his mark in the Premiership. Can someone explain the logic of that to me please? If Keano’s not on the vino; he’s guest-editing the Beano book of comical transfers. Who next Roy – your namesake from Melchester Rovers? You might need him….

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