Weblog: The football punter
Transfer tedium lifted by Tranmere's Turkish joy
YOUR best transfer window story? Okay, that's a ridiculous question since most transfer window stories are deathly dull – most but not all.
We've had Robbie Keane, Gary Cahill, some fella called Papiss Cisse and one or two others, but nothing that really floats the Bunter boat.
And obviously we've had the usual protestations from Wenger that he's happy with what he's got despite the fact that there isn't a single Arsenal fan who is. And you know full well he'll be panicked into buying some 13-year-old French centre-back (though he'll probably be a lazy playmaker who can slot in at centre-back when injuries mount and will stilllook better than Per Mertesacker) in the few hours remaining.
No, as ever if you want the best transfer window story you have to head for Merseyside. And I don't mean Liverpool or Everton.
What I want to know is how Tranmere Rovers, the club that managed to flog Dale Jennings to Bayern Munich, have now got mighty Turkish outfit Trabzonspor sniffing around a striker by the name of Mustafa Tiryaki? The fact that the Turks only want to splash out £50,000 tells us much about the state of Trab's finances and maybe the calibre of the player in question, but all the same. It's a proper, glamour transfer saga that makes the fate of Andy Keogh (ooh, will he go, won't he go, gosh I'm on the edge of my seat) look astepid as it sounds.
Talking of tepid, how about Nikica Jelavic to Everton? Moyesy! He plays in the SPL – what more do you need to know? Then again, a home defeat by Manchester City (pile on the Citizens is my advice) and Moyes may well be panicked into demonstrating the type of shrewd judgement that brought to Goodison Park the likes of Lukas Jutkiewicz, James Beattie and Andy van der Meyde.