THE fact Clint Dempsey is after a move away from Fulham is no secret.
First Aston Villa agreed terms only to be rebutted earlier today, then Liverpool tried to strike a deal – but now it seems Spurs are set to land the American attacking asset.
The rumours are that a deal has already been struck and a superfast medical is being arranged as we race towards the 11pm deadline…
ODDS are dropping like, well, a rather clumsy striker, on a move being made today for Emile Heskey.
The former England striker is rumoured to be on the verge of a transfer to Charlton Athletic, after leaving Aston Villa earlier this year and becoming a free agent.
What a heart-warming sight it would be to see Emile plying his trade one for one last hurrah in the Championship.
TAXI for Maicon! Manchester City have completed the signing of experienced Brazil full-back Maicon from Inter Milan.
The Barclays Premier League champions have announced that the 31-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee on a permanent contract of unspecified length.
Maicon was one of five new faces manager Roberto Mancini was hoping to bring into his squad on transfer deadline day.
More interestingly, the move may be the catalyst for Micah Richards leaving for pastures new, with Newscastle rumoured to be interested in the England player.
SPURS look set to finally land long-term transfer target Hugo Lloris today.
The 25-year-old French number one is set to have a medical after Lyon and Tottenham reached an agreement, according to the French media.
The medical is set to take place this afternoon, ahead of a deal later today which looks likely to shunt the likes of Brad Friedal, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudocini down the pecking order if not out the door.
RUMOURS abound – seemingly fuelled by confirmations from overseas – that Spurs midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart is currently enjoying the in-flight nibbles on board a plane to Hamburg.
The player, who has been used sparingly by new Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas, is all set to sign for the German side today, according to HSV’s supervisory board, it has been reported.
LIVERPOOL midfielder Charlie Adam could be munching on oatcakes before the day is out after being spotted in Stoke-on-Trent.
With Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side being restructered by new boss Brendan Rogers, it looks likely that the Scot – who was a sensation for Blackpool a few seasons back – will be snaffled up by Stoke City in a shrewd piece of Pulis business by the Potters.
Bad news for set-piece specialist Adam, though – they prefer throw-ins round them parts.
Fingers crossed the move starts the transfer deadline day roundabout nice and early…
FULHAM boss Martin Jol believes the club have shown they mean business as they look set to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
The 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2008 for over £30m from a Tottenham side then managed by Jol, picking up the Premier League Golden Boot for the Red Devils during his spell at the club.
And after the Bulgarian scuppered an agreed deal with Fiorentina at the 11th hour going missing on a flight to Florence laid on by the club and the Italians having already paid the first installment over to Manchester United – Fulham are now likely to land their man for no more than £5m.
Jol said: “I tried to do something months ago and it didn’t come off and I came back so for him it was a right moment to make a decision and he made the decision for a move to us.”
PORTISHEAD the band is set to take on Portishead the town in a head-to-head charity football match.
Geoff Barrow, of Portishead, Beak> and Drokk, is inviting his bandmates alongside members of Massive Attack, Roni Size and Kasabian to take on a town team at 2.30pm on September 2.
A spokesman said: “This is all for the local children’s hospice.
“Geoff has made a statement saying the person making highest donation will receive a personal compilation from Geoff featuring exclusive unreleased tracks by himself.
“I’m sure at least one of the sides will go three at the back, it’s all the rage now.”
Further details can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/geoff-barrow
LAST season Stewart Downing was set to be Liverpool’s supply line for £35m target man Andy Carroll – this season Downing is set to fight the likes of Jose Enrique for the left-back spot.
After a season of 36 league appearances, no assists and no goals – with the only statistic of real note being that Downing became the first Premier League player in seven years to miss three consecutive penalties – new boss Brendan Rogers is set to take drastic action.
He said: “I think it is a big possibility that he can play left back. If you look at the modern-day full-backs, Alba, Ashley Cole – Ashley Cole was a centre-forward.
“When Middlesbrough reached the Uefa Cup final against Sevilla, he played left-back on that run. Sometimes it can release the pressure on players. His job at the top end of the pitch is to create and score goals.
“Time will tell. I don’t like to just give up on players.”
In other news, Carroll has been given a security job, while Charlie Adam is to take up a new role in catering.
ONLY two rounds in and we’ve got a new leader in the league, courtesy of new entry SE13 – who has mustered 199 points in just two rounds of matches.
No wonder the likes of stalwarts Whisky Business (2) and Can’t Touch This! (3), as well as Sick Parrots (4) and Rochester United (7) just can’t climb enough.
Former league winner Can’t touch This also managed the only triple-figure score this week, an impressive 101.
Special mention must also go to Watter Team, which climb off the bottom this week – wooden spoon is now Christ’s Chin.
And special special mention must go to Pimp My Side – for having my favourite team name in the league.