January sales are the business

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January’s transfer window has not been open a week and already some serious business has been done.
Now I’ll admit that these first few days of the year I’ve had my eye off the ball – but my god, some amazing transfers have not only been done already, but already seen rewards on the pitch.
Chief among these must be the scooping up of Demba Ba by Chelsea, he’s already netted a brace on his debut!
In addition, Joe Cole looked the business once again for West Ham, who also have added Marouane Chamakh to their stable of strikers, Wigan have bagged Roger Espinoza, Chelsea’s Danuiel Sturridge has joined Liverpool, while English fans will be keen to see how the dual-heritage German performs for Spurs after his switch from Schalke.
And the surprise star signing of the window could yet be the awesome marauding French full-back Mathieu Debuchy, whose signiature could revitalise Newcastle’s season yet.
That’s all in less than a week! If things carry on this way, an already explosive Premier League season could be braced to get even better – teams and players may not like them, but from a fan’s perspective, god bless the transfer window.


Redknapp says he’s not thought about transfers

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HARRY Redknapp says despite his reputation as a ‘wheeler dealer’ he has not considered any potential transfer targets for QPR this January.
It had been assumed owner Tony Fernandes would fund new signings when the transfer window opens, but the new QPR boss insists potential targets have not even been discussed.
He said: “I’m not looking at January. It’s about now. There are games between now and the window that will decide where we’re going.
“If we don’t pick up some points and wins in that period, what’s the point of putting yourself in trouble trying to buy players?”
Since arriving at QPR less than a week ago Harry Redknapp has been linked with Darren Bent, Michael Dawson, Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Loic Remy, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Nicholas Anelka, Yoan Gouffran and David Beckham.
I repeat, less than a week ago.

Finally, some good news for Liverpool fans

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ENGLAND’S biggest and best club Liverpool are having a torrid time of late, what with daily fan protests against the club’s owners, underpeforming star players, stuttering form in the Premier League leaving them one point off relegation spots, losing to lowly Northampton Town in the League Cup, a far from convincing run in Europe’s consolation competition the Europa League etc. etc.
This weekend’s opposition Blackpool are actually ahead of them in the Premier League as things stand.
But Koppites can at least take heart in one piece of news – perennially poor midfielder Lucas Leiva is finally set to leave the club.
The Brazilian is wanted by Italian trio Juventus, Palermo and Inter Milan, with a January transfer expected to be arranged – meaning an estimated £9m swell to the Anfield coffers and more gametime for the likes of Raul Meireles, Milan Jovanovic, Maxi Rodriguez, Christian Poulsen, Joe Cole and Steven Gerrard.

Carly Zucker’s carjacking trauma

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ENGLAND footballer Joe Cole avoided an immediate ban for speeding at 105mph after a court heard today that his wife Carly Zucker was “severely traumatised” after being dragged from her car by “eight thugs on motorbikes”.
The WAG has been left unable to get back behind the wheel after she was the victim of a carjacking outside her Chelsea home, Staines Magistrates’ Court in south west London was told.
Police are still hunting for the black Audi A4 which was stolen almost a fortnight ago, said Cole’s lawyer Nick Freeman.
Chairman of the bench John Neary agreed to suspend a 50-day ban and £750 fine while Mr Freeman, known as Mr Loophole, launches an appeal.
The Liverpool and England star did not appear in court for the hearing.

The not-so-beautiful Fantasy Football game

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ARE you, like me, rueing Wayne Rooney’s stomach bug absence or Micheal Essien’s inability to get amongst the scorers during two six-goal routs?
Do you think you can read between the lines of a superinjunction?
Then the Fantasy Football game for you is here – Fantasy Fwit.
Instead of for brilliance, points are scored for idiocy on the pitch – such as missing a sitter, scoring an own goal or landing a red card – as well as off it – such as getting caught speeding or Crouching in the back of a taxi.
Current top scorers so far this season include Joe Cole, Chris Kirkland and Rob Green.
A spokesman said: “From Joe Cole’s red card debut to Lee Cattermole’s two-card dismissal; from Tim Howard’s inability to catch a ball to Pepe Reina’s inability to stop juggling one; from West Brom and Wigan’s collapses to Spurs’ inability to find the net – the first weekend of the Premiership demonstrated that fwittery is alive, well, and kicking.
“Or maybe just hoofing.”

The Good, The Bad and Sotirios Kyrgiakos in Europa League

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AS ENGLAND’S shots at the Europa League eased themselves into their current showdowns tonight, there was both good and bad on show.
Aston Villa’s 1-1 away tie saw the Birmingham side’s attacking threat – which saw prospect Marc Albrighton further staking a claim for a regular first team spot – completely undermined by some shaky defending letting Rapid Vienna in.
And while Liverpool began to hit a stride against Turks Trabzonspor, they took too long to get going and then failed to press home their superiority after half time, leaving with a slim one-goal advantage.
Nevertheless there were some real positives – Joe Cole was a bag of tricks when played into space, Fernando Torres is clearly beginning to return to fitness, and Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos was a rock doing the ugly things with gusto.
Manchester City were also in action tonight, flexing their muscles with a 1-0 away win against Romanian minnows FC Timsoara, courtesy of a debut Mario Balotellli strike – but by all accounts, like Liverpool, they should have pushed on from there.
However mixed, not a bad selection of results in the bag though.

Cole in the hole for Liverpool

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AFTER a pre-season build up of slapping themselves on the back, Liverpool have now finished their first competitive match-up, running out deserved 4-0 aggregate winners against unknown minnows Rabotnicki Skopje.
And while Europa League goals were supplied by David Ngog (3) and Steven Gerrard over the 120 minutes, all eyes were on new boy Joe Cole at Anfield.
Sat in the space behind striker Ngog, lively Cole was the fulcrum of many of Liverpool’s attacks and looked full of deft flicks and incisive passes tonight, and supporters must be licking their lips at the prospect of him feeding a fit Fernando Torres.
It already seems madness that Chelsea didn’t want him playing in that playmaker position for the Blues.
Despite millions being thrown about by Premier League outfits, could Joe Cole on a free yet be the signing of the season?