Are deadline day’s biggest deals already lined up?

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THIS transfer deadline day looks like it could be a stormer – because some of the biggest deals of the summer are reportedly all lined up and ready to go.
Top of the pile when it comes to transfer business has to be the Real Madrid slow motion swoop for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale.
If this deal doesn’t go through I’ll eat my dubious hot pink baseball cap.
Of course, rumour has it that this deal will allow Madrid to sell Di Maria to Arsenal – not an all-but-done deal, sure, but highly likely nonetheless.
And we’re being told this morning by the Belgian media that be-Afroed powerhouse Marouane Fellaini has been told he has played his last game for Everton and can leave for Manchester United.
Whether Leighton Baines leaves is not quite so certain, but if they both do, Everton will surely be in the market for last-minute replacements.
Add to this that Manchester City boss Pelligrini said outright yesterday that he plans to bring in one more player, and you have the recipe for a big-spending deadline day tomorrow.
Of course, follow Goaltastic tomorrow for news and views on Transfer Deadline Day.

Howard would cry if Baines left him

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EVERTON stopper Tim Howard has admitted he would weep openly should fullback Leighton Baines leave the club.
Discussing the transfer of another fullback, Alexander Buttner, to Manchester United, meaning Baines is less likely to be targeted by the Red Devils, he admitted his emotions for his Everton colleague.
Tearful Tim told interviewers: “If Bainesy left I would probably cry because he’s the guy you can always count on.
“Bainesy has been our best player consistently over the last three or four seasons. He’s going to give you 8 out of 10 every week.
“That’s why Manchester United and others are sniffing around him.”
Who’s sniffing now Tim?

Team Of The Season XI

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IT’S been a hell of a season, one of the most unpredictable 10 months of football I’ve ever known – here’s hoping the Champions League final throws one more surprise our way next weekend…
But regardless of the result at Wembley on Saturday, over the course of the season, both domestically and in Europe, some of the creamiest of the current Premier League teams’ crop has undoubtedly risen to the top.
Apart from the right backs – it’s such a black spot I’ve stuck David Luiz out of position there, becuase he deserves a mention and he’s got great hair.
So to give the best of the best their dues, here’s Goaltastic’s 4-4-2 formation Team Of The Season –
GK – Van Der Sar (Man Utd)
DEF – Luiz (Chelsea), Hangeland (Fulham), Vidic (Man Utd), Baines (Everton)
MID – Nani (Man Utd), Adam (Blackpool), Toure (Man City), Bale (Spurs)
ATK – Van Persie (Arsenal), Tevez (Man City)

Everton to replace entire strike force

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MISFIRING Everton are looking to borrow a new strike force to replace current frontmen Yakubu and Louis Saha.
So far this season, midfielders Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Seamus Coleman and even defender Leighton Baines sit ahead of the strikers in the scoring charts.
And with club top scorer, midfielder Cahill, heading on an Asian Games jolly with Australia, boss David Moyes is eyeing a couple of loan transfers in and out of the club – with Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela and Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz all Goodison targets.
Should any of the deals come off, it is expected that Saha could make a move back to his native France, with Portugal’s Benfica rumoured to fancy Nigerian hitman Yakubu.
God I love the January transfer window, don’t you?

Arteta for England?

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ENGLAND gaffer Fabio Capello was in the stands at Everton-Wolves yesterday.
And as well as running the rule over the likes of Jack Rodwell, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines during the one-all draw, rumour has it Everton’s Spanish-born midfielder Mikel Arteta is also under the microscope.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who has been resident in England since joining Everton from Real Sociedad in 2005 earning him British citizenship, said: “If one day the opportunity comes obviously I would have to consider it very seriously.
“I know some people have been talking about it, but I haven’t said anything yet because the offer is not there at the moment.”
At the risk of sounding all National Front, I hope it never is.
As undeniably talented as Arteta is – he’s the metronome that makes the current Everton side tick when he’s in the groove – he was born in San Sebastien, not Scunthorpe, with no English heritage.
And as much as I wish he was English, he just isn’t – and personally I’d rather watch England lose miserably, than win unfairly.