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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Now with added Cesc, Hulk, Nigel ‘Mediocre’ Reo-Coker. Also, find out which star has admitted to actually liking a football song.

Porto's Hulk (left) has been linked with moves to Spurs and Man City.
Porto's Hulk (left) has been linked with moves to Spurs and Man City.

YOU KNOW IT’S a quiet day transfer-wise when the top story is a toss up between the latest in the Cesc Fabregas will-he-won’t-he transfer saga and news that Gael Clichy may be on his way to Roma.

To be fair, there are some other interesting if somewhat unrealistic stories.

Yesterday, it was reported that Luka Modric may stay with Tottenham if they sign two big-name players. Today, it has been revealed that one of those players is… Gary Cahill. Something tells me the Croat won’t be declaring his undying loyalty to the club following this less-than-startling revelation.

Perhaps Modric might be more convinced by Tottenham signing either Didier Drogba or Hulk – capturing the latter would lead arguably the biggest striking partnership in Premier League history should he line up alongside Peter Crouch, though Man City are also reportedly interested in the incredible one.

Spurs, perhaps aware that their strikers weren’t exactly prolific last season, will also look to secure the signature of Espanyol’s Pablo Osvaldo for around £17m, though a host of other clubs are also keen on the star.

Paris St Germain will pay £10m for Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov, provided the Bulgarian can persuade himself to go through the sheer effort of getting a plane to France.

Not much news on the Alexis Sanchez transfer apart from the fact that Man City may still be in with a chance of signing him after all. The Chilean is fast on his way to obtaining the Cesc-Fabregas-Award-for-protracted-transfer-deals-that-never-go-anywhere.

Meanwhile, Nigel Reo Coker, in a rather baffling development, looks set to sign for Aston Villa – the club who released him last month because he wasn’t very good. It’s as if Alex McLeish is just trying to wind up Aston Villa fans for the sake of it.

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Finally, while it hasn’t been a vintage day for transfer news, there is one quite spectacular story doing the rounds: British no 2 tennis player James Ward has admitted to becoming the first person ever to enjoy a football song unironically.

Ward says Arsenal’s remake of Donna Summer’s ‘Hot Stuff’ is inspiring him during his bid to not go out in the first round of Wimbledon.

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