Two Minute Warning
Cole to Man Utd, Reds close on Dempsey, Carroll Toon return?
The rumour mill is in overdrive and here the Life’s a Pitch panel gets to grips with three slices of juicy transfer gossip. First up, could Ashley Cole really quit Chelsea for Manchester United? Then there’s the unhappy case of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. He wants Champions League football, but can Liverpool make his dreams come true? And finally, pony-tailed enigma Andy Carroll could be in line for a return to his spiritual, and actual, home – Newcastle.
The People’s Dave Kidd reckons there is some truth to the Ashley Cole (pictured) to Manchester United whisperings, but does not think he will be making his way up north just yet. “Manchester United have made an enquiry about him and they’re certainly looking for a left-back,” says Dave. “Cole has a year left on his Chelsea deal and he may well run that down. There seems to be a real sense at Chelsea that [Ryan] Bertrand could be the future at left-back and Cole, at 32 next summer, could be up for grabs. It’s not going to happen this year but there is a seven out of 10 chance, maybe a six out of 10 chance, that it could happen next summer.”
Clint Dempsey wants out of Fulham and journalist and author Ian Ridley reckons there’s an increasingly good chance the American midfielder will make Anfield his new home. “He’s pulled out of Fulham’s tour to Switzerland and apparently had a bit of a row with Martin Jol, so I would think a move is very much on the cards,” says Ridley. “Liverpool offer a way out for him. I think if he can’t find a Champions League club in Europe he may well end up there. An eight for that one.”
Andy Carroll has ignored the tales that the streets of east London are paved with gold and the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield thinks there is a fair chance he could return to Newcastle. “He doesn’t want to go [to West Ham],” says Fifield, “He wants European football next season and I think if he’s going to leave Liverpool, he’s set his heart on Newcastle. I can see him leaving if it’s made very clear to him he’s not going to get many games for Liverpool. And if Newcastle really want him they’re going to have to come up with a fee with a view to a permanent [transfer]. I can see that possibly happening but I wouldn’t give it more than a six out of 10.”
Watch the full video discussion by clicking on the play button in the image above.
Follow Life’s a Pitch on Twitter @BTLifesaPitch