Gossip columns around the country are usually well-stocked with juicy tidbits each Saturday, and today has proved no different with new twists and turns in long-running sagas to report.
Manchester United’s pursuit of a new defender appears to be close to reaching fruition, while Southampton’s newfound riches have led to them dramatically raising their sights in the marketplace.
It’s hardly news to most football fans, but Arsene Wenger has admitted that Thomas Vermaelen could be leaving Arsenal this summer.
The Belgian defender is currently sidelined through injury, but with Man Utd monitoring his availability throughout the summer, Wenger’s words suggest a transfer is increasingly imminent.
Louis van Gaal is set to play with three centre-backs next season, making extra resources in this area a priority for the Red Devils, who are 9/2 to win the Premier League.
One man who is likely to leave Old Trafford is Javier Hernandez, who has been linked with a host of clubs since falling down the pecking order at United.
A new possible destination for the Mexican striker is Southampton, who have reportedly joined the chase armed with the huge chunk of cash provided by the sale of half their first team this summer.
The Saints have already bolstered their attack by signing Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, but Hernandez would provide some Premier League experience to replace Rickie Lambert.
There’s plenty of doom-mongering going on on the south coast at the moment, but Hernandez would be a huge lift to the club, and make their 6/4 price to finish in the top ten once again a fine bet.
Another man Southampton might be tempted to turn to in order to boost their attack is QPR’s Loic Remy, who is currently in limbo after failing a Liverpool medical.
Harry Redknapp has been quick to lambast the outcome of that procedure and if the Saints were prepared to take a risk, Remy’s proven Premier League strike rate would be very welcome.
The news today is that Remy’s failed attempt to join Liverpool has alerted Newcastle United to the possibility of bringing him back, but the Saints could also be a happy home for the Frenchman.