Apologies that I’m a little late in getting across the Sunday rumour mill. This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down at the computer today.
First things first and the News of the World linked us with a move for Keith Andrews morning. His Wikipedia page details just why we might be interested as he’s shown a lot of character to go from being considered an expensive Ince flop to one of the main reasons why Rovers comfortably avoided the drop under Sam Allardyce. The messageboards have been pretty non-plussed by this story but Roy’s got nothing to prove to me in the transfer market. I’d be very surprised if Allardyce let Andrews leave though.
There’s another report today suggesting that we are keen to conclude a deal for Marc-Antoine Fortune. The striker looks set to leave Nancy and won’t be staying at West Brom, where he scored five league goals as the Baggies went down, according to the French press. My money would be on Fortune linking up with his former manager Tony Mowbray, who was unveiled as the new Celtic boss last week.
Someone who definitely won’t be arriving at Motspur Park this summer is Anton Ferdinand. The central defender has apparently resisted Fulham’s overtures and decided to stay at Sunderland. Whether our interest was genuine or not, I’d much rather Roy plumped for a second Scandinavian centre half rather than asking the board to meet Rio’s brother’s extortionate wage demands. My Mackem-supporting mates tell me that he’s hardly been a success at the Stadium of Light, which is a shame for a player who was beginning to blossom at West Ham.
And, since we’ve been signing his praises lately, I should mention that Brian McBride scored the only goal as Chicago Fire edged past San Luis in their first SuperLiga game.
As I write, the US are putting in a much stronger performance against Egypt. Close to half time and it’s 1-0 to the States.