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Tale of the Tabs – Sunday 21st July

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Will he stay or will he go?

As is always the risk in writing a column like this, my words from last week have come back to haunt me. Forgive me for using direct quotations, but my exact words were:

“Additionally, the news that Ronaldo, Bale, Fabregas and Modric are all targets is wildly exciting, although totally unrealistic”.

Now either the Man United media machine has been ruthlessly briefing all and sundry with the same fantasy stories, or The People were actually on to something last week (which I duly ridiculed). Note to self to be less dismissive of the well oiled tabloid machine this week. And so we begin with…

The Sun

Nothing like creating a story where one doesn’t even exist. The paper claims that David Moyes is “under siege” due to his struggle to sign Ronaldo and Fabregas and keep Wayne Rooney. My initial hope was that this would be one of those great comedy articles name checking as many random films as possible.

Unfortunately, seeing the authors of said piece were Beasley and Custis meant that this would not prove to be the case. So, Moyes is embroiled in a crisis in not signing Ronaldo (who, let’s not forget The Sun have predicted to sign for Man Utd on 8th August) and co. In unrelated personal news, I am currently “under siege” as a result of not winning the lottery on Saturday. Browsing through the paper, the only other story of note is Heurelho Gomes wanting to re-sign for PSV. Which makes me think that all the main journos are hard at work covering pre-season tours. Lets hope for something more worthwhile next week.

The People

I am going to be slightly more cautious when slating The People, seeing as they broke the Navas and Fernandinho signings to City and the United interest in Fabregas. Normally, a story linking Yohan Cabaye with a move to Old Trafford would be met with a large pinch of salt, but maybe, just maybe “Nicko” Nixon and the boys are onto something.

More Newcastle news follows, with Papiss Cisse rumoured to be heading to Zenit. However, he won’t be replaced by Darren Bent, who is heading in the direction of Fulham. Joyous news for Arsenal fans with the news that Nicklas Bendtner may decide to stay at The Emirates, and good news for West Ham fans as well, as they are in the running for Salomon Kalou. On face value, these stories look like they’ve been put together just before going to print by tired, half pissed hacks. However,  The People do have some kind of form, so ignore at your peril.

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