The office of the Rumor Redux gang was about as hot as Chelsea’s dressing room at The Hawthorns on Saturday as we fought over the shortlist for the top ten best pieces of gossip from around the world. One thing we all agreed upon, however, is the artist that holds it all together. This week the man in question has come clean and admitted he wants to invest in Scottish Premier League giant Celtic. He was pictured wearing a Hoops shirt in 2005 and is a qualified soccer coach. He’s even sounded out his good pal David Beckham about becoming involved with the club after watching the highlights of the Glasgow giant defeating Barcelona. He said: “I asked my man David about Celtic and he was like, ‘Yeah, teams don’t come much bigger.’ I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams.” His mother knows him as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. We know him as Snoop Dogg. Ten of his tracks are in the mix.
Matt Hummels, D, Dortmund
RUMOR: DORTMUND/LEVERKUSEN TO MANCHESTER UNITED LIKELIHOOD: Long way to go With Rio Ferdinand’s OT future in the balance, Alex Ferguson sent his brother, and chief scout, out to Amsterdam last week to watch Germany’s 0-0 draw with Holland. Dortmund center-back Hummels was one of the players on show and apparently he received a glowing report. He may have signed a new five-year deal in the summer but his get-out clauses suggest he could be pried away if he received the right offer. Hummels has previously said there are only four European clubs he would consider joining - don’t tell us that one of those isn’t United. On part two of the equation, Leverkusen told United that Bender was “unsellable” when the club started following the attacking midfielder’s progress last year and admittedly talk of a move has gone quiet. There’s a long way to go before we see any progress on either of these two players – if any at all.
Luis Suarez, F, Liverpool
RUMOR: LIVERPOOL TO MANCHESTER CITY LIKELIHOOD: No chance Last week, the papers were united in their belief that Manchester City were about to launch a massive bid for Suarez. But, talk that the Uruguay striker is leaving Anfield will not go away as we heard from Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Mancini, Reds chairman Tom Werner and Suarez himself. Of course, they are all singing from the same hymn sheet. Suarez, who has also been linked with a January move to Juventus, is happy on Merseyside and is staying.
David Beckham, M, LA Galaxy
RUMOR: LA GALAXY TO AUSTRALIA LIKELIHOOD: No, no, no Beckham, like Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane, could be available for a short-term deal at a club once his time in the United States comes to an end in the MLS Cup clash with Houston Dynamo on December 1. The A-League has claimed Beckham is considering a move to Australia, but they have been getting the wrong idea, according to the former England captain, who says the story is “definitely not true.” Beckham has been linked with clubs in England, France, Italy and Russia, but the prospect of his retirement is also a possibility. Australia is not on his radar.
Robbie Keane, F, LA Galaxy
RUMOR: LA GALAXY TO ASTON VILLA LIKELIHOOD: Possible There’s no doubt Aston Villa are in trouble looking at the Premier League table and a quick look at the goals column suggest the club’s strikers need to step yo game up. Admittedly, Villa’s last two defeats have come against both Manchester clubs and who can forget they actually held a two-goal lead against United until they collapsed in the second half. Darren Bent is struggling with an ankle injury, so where can Paul Lambert turn in his hour of need? Step forward Robbie Keane, who spent a successful loan spell at Villa Park last season. The LA Galaxy forward still has the MLS Cup to play against Houston, but he’d probably jump at the chance of a return to the Premier League. One thing about Keane, though, is that he never goes back to the same club, which makes Norwich, who have also been linked with the Irishman, a more attractive proposition.
Giuseppe Rossi, F, Villarreal
RUMOR: VILLARREAL TO LIVERPOOL LIKELIHOOD: Unlikely Liverpool desperately needs strikers, but Giuseppe Rossi is on a chronic break at the moment as he looks to recover from another knee ligament injury. The Reds could really do with reinforcements in January to help out prolific scorer Luis Suarez, but Rossi won’t be fit until March which suggests talk of a move to Anfield in the transfer window is a pipe dream.
Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling
RUMOR: TRADING PLACES AT ARSENAL/LIVERPOOL LIKELIHOOD: Sterling no, but Walcott’s situation is precarious. Thursday’s speculation centered around Arsenal being willing to cough up £8million-plus-Walcott for Liverpool winger Sterling which seemed like a great deal to us if you’re a Reds fan. Interestingly, Wenger claims Walcott will stay with the Gunners in January even if his contract situation has not been resolved, which is absolutely crazy. He cost Arsenal £5million rising to £12m depending on appearances for club and country so the north Londoners must be getting close to triggering that clause. To lose him for nothing goes against Wenger’s mentality. Whatcha gon do, Arsene? Liverpool, on the other hand, is close to sorting out a deal for Sterling, who turns 18 next month. We don’t expect trading places here.
Brad Friedel, GK, Tottenham
RUMOR: TOTTENHAM TO SOUTHAMPTON LIKELIHOOD: Not necessarily It ain’t no fun being a Tottenham goalkeeper. France international Hugo Lloris joined the club in the summer expecting to be the main man at White Hart Lane, but coach Andre Villas-Boas has operated a rotation policy in his first season in charge which seems to satisfy neither man. The situation can’t go on for much longer and there’s only one possible outcome. As good as Friedel is, at the age of 41 his time his coming to an end, even though question marks still surround France international Lloris. If Friedel is happy to play from the bench there’s no reason why he should leave Spurs though.
Mario Balotelli, F, Manchester City
RUMOR: MANCHESTER CITY TO ITALY LIKELIHOOD: It’s inching towards a possibility We know a lot of people thought this wasn’t going to happen (including the learned elders of Rumor Redux) but there’s only so much Roberto Mancini can take when it comes to this most mercurial of talents. Mancini claimed Balotelli wasn’t in the City squad for the 5-0 win against Aston Villa squad owing to a back injury, but let’s not forget he wasn’t even on the bench for the Tottenham game because of his attitude in training. We know it could be a case of mischief-making, but Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has let it out that Balotelli is homesick and wants to return to Italy. Evra says he “knows Balotelli well.” We’ll let you be the judge.
Tim Cahill, M, New York Red Bulls
RUMOR: NEW YORK RED BULLS TO EVERTON LIKELIHOOD: Just say the word When it comes to transfers we all know there are three parties involved. The player and both clubs. The Australian would love to spend a couple of months on loan at Goodison Park and his former club Everton would probably jump at the chance of having him back. The one factor that would set it off though is New York, which has to weigh up whether the money they would make is worth risking against the potential for an injury. Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane have both returned unscathed to MLS in the past so this one could be a goer.
Fernando Torres, F, Chelsea
RUMOR: CHELSEA TO SPAIN LIKELIHOOD: Looking increasingly likely. Poor Fernando. No sooner did his game return, it seems to have deserted him once again judging by his anonymous performance at West Brom. It’s fair to say he’s seen betta days and that’s why rumors are starting to circulate about an imminent return to Spain. Recently, David Luiz and Roberto di Matteo have been saying nice things about Atletico Madrid striker Falcao, who in turn has returned the compliment. Torres would cost a fraction of Falcao’s price, but a trade would make sense for both parties. In September UEFA withheld prize money owed to Atletico (and 22 other European clubs) for their Europa League triumph because of either outstanding transfer debts or a failure to pay tax (the latter is more likely) so it looks like the Spanish club could do with the cash.