Chelsea's dismal season continued as they got stung by the Bees at Griffin Park on Sunday and now comes news the club attempted to re-sign club legend, big-game player extraordinaire and Champions League final saviour Didier Drogba.
The Sun claim the Ivory Coast international, currently away at the African Cup of Nations, was offered a six-month deal with the view to extending his second stay at Chelsea by a year in the summer. Drogba however is set to join Galatasaray today, supposedly.
"Sorry Roman, no chance."
If true, that's quite the admission from Abramovich, as £50m misfit Fernando Torres continues to resemble a lost child in Heathrow's Terminal 5. The willingness to bring Drogba back to the Bridge may give hope for Frank Lampard, enjoying a longer lap of honour than Theo Walcott, but also intensifies the irony as Chelsea smart from their Champions League hangover.
Imagine Roman, drunk on vodka, blaring out Embrace as he realises he got it all wrong about Didier...
Quite why Chelsea would want to sign Jack Butland when they have Thibaut Courtois out on loan to Atlético Madrid is anyone's guess, but the Mirror claim the Blues want view the Team GB goalkeeper as a "long-term investment".
England's no.2, England's England's no.2
Birmingham rejected a £6m bid for Butland, 19, in the summer from Southampton but so financially-stricken are they in Brum they would now accept £2.5m. Although he apparently has the "touch of the Ben Foster about him".
Peter Odemwingie is another footballer to put the twit in Twitter after his ranting and raving at not being allowed to leave a prosperous Premier League club for Queens Park Rangers' sinking ship.
From WBA to QPR?
Now the Telegraph say QPR are preparing an improved £3.25m bid for the 31-year-old West Brom striker, who will be fined two weeks' wages by the club after his outbursts on the social networking site.
Odemwingie scored the equaliser for the Baggies in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa nine days ago but it seems unlikely he will feature at Everton on Wednesday after his public behaviour since then. He even informed the world his adviser told him "don't tweet, it weakens our position". Apparently not.
"Doesn't weaken nothing ! When I want to do something, I Do it," Odemwingie exclaimed. At least he didn't tweet to the tune of Sloop John B.
André Villas-Boas apparently had a look at Gary Hooper last week but Norwich's interest in the Celtic striker is firmer, claim the Mail.
"It'd be an easier decision if we hadn't have drawn Juventus..."
The Canaries offered £4.5m but may up their bid to £7m, although Celtic are holding out for £8m. Tactical negotiating, alright.
Some at QPR have made a point of stating the importance of the Clint Hills, the Shaun Derrys, the Jamie Mackies, only Mackie has now been told he can leave. The Mirror writes Norwich and Fulham could both be interested in the Scottish winger.
And the phraseology is a bit of an odd one here, but the Sun say Manchester City "are expected to announce they have sold the hothead striker for around £17million today". Hothead is not some unknown quantity but Mario Balotelli.
"We're both off in the summer."
Balotelli will probably leave City this year (hopefully) but it seemed unlikely it would be this month.
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