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Eye-Catcher: 8 August 2009

Sports stories and quotes that catch the eye, and other fun stuff off the internet.


Many football transfers are long drawn affairs these days. When a big club tries to sign an important player under contract to another big club, the latter looks to line up a cost-effective replacement before allowing the player to move.  For example, Liverpool lined up Alberto Aquilani from Roma before allowing Xabi Alonso to leave for Real Madrid.

Despite Everton’s denial that their interest in Philippe Senderos is as a replacement for Joleon Lescott, Manchester City are offering increasing amounts of money for him, and Lescott wants to move.  It was widely reported in the British press on Thursday that Lescott would be unveiled as a Manchester City player later that day.  It did not happen.  Perhaps the deal with Senderos hasn’t been done yet.   Perhaps Lescott should try Twitter à la Darren Bent.

Speaking of Twitter, Shaquille O’Neal had a go at David Beckham on the micro-blogging service for declining his challenge.

The BBC daily gossip page has a few strange stories at the bottom.  On Thursday, the following caught my eye:

“Everton’s plans for a new stadium in Kirkby are on hold because the site is currently occupied by voles. The rodents are protected by law and have to be rehoused before work can begin on the 50,000 seat venue. (The Sun)”

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  1. rajiv
    Thu 13 August 2009 at 11:36 am

    A couple of funny stories on BBC Sport’s Wednesday’s gossip column. Funniest of all:

    Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter appeared at Gateshead magistrates court on Monday pleading special reasons why he should not be banned for a speeding offence. After being clocked at 112mph, the 23-year-old said he thought he was being followed by a car full of angry Newcastle fans before discovering that it was actually the police.

    Newcastle United’s bad press never ends.

  2. rajiv
    Fri 14 August 2009 at 9:17 am

    Interesting – a graphic representation of where Premier League players come from, as compared to 10 years ago.

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