Sentinel Playerwatch - Transfer Window Day 11: Swansea move for Roland Lamah could cut Kenwyne Jones exit talk
JANUARY: The month when there are more keens about then the time the Kevin Keen family reunion was gatecrashed by Roy and Robbie Keane.
Swansea City are keen on Kenwyne Jones (various), Queens Park Rangers are keen on Wilson Palacios (Wilson Palacios's dad) and Stoke City are keen on ... well, no one knows just at the moment.
Fair enough about the Swans, who want to add a bit of gumption to their sideways passes, but who wouldn't be interested in Jones the way he has played since displacing Peter Crouch at the tip of Stoke's front line last month?
Their interest, anyway, may be on the wane as Michael Laudrup has tabled a £2.1m bid for Osasuna's 25-year-old forward Roland Lamah (Navarra Sport).
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Lamah is Belgian, which seems to be the fashion these days, and Swansea fancy their chances trying to pull another relative unknown out of the Spanish League following the success of Michu.
At £2.1m, he would come a lot cheaper than Jones, too.
Staying in Spanish media circles, Stoke have been whispered to be interested in Valencia left-back Jeremy Mathieu, and in turn Mathieu is said to be keen on a move to England.
Sure, Tony Pulis has a diagnosed aversion to signing out-and-out full-backs, but a converted defensive midfielder might just sneak under the radar, even at 6ft 4in-tall.
The problem with Mathieu is that, though he might well be handy if he was fit and available at the moment while Marc Wilson recovers from a broken leg, he is out injured himself.
In fact, he's been out for most of the season with bad Achilles tendons on both legs and he is currently stuck in Barcelona undergoing state-of-the-art physiotherapy. Nothing doing, it would seem.
Back to England and it seems you get more out of Palacios's dad, who told the Honduran press that his son was on his way to Queens Park Rangers, than you do out of Harry Redknapp.
"He (Palacios) did great for me at Tottenham. I'd ring Tony Pulis if I wanted to bring him here," said Redknapp, presumably as he leant out of a car window on his way in or out of a training ground while holding a mobile phone.
Another man at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow afternoon whose future apparently hangs in the balance is Rafa Benitez, the "dead man walking" in the Chelsea dug out.
"Reports of the furious fan reaction (to Benitez's tenure) have reached owner Roman Abramovich at his home on the Caribbean island of St Barts, where he has been hosting his traditional New Year's party," roars The Sun.
A defeat for Chelsea at Stoke could crank up the pressure even more on poor old Benitez.
So where to next then for this outcast of Stamford Bridge? Real Madrid, apparently (The Guardian) on a mega-bucks contract working with the best players in the world. Life is tough when you're down on your luck.