Sentinel Playerwatch - Transfer Window Day Eight: No careless whispers at Stoke City
YOU could imagine that every evening as David Kemp packs up his lunch box in his rucksack and heads for the car park, Tony Pulis looks at him and warns, "careless talk costs lives".
There is a paucity of gossip about who might be arriving at the Britannia Stadium this transfer window, despite Pulis admitting he would like to bring in a couple of players.
Plenty of talk about who might be going out maybe, but coming in? There has been zilch, diddly squat, nada, zippo to feed the hungry red tops as yet.
Sure, Stokies woke up this morning to Sky Sports trying to drum up interest in Gais 17-year-old striker Fredrik Jonsson returning for a second trial with the Potters.
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One for the future perhaps, but Loic Remy being jetted over from France to Clayton Wood by Kemp trailed by the paparazzi it is not.
Such secrecy is a rare beast in Premier League circles these days but Pulis continues to keep his cards close to his chest ... meaning one dastardly rumourmonger, fed up with the lack of loose talk, will probably link City with a centre-back who can play at full-back over the next few days.
Remy is back in the papers, however, with the Northern Echo suggesting Newcastle United are on the verge of signing the striker from Marseille, as well as bringing in Ajax youngster Jody Lukoki.
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has tried to hijack the Remy move and has offered Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of his deal. "Take him out and we'll talk," the cynics might suggest will be Marseille's response.
Across the North East divide, the Sunderland Echo are reporting that Martin O'Neill is close to signing "6ft 2in-tall French under-21 international ball-winning midfielder" Alfred N'Diaye for £3m from Bursaspor.
In the Evening Standard, Fulham are supposedly tying up a deal for Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, Redknapp wants Swansea striker Danny Graham and Spurs are after £15m-rated Leando Damiao from Internacional, opening the door for Emmanuel Adebayor to leave.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has warned Arsenal to forget about signing David Villa and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has had a £2m bid rejected for one-time Stoke target Martin Olsson, the Blackburn left-back.
The Wigan Evening Post reports that Roberto Martinez wants one more signing to complete his January spending, having already brought in Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United and Honduran international midfielder Roger Espinoza.
Everton are linked with a move for Tottenham's Scott Parker in the Liverpool Echo, while it is reported Manchester United are after either Liverpool's Pepe Reina or Stoke's Asmir Begovic.
West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long has emerged as a surprise target for Lazio in the Express and Star.
Down south in the Daily Echo, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is said to be eyeing up a "£20m double raid on Italian football" to land Davide Astori and Philipe Coutinho. Centre-back Astori comes from Cagliari and Coutinho is at Inter Milan.
"The attacking midfielder was once being hailed as one of Brazil's hottest young talents, and has featured for the full national team," reports the Echo. One for the relegation battle then.
Finally in the Reading Post, Reading are circling in on Hope Akpan, from Crawley Town. At least no one would be able to accuse them of being Hope-less any longer.