The Premier League may have almost a month still to run, but that has not stopped the transfer rumours coming thick and fast in recent weeks. But while some make sense, others appear fanciful in the extreme.
The latter certainly applies to the Mirror’s claim that Tottenham Hotspur are considering a £20million bid for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
The report claims that while the 23-year-old is happy at United, he may be tempted to move with the promise of regular first-team action in his preferred striking berth. But we are going to put this rumour straight into our Transfer Bin for a number of reasons.
The first is that £20million seems a considerable outlay for a forward who – even if regularly played out of position – has just 10 goals this season.
To put that fee into perspective, it would be £9million more than Tottenham spent on Christian Eriksen last summer.
Then there is the fact that Welbeck is United born-and-bred. A local lad who has come through the youth ranks, we cannot see him swapping Manchester for London anytime soon; especially when David Moyes calls on him so regularly.
Because yes, Welbeck may not always play up front, but he does play regularly, as his 32 appearances in all competitions to date testify.
The England international is a worker, and he has shown time and again this season that while he does not always score, he always puts in a shift – something that cannot be said of some of his teammates.
Welbeck is going nowhere, so mark this down as a flight of fancy in a few months likely to be full of such things.