Dunk likes to make his Koptalk.coN visitors think that there's real rumour and gossip worth paying for on the Insider site. So last night, prior to going out on his little visit to the pub, he put these "teasers" on the front page of his site:
The first one mentioned five names, in a completely non-commital way. Designed to make you think he had some secret information on each of those five players, they linked you (if you'd paid) to a story where he actually said this about each one:
Trezeguet: A hot name around Anfield
Kewell: Claims Aston Villa have enquired and made an informal offer of £2.5m
Aimar: "No bid for Pablo Aimar but Rafa's a fan as we all know. No way we'll pay over odds for him" They were fatty's actual words.
Diana: Another one who Liverpool haven't bid for.
Villa: "David Villa has been a major topic of discussion this week between Parry and other club officials. Nothing else to go on there I'm afraid. I would have thought this was a non starter but I don't know the ins and outs of contracts, relationships etc with Rafa and his network." Again, the Loony Toon's very own words. And again he trips himself up, by admitting he knows nothing whatsoever about Rafa and his network of contacts regarding transfers. He'll forget he's said this, and will make a story up before too long that has him being good mates with one of Rafa's scouts.
For Dunkin's second headline we have Chief Exec Rick Parry meeting up with an incoming flight. This links to the same story as the other headline in fact. However, we think he means this bit: "some guy (agent? investment?) called Hans ????? (we dug but we have no idea who he is). This character is flying in within the next week. He's meeting Parry in Birmingham (nothing to do with Pennant). Could be finance though." Again, Lardy's own words. If I didn't know better I'd say his contact was basically the Liverpool FC taxi driver. All that Oldham knows is that Parry is going to the airport at Birmingham to meet someone.
The full post from Duncan can be found here on this site – Dunk’s update – Gudjohnsen / Villa / stuff from the papers something we will be doing with all of Dunk's "Insider" updates, and all for free.