Does Jermaine Defoe, the Tottenham Hotspur striker, want to leave his current club for Liverpool? It’s been rumoured in the past, as has reciprocal interest from the Club, but I don’t know, so you certainly won’t find out here.
Duncan Oldham doesn’t know, either, but such considerations rarely concern him. What he knows, he’s often taken from elsewhere; what he doesn’t know, he’s quite happy to make up. I logged into KT earlier and found the following gem.
#42061 – Today at 12:09 PM Premier League striker’s agent wants Reds to bid for client
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The agent that represents Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe is hoping to secure his client a move to Anfield during the January transfer window.
Sky Andrew – who also represents Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant – has been instructed by Defoe to find him a new club in time for the start of the 2008-09 season and Anfield would be his preferred destination.
Rafael Benitez is a fan of Defoe and according to KOPTALK sources, the boss has been kept informed of Defoe’s situation at White Hart Lane for some time.
Defoe was left out of the Spurs squad for their Premier League clash against Bolton at the weekend and was hauled off against Middlesbrough in the League Cup last night much to the disgust of the Spurs faithful and Defoe himself.
Although Rafa has previously failed with his attempts to sign Defoe, he could be tempted to return with an offer during the January transfer window or at the end of the season when things may become a little clearer.
A source told us: “Peter’s [Crouch] future is unclear and there has been talk of an exchange involving Defoe before so you can see why his agent is making some moves.
“Sky [Andrew] has had more than passing conversations with the boss whenever he’s at Melwood with Jermaine.
“Nobody here would rule out a move for him if the asking price was less than £8million.”
Ah, yes, Sky Andrew. The same agent to whom Dunk supposedly spoke last summer when someone painting the railings at Anfield put him on the mobile.
Do agents meet up with their clients at the training ground? It does seem a strange place for it, considering the free time footballers have on their hands. I struggle to imagine Rafa allowing such distractions on ‘his time’. I can’t be sure, though; perhaps someone better-informed can shed light on that.
What I do know is that no-one in a position to be party to such conversations with Rafa would rush to betray them. In the unlikely event that a trusted individual had secrets to sell, surely he would go to a national journalist, and not the owner of an increasingly obscure website, based many miles away from Liverpool, and run by someone who never attends home games?
Perhaps the most amusing thing about the quotes is that they read just like Dunk from a mile off, but he’s too thick to realise that.
So, I then popped to the main KopTalk.coN front page, to see how he was touting the story to non-members.
AGENT WANTS RAFA TO BID
Exclusive report now available, includes quotes.
And what did I see above but yet another advert for a free £10 bingo play with The S*n newspaper.
Well done, Dunk. This point has been debated many times on here and he issues responses, of sorts, via his own KT blog. Our information is that banner adverts work on an opt-in basis, which means that you manually select those ads you want to run, enabling you to prevent unsuitable campaigns from appearing. For example, if you ran a mail-order clothing firm, you wouldn’t want ads for M&S running on your page.
Oldham claims that he has to manually deselect his, which means that offending ads can appear until he’s told about them. Even giving him the benefit of a pretty large doubt, and with him being fully aware that they have regularly appeared on his site, is it really too much to expect him to access the control panel a few times a day to prevent this sort of thing? I don’t think so, personally. With the site supposedly financing itself from membership fees, is there even a justification for running ads on a page that is, essentially, one big ad itself?
Finally, it seems that there’s another podgecast due tonight. After the aftermath of the last one, I’m rather surprised he’s doing a follow-up so soon. As of when I last logged in, over 8 hours after he posted notification of it, a grand total of 18 people (1 of them being me) had viewed the post. So much for his claims of that feature’s popularity. Keep them coming, Oldham — your inarticulate ramblings only serve to show the non-members what they’re definitely not missing on your site.