The transfer window has finally closed, so I thought it might be a good idea to see how many transfer scoops the koptalk “insiders” got during the summer.
Liverpool have signed 6 senior players in addition to a number of youth players. The new players are: Dossena, Degen, Keane, Cavalieri, Ngog and Riera. But did the koptalk members, who pay £30 a year to get inside information, hear about it before anyone else? Let’s have a look at how and when the info was first posted on koptalk.
The first signing we made was the free transfer of Philipp Degen. The first time he was mentioned on koptalk was in this post:
#227491 – April 15, 2008 09:57 Re: Are Johnsonn, Barry and Bentley……. [Re: KerryKopite]
Registered: August 14, 2007
i dont know why we would would want barry, unless alonso is going, then it makes sense
i heard last night on irish radio that a deal has been agreed for the swiss right back at dortmund degen
So there was no inside information on this transfer, just someone who heard it on the radio.
The next player to sign for Liverpool was the italian right back Andrea Dossena. The first mention of the link to Liverpool was in this post by Kop, aka “The king of c+p”:
#246742 – May 06, 2008 14:10 Liverpool in talks with Gokhan Inler and Andrea Dossena.
Registered: June 11, 2004
Liverpool are in talks with Udinese for midfield pair Gokhan Inler and Andrea Dossena.
Udinese had representatives on Merseyside last week for talks with Liverpool over the duo, who have been outstanding in this season’s Serie A.
Inler, a midfielder, and wing-back Dossena are expected to be cashed in by Udinese this summer.
Yet another story from the media which the so-called insiders never was first to post.
The third player to sign for Liverpool this summer was the new brazilian goalkeeper, Diego Cavalieri. As usual the first mention he got on koptalk was from a news source:
#296354 – July 03, 2008 15:00 Reds Keeper Link Grows
Registered: June 30, 2003
Again nothing from the “insiders”. I bet they’d never even heard of the player.
The next player to sign up for Liverpool was David N’gog. Again, reports from the media is the first time his name is mentioned on koptalk:
#308716 – July 20, 2008 10:39 Reds keen on PSG ace
Registered: August 14, 2007
Reports in France claim Liverpool have made a bid to lure Paris Saint Germain young striker David Ngog, cousin of Jean-Alain Boumsong.
Ngog, 19, was told last week by head coach Paul Le Guen he can move on subject to a suitable offer be made and it has been claimed that Rafa Benitez has made an offer to sign the Frenchman.
The Reds’ French scout Laurent Viaud, a former Monaco player, is believed to have suggested the club sign the youngster.
The athletic attacker appeared 19 times in the top flight last season, scoring once at Parc des Princes.
Ngog refused to sign a new deal with the capital club and is under contract until 2009. He was not called up to play the friendly with Clermont last Saturday
The big signing of the summer for LFC made the headlines after Chris Bascome reported our interest in Robbie Keane late in June. Before this he was one of many players who were mentioned as possible targets for Liverpool, as it was clear that Peter Crouch would have to be replaced. The first direct link seems to have come from dbyrne, who had heard the rumour about our interest in Keane in his local:
#232027 – April 20, 2008 15:06 Re: English speaking foreign player.. [Re: poppadom_rap]
Registered: August 19, 2007
Posts: 345 Robbie Keane drinks in my local when he’s home and this story has been doing the rounds for a few weeks down there, so maybe we’ve put the feelers out on him.
This didn’t make much impact as there were no replies to his post though.
Then it was Trampoline who had heard the rumours a month later:
#260944 – May 22, 2008 07:14 Robbie Keane
Registered: August 11, 2007
Loc: Co Clare
Anyone heard any links to Robbie Keane lately? I’ve heard a “strong rumour” but can’t verify the source, it’s 3rd-hand information – a friend of a friend says it’s a done deal!!
I’d take him though. If I were to choose purely from the “proven premiership” strikers that have been linked, I’d prefer Berbatov but Keane would be an acceptable second choice for me.
He scores goals, and Rafa would sort out his attitude quick-fast.
The infamous “insiders” never replied to this post to confirm or deny our interest. Why? Because they had no clue. These two posts are probably the closest you’ll get to inside information on koptalk anyway, and it’s from ordinary members who doesn’t claim to be insiders. This could have been posted on any site, and is hardly worth the £30, is it?
After this is all went quiet on Keane, no mention at all, until Chris Bascombe broke the news. And the rest is history.
The last signing of the summer has also been doing it’s rounds in the media during the summer. The first mention on koptalk was again a quote from the media:
#236574 – April 25, 2008 08:19 Friday’s gossip
Registered: July 26, 2007
“Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez’s summer shopping list includes Wigan winger Antonio Valencia. (Daily Mirror)
Benitez also wants Gareth Barry, Borussia Dortmund’s Philipp Degen, Athletico Bilbao’s Fernando Amorebieta and Espanyol’s Albert Riera. (Mirror)
Dear oh dear…….
The link to Riera ha popped up a few times since then. Every time it’s been because it’s been reported in the media. The “insiders” have again failed to confirm or deny our interest. Only NigeC has mentioned him, and every time he’s had doubts about us signing him.
So where does this leave us? Out of 6 first team signings this summer, the koptalk insiders predicted NONE! I haven’t covered the youngsters that have been brought in for the U-18’s or reserve team, but needless to say, none of these were mentioned on koptalk either before it hit the media. The only time the koptalk members got anything close to inside information was when a couple of ordinary paying members shared what they’d heard. And in both cases noone took much notice.