Hopes were raised yesterday when Ashley Cole left the training ground just an hour after arriving but instead of the oft reported move across London, it turned out that the new Mrs Cole had burnt some cakes and could not work out how to turn the oven off.
Elsewhere, Shilla Illiasu, the Ghanian International centre half has joined the club on a weeks trial, according to Sky Sports. The fee if he signs will be about £500k. Yes, not £5m, £500k. West Brom may care to take note that an international who is 23 years of age and has played in a World Cup and African Nations in the last eighteen months is 20 times cheaper than a 20 year old with one year in the Premiership and no full caps.
Elsewhere, Patrick Vieira has allegedly said he wants to join Man Utd. If it is the version that played for Arsenal up to two seasons ago, then £8m would represent good business. But as is likely, the version that played for Arsenal and Juve over the past two seasons, then £8m is roughly £5m too much. Not that paying over the odds seems to be a problem for Fergie having paid up to £18.6m for Michael Carrick. Irrespective of the incentives, that is far too high. I know supply and demand set the market prices but if that is the level of fees required by English clubs then Monsieur Wenger has my full backing in shopping abroad.