Today's tattle is heading to it's fail-safe position
Wilfried is the name on many people's lips right now as the country, nay, the world, gets itself into a giddy frenzy over Zaha. But it may sting the confidence of a man who thinks he is only behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the skills stakes to know that another Wilfried is also making the news — Wilfried Bony, the Vitesse Arnhem forward who has let Chelsea know that it would be a "great honour" for him to join the club in January.
Chelsea's sporting director, Michael Emenalo. has apparently travelled to the Netherlands on a few occasions to watch Bony and has been impressed by what he has seen from the Ivory Coast international, who is the Eredivisie's top scorer this season with 12 goals.
"If they [Chelsea] want me, it would be a great honour. I would be glad to go to such a club," Bony, a former Sparta Prague player, is quoted as saying in the Czech newspaper Pravo. "I love English football and wouldn't be afraid to play there. If Chelsea are interested in the winter and the clubs reach an agreement, then why not?"
The player has a contract with Vitesse until 2015 and would reportedly cost around £8m to prize away from the Dutch club, with Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa and Wigan also making eyes at the 23 year old.
Bony, you will not be surprised to hear, is just one of many forwards linked with Liverpool at the moment, with the Merseysiders also said to be keen on adding Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano to their shallow pool of goalscorers. The 25-year-old Brazilian has scored 45 times in 107 appearances for the Russian club and, along with compatriots Willian and Fernandinho, impressed English scouts during Shakhtar's two recent Champions League ties with Chelsea. Arsenal and Tottenham are also said to be tracking the player.
And if Liverpool cannot get Adriano, there is always Domenico Berardi, the 18-year-old Italian who has scored three goals in 10 appearances for Serie B side Sassuolo and now is suddenly wanted by not only Brendan Rodgers's club but also by Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Juventus and Roma.
"We have received accreditation requests to view our games in recent times from such English clubs such as Liverpool and Southampton," said Sassuolo's general director, Nereo Bonato, while Berardi's agent, Giuseppe Galli, has claimed there is "real interest" from the other clubs mentioned. Hmmm ... seeing really will be believing with this one.
Finally on the "Liverpool desperately need a striker front"; Nicolas Anelka is supposedly keen on a return to the club having decided he has had enough of life at Shanghai Shenhua. West Ham and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in bringing the 33-year-old Frenchman back to England but Anelka wants to return to Anfield, where he spent a successful loan spell in 2002.
One stumbling block for any club chasing Anelka may well be the £250,000-a-week salary he is earning in Shanghai, although the QPR owner, Tony Fernandes, is said to be willing to pay that having wasted, sorry ... spent a lot of money on funding Mark Hughes's new-look side already.
Speaking of QPR, Joey Barton wants to make his loan move to Marseille a long-term deal. The 30 year old joined the French club at the end of August having caused more than a little fuss at Loftus Road and is loving life in Ligue 1 so much that he has no desire to return to these shores. "If I were the one to decide, I'd stay at Marseille," Barton is quoted as saying.
And finally, Manchester United are reportedly interested in the Spurs midfielder Sandro but fear they may struggle to persuade Daniel Levy to sanction the Brazilian's departure from White Hart Lane.