Today's blurb is earlier than of late, but later than of old
Tottenham's bid for the Internazionale goalkeeper Júlio César will go through this week or not at all. Probably not at all. If it does go through, or indeed if it does now, it may kick-start a serious outbreak of trading between the teams, given that the Italians want to sign Sandro, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon from Spurs. But it probably won't. The Nerazzurri's head honcho, Massimo Moratti, was in London over the weekend to watch some Olympic action, and his presence in the capital has started strong rumours that he intends to leave with Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge stuffed into his hand luggage.
Talking of Chelsea, which we kind of were given that Sturridge plays for them, the Blues' summer target Hulk has declared that he wants to leave Porto. "This could be the time for me to move," he said. "I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me."
Chelsea prodigy Josh McEachran is about to finalise a six-month loan move to an unidentified club. "For my career I think it's important to play regularly and pick up as much experience as possible, and that's what I'm looking to do," he said.
The Rennes chairman says that long-term Premier League target Yann M'Vila, frequently linked with Spurs and Arsenal, has received a "concrete offer" from England, though he wouldn't say who was doing the offering nor how much the offer was for. They'd take £17m, though, given half a chance.
Everton are going to take the massive cash bonus they have just received from Manchester City in exchange for Jack Rodwell and, um, stick it in the bank, spending a little bit here and a little bit there without anyone noticing until there's none left. A tiny slice of it, though, could well go on Blackpool's Matt Phillips. And they want Adam Johnson on a season-long loan.
Chris Wood has got the Baggy boot after West Bromwich filled his spot with Romelu Lukaku, another one of those season-long loans, from Chelsea. Conor Sammon is in exactly the same situation at Wigan. The Latics are about to seal a temporary deal for Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi, and Sammon will make way with a £1.2m switch to Derby.
Wolves will sell Matt Jarvis but only if someone offers £10m. "We want the money," said Stale Solbakken, after West Ham had a £9m bid rejected. And finally it's hard to know whether to be more surprised to hear that Fulham have made a £3m offer for David N'Gog, or that Bolton have turned it down.