Window shopping: Day 29
- Sun 29 Jan 2012, 8:44AM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
The Carlos Tevez saga takes another twist today with an unlikely swap deal involving Liverpool's Andy Carroll hitting the headlines.
It all sounds very unlikely, but Danny Taylor says near the top of his article in the Observer that the alleged proposition from Anfield was dismissed by City straight away.
The story was posted on the Observer's site late on Saturday UK time, which means several sites round the world picked up on it for at a more civilised hour for their audiences. New Zealand's 3news.co.nz and Emirates 24/7 are two examples, but compare and contrast with the original version.
"The Anfield club contacted City on Thursday to ask how much they want for Tevez and whether they would be willing to contemplate a straight exchange with Carroll. Brian Marwood, the City football administrator, rebuffed the idea immediately, even though Carroll is a player Roberto Mancini has admitted admiring when he was at Newcastle.
...Carroll's longest run of starts this season is three games and Marwood's decision was made on the basis that he could no longer improve their team even though Mancini has a shortage of front players at a time when Tevez's strike is in its 11th week and Mario Balotelli is now serving a four-match suspension.
...Danny Taylor on Carroll
With just a couple of days until the transfer window officially Slams Shut (TM) the Tevez story shows no signs of fading away - it's a good one for media outlets after all, even if City fans are finding it tiresome. Taylor's Carroll swap article mentions that,
"Tevez is planning to return to Manchester next week now it has become apparent that Milan are not able to meet City's asking price and, unless anything changes before Tuesday's transfer deadline, his adviser, Kia Joorabchian, says the Argentinean wants to re-establish himself in the team."
But one other potential destination has been dismissed by Mr Joorabchian; West Ham fans can rest easy as Carlos will not be making an "emotional return" to Upton Park.
He is quoted on TalkSport's site thus, "“He is a West Ham fanatic”, Joorabchian said. “That is one club that is very close to his heart but I think that would not be possible."