Saturday, 25 June 2011

Rumour Central: Payet, Kaboul, Palacios, Ochoa

We've all had to make difficult choices in life.

The band U2, for example, had to decide some years ago what to do with the millions they had collected in their long career of peddling unimaginative middle-of-the-road rock music; keep it in their native Ireland, supporting their homeland but subjecting themselves to a higher level of taxation, or move it abroad to a more financially favourable regime in Holland. They chose the latter.

If you believe what you read in the papers, St Etienne's Dimitri Payet is at the moment choosing whether to join the PSG or Lille. Whatever he chooses, it is unlikely his decision will provoke protestations of the sort which heralded the start of Bono and co's set at Glastonbury on Friday night.

Payet is presumably weighing up whether the PSG and it's "project" (ie cash) is a better bet than playing in the Champions League next year with Lille. According to L'Equipe, LOSC are in pole position to sign the man who was top-scorer for Les Verts last year.

Elsewhere, with a central defender and central midfielder said to be high on Antoine Kombouare's shopping list, a £25 million double swoop for Spurs duo Younes Kaboul and Wilson Palacios appeared to be a fairly credible story. That is until PSGT noticed that it emanated in that bastion of fact-based journalism, The Sun. Let's not hold our breath on that one then.

Two men previously linked with a move to the capital are back on the radar, presumably because it's been a quiet weekend in journo-land. La Voix Du Nord reports that a suitcase stuffed with €4million could be heading to Valenciennes in a bid to persuade them to part with Serbian defender Milan Bisevac, and Le Parisien says that the PSG have turned their attention back to Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is out of contract at his current club, the grandly titled FC America. We'll confess to knowing very little about the latter other than that he sports an amusing mullet, which seems reason enough to sign any player as far as we're concerned. Plus he can hardly be worse than Edel.


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