Good morning, Toon Army. I watched last week's match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur last night. I'm not going to say that Spurs are a bunch of floppers, but they sure fall down easily.
Spurs goaltender Huerelho Gomes says, in essence, that today's game is a trap game for them. I hate it when people say that about a team I support, but until the Magpies prove otherwise, it's a true statement. (Sky Sports)
Danny Simpson spoke about his assignment today, Gareth Bale. (Martin Blackburn, The Sun)
Sol Campbell is fit again and will be on the bench tomorrow, though Alan Pardew got a back-handed shot in: "...he’s going to have to go on the bench, as we haven’t got anybody else." (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)
Chelsea is prepared to offer £25 million for Andy Carroll. Spurs offered £30 million and Pardew told them to sod off, so what makes the Blues think they're so special? (Steven Constable, CaughtOffside)
Mido, once thought to be a target of Alan Pardew's, has signed with Egyptian side Zamalek. (Sky Sports)
The Seb Larsson saga won't die. He effectively put in his papers with the club yesterday (Sky Sports), but Alex McLeish publicly said that he won't sell if the price is right, in what amounts to an attempt to keep Larsson's price from plummeting. (MirrorFootball)
The Toon have been linked with 25 year-old midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta of Bayer Leverkusen. I like the positional flexibility he brings to the table, but I haven't seen him play. Anybody have a scouting report on this kid? (Sky Sports)