I honestly thought that today would be terribly busy and that we would have tons of rumors to pass on, news to report on, links for you to click on, and that we would have to post 4 or 5 times to keep up with it all. I was right about the first part. Today has been terribly busy. The problem is, most of the proceedings have been terrible, and by that I mean that there has been so misinformation thrown out there that you can hardly find the real stuff if you want to. This morning, I threw down some links in a post, and some of them contained stuff that didn't pass the smell test. My theory was that our readers (surely a slim number at this point, but hey, we've got ambitions) have likely heard these stories as well. By linking to them and commenting that they seemed to be false, maybe we can all come to a better understanding about what to listen to and what not to. I don't think this was the right way to go.
Look, if you need to be told that a player being on his cell phone doesn't mean that he's going to X team instead of Y team, I can't help you. There's been so much crap thrown around about players on helicopters, certain players being spotted in multiple airports at the same time, players talking about intricate details of contracts to people on the street...It's a mess, and frankly, we don't want to be a part of it. If something legitimate happens, you'll see it here. If somebody makes up a contract figure and claims a player or team rejected it (and even makes up a little anecdote about how brass is feeling about how it went down), you won't see it here. That doesn't mean we won't post rumors, but they'll have to pass the smell test.
Having said all that, here are some things that have really happened today:
LuaLua is officially out on loan to Brighton.
Jacqui Oatley says that Scott Parker is not leaving West Ham United. This does not necessarily mean that Robbie Keane is on his way to Newcastle, but it at least it doesn't rule it out. Sky Sports is reporting that Turkish club Besitkas has thrown their hat in the ring. That would certainly be a coup.
If you'd like to keep track of all confirmed transfers, go here.
Finally, a word about rumors from one of our Twitter followers.
Look for our Transfer Window wrap-up once it officially closes.
UPDATE: An hour later, we finally have a source, and it sort-of confirms what was said earlier. STV is reporting that Newcastle rejected a Celtic bid to obtain Steven Taylor. Still no word of contract terms or what anybody thinks about January, but hey, a kernel of truth!