Chamakh joins West Ham as owner's son tweets his dismay
Jack Sullivan sends tweet of disappointment over loan deal, Yann M'Vila linked with Arsenal again
ARSENAL fans will barely be able to control their mirth today after West Ham took misfiring Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh on loan for six months. And its not just his exit but that manner in which it happened that will get them chuckling.
The move was confirmed by the BBC but not before news of the switch broke on Twitter thanks to Jack Sullivan, the 11-year-old son of the club's owner David Sullivan. Soon after reports that a switch could be on the cards began to emerge, a message from an unimpressed Jack, who uses the handle @jsullivanwhu, appeared on the social networking site.
He wrote: "I am very sorry about this news Chamakh has sign a 6 month loan deal! not my pick." The message was accompanied by a sad face. Amid much guffawing on the social network site, Sullivan later added that he hoped the player would "prove me wrong".
The account appears to be genuine and the youngster was also credited with breaking the news that Andy Carroll was on his way to Upton Park.
Elsewhere and the transfer rumour mill is becoming more excitable than the Manchester City training ground, and few clubs are creating more of a stir than Arsenal.
Yesterday the Gunners were linked to Afriye Acquah but today it's another playmaker, Yann M'Vila, who's getting tongues wagging.
According to the Evening Standard, the 22-year-old Rennes midfielder is once more on Arsenal's radar. The two first appeared together in the same sentence back in the summer, but though the move failed to materialise on that occasion the Standard claims M'Vila is now determined to leave France.
"If the club receive a good offer and I like the destination then I will go, there is no doubt about that," the French international is quoted as saying.
Pressed on where he might go, M'Vila refused to elaborate, saying "nothing can be said" until negotiations are further down the line. According to the Standard, M'Vila, who has won 22 caps for France, is also being monitored by Manchester City, Tottenham
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has rubbished suggestions that he and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger discussed the availability of left-back Luke Shaw on Tuesday when the two clubs met in the Premier League.
It's been claimed subsequently that Wenger sounded out Adkins about the possibility of signing the 17-year-old Shaw following the 1-1 draw at St Mary's. Not so, says Adkins, whose comments on the matter were carried by Talksport.
"No, [Wenger] didn't say anything," said Adkins. "As I have said before, Luke is better playing for Southampton Football Club, where he is being nurtured and looked after."
Asked how he would feel if Arsenal did make a formal approach for the teenage defender, Adkins replied: "He is under contract. We are not looking to let him go. This is the best place for him at this point in his career."
Sky Sports reports that Tottenham have signed former Manchester United full-back Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege.The 20-year-old, who has been capped by England in three youth categories, is comfortable both as left-back or in central defence, and he'll be hoping the move to the Lane reignites his international ambitions.
Fryers started life at Old Trafford but after struggling with injuries he moved to Belgium last summer. Spurs were said to have made an approach at the time but without success. However, they've had more luck this time around, as the club acknowledged in a brief statement: "We're delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Standard Liege for the signing of Zeki Fryers."
Finally, The Sun claims that QPR have "been sensationally offered Dutch star Wesley Sneijder". According to the paper, Rangers boss Harry Redknapp fielded a call on Thursday from the Inter Milan star's people.
Presumably Harry thought they must have misdialled, but before he had time to pass on Alex Ferguson's number he was informed it was no mistake. "I was asked by one agent if I wanted to sign Sneijder," Harry confirmed to the Sun. "I won't name the agent, but let's just say I think a deal is unlikely."
That's because the obstacle that might prove insurmountable is Sneijder's wage demands. The Dutch midfielder, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks, has grown used to a £200,000-a-week wage packet - is a little bit out of QPR's league.