Rumour time: Negredo and Maxi

I called for them and they are starting to come on a more regular basis and while it is possible we are going to lose a few players this summer, as long as we add with better quality, I don't think any of us will be that disappointed.

First up is Álvaro Negredo, currently plying his trade at UD Almería and if reports in Spain are to be believed we, along with Atlético de Madrid, Seville, Valencia, Tottenham, Fulham, Manchester City and AZ Alkmaar are all interested in his services for next season.


When we get linked like this, along with every other club in Europe that needs a striker, I don't like to think of it as carrying much credibility, so I'm not giving this a high score on my rumour likelihood rating, maybe a two out of five.

Next up is Maxi Rodriguez and this one carries with it a little more credibility, if only because Setanta have it down as an exclusive that we are interested.

Now, jut because they have it as an exclusive and I'm giving it a little more credibility, it doesn't mean it's going to happen. However, we need to start to see more and more speculation, if only because that suggests some things might be happening.

On the other hand, it could just be that people are going to be linking us with people left right and centre because it's clear as day we need some new players. Either way, I'd rather there was speculation than none at all.

The likelihood of this one happening, I'll give it a three out of five. The strongest rumour so far remains that of Steven Defour, only because he is actually talking about us too.

We'll know soon enough, movement is going to have to happen very quickly after the season finishes.