Rumour, Hearsay, Fact
Let's try and shed some light on the recent 'news' items concerning players coming to, and leaving, S6. Some of it is actually true!
First up, the People's Alan Biggs tells us the Owls made a £1.5 million bid for Scunthorpe hot-shot Billy Sharp, and other media organisations have picked up that particular baton and run with it, including the Daily Mail.
Allegedly Owls boss Brian Laws is going 'all out' to sign the star striker he managed at Glanford Park before switching to Hillsborough. As we know, Sharp will obviously be in demand following his 32 goals in Scunny's promotion to the Championship, but Irons chairman Steve Wharton insists it will take a much higher fee to prise Sharp away from Glanford Park.
'If Sheffield Wednesday do make a bid of that sort, it would not be attractive to us'. Note the use of the word 'IF'. Add to that the very plausible suggestion that Steve MacLean may return to Scunthorpe... why, it's almost done and dusted, isn't it?!
Laws' priorities must be to reinforce the defence - with one, possibly two goalkeepers to find, and some help in the centre - but if 1.5 million can miraculously be found in addition to the cash required for the extra men at the back, we're living in dreamland. Still, it's nice to dream sometimes, eh?
Slightly less surprising news is that former boss Paul Sturrock is keen on taking striker Barry Corr to Swindon: indeed the lanky one is in talks with KPS at the moment. 'Barry is someone I would like to see in my plans next season as he had a great impact during his time here this term.' Sturrock explained. 'We are talking to him and we will see what we can do. Strikers are a priority for us because we are losing Lukas Jutkiewicz to Everton and Lee Peacock has moved into midfield.'
The Sheffield Star reports that Graham Coughlan, transfer listed by Brian Laws with a year left on his contract, wants to fight for his place, like the good professional he is. He says '.. I'll return in July and give 100 per cent. The lads have had a really good season, and the club will be looking to push on. If I can help in any way, on the pitch or off the pitch, I'm only too willing to do so. I don't accept rejection. I'll be coming back as strong and fit as ever.' Great character from the Irish centre half, especially so in view of his recent family troubles. Top man.
And finally.. the 'news' on the grapevine, the whisper in the wind, the dog turd on the doormat.. is that Frankie Simek is on his way for 1.5 to 2 million.. no club suggested, no foundation at all but there's talk. There's also talk of Steve Kabba coming to Hillsborough, though whether that's for a fish and chip supper or to be part of the squad, who knows?
Talk is cheap, eh? But should it turn out to be true, you read it here on Vital SWFC first.
'Off the record, on the QT & very hush hush!' as Danny De Vito says in LA Confidential!