Arsène Wenger’s short-term loan deal for Thierry Henry went so well it seems as though he has been inspired to bring in another ageing forward.
Alessandro Del Piero has put a number of clubs on alert by announcing that his 19-year affiliation with Juventus will come to an end when his contract ends this summer.
Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested, but Arsenal are also shock contenders to land the Italian’s signature.
At 37, some might be put off the World Cup winner but not Wenger, who saw a 34-year-old Henry come in and help his club get back to form.
Plus the legend will be available for a cheap fee, something else that will appease Wenger to any potential deal.
There is no doubt that his best years are behind him but with Robin Van Persie injury prone, Del Piero represents a better option than Marouane Chamakh, or Park Chu-Young.
With Emmanuel Adebayor a doubt, Louis Saha misfiring and Rafael van der Vaart wrapped in cotton wool for the Premier League’s climax, Jermain Defoe must get a sustained run in the first-team.
Such is the disdain Harry Redknapp seems to treat him with though, Sandro is more likely to get the nod at White Hart Lane than the England striker.
Defoe has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances this season but 11 of those have been from the bench so his goal-scoring record is superb, bearing in mind he has started just 19 matches.
He has forged an impressive partnership with Adebayor in the short time they have been on the pitch together but again Defoe is consistently overlooked.
It was the same with Juande Ramos and Martin Jol before him, Defoe was rarely allowed to lead the line despite frequently showing his goal-scoring touch whenever given the chance.
Saha’s signing is threatening to derail Tottenham’s Champions League pursuit – the only way Spurs can get back on track is if Redknapp puts his faith in Defoe.
Everything has been going well for Sunderland since Martin O’Neill came in – but is he about to have his blossoming side cut down to size?
One of the brightest sparks for the Black Cats this term has been the form of Stephane Sessegnon.
The Beninese man’s electric pace and eye for goal has been one of the driving factors of Sunderland’s revival under O’Neill.
But despite his on the pitch form, apparently all is not right off it as he apparently struggles to adapt to life in the North East.
His form has brought about the attention of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, as well as former club Paris Saint-Germain, so do so don’t be surprised if Sessegnon is strutting his stuff away from the Stadium of Light next season.
If he finishes the season as he started it, Sunderland supporters will be waving goodbye to another striking asset as he follows Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent through the exit door.
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