Deadline day has arrived for the Premier League and as ever, business has been brisk as sides prepare for the second half of the season.
Normally a time for the transfer of journeymen, those surplus to requirements and those who clubs need to see the back of, the biggest surprise of the window this season has been the reports linking Seamus Coleman with a move to Manchester United.
Following the shortening of odds at the bookies and the story being reported across multiple news outlets, 28-year-old Coleman has now broken his silence on the rumours.
Reported by the Daily Mail, while attending the launch of the Spar Better Choices ad campaign, Coleman revealed,
“It is that time of year. I haven’t heard about the story. I am preparing for a game on Wednesday and that is all I am concentrating on.”
Everton’s Premier League clash with Stoke City will see the full-back reach the personal milestone of 200 appearances for the Merseyside club and doesn’t appear to be putting too much thought into the transfer rumours swirling through the media.
Coleman’s assertions about a move to Old Trafford are similarly reflected in the comments from United boss Jose Mourinho who, as reported by the Manchester Evening News on Monday, insisted that aside from the possibility of Ashley Young departing, there is no further business to be completed this month.
“The only player that I am aware of a possibility to leave – and I am waiting just for 31 January to know what really is going on – is Ashley Young. A player that I would love to keep.”
Many a pinch of salt is needed when it comes to transfer rumours, especially as the window swings closed for another year. Right now, despite the media speculation, Coleman’s own words should put this one to bed.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena