Here we are, halfway through the transfer window, after David Moyes told us every player and his dog would be linked to us – he’s not wrong!
The club are regularly on the back pages and it seems we have been blessed with plenty of column inches this month!
Of course, only a fraction of them will come off but we at ClaretandHugh have crunched the numbers and they really are staggering.
Since the 1st of January – the window opened on the second – the club has been linked with no fewer than 18 different strikers!
Bear in mind, now, that we can only have a 23-man squad, and one feels we do need three goalkeepers, so that’d leave just two other positions to be filled.
From Real Madrid’s Mariano Diaz, to former Hammer Marko Arnautovic, via Bournemouth’s Josh King, and Watford’s Troy Deeney, plenty of names have been chucked at the Irons as potential solutions to the big striker problem!
There are names you probably know, like former Chelsea star Diego Costa and ex-Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, and also some you probably don’t, like Gaetan Laborde of Montpellier and Spezia’s M’Bala Nzola.
There are also those who might well come off; Boulaye Dia has been linked no fewer than four times, and where there is smoke, there is usually fire.
But they’ve been trying to light campfires across the continent, by the looks of it, and we’ve also been linked with plenty of other players.
There are four midfielders who are reportedly targets, including ex-Spud Christian Eriksen, four defenders, including Barcelona’s Junior Firpo and even, strangely, a goalkeeper, in Pau Lopez at Roma.
That’s the bingo card filled in.
We at C&H will tell you which stories are true and which aren’t – spoiler alert: The majority of them aren’t!
So here’s the full list of the players – sadly we couldn’t get hold of the names of their dogs
Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia, Vincent Aboubakar, Troy Deeney, Arek Milik, Lassina Traore, Eddie Nketiah, Abdallah Sima, Mariano Diaz, Patson Daka, Luka Jovic, Graziano Pelle, Gaetan Laborde, Josh King, Adam Hlozek, Marko Arnautovic, Diego Costa, M’Bala Nzola.
Christian Eriksen, Marcus Edwards, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Moises Caicedo
Gonzalo Montiel, Ozan Kabak, Junior Firpo, Elkan Baggott