Sky Sports have run an interesting story on Friday lunchtime involving Newcastle United and West Ham.
They claim their sources tell them that the two clubs could be set to do a swap deal, with Chancel Mbemba heading to London and Diafra Sakho to Tyneside.
Clubs that are both in relegation trouble are very unlikely to do one another any favours but just maybe this is a perfect example of two clubs being able to shift an unwanted player who is on decent wages, in return for a player who could be of use to them.
Newcastle of course have struggled for goals and have only scored 20 in the 22 matches so far.
Whilst only Stoke have conceded more than the 40 goals the Hammers have leaked so far.
Ironically, almost a third (six of twenty) of Newcastle’s Premier League goals have come in the three hours of football played against West Ham this season.
Chancel Mbemba is clearly not wanted by Rafa Benitez, left on the sidelines for most of even the Championship season, then in the Premier League almost all of his seven starts this season have been as an emergency left-back.
Meanwhile, Sakho hasn’t had a single Premier League start under David Moyes and Sky Sports say that whatever happens or not with Newcastle, the striker is definitely leaving West Ham this month.
They also report that whilst West Ham have been in talks with Crystal Palace over a potential sale of Diafra Sakho for around £10m, they would be more that happy to instead do a deal with Newcastle whereby a swap deal would happen for Mbemba. Indeed, they believe that the Palace deal will now be pulled anyway.
As for Sakho and whether he would be of any use for Newcastle?
The 28 year old arrived back in summer 2014 for just under £4m from French club Metz and actually scored a very decent 10 goals in 20 Premier League starts (plus three appearances off the bench) in his first season.
In 2015/16 there were 18 more PL starts but most of the second half of that season and almost all of 2016/17 were affected by a catalogue of injuries, a recurring back problem the main culprit. Six more league goals followed in those two seasons, though Sakho made only two league starts last season.
Only two goals have followed this time around but he has shown his fitness, being on the bench in 18 of the 22 PL matches but not a single start.
A slightly more interesting transfer story than the average one.