Getting on for a couple of weeks ago, the signing of Sam Baldock by Bristol City was declared to be imminent, particularly by the Bristol press. Since then, silence. Admittedly, the deal proposed by the 'Robins' (a name their fans dislike) was a complicated one given their lack of readies.
Baldock wants out of West Ham because he thinks, realistically enough, that he is not likely to get much first team football there. One would think that he might prefer to stay in London. Could he yet come to The Valley? Or will Ipswich Town revive their interest?
Congratulations on the 2-1 victory in the 'behind close doors' friendly at Fulham. You can stick that up your Michael Jackson statue. There are limits to how far you can base anything on performances in pre-season friendlies, but the general picture has been encouraging.
This contrasts with the doom and gloom about alleged turmoil at the club. Clearly there was a falling out with chief executive Steve Kavanagh but these things can happen in any organisation. I can think of a case where the No.2 fell out with the No.1 and left but no one rushed around shouting 'we're all doomed'.
Some of the other rumours are on the level of 'my mate was talking to a bloke in the pub whose aunt is a tea lady at the training ground and they have been told to go easy on the tea bags so we can see the club is running out of money.' We may not be flush with cash, but the plan was never to make a lot of signings this summer.