I love the transfer window. I love the gossip, the intrigue, the ludicrously-spun out dramas and sagas. I’m really looking forward to City signing some more goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and strikers. One thing, though, that I cannot stand, and that almost ruins the transfer season for me, is Harry Redknapp.

Every morning he’ll be there, on Sky Sports News, conducting his transfer policy in public. You know the drill. Some friendly hack mentions a player (let’s say, Peter Crouch) to ‘Arry.  He responds,

“Crouchie? Yeah I’m a big fan of Crouchie. I’d love him here. He’s a top player.  But that’s an issue between Daniel Levy and Peter Storrie – nothing to do with me.”

So far this window he’s done this with Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora and Craig Bellamy, having done it last summer with Peter Crouch, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Richard Dunne and many more. Next up will be Glen Johnson, then Crouch for real, then Joe Cole (former Redknapp protege), then whichever other players he wants to unsettle.

But with the London media (both press and television) full of Redknapp fans, there will be no criticism, no tough questions, nothing. But don’t expect them to keep quiet if Juventus keep sniffing around Luka Modric.