All summer long Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol has been teasing football fans with transfer stories direct from his “sources” but last night he was hung out to dry by Everton in the most perfect way imaginable.
With the future of Wilfried Zaha a topic of seemingly endless conversation in the press from the moment the 2018/19 season finished, Kaveh was at first pumping out tweets linking the 26-year-old with a move to Arsenal a few times a day before switching his attention to Goodison Park when the Gunners plumped for Nicholas Pepe instead.
In truth, Crystal Palace’s own backroom team have remained calm throughout the process, clear in the knowledge that they have been handsomely compensated for the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and desperate not to lose the most important player on their books with just days to go in the transfer window; not that Kaveh appeared to get the message.
After an initial bid of £55 million from Everton was publicly rejected by the Eagles, Solhekol fired off a follow up offer via Twitter yesterday evening, suggesting that the Toffees had thrown Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy into the mix. Predictably it set tongues wagging but before long, Everton themselves had released an official statement completely dismissing the claims made by Kaveh before putting on record that they considered the matter closed.
As you would expect, it sent everyone’s least favourite transfer “expert” into a tailspin, producing a wonderful yet toe-curling segment live on Sky Sports News in which he fumbled for excuses after seeing his “sources” blown out of the water by the very club he supposedly had the inside scoop on. It’s not often you see public faces of Solhekol’s ilk made to look foolish on live TV but when those moments do arrive, they’re most certainly worth the wait.
Might I suggest he takes the rest of the transfer window off? It’ll probably be a better use of his and everyone else’s time if he spends the remaining few days lounged on a sun-bed rather than suited and booted spinning falsities in front of the glare of Sky Sports’ cameras.