...On Paul Dickov?
Depends on who you ask.
The folks in Blackpool seem to think the 35-year-old former Manchester City star is a whole lot closer to signing with TFC, especially since he turned down a contract offer from Blackpool.
But news on Paul Dickov is like the weather in Detroit: if you don't like it, just wait five minutes.
This morning I had a quick correspondence with someone close to the situation, and he assured me that nothing is happening on the Dickov front.
At least not over here.
Tuesday Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America reported that negotiations between TFC and Dickov had "hit a snag."
That link might have asked you to register and log in to read the story, but if you're not interested in doing that, I'll post the important part here:
A deal for former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov hit a snag last week. What snag? Has Dickov upped his demands? Has TFC balked at paying him approximately $500,000 guaranteed for the remainder of this season and next season, or has MLS refused to tender such a contract to a 35-year-old? Is there a competing bid for Dickov, who rejected an offer from one of his former clubs, Leicester City, before visiting Toronto?
But again, when dealing with Dickov, wait five minutes and the news will change.
Apparently Leicester City still wants him, and if their chairman, Milan Mandaric, is telling the truth, the player and the club are still negotiating.
So what's the latest with Dickov?
Nothing, as far as I can tell....but check back in about five minutes.
AND WHAT ABOUT TEBILY?
Commenter on a previous post asked me to give him some good news on Olivier Tebily.
Um, I can deliver a little news, but I'm not sure if you'll consider it good.
The team hasn't announced their plans regarding the 32-year-old defender so I can't really give you the official word here, but I can tell you that he wasn't at last Friday's practice, nor was he hanging around BMO Field when I showed up just after Saturday's practice. Those are matters of observation, not official information.
Beyond that, I can't say, but I can tell that if you look around the Internet you'll find highly unofficial but pretty accurate info on what happened to him.
Seriously, it's not that big a secret.
You just didn't hear it from me.
-- Morgan Campbell