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WHAT'S YOUR VIEW OF PAPER TALK

evertonfc.com , 27th March 2007 - 09:21

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It seems Andy Johnson's statement two weeks ago that he is happy at Everton and would like to remain at Goodison for the rest of his career has fallen on deaf ears in some circles.

The striker felt compelled to make that original statement in response to a speculative back page story in the Daily Express claiming he was unhappy on Merseyside and that he craved a return to the capital, with West Ham circling.

Two weeks on, and despite the striker's determination to make it clear he has been delighted with life at Everton following his summer move, the paper-talk re-emerged at the weekend.

This time it was a couple of reports suggesting Arsenal and Tottenham were targeting the England ace.

That prompted Chief Executive Keith Wyness to point out in the local press: “I can only imagine this (speculation) comes from an erroneous story in one national newspaper a couple of weeks ago.

“There is absolutely nothing in it. AJ has made it quite clear that he is happy here and we are absolutely delighted with him.”

It seems the stories are emanating from London-based journalists.

But what is your view of the speculation? The player, David Moyes and the club's CEO have made it abundantly clear what their position is.

But what is your view of media and web speculation that is generated on news pages and in forums and which seemingly grows exponentially once a single story appears?

Is it an inevitable bi-product of a sport that is talked about in every office all over the land?

Do you take any stock by unsubstantiated reports? Do you enjoy reading such reports and speculating about what the future could hold for players at Everton or players who could be reportedly targeted by Everton?

Let us know in this latest Everton ToffeeBlog.

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