Newcastle United could run the rule over Micky Hazard*
As we hit the mid-way stage in the January transfer window talk of Eden Hazard being spotted at the training ground sparked an expression of sheer disbelief from Alan Pardew.
He didn't say it himself, but Pardew has as much chance of signing Micky Hazard this January!
Mackem Micky wasn't a bad player in his day with Spurs, Swindon and Chelsea and while Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes have rolled back the years, it would seem he is the only Hazard in with a chance of coming to SJP under the current wage structure.
Of course, the Lille ace's incredible form in recent years has hardly gone unnoticed by United's scouting network.
However, his reaction was straight to the point, Pardew said: "The guy's worth about £36m - he ain't coming here."
Most Toon fans can quickly use a simple process of elimination when it comes to transfers, is he young? Is he cheap? Is he coming to the end of his contract?
If the answer is yes on one or two of those questions, he'll be in with a chance of coming here.
But when it comes to the likes of Eden Hazard, Pardew could probably do without the waste of energy of playing it down.
Unfortunately when Twitter was dreamed up, they didn't take the Tyneside rumour mill into consideration.
Yes, let's be honest, transfer rumours in these parts have been with us for years.
And the clowns/nutjobs who seem to get a thrill out of inventing purely fantasy stories on Twitter, are on par with the ones who used to get down their local pub (they probably still do) and say, "My mate Davey knows one of the backroom team who says that Roberto Baggio has just landed at the airport."
But these "reliable sources" can cause more harm than good.
Twitter has intensified this problem and stories like Eden Hazard more often than not come from the bedrooms of somebody who has been playing too much Football Manager.
Eden Hazard could sign for Newcastle of course, well only if Mike Ashley suddenly changes his transfer blueprint and decides to shell out over £30million for one player and goes back on the club's statement that they are no longer in the market for "trophy players."
So there you have it, when it comes to transfer rumours, apply common sense and logic.
*It does say could, but NUFC have more chance of landing the former Spurs man