I got quite excited when I read the News of the World story today, which says that the club are offering new deals to Rob Green, Scott Parker and Matthew Upson, which will tie them to the club. But then I read on and came across this sentence…
The club is also weighing up a move for Fiorintina’s Italian under-21 forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
That would be the same Osvaldo who signed for Bologna last week, I suppose. Now I suppose it the rest of the article could still be entirely accurate, but it doesn’t half plant a huge seed of doubt in your mind when you read something you know to be 100% wrong in the self same piece.
The author of the article is Rob Shepherd, a dyed in the wool Hammers fan. You’d think he’d know better, wouldn’t you? No? No, I suppose not. He is after all a sports journalist. Once upon a time, a sub-editor would have cleared up his mess behind him, but most newspapers have reduced their subbing to a bare minimum.
Bloggers have an undeserved reputation among mainstream media journalists for inaccuracy and not checking their facts. But journalists like Shepherd get paid six figure salaries to make things up and not even bother to read cuttings on the very clubs they write about.
One day their editors will realise they are being taken for fools.