Danny Welbeck was on his way to Spurs/Peter Crouch book

The way transfers happen often comes out later.

Sometimes years later in an autobiography.

The true Welbeck narrative was confirmed to me this week.

Spurs had done a deal for £16 million and Welbeck was joining them.

But he was training with England and Jack Wilshere nagged him again and again.

Arsenal matched the fee and Welbeck signed.

Before I found this out on Tuesday night I’d been thinking about how transfers happen because I’ve been reading Walking Tall: My Story by Peter Crouch, written with Sam Wallace in 2009.

It’s the funniest football book I’ve read for 35 years.

Crouch has been transferred far more often than most footballers.

Starting as a trainee at Spurs, the six-foot-seven inch striker has played for Dulwich Hamlet in the Ryman Premier League, Hassleholm (part-timers in the Swedish third division), QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Norwich on loan, Liverpool, Portsmouth again and Spurs.

In 2011 he joined Stoke for a club record fee of £10 million.

It’s an up-and-down life as a striker and Crouch, now 33, discovered that early in his chequered career.

So last night’s cup disaster will not be something he’ll dwell on for too long.

Stoke came back from 2-0 down to Southampton to level it at 2-2.

Then Crouch, who had been only only been on for 12 minutes, made a wild challenge in the 88th minute and was sent off.

Southampton scored the winner from that free-kick, knocking Stoke out of the Capital One Cup.

29th October 2014