Premier League - Fulham sign new wingers
Fulham have poached 12 new wingers in one fowl swoop: the west London club have brought in a dozen chickens to help feed their peckish players.
The Sun reports that the Cottagers' transfer coop came about thanks to a cracking idea from one of the egg-heads in the club's catering department.
Club chiefs were getting in a flap about the cost of feeding the players, so they hatched a plan to keep hens at their New Malden training ground rather than shell out on eggscessively expensive poultry products.
The players eat a collective 90 eggs a day while they're under the yolk in training: that amount of spending on eggs isn't exactly chicken feed, and club insiders claim that with a bit of cluck the hens will save Fulham around £5,000 a year.
The club no doubt hope that the supply of free range eggs will help keep their recent run of good form going: Martin Jol's team have been on the boil for the last couple of weeks, with wins against Bolton and Norwich and a solid point in the local derby against Chelsea.
Those results have seen them fly up to perch at ninth in the table - but perhaps more importantly they are clearly laying the foundations for a sizzling season next term.