Ever since our promotion was sealed we’ve been linked with all sorts of different players but which ones are likely and which are just lazy journalism.
It’s no secret that we are in desperate need of a pair of central defenders and we’ve been linked with a fair few. Of these the most likely seems to be Doncaster’s Matt Mills who we nearly signed in January and Bobo Balde who has been offered a trial when the players return to training in July. The relegation of Newcastle and Middlesborough has brought Steven Taylor, Sebastien Bassong and David Wheater to the attention of many clubs but the asking price for Wheater may be too much for us. Bassong however is a promising young defender and may be worth a punt although Newcastle are very keen to keep hold of him. We have also apparently been watching Oguchi Onyewu in the Belgian league although he is a player who’s been linked with a move to the Premiership before but has never made it. In the ‘please no’ category is Aston Villa’s Zat Knight.
Other interesting rumours are a potential £7 million bid for 23 year old Argentine Lucas Biglia from Anderlecht and Malaga’s midfielder Apono. Biglia sounds an exciting player but two things worry me. Firstly I can’t see us spending £7m on any one player and secondly that he may be too much of a luxury player to fit in with the style of play we will adopt in the Premiership. Apono looks a good player but there is also interest from Villa and Valencia which may reduce are chances of securing his signature.
One story that has stuck around for a bit is a possible season long loan for Manchester City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart. He’s a good keeper who won’t be a regular starter at City but with the total deal being reported as £3m could the money be better spent elsewhere?
The strangest rumour I’ve read is that former Arsenal youth player Babatunde Ayodele is looking forward to playing for us in the upcoming season. Internet searches have so far failed to prove that this player even exists!!
If you believe the papers we will also be signing half the Rangers team but to me those rumours definitely fit into the “Lazy Journalism” category.
Those are what I’ve read and heard. Has anyone heard any others?