Transfer Rumour Round Up

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?

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3 Comments on Transfer Rumour Round Up

  1. I’ve been keeping a list….. apologies for the formatting! these have all been rumoured “targets”..make of it what you will!!

    41) David Edgar (Newcastle)
    40) Sebastien Bassong (Newcastle)
    39) Steven Taylor (Newcastle)
    38) Fabian Assmann (!!!) (Independiente)
    37) Modest M’Bami (Marseille)
    36) Robert Koren (WBA)
    35) Zat Knight (Vile reject)
    34) Giles Barnes (Derby)
    33) Kris Commons (Derby)
    32) Antonio Apono (Malaga)
    31) Peter Luccin (Racing Santander)
    30) David Wheater (M’boro)
    29) Mbark Bousouffa (Anderlecht)
    28) Gaston Sangoy (Apollon Limassol)
    27) Steven Defour (Std Liege)
    26) Alan Smith (Newcastle)
    25) Bobo Balde (Celtic)
    24) Jamie Ashdown (Portsmouth)
    23) Rafiu Afolabi (Sochaux)
    22) Stephane Mbia (Rennes)
    21) Calum Davenport (West Ham)
    20) Lee Martin (ManYoo)
    19) Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers)
    Landry Mulemo (Std Liege)
    Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht)
    Ross McCormack (Cardiff)
    Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege)
    Craig Gardner (Villa)
    Kris Boyd (Rangers)
    Majid Bougherra (Rangers)
    Jo Hart (Man City)
    10) Marc Antoine Fortune
    Barry Ferguson (Rangers)
    Allan McGregor (Rangers)
    Matt Derbyshire (Blackburn)
    Chris Taylor (Oldham)
    Sean Davis (Portsmouth)
    Matt Mills (Doncaster)
    Lee Grant (Sheff Weds)
    Papa Bouba Diop (Portsmouth)
    Lee Bowyer (West Ham)

  2. I am hearing that the reported £3m figure mentioned for Hart is purely the cost of loan and his wages, with no chance of a permanent deal as they see him as the long term successor to Given.

    With that in mind you would have to say it’s a lot of dead money. Loans are all well and good but in the knowledge that we spent around £4m in loan fees in the championship its quite shocking to see that we have not gained much out of that outlay. Would these funds have been better spent on two players who were under 21 internationals on their way up.

    Biglia, Wheater etc are most likely pipe dreams in the view of comments from Mcleish saying that Bouazza at under £3m was a bit rich for us!!!!!!

    Balde, Traore, Carr, Bowyer there you have four of the first likely signings and how much physical transfer funds will that be. Fair enough if they want to add ‘GOOCH’ for free and then spend £20m on three quality additions with flair then I would be chuffed…….But as usual with our board I remain sceptical!!!

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