Friday, 30 January 2009

Transfer window: 89 hours left

  • The main name linked with a move is still Shay Given. Friday's Mail and Times both suggest that he put in a transfer request on Thursday in an attempt to force through his move. But with Kinnear claiming we've only bid as high as £5million, we may to change course if we're to sign him in time.
  • The other frequently linked name is Roque Santa Cruz. Oliver Kay and James Ducker suggest we've made a final offer of £18.5million - but that Blackburn are holding out for £22m. Ian Herbert writes that Blackburn are holding out for at least £30m and that the £18.5m bid will be turned down. This fits with Allardyce's claims on Thursday that RSC was not for sale, because they didn't have enough to sign a replacement, particularly with Matt Derbyshire going to Olympiakos.
  • Ian Herbert claims that, having failed with Santa Cruz, City will turn their attention to other targets. One of those, not for this January but for the summer, will be Manchester United's Carlos Tévez. He was one of three players - along with Messi and Kaká - whom City were looking at as our January 'marquee signing'. So there is a longstanding interest there, and apparently Hughes is a big fan. Our interest in Tévez is also mentioned in The Times - along with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter.
  • Celtic are interested in two City fringe players, according to The Times. They're looking for a loan move for Gelson Fernandes (we want £4m) and some sort of bid for Ched Evans - for whom they face competition from Championship clubs.
  • And a curiously anonymous Daily Mail piece mentions a £12m bid for Kolo Touré which Arsenal will turn down. We may go back with £15m and/or Richard Dunne, or pursue Alex or Materazzi instead. Michael Ball is injured for the season and then out of contract too, apparently.


Gav said...

Robinho - 32.5m

RSC - Patently not worth half of that. Tell BS he's talking BS and buy better players for less money.

Simon said...

I agree, RSC ain't worth 18.5m, he had ONE good season. And is it just me who gets annoyed at the way fat Sam keeps insisting RSC ain't for sale? We get it, you want to keep him, you don't have to re-iterate the point every other day. *sigh*
Any more news on Jono going to QPR?

BluePeter said...

... wouldn't it be interesting if Fat Sam fails to sign any other forwards before the deadline and RSC stayed but then picked up another injury that kept him out until the summer... by which time we pick up RSC for buttons!

Player-poker can be a tough game, but Fat Sam forgets he has far fewer cards than other players...

I'd like to think Sparky has a few more up his sleeve as we could really do with a big target man (please not Crouch!) to give the fab four (Bellamy, SWP, Robinho and Superman) some support different options.

Gav said...

Do we actually need a big target man though? Everton, manyoo don't and the good arsenal side didn't!

Robbie and Bellamy will just have to toughen up and show their strength!