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31 December 2013 15:37 Post ID: #124995 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Evans (Johnny)

No whisper of who we might have in mind which is no bad thing, as you say we need to keep any targets under wraps until pen is put to paper. Of course agents do like to spread the word to up the selling price and improve their clients earnings but think we have learned from past experiences and some of our Spanish buys have been been excellent quiet purchases. One player who has really impressed of late is Canas, he is growing into the role as a battling midfielder and when he and Leon played together recently they were able to keep good control of that central area.

What a test we will have tomorrow but these are the games that we should relish, seeing our own team on an equal footing with some of the world's greatest players is something to be appreciated even though this is our third season at the top. Let's trust we give a good account of ourselves and maybe repeat the result we had under Rodgers at the Liberty in our first premiership season.
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02 January 2014 10:12 Post ID: #125012 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Fabbrini (Diego),Watford
Papers full of Tom Ince available for 4 mill, Palace and Swans have made enquiries for him,but he's said many times he's staying until the end of the season. Whether he can be persuaded to leave now is debatable,Blackpool will want to cash in,so it would be beneficial to his father,as manager,to get as much as they can now,so he can buy reinforcements. We have a slight advantage in that HJ is friendly with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.
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02 January 2014 22:35 Post ID: #125031 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Gerhard Tremmel

The sooner we can sign up some of the players we are after the better, Ince is obviously a target as he has been for sometime but he may still not want to move from the North West. The way we play football might attract him however, if he watched our match on Wednesday he will have seen how we can attack with fluency and skill.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 2/1/2014 22:37
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03 January 2014 10:06 Post ID: #125041 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Haas (Bernt),St Gallen
Cardiff's obsession with Swansea is taken a step further as new manager Solskjaer says his aim is to finish above Swansea,and his prime transfer target is Swansea's prime target Tom Ince!
Blackpool are on a very bad run at the moment and their loan players have returned to their clubs including Stephen Dobbie back to Palace ,maybe Tom Ince would be unwilling to leave his father in the lurch. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has also been connected to us.
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03 January 2014 14:38 Post ID: #125047 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Ijah Anderson

Seems Jenkins has ruled out Sterling as a possible loan player for us, Ince is still on our radar however but could be a long shot if price and wages are high. As for players going out from the Liberty, Daniel Alfei is at Pompey whilst Tatey is travelling north to Aberdeen for his latest loan deal. Well done to him for wanting to keep playing football wherever it is, he knows his time with us is over but won't drain the club's resources by sitting the season out collecting his wages. Respect.
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04 January 2014 09:10 Post ID: #125051 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Ja (Ismael),Manama,Bahrain
Apparently our erstwhile assistant Pascoe laughed it off when queried about Sterling being loaned to us,but one day the laugh may be on him.
Good luck to Tatey in what was described as a good financial deal by Aberdeen's manager McInnes, meaning we're probably paying most of his wages. Also good luck to Alfei,after his loan spells at Wrexham and now Portsmouth.
Not so lucky was David Cornell after an unsuccessful loan spell at St Mirren,having only played 6 first team games before being ousted as No1 by former Hearts goalkeeper Marian Kello,surprisingly he expected to be on the subs bench for the Man City game.
Jazz Richards is another unwanted,back from Huddersfield,quite where he stands I don't know.
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04 January 2014 19:09 Post ID: #125061 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Kyle Walker

It is disappointing that most of our younger players have failed to make the step up apart from Ben, I do feel the youth set up is woefully lacking a good scouting policy and quality coaching and no doubt Jenkins and co are aware of this, we have to look to improve. Too often in the past there have been certain players brought in for reasons other than their ability, from experience I know of a one or two who would not have had a look in at other clubs. This must stop and in future every child should be assessed on merit alone particularly those in our area, Cardiff have a very large net and like to take as many in as possible including many from Swansea and West Wales before weedling out what they consider to be the best. Their coaching system has up to now been less than successful as well so they thankfully haven't profited that much from our lack of a good scouting system.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 4/1/2014 19:10
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05 January 2014 10:48 Post ID: #125067 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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L'Hostis (Franck), Monaco
Gwion Edwards has decided to end his season long loan spell early at St.Johnstone after their manager said he could not guarantee him a starting place. He went there on loan second half of last season and only made 7 appearances as sub. He returned there this season and made 13 appearances as sub,and got four full games. So another loan failure and just confirms what you are saying.
The wheels of the transfer market grind exceedingly slow,especially for Swansea it seems,as we wait with bated breath for news of much needed reinforcements.
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06 January 2014 16:07 Post ID: #125087 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Michel Vorm

Not sure if Scotland is the ideal place for our promising youngsters to be, the type of football played up there seems to be a million miles away from what we see at the Liberty. I would much prefer us to send out our boys to lower league teams in England that profess to try and play football in a similar style to our own..I'm sure there must be at least a few.

David Cornell was back up keeper for us at Old Trafford yesterday, he is certainly a good shot stopper if his saves from our players warming up is anything to go by. Will be glad to see Vorm back however, thankfully Tremmel had little to do yesterday but can see it being a different story on Saturday and if anything happens to Gerhard it might be a real worry to only have an inexperienced keeper between the sticks.
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07 January 2014 09:44 Post ID: #125092 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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N'Diaye (Deme), Lens
It would seem from the outside,that anywhere would be better than playing Academy games with lower league second string teams.
If anything happens to Tremmel we are in trouble,with only Cornell as back up,he couldn't hold down a regular first team place at St.Mirren,and I wouldn't like to see our PL survival depend on a young rookie goalkeeper.
I hope we've got more irons in the fire regarding wingers. Tom Ince seems reluctant to up sticks and go anywhere,preferring to stay under his fathers wing,he must be pretty unambitious,or is getting bad advice. We need players who are eager to play for us,so maybe time to look elsewhere.
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07 January 2014 11:54 Post ID: #125096 - in reply to #123990
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Oscar (Chelsea)

Can't see Ince or Zaha as possible intakes with several other club now sniffing round them, not sure if we are restricted to only British players as options because we may have reached our full quota of foreigners already. Money is a factor where we are concerned of course but the riches on offer in the prem for next season are so huge that it would be worth splashing out just to ensure our survival, it is getting the right player to suit us that is the most important thing.
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08 January 2014 09:50 Post ID: #125104 - in reply to #123990
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Paajanen(Severi),Inter Turku
Paul Ince's job must be on the line after a huge slump in results at Blackpool,so Tom Ince's reluctance to leave there may be tested soon.
A training injury to Lamah,out for three weeks,adds to the growing list of walking wounded at the Liberty. It certainly seems as if something has changed in our training and preparation from last season,with all these injuries. Pablo also estimated at another three weeks recovery time.
Every player we've been linked with,with each day that goes by,there's other clubs being added to the list of suitors,so it just gets tougher to sign that player.
Lita is back from Brighton,after scoring one goal in five appearances there,how on earth did we sign him? His contract is up this summer,so another player that cost a fortune,was not good enough,and just milked the cash cow in wages.
Man Utd's left back,Dutchman Alexander Buttner played alongside Bony at Vitesse Arnhem for 18 months,and predicts Bony will get even better.
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08 January 2014 15:28 Post ID: #125111 - in reply to #123990
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Quentin Fortune

Injury list is growing unfortunately and we are getting down to the bare bones but of the players we have left we still have some excellent quality....just praying that no more get problems as we certainly will be in dire straits otherwise. Very little transfer activity from many prem clubs at the moment, everyone a little cagey and looking for a good deal it seems. Still talk of Ince in our local paper but am not sure if it is a smokecreen for another target yet to be revealed, who knows but I just hope that we can reinforce our dwindling squad with premier league and two cup competitions to negotiate in the next few weeks.
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09 January 2014 10:03 Post ID: #125130 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Rabello (Bryan),Sevilla
HJ dismissive of any talks with Ince,or with anyone else for that matter,and says we might not make any signings this window? Either it's a big bluff or the cup win has made him a bit blase about the present situation,i.e. our big injury problems for the next month or so at least,and our league form,no win since Dec 4,and four points above a relegation spot. Also our lack of goals,it was only two weeks ago we were talking about 'own goals' being our leading goalscorer. Leighton James has made me nervous after saying 'make no mistake about it,we are in a relegation battle'. For me,we are dropping too many points at home,West Ham,Stoke,and Hull,spring to mind,we've got to win these home games against fellow strugglers. Jan/Feb are massive months for us and we have to start picking up points soon,starting Saturday.
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09 January 2014 13:32 Post ID: #125134 - in reply to #123990
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Shane Long

It is obviously of concern that we are edging nearer the bottom teams but I do feel that over the last few games we have picked up in terms of the quality of our play. We just need to convert this into more goals and of course points to ease our fears, not easy though with Man U and Spurs as our next two league games. The injury list grows ever longer with De Guzman and Tiendali the latest to joining Lamah and the rest on the treatment table, I do think we lost a gem when our fitness coach left for Liverpool and it was a gamble to limit our playing squad to around 22 players when we had a lot more games to play than last season.
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10 January 2014 09:55 Post ID: #125150 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Taban (George),FCM Bacau,Romania
The problem is we cannot field a settled side,and now with yet another two players out injured the squad is decimated in the short term. Still ML refuses to bring back Ki,because he will not want to lose face by showing he was wrong,even if it's to the detriment of our league status.
Even though JDG is a frustrating player,refusing to tackle and track back,he can be a match winner with his undoubted skills.Just recently his set pieces have been wayward,but hopefully he can get back to his best soon,and IMO we'll miss him tomorrow.
The huge injury list is not normal,and can't be put down to just bad luck,something has changed for the worse there,and it could well be the new fitness coach.
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11 January 2014 00:01 Post ID: #125167 - in reply to #123990
Ivor Allchurch
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Upson (Matthew)

There must be more to this Ki business than meets the eye, who knows what happened between player and manager but it now seems that our chairman has agreed with ML to leave the South Korean where he is despite it looking pretty obvious that it is causing our club harm. We know Ki has a huge following in his country and sales of our shirts/memorabilia will have dropped spectacularly this season along with lucrative contracts with large Asian companies due to his connections, he is playing with confidence at Sunderland and aiding them in their fight to catch us so there must be a serious problem that is stopping us calling him back. I'd be inclined to sell him at this point if the offer is there from the Black Cats, maybe then we could bring in the player/s that ML really wants in this transfer window.
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