The 10 O’Clocker: Van Der Wiel, Husinec & Kaddouri

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A continental feel to this evening’s offerings/floor sweepings from a transfer window so insipid looking thus far you could put it in an off the peg suit and call  it a Labour MP.

Gregory van der Wiel’s name is also in the frame courtesy of  Tuttermercatoweb who don’t say much which is a tactic I might learn from, but what they do say smacks a little too much of our good name being dragged into a wage enhancing fight. Valencia are keen, certainly keen enough to have already bid. But their £8m bid was rejected about a week ago.

Croatian Eduard Husinec has joined us via Real Madrid on a trial The Independent and I call already hear the happy clappers wanting to see this 17yr old come on against City and score the winner with a full nelson triple half pike bicycle kick. 

El Omar Kaddour’s name pops up on this wretched Euro Radar I bought in an equally wretched Pound Shop this morning. Voetbal Primeur say that both us and the Woolwich Wanderers are interested in this chap. The news from the Dutch ends with a salutary warning that the President of Brescia would be expecting at least €5m put in his bin in return for the 21 midfielder. He might be worth about a fifth of that. 

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  • Mr Pamplemouse says:


  • 4 Ever Hopeful says:

    Honestly thought there would be a striker coming in this week. Without Adebayor’s presence you really wonder where a goal is going to come from on Sunday.

    • KashInoz says:

      Did I mention a guy called Papiss Demba Cisse plays for.. Oh forget it I’m off to play football manager 2012 and go sign Pato.

    • Hamish says:

      Tempting as it may seem, Levy hasn’t built the squad he has by buying players for a single game. I think long term thinking is more his bag.

      • kashinoz says:

        What could be more long term then siging a striker who is 26 and the 2nd top scorer in the BL in the last two seasons for a cut price 5-6 million that might rise to 9 with goals and appearance. If only we had Newcastle scouting network.

  • Dawn Sniper says:

    Almost 1st

    ITV 4 Tomorrow Night 9pm Rumble in the Jungle
    Ali v Foreman

  • MitchellThomas says:

    We’re signing no one this window. Word.

  • Spurstacus says:

    Is Samba better than Alex?

    • chiversmetimbers says:

      yes, but he signed a new multi-year contract last year and is now refusing to play…sound familiar?

    • SpurredoninDublin says:

      If we buy Samba, one of two things ill happen: we will either do our money as he turns into a turkey, or, he will turn into a superstar, and Manure and Cheatski will offer to triple his wages, and when he can’t get a transfer, he will go on strike.

      Two weeks ago, I was hoping we would sign him. Now he is a bullet to be dodged.

      I read that only QPR have made a bid for him. Seems ridiculous to go on strike in order to play for them?

      • Spurstacus says:

        I dont like players that go on strike. They are destructive in every way. Rather not have that potential at the club.

        • essexian76 says:

          Adebayor did the same at Monaco to force a move to Arsenal, and he’s pissed off every club he’s been at since?, you never can tell?

        • SpurredoninDublin says:

          I think that when Madrid didn’t buy him and we were the only takers for his services, he saw the writing on the wall.

          Got to admit, I was anxious when it was mentioned we were going for him.

        • essexian76 says:

          The lad’s got history, that’s for sure, and it’s not particularly good reading. He has always started with a flourish, won the hearts of the club and it’s supporters and then kicked them firmly in the gonads. Mourinho maybe plenty of things, but he’s no-ones fool, and to lumbered with a 30m debt for a player with that previous, isn’t healthy for a club such a ours. Perhaps we can keep this loan deal going? after all it maybe the option City have unless they make us an offer we can’t refuse, like a freebie?

      • essexian76 says:

        Does Samba have a football brain though? we’ve got enough centre halves who are brave, enthusiastic and willing, what we don’t have in reserve is one who can marshal the defence like Ledders or Billy G and they unfortunately don’t have much longer in them. This is a massive problem,along with a decent youngish keeper and far greater IMHO than getting a striker!

    • jim says:

      Samba is the single best CB in the league if we discount poor ol’ Ledders. He stayed at QPR for five seasons. Fairly loyal by todays standards. As an added benefit he also causes choas at corners and we are woeful at corners.

      • essexian76 says:

        I’ve seen him cause choas enough times against us, but is he an intelligent footballer Jim? I’ve not seen enough of him to ascertain whether he’s any better than we already have. If, we did get him, it’s conceivable that we’ll end up with a team of central defenders, but still the same problem.

        • jim says:

          In all honesty Essex I dont think Spurs are in for him, or the rumourists would have got hold of it by now. And if we did get hold of him then either Daws or Kab would need to be demoted and Bassong sold. And that wont happen. As for intelligence, I dont see him any less than Gallas. He seems to get his positioning right and is deceptively quick. Its hard to completely judge him in a side who’s defence is always letting goals, but next to good players I reckon he’d be a Gem. I must admit I dont like the quiet surrounding spurs buying anyone mate. We probably need a striker more. :-(

      • UnkleKev says:

        I must admit, the recent strike shennanigans have put me right off Samba. I’m now thinking maybe we just need a loan stopgap ’til Caulker comes back from Swansea at the end of the season.

        • jim says:

          I can understand that. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth but I think we just have to get used to the fact that players are mercenaries nowadays. Fair play to Blackburn for taking a stand.

        • essexian76 says:

          From a purely selfish financial perspective, I hope Samba does create a problem for Blackburn, as I backed them to be relegated, along with Millwall in the championship, but I really feel for Kean all the same, he doesn’t deserve the treatment he’s getting, and I can’t see for life of me how it does anything positive for the club?

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