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Posts Tagged ‘ Transfer Window ’

United Supporters Call For Ed’s Head

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Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward would do well to fly under the radar for the foreseeable future, following a summer transfer window which can be fairly described as ridiculous, by Manchester United’s supporters at any rate. Two acquisitions in three months, neither of them high-profile, wasn’t exactly what the fans would have been hoping for, and it must be galling to have been outspent by Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, whose reputation for refusing to spend large sums was spectacularly shattered through the €50 million signing of Mesut Özil on Monday, the same player who was reportedly offered to United at some stage last week. Newly promoted from his previous role as United’s head of commercial operation, Woodward has spent the summer having a rude awakening as he discovers that handling player transfers is a whole new ball game compared to thrashing out sponsorship deals, and that his own negotiation skills aren’t as fantastic as he evidently expected.

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Wenger : Dawn Of A New Era Or Beginning Of The End?

wengerAfter an opening day defeat to Aston Villa and the home crowd turning on manager Arsene Wenger and his team, Arsenal’s season looked bleak and all hope was lost after only 90 minutes into the new season.

However, with Arsenal clinching a much-needed Champions League qualifier victory in a relatively easy fashion against Fenerbahce last Wednesday night, and following it up with an equally impressive 3-1 league win away at Fulham, the perspective on the Gunners’ season has already changed  for concerned fans. Continue reading

Premier League Preview: Jose’s Blues Are The Boys To Beat

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With the new Premier League season fast approaching, it’s hard to look beyond an old foe of many managers and fans alike from stealing the limelight once the season gets underway.

This summer’s transfer window and indeed all of the summer’s talk has been shaped around three men, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Arsenal’s pursuit of the Uruguayan, Wayne Rooney and his transfer request and Spur’s Gareth Bale who is being courted by Real Madrid.

One team, with the exception of a handful of Rooney rumours, has slipped under the radar as they plan to wrestle back a title that they won back to back in 2005 and 2006, and they have Jose Mourinho back to steer them there. Continue reading

Five Irish Players Who Need A Move This August

kdAs all football fans know, the summer transfer window is a time of upheaval with fresh starts, new challenges and last chances for managers and players alike. However, sometimes there is a select few players that may be in need of a move to rekindle or enhance their international career.

Here we take a look at five Irish stars who all need a move before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Continue reading

Fenlon Delighted With Transfer Window

Pat-FenlonFor the past month, Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has insisted that his objective for the transfer window was to retain the services of three loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Ryan McGivern and Jorge Claros for the remainder of the season. That was achieved after considerable negotiations between the clubs, and in an added bonus, a further two midfielders have arrived. Scott Robertson has moved to Easter Road on a two and a half year deal from Blackpool and Hibs also completed a last minute swoop to sign Matt Done on loan from Barnsley. In addition, St Johnstone’s Liam Craig has signed a pre-contract and will join the club in the summer. Continue reading

Is Van Persie Made Of Manchester United ‘Stuff’?

Recent transfer speculation has placed Arsenal star Robin Van Persie in the sights of several of Europe’s top clubs; Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus being chief among his potential suitors. It’s not exactly difficult to imagine why he would want to leave. After all, he boasts only two trophies from his days at Arsenal; an FA Cup medal from 2005 and one slightly less momentous Community Shield from 2004. Arsenal, whose financial model makes sense yet is so far removed from the outrageous wages and expenditure so favoured by world football and the Premier League and thus is failing, are looking more and more like a feeder club to those at the top, rather than one looking to seriously challenge for domestic and European honours.

This speculation has favoured Manchester United to capture the Dutch forward and one of the most recent revelations declares that Van Persie is seeking wages similar to those of Wayne Rooney, if he is to join the Red Devils. While United do have the financial clout to meet his demands, the questions is not can they, but should they.

The thing is, Rooney is 26 and van Persie has three years on him. And while the Dutchman may have a similar amount of playing time, due to several bouts of injuries, the fact remains that the clock is beginning to tick. 28, going on 29 may not be exactly old, but paying such a large transfer fee for an older player can be somewhat of a risk. Take Berbatov, for example, whose £30 million transfer to United from Spurs hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses. It all hinges on whether Van Persie is only getting going, or if this is his peak. There’s no denying that he is an extremely talented footballer. But there are still a number of things that go against him. His injury record, for example, which may or may not be a worry to the manager, who would doubtfully want another Owen Hargreaves. His record too is a little short. He has had really only one great season at Arsenal, though it has to be said, what a season it was. Talisman is a word used often and certainly not sparingly by the press, yet a talisman for Arsenal he was, joining the ranks of a handful of players who managed to score 30 goals in a solitary league season. But he’s only done it the once. Can he do it again? Or has he reached the peak, the summit of his skill and is it simply downhill from here? Nobody can really predict what’s going to happen. Who could have foreseen, for example, Fernando Torres’ remarkable slump into mediocrity?

Then of course there is the wage demand. Sir Alex seems to prefer the type of footballer who comes to Old Trafford seeking to play with and for the best, whose passion lies out on the pitch rather than with a pay cheque. With his rather exorbitant wage demands, Van Persie comes across like a footballing mercenary, (Samir Nasri springs to mind) looking for money rather than a club to be passionate about. Sure, footballers should be able to demand what they feel they are worth, though that opens up yet another can of worms regarding how much the profession is paid these days. United don’t need another like Tevez. Sure, mercenaries are part and parcel of our game, just like diving and whinging is, but United are one of those clubs, like Barcelona and a handful of others, who are able to attract a certain type of player which exhibits a quality possessed by the rarest of footballers – loyalty. Really, he should stay another year and prove himself worthy of the recognition he’s getting. Then again, if Arsenal have any sense, they’ll offload him now rather than have him see out his contract then leave at the end of next season on a free transfer.

United have plenty of talent up front, in the form of Rooney, Chicharito, Macheda, Welbeck, even the much maligned Dimitar Berbatov, who may or may not be on the way out this summer. Should van Persie join then he is just another name taking away valuable playing time from those younger potential stars who need regular games not just to ensure fitness, but one of the most important things a footballer can possess – confidence. Not to mention the small prospect of the financial aspect to this transfer. For wages alone, on a three-year deal, should United offer Van Persie the same £220,000 a week Rooney is on, it would cost the club a little over £34 million. That’s not even including the £30 million transfer fee Wenger is reportedly looking for. And of course the figure rises should the contract extend any further. £64 million is quite a huge investment in a player who will turn 29 by the time the Premier League starts again, who has had quite a number of injury concerns over his career and who has had only one really great season for Arsenal.

No, midfield is where they should concentrate on; a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes, and one or two other potentials besides. Lucas Moura or Modric would be nice names to feature on the United team sheet but there are many other young players like young Nick Powell out there, because big transfer fees and solid reputations don’t always ensure value on the pitch. So on the surface, a move for one of football’s hottest talents might be the right one but under that surface it doesn’t seem quite so attractive.

Opportunity Knocks For New Faces

Pat Fenlon was a very busy man in January as he attempts to build a team capable of preventing Hibernian from the dreaded drop. A new air of optimism is wafting around the Hibee world as we managed to secure the services of no fewer than 9, yes 9, players! With 5 players leaving, Hibs were by far the busiest Scottish club this transfer window.

Only Eoin Doyle and  Pa Saikou Kujabi are actual signings, with the other 7 lads being loan deals. But Hibs fans are not going Tonto over this, in fact we are very happy with our Loan Arranger. In Pat we trust.

So practically a brand new team and it breaks down like this…

Matt Doherty- Wolves (Defender)  – loan to June 2012
Roy O’Donovan- Coventry City (Striker) – loan to June 2012
Jorge Claros- Motagua (Midfielder) – loan to January 2013
Pa Saikou Kujabi-Unattached (Defender)  – signed to June 2013
George Francomb- Norwich City (Defender) – loan to June 2012
Tom Soares- Stoke City (Midfielder) – loan to June 2012
James McPake- Coventry City (Defender) – loan to June 2012
Eoin Doyle -Sligo Rovers (Striker) – signed to June 2013
Leigh Griffiths -Wolves (Striker) – loan extension to June 2012

Players that have left the club:

Akpo Sodje
Michael Hart
Junior Agogo
Victor Palsson
Matthew Thornhill
David Crawford

2 players that are getting the Hibee hoardes salivating are Pa Saikou Kujabi and Jorge Claros.

Kujabi is a rampaging left back who is known in his homeland as the ‘Gambian Roberto Carlos’. 25 years old and 10 international caps, he has played in Austria & Germany.

Claros is exciting the Hibs faithful the most though. A target for Rangers who seemingly put in a “laughable” bid for him only to have us to pinch him from under their noses. The Rangers (spit) messageboards went into meltdown when they found out he would be signing for us ‘junkies’, for that is what they call us in the banterous world of Scottish fitba. Yes their humour knows no bounds…

Claros is Honduran and is known there as ‘The Pitbull’. This man has even survived a bullet to his head in a failed robbery attempt. A tough cookie it seems. Just what the Cabbage have been crying out for. He has played 15 times for his country.

After a dismal 4-0 thumping from Rangers last Saturday, there is a new spring in our step with all these signings. Up next is the Scottish Cup clash with Kilmarnock. Could it be possible that this bunch can do what no Hibs team has done since Buffalo Bill was still fighting the Indians, and win that most elusive of prizes?

Who knows? But it sure is gonna be exciting finding out.

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