Guest Wen Y Hu Posted December 30, 2009 Share Posted December 30, 2009 The mid-season transfer window is about to open and nicko has started posting his eleven o'clockers, so it would seem useful to start up the transfer digest thread for the January transfer window. Last summer the summary of transfer links and nicko's transfer-related comments were put together on a single thread like this one. Since the length of the window is nothing like the summer one, a single thread for the combined purpose should suffice. As such, please post any links in this thread, indicating the source of the story along with the date and, preferably, a brief description of the nature of the link. As a reminder, this thread is not for discussion or comment: please use the Sam's Targets thread or other pertinent threads for such purposes. **************** To get the thread underway, here is a digest of the main transfer-related posts by nicko on the Sam's Targets thread covering the period from 11:25 on Sunday, 27 December up to 10:00 this morning (i.e., from Page 57 onwards, starting at post #1133). Note that previous discussion on potential incoming targets had involved Amine Linganzi of St. Etienne, Stuart Holden from MLS in the United States, James Beattie, Nadir Belhadj of Portsmouth, and Guti. Any comments on nicko's posts should be confined to that thread - DO NOT POST THEM HERE! ST ETIENNE LAD...due to sign, been over twice, all seems good, down to money men to sort out a [cheap] deal. GUTI...available, but likely to go elsewhere. HOLDEN...the same. BENNI...Porto want him, but would like to take him on loan. ROBERTS...on Middlesbrough wish list of strikers, along with many others. HUTTON...sorry, I don't think so. And nothing on Meriem interestingly enough. Meriem is due back - again - shortly. However St.Etienne are also keen on him. Linganzi was born in Algeria but his dad was from the Congo and worked there as the ambassador. He has played for France at u-21 level but Algeria want him for the World Cup. On Benni, Roberts or MGP - I think somebody will have to leave to finance any serious moves for arrivals. Beattie would still be a live one in my book if either Benni or Roberts left. If MGP goes then Belhadj becomes a possible - because Pompey are in deep do-do. Sorry, Nicko, but I highly doubt that Porto are interested in Benni. Celta Vigo maybe but Porto no!! Porto are in for Benni...that's from another club who inquired and found out his wages and the fact that they are trying to take him on loan. anything in the Ben Arfa rumours to Rovers on loan? HOLDEN...Burnley are in and have been for a while, think they may be favourites...not sure how great the Rovers interest is. GUTI...Bolton are trying very hard for him, may happen if he fancies going down the Campo and Hierro road. Interesting one, but an expensive loan. BEN ARFA...strange one, but he could be available on loan. BEATTIE...not happy at being left out of the team on Saturday, we shall see if he plays tomorrow. I live in Stoke and have just had a text from my work colleague who works at Britannia. He has just told me that all the talk there is of Beattie (no surprise there) and Liam Lawrence being on their way to Ewood. If this has already been mentioned I apologise but is there anything in this Nicko? His source is a local journo so maybe you have access to the same information. I can tell you this is not a 'mate of a mate' scenario, my colleague works at the heart of the club and has only told me because he feels this is way beyond rumour. If true do you think Lawrence can add anything? An early 11 o'clocker [i want to see Man City come in for a half-time/full-time betting coup]... BEATTIE...played today, doesn't look the answer to me, but that one will linger as an option for some time. LAWRENCE...can't see that at all...he is well-liked there. BEN ARFA...a lot of talk and there seems to have been an inquiry...I would imagine the player might look at his options. MERIEM...still expected to return. GUTI...on a huge salary...has also been approached by Besiktas but wants to come to the Premier League...he is Megson's first choice at Bolton, so they are probably favourites if the deal is right. The latest on Ben Arfa is that Marseille expect him to leave. I think this space has to be watched closely. The Rovers link started about three or four days ago over there. Frankly, you could not make it up. I think there is an interest, but there wil be others keen - and the boy may fancy a more glamourous destination. He seems a bit big-time. A link to nicko's article on Di Santo taken from the Di Santo thread: Mirror.co.uk, 29 December 2009 Franco Di Santo could return to Chelsea after striker rocks Blackburn with new financial demands (thanks to RibbleValleyRover for the link) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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