Football Banter Archive July 24 2012


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24 Jul 2012 21:56:37
Derek McInnes has confirmed City are in discussions with former Cardiff City goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

The City boss did take Heaton and released Celtic defender Mark Wilson with the squad to the pre-season training camp in Spain.

And he says 26-year-old goalkeeper Heaton, who began his career with Wrexham before being snapped up by Manchester United's youth set-up, is a transfer target.

"We're in discussions with Tom and his representatives," the City boss told "He's been with us for around ten days now, a few days in Bristol before coming to Spain with us.

"There could be a deal to be done but there's nothing further at this stage."

Heaton, a former England Under-21 keeper, has also enjoyed loan spells at Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, QPR, Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers. He signed permanently for Cardiff in 2010 but rejected a new deal with the Bluebirds this summer.

McInnes says Wilson spent a week training with the club but has since picked up a groin injury.

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24 Jul 2012 20:51:35
looking like another season fighting off relagation
old pa brown looking to sign another 2 defenders when what we need in is new strikers
when youre the lowest scoring team in the spl last season unless you sign some1 else to knock them in its not going to be any better this time either
give young boyle his chance before some1 else gets him from montrose

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24 Jul 2012 20:50:31
John Bostock's move to Swindon is now in doubt, the player today joined the Tottenham reserves on a pre-season tour of Portugal. AVB is keen to see if the player can start living up to his early promise and is now not expected to let him go on loan before January so he can get a good look at him.

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24 Jul 2012 20:49:41
Brighton getting closer to new signings, source: seagulls website

Any ideas as to who it could be?

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24 Jul 2012 20:42:47
Any crystal palace or crawley town

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24 Jul 2012 20:28:47
Barry Hayles on trial at Salisbury City not a rumour he scored at the weekend

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24 Jul 2012 20:12:56
expect Sunderland to be busy the next 10 days, plenty cash to spend but their 1st signing will be Michael Owen on a free

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They have already signed cuellar so not 1st signing.

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24 Jul 2012 20:04:10
Kieran agard on rotherham uniteds bench tonight against doncaster

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24 Jul 2012 19:41:58
Have just been told by one of the directors at he Newport game tonight that James Constable and Dave Clarkson will hopefully sign for Bristol Rovers in the next week.

Rovers and Clarkson are close to singing with Constable joining IF David Mooney completes a move to the Kassam.

Rovers also announcing Mark Reynolds and Tom Parkes as two centre backs before the start of the season.

There is one stellar signing still to come though .... Deal imminent !

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24 Jul 2012 19:24:17
Sean Dyche will be offered the Crawley manager's job, and will raid Watford for their reserve players when he arrives. Britt Assombalonga being his first target.

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24 Jul 2012 19:04:53
Jarvis to Fulham , 90% done already just small print to be sorted . Good luck Matty , u have been a brilliant servant to my club.

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24 Jul 2012 18:06:46
In relation to the comment about Alves being Mishandled at Middlesbrough that is complete rubbish he was hired as a goal scorer and when it came to it he couldn't handle English football...... With average cross rate of 10 a game from downing alone most times finding Alves unmarkedhe couldnt hit a barn door...... League 1 striker maybe but championship/premiership not a chance n his wage demands are way too high for Coventry so good luck with that :)

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24 Jul 2012 17:16:28
Walsall will announce 3 new signings this week. Ben Parker and Fabian Brandy look set to join. Ben Chorley who looks set to leave leyton orient is being chased by both Walsall and Torquay United.

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24 Jul 2012 17:08:50
Tony Pulis is looking to greatly reduce the size of his playing squad with him currently having a squad size of 28 . He is also looking to bolster the squad with new players however has recently been told by Peter Coates he has to make his own transfer budget through the reduction and sale of squad players
These are players who may have a possibility of leaving stoke however it is very unlikely all will leave

Danny Higginbotham

Danny Collins - Rumours of Nottingham forest interested

Kenwyne Jones - West ham

Mamady Sidibe - Looking for a loan deal to regain fitness

Jon Walters - Celtic have shown interest

Matthew Upson - Southampton

Micheal Tonge - Likely to leave on a free

Rory Delap - Please god anywhere

Carlo Nash - loan deal with the keeper looking for first team experience

Ryan Shotton - Maybe loaned out to gain first team experience

Diego Arismendi - Stoke are looking to sell the player who has been a major disappointment

Cameron Jerome - Wants to leave stoke if unable to get first team game time

Matthew Lund - Bristol Rovers loan deal

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Delap god anywhere? If it wasn't for him you would have been relegated first season in the prem

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24 Jul 2012 17:07:56
N. Kanu and L. Lawrence (Portsmouth)
want to leave to a bigger club like Sheffield Wednesday or Sheffield Utd it looks like both
she Sheffield Clubs have put an offer in but personally I think they should stay where they are. {Ed027's Note - bigger club lol, Pompey is bigger then both

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Ed, the owls have been in the top league longer than they haven't. Money problems have been their recent downfall, just like portsmouth's now. Unfair comparison during a short period, doesn't make one bigger than the other. {Ed003's Note - Ignore Ed 027,I know you are massive}

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Ed Pompey have bad support even in prem where they couldn't fill there ground and when fans asked to save the club the crowd was half empty poor support still hope don't go under {Ed001's Note - not everyone can have massive support though.}

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24 Jul 2012 16:57:44
Anthony Rougier back in training with Reading fc after 8 years away from the club! Has he still got it? Time will tell....

Rfc J0k3r

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24 Jul 2012 16:17:49
any brighton rumours? heard josh
mceachran on loan from chelsea?

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24 Jul 2012 16:07:37
The only bit on the Utd website about the Moura deal falling through is on the gossip bit and that's snippets from the papers. Fergie hasn't said anything and neither has Moura or the president of the club. All is good time people, all in good time. Moura will be a Man Utd player...

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Its coming from moura agent that the deal is dead

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24 Jul 2012 16:05:35
Anyone know if its true Lee Barnard is joining Swindon? Or any other news on the potential signing of John Bostock?

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24 Jul 2012 15:45:02
Ian holloway Has said he would love to return back and manage his old club Bristol rovers one day

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24 Jul 2012 15:41:39
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24 Jul 2012 15:11:35
any TRUE bristol city transfer news? take it they lost out on buzaky!?

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24 Jul 2012 13:44:11
I have to admit as a West Ham fan
seeing Nicky Maynard, Carlton Cole,
Sam Baldock and Ricardo Vaz Te in
the news is all too worrying,
especially when we can clearly
see that WEST HAM Are unable to
attract players of the right quality
to replace them should they decide future
lies elsewhere.

Can these players really also cut it in the premier league

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24 Jul 2012 13:33:05
For you WEST ham fans, I think like
everyone else that this season
is going to be long. hard and painful.
The lack of ambition by the club
"Clearly seen recently when Saints
recruited long time West ham target Nathaniel CLynne" Should really have you
worried. Coupled this with the fact
west ham are going to start
the season with 10 goalies and possible long term injury to Kevin Nolan its pretty tragic.
Smells a little like Dean Ashton at the
start of the season to me. And finally,
the quite clear unrest and frustration from
Sam Allardyce gives a clear indication
that Sam is going to have to work miraclesd
each and every game.

I like West ham, but its such a sad
shame for a club like this that has so much hope be treated in such a way

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24 Jul 2012 13:32:07
The striker PNE are in talks with is Craig Westcarr after talks with Zoko fell through. Not what id call a prolific striker, played for a relegated team last season

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24 Jul 2012 12:42:02
Has eddie had a look at some free transfers - Manuel Almunia, Gavin Hoyte , Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar, Brad Guzan, Jose Bosingwa, James McFadden, Marcus Hahnemann, Bjorn Helge Riise , Orlando Sa , Stephen Darby , Owen Hargreaves , Gunnar Nielsen , Stuart Taylor , Michael Owen , Philip Airey , Ryan Donaldson , Danny Guthrie, Tamas Kadar, Peter Lovenkrands, Alan Smith , Zak Whitbread, Aaron Wilbraham, Josh Dawkin , Peter Ramage , Danny Gabbidon, Danny s***tu , Fitz Hall , Gary Borrowdale , Lee Cook , Rowan Vine , Patrick Agyemang, Akos Buzsaky, Brian Howard , Tomasz Cywka , Andy Griffin, Jack Mills David Connolly , Bartosz Bialkowski , Ryan Doble, Salif Diao (released), Ricardo Fuller (released), Louis Moult (released), Tom Soares (released), Craig Gordon (released), Jordan Cook (released), Ferrie Bodde (released), Casey Thomas released), Joe Walsh (released), Somen Tchoyi (released), Marton Fulop (released), Paul Scharner (released), Julien Faubert (released), John Carew (released), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Papa Bouba Diop (released), Frank Nouble (released), Hendry Thomas (released), Steve Gohouri (released), Jordan Robinson (released) to name a few

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Will all sign for preston lol

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24 Jul 2012 12:25:47
What happened to Nauris Bulvitis and Marcis Oss ?

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24 Jul 2012 11:41:35
As a WEST HAM fan all my life, I have got to admit that I am slightly concerned at how our
squad is looking before we start our
premiership campaign, and although I am
devout fan, the more days go by
without noteable signings makes things
The nucleus of our squad is ageing and
although it has premiership experience
lacks pace and that cutting edge and
creativity which many other teams have and put to good use.
It was nice to hear Maiga had joined howeevr,
(and I mean this in the nicest possible way)
I just cannot see Carlton Cole leading
our attacked and getting us more than
10 goals in the permier league. Perhaps
Maynard and or Baldock could get us a few
goals but they will need the supply, which currently
I can't see where its coming from. Whilst this happens our nack four doesn't look that secure
and don;t fill me with confidence to
believe we could keep a clean sheet.

Maybe its me being negative, but WHU
have seriously got to get skates on and improve
the squad with at least 4 more signings

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24 Jul 2012 10:42:35
Nicky Ajose Has revealed he would still
prefer a move to Home club Bury over
Stevenage.He has supported the club
all his life and has said it would be a 'dream'
to play for the club full time.

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24 Jul 2012 10:40:56
What postions do you think we need to strengthen. As a burnley fan i think we need to get rid of some of out dud youngsters and sign one or two good young midfielders.

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Eddie Howe is being forced to shop in the bargain basement because of Burnley's greedy directors.

Most of the Rodriguez money has gone in the joint chairmen's pockets.

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24 Jul 2012 10:35:19
Steve Kean wants Jamie Mackie or a chunky sum to pay for Junior Hoiletts impending move to QPR. He had been at Rovers since the age of thirteen and so a price must be paid even though he is a free agent.

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That or will go to tribunal where u will only get about 3 mill

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24 Jul 2012 09:37:01
If the judge is going to make a final judgement today re:Policing costs, that would make all the Bates regime litigation over and done with.
So do we now consider that the new owners ( who would be completely divorced from anything Bates and any thing else leftover from THAT! era) will finally make themselves known and that all Leeds fans everywhere can really start to look forward to getting back to the Premier?

I, for one, think that the takeover will be announced sometime this week now!


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24 Jul 2012 09:10:47
Seriously guys....Lakaku and chance

Mcheacren is the only serious loan option I would think.

Apologies for my spelling by the way :-)

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24 Jul 2012 07:14:52
Leeds sign Varney, which means McCormack is frre to move to Huddersfield

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Varney not signed as a replacement,mccormack to sign new deal next week,along with snodgrass

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23 Jul 2012 22:18:28
As a Brighton fan I hope Ben Haim, Kanu and Kitson do the decent thing...tear up their contracts and let some club pay Pompey a fee for them. You are modern day footballers that have earned a fortune from the game and will continue too if You leave the club now and let them survive. If u stay You will become football outcasts and will be roundly booed and every game will be a nightmare for you. I never thought I would fight a Pompey cause being a TRUE BRIGHTON FAN but we have been there and it ain't nice. Keep the faith Pompey! Ps PI?ɂA ZAHAVI YOU ARE A BLOODY DISGRACE!

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Have to agree with this too. how ironic that the final possible nail driven into Pompey's already shoddy coffin will be hammered in by players themselves. I do find it strange though that the club did not have the foresight to draw something into a contract that can off-load this type of greed. Being a BHA fan too, i have to sympathise with Pompey, seeing a clubs demise (Rangers for example), i feel sorry for those fans who pay good hard earned money, regardless of the league they in, to be squandered on greedy, self obsessed players. need to look at what BHA did re Fans united, it turned the whole fortunes of the club, ended up ousting the directors and made the council wake up and smell the bloody roses.

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Long gone are the days where players have a true affiliation for a club, the likes of LeTissier and Primus are a thing of the past, and sadly replaced with the likes of Ben Haim, Kanu, Kitson etc. The greed and expectation of individuals cannot be commercially sustained by many of the smaller clubs, who then feel obliged to pay exorbitant wage and loyalty bonuses to maintain the expectation of a small fan base rather than to play at a natural level to suit the size of the club. This, coupled with the massaged egos of Twitchy, Storrie and the defunked owners will have a catastrophic effect on the East side of Hampshire, and to the detriment and lively hood of backroom staff, local suppliers and charities alike?Ǩ?Ǩ?Ǩ?ǨCOYRs

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Yeah but your a brighton fan, don't really have a derby with pompey, you lot just think you do. i think the players should definetely try move but i wouldnt expect them to take a wage cut just to save a club they probably dont really care about

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Agreed, it's a terrible situation for them to be in, take it from a Leeds fan! I hope they pull through like we did.


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Don't agree, these players are still owed a lot of money due to unpaid wages. Would you tear up your work contract and walk away with unpaid wages? I think not.

Portsmouth could try and sell the players and then pay the players back what they are owed with funds received. But most clubs know these players will be availble on a 'free' soon enough anyway. With the exception of Kanu who is well over his playing years.

What a sorry state of affairs....

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As a saints fan I agree with you , but something funny is going on behind the scenes almost as if certain people at the club want it to go as the land is worth more than the club . hope pompey get a lifeline as no team should be allowed to get to this point. the fa need to be held responsible too. . fit an proper persons my arse

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Could it be that gydamach has already offered the land to A developer. There is a planning reqest to replace it with a retail park...That way he gets what hes owed without having to resort to a 2p in the pound settlement. THINK ABOUT IT

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23 Jul 2012 22:28:07
Hi Ed got any caediff rumours? {Ed003's Note - No,never heard of them,sorry}

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