Weekly Rumour Mill-The Usual and Breathe!
The Weekly Rumour Mill has drawn another blank this week but there are continual reports about our interest in Henri Lansbury, Craig Dawson and Troy Deeney! A possible loan deal for Chelsea`s Nathaniel Chalobah continues to look promising and it would appear that 'one for the future` could involve signing 19 year old Tamworth striker, Kaiyne Woolery.
Let`s start with Woolery! According to the 'Tamwoth Herald` on Friday this week Burnley were set to sign the striker although so far there is no official announcement by either club.
Tamworth manager Dale Belford, said:
'We're very close to agreeing something with Burnley, it's in the final stages.
'The feedback we've had is they would like to take him, but like anything in football, particularly when there's money involved, it's not definite until both parties agree.
'We brought him in last year knowing that we potentially had a player we could develop and move on.
'The situation is we can either amicably agree a fee or it goes to a tribunal.
'At the moment, everything is above board and amicable, hopefully that remains the case and we see it over the line with both parties heading in the right direction.
'In real terms he is going, if it's not Burnley it'll be somewhere else, there's a number of clubs interested in him.
'His chosen club would be Burnley, as far as I am concerned, the main thing for Kaiyne is he is happy and he is in control of the situation.
'And of course we get what we deserve in terms of the amount of effort we've put into developing the player.
Reflecting on the forward's impending departure, Belford said:
'It always gives you a sense of pride when one of your players moves on.
'You only have to look at a number of players who moved on from us last year, moving on to Football League clubs, and bigger clubs, we must be doing something right.
'But more so with Kaiyne, there is a sense of pride there from my own personal point of view. From the club's perspective, we are the kind of club that doesn't stand in anybody's way and we do like to develop players. We've got a good history of it and Kaiyne just adds to that.'
So that`s one that looks close to fruition but not so the rest I am afraid although in some cases things look promising.
Next we take a look at former Arsenal midfielder, Henri Lansbury. The news this week is that the Nottingham Forest star has snubbed a new deal at the City Ground raising hopes that he could be tempted to come to Premier League, Burnley despite Forest boss, Stuart Pearce`s protestations.
The Daily Mail earlier in the week suggested that the 23 year old is set to instead join Burnley in a deal worth around £3.5million as he looks to fulfil his ambition for Premier League football with some reports suggesting that Burnley could be prepared to up the ante to £5 million in order to get their man.
There is clearly trouble at mill at the City Ground with Pearce and Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi quite clearly not seeing eye to eye. Pearce recently said:
'I am not prepared to fluff things when it comes to what was said and done behind the scenes. Two players were sold against my will. It disappointed me.`
Al Hasawi hit back and claimed the manager had been consulted, saying:
'The manager and I openly discussed the proposed sale of Karl and Jamaal and he was aware of the negotiations throughout.`
So where does that leave Lansbury? Pearce clearly wants to keep him and who wouldn`t considering the midfielder has scored 12 goals in 53 starts since moving to the City Ground from Arsenal for £1m in 2012. Pearce recently told BBC Radio Nottingham:
'I want him to stay.
'He is one of the best players in the Championship. How do you replace him?'
Lansbury has two years left on his contract, but chairman Al Hasawi has confirmed this week that the England Under-21 international has rejected a new deal suggesting Burnley could be in with a chance of signing him. Watch this space!
Now we come to the situation that is rapidly becoming the` Baggies won`t Budge` saga! Yes it`s our obvious interest in former Rochdale defender, Craig Dawson. If media reports are to be believed West Brom have now turned down a third bid by Burnley and it seems they now have more of an excuse following news that some of their other central defenders are struggling with injury and could miss the Baggies opener against Sunderland next Saturday at the Hawthorns. Lescott and McAuley are both struggling to be fit meaning that Dawson could well be involved. The former Rochdale defender was keen to depart because he felt his first-team chances would be slim at Albion and there are also reports that an official transfer request has been turned down. If Dawson wants to come to Turf Moor it may in the end have to resort to Player and Agent power!
Clarets boss Sean Dyche has been looking to secure a deal for the 24-year-old former England Under-21 international for most of the summer but had a recent £1.5million bid rebuffed. Another one where the expression 'Watch this Space` is appropriate.
One player that now seems to be totally out of our reach is Watford striker, Troy Deeney. The Hornets seem to be holding out for £10 million and clubs more suited to suited to making such bids appear to have also been rebuffed including QPR and Leicester! At the moment bids of about £7.5-£8 million appear to have been rejected by Watford and even that figure according to Sean Dyche is way out of our league!
In general terms Sean Dyche has been speaking about the transfer situation this week
"We have been hopeful of adding players for the last few weeks," he said.
"Some clubs just keep throwing money at it until it happens and possibly that was the Ross McCormack (from Leeds to Fulham) situation in that they just kept going until eventually they just say 'yeah`. In theory the board could do that but that would be detrimental in the long run and this could endanger the future of the club" Yawn!
"If we suddenly brought in a big signing on double everyone else then I do not see how that is helpful to the group. I have made it quite clear to the group how we go about our business."
He added: "There are a few things we hope to get over the line, but I have been saying that for a couple of weeks. It is not just tittle-tattle that I am throwing around.
"There are deals I thought would be tomorrow, tomorrow and then a week later you realise a week has gone. That is the nature of what happens when you are a cub that does not just go 'there is a load of money, there`s a load of wages, get him in."
Come on stop making excuses and get them in! Lightning doesn`t strike twice and we play Chelsea (OMG) a week on Monday!
Talking about Chelsea, we finish with the prospect of bringing in their versatile England Under-21 midfielder and defender, Nathaniel Chalobah on a season long loan. Chalobah has figured in Jose Mourinho's pre-season games, but will now be allowed to find a temporary home if media reports are correct. Alan Nixon writing for the Daily Mirror suggests Sean Dyche heads the race for the 19-year-old and that Mourinho is now keen to give his young starlet more games in the Premier League rather than send him out to the Championship where he has now played for three clubs. Chalobah was on loan at Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough last season and previously played for Watford helping them to the second tier's playoff final the season before. This one looks promising assuming we don`t have any competition from other more wealthy Premier League clubs in other words all of them!
Oh well with a week to go until the Premier League season kicks-off let`s hope we can add to the squad and improve our depth in quality as well as quantity!
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