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Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill (Winter 2013 edition) Week Three
With just nine days of the transfer window left the stories are starting to come in thick and fast as the days count down.
It’s been a strange week on the transfer front. The number of players to leave Blues in this window now amounts to four with Jake Jervis’ permanent transfer to Elazigspor being the first actual transfer business of the window, joining David Lucas (released to join Fleetwood), Ben Gordon (loan return) and Papa Bouba Diop (released) through the exit door. However, the flames have been well and truly stoked with lurid stories of players being told that they have to leave amid more rumours of administration.
My updated spreadsheet of transfer stories is here – I’ve tried to limit it to actual news stories with defined potential arrivals and departures rather than the general “everything must go” stories we’ve seen of late. Sky Sports led with a story saying that players had been told to leave the club but were forced to change it by yesterday evening as it emerged that no such thing had happened, and the situation was as it has been all along – all players have their price and Blues will have to sell to survive.
For Jake Jervis the transfer window has seen him depart these shores for a new adventure in Turkey and he made an immediate impact, scoring eleven minutes into his debut for Elazigspor against Fenerbahçe in Istanbul with a good header after getting between two defenders. Unfortunately Elazigspor couldn’t hold on to their 2-0 half-time lead, conceding twice in the second half of a stormy game that saw both teams finish with 10 men. For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the video is here.
So what now? I think it’s going to be a rough week this week and I don’t think Blues will finish it with the same amount of players that they started it with. I’m resigned to us losing at least two of Curtis Davies, Chris Burke, Marlon King and Jack Butland and I don’t think we’ll bring anyone in. Paul Robinson’s contract also elapses on Sunday and I’m not convinced that will be renewed either.
If there is anything I have missed please drop me a line and I will include it in the spreadsheet. I’m looking to try to update this series one final time on January 28 with a post window wrap up next Friday.