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Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill Experiment (Winter 2013 edition) Week 4
There are less than ninety-six hours to go in this transfer window now and as of yet it’s all talk, no deals for Blues in the main.
This week has seen much talk about Blues players having to go but as yet there still remains just one concrete bid on the table for any of Blues “big hitters” in the £300,000 bid from Forest that was rejected. I’ve updated the spreadsheet here with new rumours but most of what has come out this week have been rehashed stories as the newspapers look for anything to fill column inches.
Having turned down a bid of £6million in the summer for Jack Butland it appears his price is dropping as the window progresses with £3.5million mooted last week now down to £3million today. Unfortunately, it’s common knowledge that Blues are up the creek financially and it appears that other teams are prepared to pay hardball and wait Blues out as they know that there could be a cut price bargain to be had come deadline day.
It’s not just players who could be leaving either as rumours have surfaced that Lee Clark may be wanted by Blackpool to fill their vacant manager’s position. The bookies have slashed their odds on it happening and there have been apparent tweets from Alan Nixon (which I cannot confirm as his account is protected) confirming his story. I have to say I can’t see it happening at the moment – although I remain open-minded and I’m not going to rule it out purely because football is that bizarre.
The one piece of good news is that Paul Robinson is now signed up until the end of the season – which whilst probably isn’t great for Mitch Hancox means Blues have cover for the defence (central defence and loathe as I am to say it, right back as well as left back).
The transfer window closes at 2300 GMT Thursday January 31 and I will be looking to run a transfer window roundup article on Friday. For those who are interested the loan window runs from February 7 to March 22.