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Gossip Folks – The Transfer Rumour Mill Experiment (Winter 2013 edition) Round up
It’s the morning after all the excitement and despite rumours of a massive firesale, Blues come out of deadline day with one more player than they went into it with.
I’ve updated the spreadsheet here with the remainder of rumours from the printed press. i must confess my own surprise at the lack of business done by Blues outwards on deadline day; I thought that there would be more departures than there were – to get to a point whereby only Butland has been sold and that we have retained his services until the end of the season isn’t too bad.
There were certainly enquiries made about a few Blues players – for example Stoke, Norwich and Blackburn all came in for Curtis Davies but clearly Peter Pannu (who was operating out of Hong Kong and 8 hours in front of us) had switched his red wine with his dinner for red bull as he made it clear that he wasn’t going to accept a penny less than what he wanted. It was a remarkable display of “hardball” and one can only take from it that Mr Pannu feels the finances are now sorted purely with the sale of Butland. There have been rumours on some of the forums of a sale being sorted but I have to admit I have seen absolutely nothing to back that up.
Blues strengthened their squad with the loan capture of Wes Thomas from Bournemouth taking the total of loan players up to five, which is the maximum permitted in a matchday squad (Butland being number four). I will confess to not knowing much about Thomas but apparently he’s got some pace and he scored three in nine for Blackpool in the Championship this season which isn’t a bad return all things being said. Blues were short a fourth choice striker with Akwasi Asante still struggling with a hamstring injury and thus it means there is a bit more cover in case of injury before Blues have to dip down to using midfielders or 17-year-old rookie Reece Hales.
The loan window opens in seven days and it’s possible Blues might see some action in that – players coming in – as the word seems to be that there may be finance available to bring in another player. However, we will have to wait and see. All in all, not the worst transfer window in the world though and maybe Blues will have a bit more about them to ensure that they push back into mid-table.