OK, so here’s a roundup of the names doing the rounds on the likes of Twitter. I am not saying any of these deals are definite, merely rounding up in a bite size manner what’s happening or how likely these could well be and what they would mean for the side.
Apparently Ali al-Habsi at Wigan, who is a handy keeper rates him as the best keeper in Asia, and the Kuwaiti keeper is a done deal pending a work permit, which isn’t exactly a foregone conclusion. I can assume he’d be back up to Camp, as Smith is now gone, without seeing any action of him I don’t know if he’d be anything like first choice just yet. Where this puts Karl Darlow I am unsure, after his squad number was revealed as 12 I thought it might mean his chances are greater, but maybe the intention is again to loan him out for experience after his stint in Wales with Newport County. Al-Rashidi requires to have played 75% of international games for Kuwait to qualify, however Kuwait is fairly lowly ranked and to qualify you usually need to be top 75 I believe. Special dispensations are however made, so let’s see.
Again less rumour more fact, as he is on trial and has been playing games. As I tweeted, the possibility of a midfield of Moussa and Moussi means we could be cheering "MOOOOOUSSS” more often. We don’t exactly have a dearth of central midfielders, so what this means for some of the other guys I would be unsure, he is young, 22 years old and was released by Leicester, after a previous spell with Southend.
Tomas Diaz Navarette
His current club is Belgian Third Division side R.U. Saint-Gilloise, but he spent the least season on loan in Hungary with Honved. He is 20 years old and had trials at Man City, and that is as much as I know apart from him being a defender. A quick Google and it seems he may have a mixed ownership issue, which is heavily frowned upon in the English game but is hugely popular with South Americans. Now you don’t get a newspaper reporting your on trial with City if your rubbish, so there must be an element of ability and it seems he is after bigger moves, maybe moving moved by a third party ownership to Belgium for passport reasons (as they have quicker naturalisation rules as any Football Manager player knows) And whilst contracted there his owners try and find a better club. Who knows though to be honest, it’s not even clear this guy is the Chilean trial list, but more and educated guess.
French born Algerian international Bouzid is a free agent being linked with the club. He’s travelled the world somewhat in his career, and after impressing as a youngster and being linked with Sunderland, Galatasary and Kaiserslautern, who ended up at Hearts in Scotland. After two years there he was released, and after Crawley Town passed him over he ended up in the Greek super League with a club I have never heard of PAS Giannina F.C, after apparently turning down a host of better clubs. Like George Boateng he seems to have a year in Greece and wants to come back over to Britain. This might be a cheap back up option for any other centre halves we bring in, doesn’t sound top quality, and to be honest do we want Lascelles down the pecking order further?
I guess one of the host of ex Doncaster players O’Driscoll managed will always be linked and here is another, the midfielder Gillett. He started at Southampton and after numerous loan spells elsewhere was released and ended up with Doncaster. Again another midfielder linked when we already have a host, and might be simply lazy linking ex Donny players but his name was going round Twitter earlier.
The rumour that won’t die and seems to be reignited by Natalie Jackson’s brother. To be fair he would be great at this level, he’s been at top top clubs, but he has said already he has no intention of dropping to the Championship, so it’s highly unlikely. He is also strongly being linked with a move to Turkey (Trabzonspor) so it appears highly unlikely.