Latest Transfer Gossip - July 2nd

Ok following on from the first actual cash purchase of the season, following the freebie signings of Lichaj and Jara, there are numerous other rumours floating around out there.

Charlie Austin
The rumour that won’t die would involve us breaking the transfer record. This would do 2 things. Surely this prove once and for all we do have money. Secondly it would also surely break FFP. Furthermore with his scoring record and the fee’s mentioned you’d expect lower Premiership clubs to taking a look at the Burnley striker. For all these reasons I remain a sceptic on this happening. As I said it’d be a message to everyone we mean business, akin to Blackburns signing of Jordan Rhodes last season, BUT I just can’t see it. It’d be a wonderful signing though.

Gary Hooper
This is just fantasy land but some wags yesterday kept saying he was having a medical. His fee would be excessive, he plays Champions League Football with Celtic, and would more suit someone like Norwich or Hull in the Premier League, but people still think it’s a possibility. It isn’t. I’ll eat any of my large array of hats if it happens.

Wes Morgan
In what would be a popular move the club reportedly want Wes. Leicester don’t want to sell. There’s an inpass before you begin, and that’s even if Wes wants to move. It’s not like he’s going to be homesick playing for a team in the next town over, and he’s their club captain. People seem to think that once Red, then they will always walk back home, but the truth is Wes is an integral part of what Leicester are doing, can you see them sacrificing that to a rival? No. It’d be nice, and I can see it, but for what we’d pay there are better options, than paying a premium to prove a point.

Dorus de Vries
This one has popped up today that we want to increase our keeping options with the Dutchman, now released from Wolves after their relegation. It would ease pressure on the youngster Evtimov should he need to step up, but where it would leave al-Rashidi and Darlow, I am unsure. He was deputy to Hennessey at Wolves, and I’d think we seem him as experienced cover for Darlow, whereas al-Rashidi is purely a back up option. It’d provide increased competition too. Darlow is a young keeper, he will go through a bad patch at some stage and will need an old head in that period to help him psychologically and perhaps as a means for a break.