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O'Neill Hints At Transfer Action

Well, just five days left until the January transfer window slams shut (do windows slam shut or is that just doors... oh, and does it actually matter?) and hopefully, maybe, with luck we'll get a signing or two.

Martin O'Neill is quoted in the Sunday Mirror, amongst other papers, today refusing to be drawn on the Olof Mellberg to Juventus rumour but does hint he thinks there will be some action this week.

He told the press conference after the Blackburn draw:

'If you ask me whether Olof Mellberg is going to Juventus now or at the end of the season, my answer is that I think we will have some news on Monday all told.'

Adding, 'I think I'd like to have a little bit of a breather tomorrow - but then on Monday we will be talking about that and maybe, perhaps something else. The next couple of days I will be looking at what we can do because I need to make sure we are adequately placed to have enough numbers in the squad.'

'Getting quality players has been particularly difficult, because people don't want to give them away.'

Some are still suggesting the Jermain Defoe deal is not dead in the water, others that John Arne Riise is having showdown talks with Liverpool and has Aston Villa and Newcastle United waiting in the wings. There is also still the hint that Kevin Doyle of Reading might still be pursued in time for this months purchases.

The News of the World are claiming that we are set to swoop for 23-year-old Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan for 2million. He can apparently sign a pre-contract and although Celtic were favourites to get the goalkeeper who was voted best in the Major Soccer League last season, it now looks like Villa might have beaten the Scottish giants to the punch.

Could be an interesting few days for us, the majority of moves for the January transfer window are made in the last week and the press are hotly tipping us to be active!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 27 2008

Time: 11:29AM

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My guess is that one of our right back targets will materialise and Olly will go this week. I wonder what,if any, impact the american goalie will have on signing Carson permanently. Should be an interesting week. Hopefully........
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27/01/2008 11:52:00

Well even if (and its a big if) we do a make a splash this week - our lack of activity cost us all 3 points v blackburn - the result aside, that was the most sterile performance I have seen in many a year.
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27/01/2008 11:53:00

Reckon MON will bring a couple in before thursday. Melly to Juve, i think done deal, get money for him now or get nothing in summer. still not convinced Carson is worth anyware near 10 Million (would have liked Ben Foster from Manure..where is he anyway??) Have to agree yesterday was not a good performance, but then you have to give Blackburn some credit for stifling our creativity UTV
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27/01/2008 12:08:00

graydon - isn't that a bit of a simplistic way of looking at things? New players don't guarantee anything, certainly not a win against one of our main rivals for Europe. Look at Derby - how have all their new players helped them? Hoping for a RB (Onouha?) and Barnes. That would give us more balance. Probably have to wait til the summer for a striker.
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27/01/2008 12:10:00

Still think that a striker is a top priority, along with us solving the right full back situation of course, and to land either or both we are quite obviously going to have to splash out the cash. Hopefully we will do so. Additional quality and depth is definitely needed to see us through the remainder of what has been to date, a successful and entertaining campaign.
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27/01/2008 12:26:00

i think we will sign onouha from man city and a pre contract agreement with brad guzan. maybe we will sign doyle or barnes.
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27/01/2008 12:33:00

Of course it matters! I would say that windows can definitively slam shut. No differende in principle between doors and windows.
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27/01/2008 13:04:00

I thought that game was crap yesterday. We seemed slow in many areas of the pitch, little creativity on the ideas front and started to fall over to fool the ref rather than getting stuck in. The game has changed much but ffs play it with passion.
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27/01/2008 13:52:00

Yesterday was a difficult game against on our main rivals who came for a draw. Even though we were not at our best and looked a bit tired Young could have had a penalty and Harewoods header was only an inch or so to high. At the start of the season we would all been happy with 5th and 41 points by the end of Jan. On transfers i think we just have to be patient. If we spent 50 million on one player I don't see a top quality striker coming now and probally not in the summer. I think if we sign the goalie Tommy could go to Derby with Barnes coming to us and I am sure we will bid for Onough but not sure if City will let him go. I also think we will sign someone who nobody has predicted because that what MON seems to do.
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27/01/2008 16:38:00

were predictable , it always comes from the left , if it doesnt then it comes from a set piece, i would have liked young on the right , barry on the left with reo and gardener in the centre, he did this after half time but took petrov of n brought harewood on , with gabby on right, but that still didnt work as gabby is nackered
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27/01/2008 17:14:00

We have to give Gabby a rest then play him out wide. He needs more to be a centre forward at a top 6 team. Gutted that Kev went to Newcastle as Milner would have suited us perfectly. We don't need Riise unless Young is going to switch over. Is Maloney still injured because he could have done a good job for us yesterday.
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27/01/2008 19:04:00

Is Gabby bottling it in front of Capello? He was poor against Manure also and both games at VP.
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27/01/2008 19:08:00

Gabby does need a break but i still think he can be a top six striker and would rather see someone else on the right. Young's big advantage is when he cuts in from the left and can then shoot. He could do this more than he does and i am sure he will as he gains experience. We have a young team which i feel are still learning and developing and if we can keep them together has to be good for the future. Young is unavailable for Fulham so if Maloney is injured i suppose Barry will go left leaving a chance of someone different in the middle or right.
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27/01/2008 19:33:00

Heskey ???????
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27/01/2008 20:23:00

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27/01/2008 20:26:00

Jimmy Milner is the answer wide right. He'd be the perfect fit in this team. Still young, but plenty experienced. Yes, he's the man for me. Some of you guys discussing aspects of yesterdays game on here in an article headed - 'O'Neill Hints At Transfer Action ', why not come and join us on the forums and discuss it in the appropriate area of this excellent site? Dont be shy - only one or three of us bite!
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27/01/2008 20:27:00

hopefully if we cant get someone for the starting 11 we can at least get some more depth. if we can keep ollie really dont think right back is a major priority he's been solid at worst. it would be great if we could give some guys a little rest ( dont think barry was really ready but credit to him for sticking it out) love to get milner but i think we missed the boat on him. Also any more news on the south american FALCAO??? is that his name utv
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27/01/2008 23:44:00

Adam Deuce
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28/01/2008 12:42:00

Hints at transfers, Sorrenson out? Melly staying till the end of the season and I suspect one player to be joining the club today.
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28/01/2008 12:43:00

Well Martin saying something was going to happen on Monday was correct, I just did not expect us too sell Cahill to Bolton. This maybe a deal that comes back and bites us firmly on the backside. We have very little cover now with Melberg going to Juve and bearing in mind Davis is a loan signing, and Albion could decide to not sell, we are then left with Knight as cover for Laursen and ? We have no one, our centre backs are Melberg, Laursen, Cahill, Davis and Knight and we are losing 2 of them. This is not a very good situation to find ourselves in. If Davis is not signed at the end of the season we are then having to hunt for a new centre back and spend out more money.
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28/01/2008 14:54:00

Davies deal is permanent, the baggies had to delay it for tax reasons.
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28/01/2008 16:35:00


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