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O'Neill Hints At Transfer Action

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!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 27 2008
Time: 11:29AM


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........
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
27/01/2008 17:14:00
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