Can't wait for
to add QPR to the list of clubs he's helped bankrupt
Ba is far from confirmed, but apparently Debuchy to Newcastle is very close.
The last I heard was yesterday during the Everton game which I assumed was all but a done deal. Seems unlikely now. Football is a strange game at times (or the press make it that way.)
I posted this in the other footy page, what the heck,
The chances of Everton signing any big name players outright this January are slim and none, I would say. I would like us to get a striker and some players with premier league experience but I would be happy with not letting anyone go.
If we lose Heitinga which we might, and got a fair penny for him, then I would expect us to buy one or two fringe players and maybe a signing with immediate chances of getting a game.
With our full squad;
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin/Heitinga, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar,
Mucha, Anichebe, Neville, Duffy, Oviedo, Barkley, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios making up the bench.
I think at full strength we will only need to buy cover for cover, really, barring any long term injuries to see out this season that we're in, in the form we've been in. Especially now the games have slowed and wont be as often as 4 a fortnight.
This is being realistic obviously, but we are usually linked with crazy names, so far already David Villa has been ludicrously mentioned. Wayne Rooney pops up every few months as well, just as ludicrously. Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe looks likely as we all thought we had him a few months ago, but for some reason didn't get him so he's probably the one signing that would look most likely. We've been linked with Joleon Lescott also, who left a bitter taste when he left but we accepted Pienaar back and he won us over so maybe a loan deal until the end of the season and then a complete move? Gameiro is rumoured to us again also, but I don't think we will see that, unless on loan for a few months. Scott Sinclair is mentioned on the main fansite as well, along with James McCarthy but names like that just fill up website space. I would be happy but surprised if we get either of them.
I think through loan deals we could end up with Lescott, Odjidja-Ofoe and Gamiero in a perfect world. How does a six month loan impact the amount of loan players allowed in the squad? I know you can only have so many full season loans, but I don't know how 5 month loans work?
I would say our biggest signings, so to speak, would be keeping hold of Leighton Baines and Mara Fellaini, and not letting Osman, Distin, Neville or those types leave for a team like QPR.
If we can keep hold of Baines and Fellaini, don't let anybody go stupidly and maybe bring in one or two loan deals to bolster the front line until the end of the season, I would be as happy as I have been with Jelavic, Pienaar, Oviedo, Mirallas and Gibson.