As the transfer window edges ever closer we are getting linked with so many players it’s hard to keep up with, but I’ve found two that I think would improve us no end.
Jan Vertonghen is the first name that caught my eye. The 24-year Belgium central defender is apparently looking to leave Ajax either next month or the summer and has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester City as well as ourselves in recent weeks.
He has been dubbed the new Thomas Vermaelen but is taller than his ex-Ajax team mate and has since been made Ajax captain so I’m sure you can guess your self it would take a fair sum to prize him away, £8-10 million apparently.
The next player that I’d like to see us go for is Nicky Maynard at Bristol City. After failing to agree a new contract he has been made available for transfer and with him being a free come the summer we could pick him up for about £2.5 million.
Now even though he has never played in the top flight I think he would do a great job for us with his pace and finishing. He would also complete an excellent forward line with the brilliant Demba Ba.
This season we have seen Danny Graham, Steve Morison, Grant Holt and Scott Sinclair score goals after moving up from the Championship but it is Shane Long who has arguably done the best, and Maynard is almost a carbon copy.
They both love to get in behind and make runs that the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye would thrive on. Like Long, Maynard is a great finisher and has a great record for a poor Bristol City team. He might not be the most glamorous option, like Long wasn’t in the summer, but he certainly has a lot of things we lack at the minute.
Now I know what your saying: ‘we won’t pay £8-10 million for Vertonghen’ but if we were prepared to pay £7 million for Maiga you would assume we were going to pay a couple of million for a defender so with Maynard being available for so little we wouldn’t be spending anymore than we were seemingly prepared to before.
What do you guys think?