Closed for (incoming) business?

Kevin Mababu- I don't wanna dance...
Kevin Mababu- I don’t wanna dance…
Well it’s transfer deadline day and for once we’re left not counting the numbers of new faces we still need to add to our squad.

And now I hear that we’re pretty much done in terms of incoming transfers aside from, signing a youngster from Switzerland maybe, and I have to say I’m not too bothered about the fact we’re done.

Yes I would have liked us to get another striker “over the line” but in fairness to the board and manager we’ve seen our team and squad bolstered with five new additions this month. Granted we’d still be thin up front should Papiss Cisse fall victim to injury but we have signed Yoan Gouffran who can operate there so it’s not like we’ve signed nobody in attack.

So what do we know about potentially our final recruit? Well Kevin Mbabu (Vic Reeves would have fin with that name!) is aged at just 17 so would be one for the future no doubt. He’s been attracting the attention of Arsenal and Manchester City which is a good sign I guess and can play in defence and in midfield. To date he has made just one senior appearance for his current club Servette. As you can see, not a lot is known about him other than his name sounding like it belongs on ‘Shooting Stars’ and himself looking like he belongs on ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ covering Milli Vanilli.

Girl you know it’s true. Oooh Oooh Oooh I love you… Anyway.

So basically aside from Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and maybe this young chap above we’re done for incoming transfers at least.

Going out could be different. We’re always at risk of selling if the bid is high enough so I’m not ruling out one of our “blue chip” players leaving today. It would be madness and would destroy the feel good factor that has built over the last week or so but that is business as they say.

There are rumours over Danny Simpson leaving which actually wouldn’t cause an issue as such as we have plenty of options at full-back these days. I’d be sad to see him go and don’t think he has been as bad as some make him out to be so if he goes it will be with a “thank-you” rather than a “f**k off” like some previous players.

In fact I’d probably use the latter option as my final words for Xisco who could also be on the move today apparently. Whatever happens he’ll be gone in the summer regardless but shifting his ample salary (thanks Dennis!) off the wagebill for the rest of the season would be nice.

So, for the moment anyway, not a lot is brewing at St James’ Park. Always be on guard of course, but, and I say this whilst touching various pieces of wood, I don’t think we’ll see any nasty shocks today so just sit back and enjoy the media frenzy at other clubs.

Of course that could all change…

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264 thoughts on “Closed for (incoming) business?

  1. DJG yeah a lot of people forget he scored on his debut and looked a decent player then the **** hit the fan , like you say it was not the lads fault and he must have had something about him to be a spanish u21 international at the time . It was not his fault we all hated the little dwarf and that Keegan walked and he got the blame for it .

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  2. How does terminating a contract work? Do they have to pay Xisco the rest of the contract’s value, but he’s now free to move about the world? Seems odd. Surely they can’t just terminate and not owe anything?

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  3. AS for the odemwingie saga i think QPR and Arry could be in a bit of bother , Wba stated they give him no permission to talk with Qpr .

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  4. SPL teams, while not really that great, at least try to play football and not Big Sam-esque hoofs like a lot of Championship teams. If Newcastle want to get these guys playing ground football, then surely SPL, with being close to Newcastle, is ideal?

    Better at St Johnstone playing every week than fleeting in and out of the Torquay squad playing a ******* form of Rugby.

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  5. Norcal,

    Xisco may have agreed to lose the rest of his wages to become a free agent. That means he has no deadline now – he can sign for any team at any time now as a free agent.

    Also means he will get a sign on bonus likely.

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  6. NORCAL terminating a contract means both parties agree too the termination . it could be we get no fee and in return he wavies the last 6 months wages of his contract , the contract he signs at his new club will then be worth a lot more than his last 6 months here or he wouldnt do it .

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  7. DJG, agreed. He always looked sharpish to me whenever he played. Ritchie always goes on about how **** he was in Spain tho πŸ˜€

    Only the feigning injury thing that pissed me off really, cant blame him for anything else.

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  8. It’s not Xisco’s fault he was given such a big contract and you can’t blame him for milking as much as he could out of it, he’ll never earn even half that amount again, he’s a distinctly average player, decent enough in a lower league maybe but never top class.

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  9. another 25 minutes to go till the window slams shut wonder if there will be any big moves by the teams around us in the table .

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  10. Cheers Funky and Axel. That makes a lot of sense.

    I always wanted to see him given more of a chance…especially in our Championship year. I never thought he as a bad player, just had such a terrible stigma attached. But, not having seen him practice or play that much, perhaps there was no reason to give him a chance.

    Oh well, good luck to him.

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  11. Newkie… he only looked sharpish cos he came on when every one else on the pitch was ****ed πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† …tbf, I hope he finds a decent club but can only see him playing 2nd div, but if he’s lucky a bottom half la liga team……as 5th or 6th choice :mrgreen:

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  12. Kimtoon
    I know what you mean but at the end of the day I blame the club for giving him the contract, not him. It cost Wise his job and our scouting has improved 99% since then. Colo wants to leave but we point to his contract and he is basically snookered, so it works both ways, we can’t cherry pick. Probably the Xisco and Nacho thing is what made Ashley get his act together in terms of scouting.

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  13. On the other hand when gangsta Ranger is ahead of you in the pecking order ,well you must be quite ****e . πŸ˜† but maybe his ****eness was due to the fact he knew nee ****er wanted him here and he just did not bother ,cant blame him like .We would all of done the same for that sort of money .

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  14. Axel….even on loan in Spain he was canny poor too, not his fault either and like I say hopefully he’ll find a canny club and make a decent living so he doesn’t have to touch the millions we gave him πŸ˜†

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  15. NEWCASTLE LATEST
    Xisco wasn’t out of work for long – he had his contract terminated at Newcastle 15 minutes or so ago – and now he has signed for Spanish Segunda Division side Cordoba.

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  16. **** im sure it’s going to be hard on Odemwingie πŸ˜† πŸ˜† I wonder if the WBA will have their arms opened for him πŸ˜‰

    Richie well you can blame Jabba for wasting them millions on him

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  17. FJ…Probably why they terminated it, they’re going for promotion so he may make la liga then 😯

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  18. So Odemwingie has to now go back to West Brom with his tail between his legs 😳 😳 How on earth can he play for them again after this . His team mates ,manager and fans all know he wants out ,boy it’s gonna be hard for all concerned now .

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  19. I thought Butland wanted first team football? Surely he isn’t going to start ahead of Begovic.

    Would love one of these players being interviewed to reply to the question “Why (insert club name)” with “They offered me a lot of money.

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  20. Odemwingie showed a real lack of class by doing what he did. Held him in high regard before this window, as I’m sure many did. Expect WBA fans to boo him if he ever shows his face near the hawthorns again.

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  21. Kim
    Who doesn’t? πŸ˜† , reckon Tony plays a bit too much FIFA with all these over-priced, over-rated players.

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  22. Butland is way more likely to get game time at Stoke than Chelsea. Chelsea’s best goalkeeper is away on loan. Courtois looks more reliable than Cech these days.

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  23. I see Begovic being sold in the summer, Butland has been loaned back to the brummies for the rest of the season so will get experience there and can take over at stoke next season.

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  24. Have to say i like Beckham more and more as the years go on not many players would do what he has done with them wages. I wish him all the best at PSG. Oh and his son who is on trial at Chelsea.

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  25. You’s are mental like. Perchinio is a class act. Gives everyone round him a boost, they play with confidence when they know Jimmy’s got their backs

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  26. Wierd last day of the window ,no big name moves by the top teams , a player that is going too have too explain himself when he turns up at training tomorrow . And a geordie secret agent infultrated into the stadium of ****e πŸ˜‰

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  27. Everton midfielder Darron Gibson on Twitter:

    “New song by Odemwingie ‘Sign Me Maybe’…’Hey, I just drove here. And this is crazy. I’m in your car park. So sign me maybe’ hahaha class!”

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  28. SANTII@194 ,Yeah it’s a nice gesture by him .In all fairness he hands over lots of his cash to various charities as if he keeps it he gets taxed to high heaven ,but if he donates it to charity it benefits everyone ,but I’m sure I read it’s to avoid the tax man getting too much.

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  29. Nacho Monreal, Malaga’s left back, to Arsenal is interesting. He’s a player I thought could be good for us. So I guess this means they’re ****-canning Santos and Gibbs will get booted down to the bench when he’s recovered from his injury.

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  30. Fans ,I think we signed the most so we’re first at something πŸ˜‰ ,anyway I’m away nowt happening now nite all.

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  31. We’re still the highest spenders I believe and second in number of signings.

    Except we’ve signed talent courted by TOP teams all over Europe and got them for cheap prices while QPR have signed a load of 30 year olds/youngsters who won’t do a relegation fight.

    QPR will be called shrewed while we were called panic buys. Joke.

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  32. SSN said we’d paid out just over Β£21m in this window, more than I thought and I must say well done to Ashley, Llambias and the board. Would’ve liked another striker but that would be asking too much πŸ˜€ .

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  33. Has Odemwingie been much worse than Collo during this window? ? Both stated they wanted out, both pushed for transfers and both failed. Odem wanted extra coin which I can understand as he is in his twilight years and Collo wanted to repair his relationship which I can also understand… So maybe we shouldn’t throw stones in our glass house…

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  34. Colo didn’t travel to San Lorenzo airport without our permission though Aussie, and I reckon that it was more tapping up by the Argie club whilst odemwingie went over without either clubs permission.

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  35. FJ, I haven’t looked at it closely. How many have QPR signed? Samba, Remy, um, were there a couple from Tottenham? I thought we had the lead in numbers and spending. We picked up another new kid today, right? Does that make six for us?

    I have to be honest–I still think we need another CB and a striker. But this window has hopefully gone a long way to repairing the damage of the last two.

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  36. QPR signed Remy, Samba, Tal Ben Haim, the Korean defender dude, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas.

    They may be joint with us then.

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  37. I really think criticism of Colo is absurd at this point. He was very, very good and totally committed in the artillery bombardment at Villa.

    I wrote it before, but I bust my ass to do a good job at work, even though I don’t want to be there. So long as Colo does that too, I can’t see criticizing him.

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  38. I think we spent about the same and signed about the same as QPR.

    I think we get looked at as panic buys though while Redknapp’s media pals get him passed off as shrewed.

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  39. Andy, at the end of the day they both wanted out… They went about it in different ways but the end result would have been the same…

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  40. Andy…There’s no way Odemwingie drove down there without having contact with ‘Arry’s mob first, once WBA made it public that he didn’t have permission to speak to QPR they had to back down and not speak to him, well done WBA I say.

    Aussie…If you shoot someone dead deliberately with a gun or kill them by accidently running them over in your car the end result would be the same, though I think one version will get you more grief than the other…..bit of an extreme analogy I know but you get the gist πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

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  41. Aussie…If you shoot someone dead deliberately with a gun or kill them by accidently running them over in your car the end result would be the same, though I think one version will get you more grief than the other…..bit of an extreme analogy I know but you get the gist πŸ˜‰ :mrgreen:

    A bit extreme !! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜† oh how I have missed your humour Richie!! πŸ˜‰

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  42. Odemwingie should just write a heart felt letter to the WBA fans, they will surely lap it up and forgive him. It has worked for Collo :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

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  43. Aussie… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜† A better comparison for you may have been how Benny forced a move here maybe πŸ˜‰

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  44. I just found this letter from Odemwingie to the QPR fans on the net….
    Interesting read..
    To my Dearest West Bromwich Fans,
    I would just like to clarify my position in regards to my supposed wish to push through a transfer to QPR. I am not sure where all the reports have come from saying that I drove to Loftus Road to sign with ‘Arry’s team. This is a huge misunderstanding, you see the GPS in my Range Rover Sports broke down and I quickly became lost in the busy streets of London. I took a left here and a right there and before I knew it I was on South Africa road and Aryy was giving me directions to get back home. It is really quite comical if you think about.
    And in regards to my transfer request, it is a personal matter and I wish for some privacy at this time. I hope you can understand and I can ensure you that if I am allowed back on the pitch, I will give 104% to the cause.
    Regards
    Peter

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