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keepitfluffy 4:50 Sun Dec 24
The transfer window thread
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Stubbo 3:03 Fri Jan 19
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"Let some go to bring some in"...we did this when we let Snodgrass and Feghouli go.

Bloke is a total shyster, or just totally out of his depth.

As for what league we're going to be in Alex. We're going to be in this league. They should critically assess whether there are 3 clearly weaker sides than us (there are) and determine on the balance of probability what is likely (us staying up).

Improving the squad will then only increase the liklihood of that outcome, so whilst every decision has risk, allowing ourselves to be slave to risk will always stop us progressing.

We should be confident in our ability to progress and maintain our position. Anxiety has a habit of being self fulfilling.

Trevor B 2:59 Fri Jan 19
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The problem is Riddle that Moyes can't exactly push for permanent signings when he only has a contract until the summer, and realistically the club won't want to lay our for players on 4 or 5 year contracts for a manager that might not be here next season.

Unfortunately I can actually see some vague sense in it all, although I do agree their (at times) penny pinching history often gives a different view!

J.Riddle 2:48 Fri Jan 19
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Sullivan said we will have to let some go to bring some in. Carroll injury may have put an end to that if true he was going?

But it's OK as Moyes said we may have to rely on loans.


Alan 2:36 Fri Jan 19
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Crystal Palace rival West Ham for highly-rated Bologna star Adam Masina

Premier League pair are yet to make a signing this month with the Eagles rocked by Jeffrey Schlupp injury and the Hammers looking to provide competition for Aaron Cresswell

Exclusive By Warren Haughton

WEST HAM and Crystal Palace are going head-to-head for Adam Masina.

Both Premier League sides are chasing a left-back this window and have identified the 24-year-old who is keen to try his luck in England.

Bologna have rejected bids from the London clubs as they are nowhere near the Italian outfit's £15million valuation.

The 6ft 3in Moroccan-born star is highly rated in Italy and regarded as one of the best defenders this term in Serie A.

Hammers boss David Moyes, who made the first move for Masina, is yet to add to his squad this month as he looks to maintain the Londoner’s push away from the relegation dog fight.

The talented full–back has been earmarked as direct competition for Aaron Creswell for a starting berth on the left side of Moyes’ defence.

Eagles chief Roy Hodgson was dealt a blow with Jeffrey Schlupp requiring hip surgery is looking to steal a march on the Hammers for Masina's signature.

Masina came through the academy at Bologna and was converted from a striker to an attacking left-back as a teenager.

Red tape will not be an issue as the defender has an Italian passport and has six caps for Italy Under-21’s.

Palace go to North London on Saturday to face Arsenal while the Hammers will look to continue their revival when they welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium.

Does the fact that the Hammers are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old suggest that they could be looking for a replacement for Aaron Cresswell should he leave the London Stadium?

Cresswell has recently emerged as a target for Everton, as reported by the Daily Mail, who are desperate to sign a left-sided full-back this month.

offees manager Sam Allardyce actually signed Cresswell for West Ham from Ipswich Town back in the summer of 2014 and is clearly still a keen admirer.

Of course the interest in Masina could be simply as competition for Arthur Masuaku, with the Frenchman having emerged as a left wing-back under David Moyes in recent times with Cresswell operating as one of three central defenders.

lewisnadasurf1 2:26 Fri Jan 19
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The more points we get, the less chance we have of signing anyone.

It wouldnt surprise me if we didnt sign anyone at all.

G&S are utter, utter wankers.

ironsofcanada 2:25 Fri Jan 19
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Trevor B 2:20 Fri Jan 19


Trevor B 2:20 Fri Jan 19
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he's been saying that for weeks mate

Russ of the BML 2:18 Fri Jan 19
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Stubbo 1:11 Fri Jan 19

Stop coming on here with your sensible talk about how to run a football club well.

We've got the two bobbers. Hope for little expect less. .

ironsofcanada 2:08 Fri Jan 19
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Encouraging words (at least) in Moyes's column - we are looking for midfielders.

Trevor B 1:29 Fri Jan 19
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It's usually because a manager doesn't want to spend whatever funds are available early in case a serious injury happens towards the end of the month and then there are no funds left to tackle that problem. teams also dont want to let players go in jan and make themselves short without replacements lined up, so there is a domino effect. historically the bulk of transfers in the january window happen in the final week i believe, so many of the above reasons i would suggest.

13 Brentford Rd 1:26 Fri Jan 19
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Why not try to identify targets early, and negotiate deals so that are ready to sign on 1st Jan?
We've gone through almost the whole of Jan without improving the squad. That's an unnecessary 5 or 6 games flogging the same players who were either clearly knackered or just not up it before the window opened.
I appreciate not all deals can be done early but surely some can?

Alex V 1:17 Fri Jan 19
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Stubbo 1:11 Fri Jan 19

Thing is, we can't even be certain what league we'll be in from next Summer. Very hard to do things early without a stronger sense of security over that.

Alex V 1:14 Fri Jan 19
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Here's one thing that bugs me about the Summer. We might not really want eg Ayew anymore (realistically surely we don't!!!) but if you wait until the Summer to sell the usual negotiations mean that he might not finally go until towards the end of that window, so the chain of events to replace him has to drag on until then - even with the window changes this year it's still so unsatisfactory. So the dream has to be to be able to sell in January because it's all over within a month and you can start planning from then - you have a clear run at Summer deals that you can actually commit to and tie up early.

Stubbo 1:11 Fri Jan 19
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We have to consider:

- Who are our summer targets?
- Are they available now?
- Are they playing at the World Cup?
- Will their price rise as a result in the Summer?
- Is the price now expected to be vastly different to the Summer?

If we can get them now at the same price as the Summer, then do it now.

A good example is Dendoncker and Smolov...if they are genuinely our targets and can be got now...then get them now. Who knows who else will be competing for them in the Summer, especially if they have a great World Cup.

January in a World Cup year is a good time to go looking for players who have World Cup ambitions but are currently out of their club sides.

Alex V 1:06 Fri Jan 19
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Robson 12:54 Fri Jan 19

You make a good point, I have been wondering that myself. I think Walcott is no less than £20m in the Summer. I do think there's much less available though, for the simple reason that clubs have less time to plan around their sales.

Pagey 1:06 Fri Jan 19
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You have to wonder why Arsenal were prepared to sell Walcott for £20m just as they look likely to lose Sánchez, Ozil and possibly Wilshere this year.

He would surely slot straight back in the team on the back of those three going but Wenger no longer fancies him.

AKA ERNIE 1:01 Fri Jan 19
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walcott to everton for 20m is value for money and a very good signing

Robson 12:54 Fri Jan 19
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I'm not so sure January is such a terrible time to buy, not this year at least. It doesn't seem as if anyone is desperate and willing to pay inflated prices. And looking at Sakho and Hernandez, do you think we'll be expecting extra for them because it's January? I don't. If anything we'll get less than we would have done in the Summer because they have less time on their contracts.

TeVaz 12:53 Fri Jan 19
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Agreed there Alex . No VFM in January but I would like to see the club decide what/ who they want and go all out for them . Think we have enough to stay up and may just have stumbled across a system that works , ie. Arnie and Manu as an attacking pair with no real CF .

Iron2010 12:50 Fri Jan 19
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Alex V 12:25 Fri Jan 19

Broadly agree with that although I would sell Carroll if possible and spend money on the right players if they are available. With the world cup on the horizon it must be a good opportunity to sign players who wouldn't usually be interested.

Ron Greensward 12:49 Fri Jan 19
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As long as the town with option to buy is just that so we can decide in the summer it is no bad thing. Gives us 4 months to decide whether a permanent deal should be done. I am in but would prefer Dendonker.

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