Monday, 20 December 2010

Let The Madness Continue: Part II - Manchester City to Wolverhampton Wanderers

For Part I - Arsenal to Liverpool. Click here

Oh Carlos, Carlos, Carlos! So now you don't really want to leave the club and you are completely committed to the club which makes you about as flaky as a WAG at a club's Xmas Party. Anyway, the candidates to leave include; Emmanuel Adebuywhore - who isn't happy about something, Roque Santa Cruz - who isn't happy about something and Shaun Wright-Phillips - well, you get the picture. Of the three, SWP will probably have several clubs come in for him as when he plays his work rate and scoring record isn't half bad, as for the other two.... Personally I hope they don't buy anyone else because I wouldn't want to see any more miserable young men earning ridiculous amounts of money.

Sir Alex Ferguson's key challenge over the next 6 months will be searching for a replacement for Paul Scholes who unlike the great man himself, cannot go on forever. With so many players reaching retirement age it wouldn't be a surprise to see Sir Alex spend some serious money after the Glazers found more money for him to play with. Maarten Stekelenburg has been touted as Edwin Van de Sar's replacement

Alan Pardew will be a very nervous man for the whole of January. Even though Andy Carroll has stated he is happy to stay at the club I doubt that will stop the Cockney Mafia - in this case 'Arry Redknapp - trying to lure him away. It is doubtful Pardew will have a big budget and he has made it clear all players will get a fair chance before being shown the door. Steven Taylor has also resumed transfer talks with the club though there may be too much water under the bridge for him to stay at the club long term.

Midfielder Danny Pugh has just extended his contract at the club and that may be all for Tony Pulis' men after the £11 million capture of Kenwyne Jones in the summer. With the club performing well he may not feel the need to spend and my just wait until the summer.

We keep seeing Charles N'Zogbia's name being linked with the club and all the column inches may come to fruition with Wigan needing the cash. Sitting comfortably in 6th place, Steve Bruce may finally feel happy with his squad as they look pretty good.

Robbie Keane is clearly becoming more disillusioned with his lack of playing time and could be the make weight in a deal for Steven Pienaar from Everton. It will be interesting to see how much money 'Arry actually has to spend as North London's second best team look to continue their run in the Champions League. Daniel Levy may be holding onto those purse strings very tightly even though Redknapp has made it clear he feels the squad needs additions. The club has assured fans that Gareth Bale will be staying at White Hart Lane and as he's currently the greatest player the World has ever seen, the fans should be happy.

Apprently the Midlands team are interested in capturing former Manchester City man Georgi Samaras for £2 million. The current squad looks capable of retaining Premier League tatus and Roberto Di Matteo may be happy to stick with what he has got.

Someone told me that the Hammers are looking at Joey Barton, I really hope this isn't true as they have enough problems as it is. If they were to raid Newcastle then Kevin Nolan would be a good buy, he would shore up the middle of the park and he scores a few goals. Although Karryn Brady has said the manager will get money in the New Year, it may be irelevent as Avram Grant may not be the man allowed to spend it. Scott Parker should leave for the good of him career but he's too decent for that and will probably see it out until the end of the season.

This will probably be the time for Charles N'Zogbia to go as transfer talk clearly unsettled him in the summer, but they will need to keep Hugo Rodellega if they do let him leave as I fear losing both would be too detrimental to the club. Roberto Martinez has said he would prefer to retain Ali Al-Habsi on loan before making an offer for him at the end of the season.

Mamadou Bagayoko had a two week trial at the club and Mick Mac was said to be impressed with the Malian player so may take him on loan until the end of the season or make a firm offer if the price is right. With his team struggling he my look to the Championship to get some loan players in.

But who knows until February 2nd 2011. I for one, can't wait!

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