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11 minutes ago, icecoolguy22 said:

Expect a deadline rush to get a striker in, then the winter break to blend him in. I wouldn't be surprised if we make a 12th hour 50M bid for Inglis, because we seemed to be missing out on all the targets, and we really can't afford to wait another 6 months.

I'd prefer we signed Nowan Atal. He's available for 40m and has had cracking season in Serie A.

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11 minutes ago, Spiller86 said:

I'd prefer we signed Nowan Atal. He's available for 40m and has had cracking season in Serie A.

That's the thing with the market and way the club has been approaching the transfer, we aren't going to get our top targets, but there are still other options for second choice striker or are at Abarham's level, but we haven't done f* all, and it all leads to some last minute rush which we will most likely to regret in months or years to come.

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50 minutes ago, WhiteWall said:

With 4 days to go and not a single concrete bid made to any club for any player, am i surprised? Not at all. Par for the course.

Matt Law from the Tele (who now seems to be the only journo with club sourced info since Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield moved to The Athletic) reporting we're still interesting in Cavani but "watching" the Piatek situation in case Cavani only wants to go to Atletico. Not pursuing a Jovic loan at the moment. Given that Cavani's Mum and Dad said he wants to go to Atletico last week seems a bit strange that we're not actively looking at alternatives.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/01/27/chelsea-monitoringkrzysztof-piatek-edinson-cavani-move-appears/

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2 minutes ago, WhiteWall said:

Apologies, not a media reported concrete bid made to any club for any player. Lots of unsubtantiated straws of rumours that we are all clutching at but nothing of any substance actually reported.

remember when that one dude from Sky Sports came out with that rumor of Chelsea signing an unknown defender or something to that effect? no substance whatsoever, but people were ready to run with it

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22 minutes ago, Spiller86 said:

Matt Law from the Tele (who now seems to be the only journo with club sourced info since Simon Johnson and Dom Fifield moved to The Athletic) reporting we're still interesting in Cavani but "watching" the Piatek situation in case Cavani only wants to go to Atletico. Not pursuing a Jovic loan at the moment. Given that Cavani's Mum and Dad said he wants to go to Atletico last week seems a bit strange that we're not actively looking at alternatives.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/01/27/chelsea-monitoringkrzysztof-piatek-edinson-cavani-move-appears/

I think its a load of old tosh though. The same small band of "available" players with media savvy agents and the same clutch of needy clubs Cherlsea need a striker, Man U need a striker, Arsenal need a defence, West Ham need a prayer!

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Just now, WhiteWall said:

I think its a load of old tosh though. The same small band of "available" players with media savvy agents and the same clutch of needy clubs Cherlsea need a striker, Man U need a striker, Arsenal need a defence, West Ham need a prayer!

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If we are looking at players available on loan Jovic may be available apparently, and I would think he is probably one of the better options. His confidence is probably low right now but that could change in a new team.

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In all honesty it’s been a crap window. Should have had targets lined up in November with biz done first week of January. Things have never been the same since Emanalo left. We used to bring in genuine stars all the time now we are down to last minute panic buys or over the hill short term loans. 

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1 hour ago, ozboy said:

In all honesty it’s been a crap window. Should have had targets lined up in November with biz done first week of January. Things have never been the same since Emanalo left. We used to bring in genuine stars all the time now we are down to last minute panic buys or over the hill short term loans. 

Seems Frank is going to find out what his predecessors all ready knew and why many left.......the Board are incompetent when it comes to transfer dealings.  With only a couple of days to go with absolutely no whisper of anyone coming, or even going for that matter, this window, given the time we have had to prepare has been a complete and utter shambles.........unless there is an 11th hour masterstroke......which I highly doubt.

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I'd rather sign no one than some of the players we've been linked with. We have Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek back from injury very soon and Hudson-Odoi is looking sharper with each appearance. The last thing I want is to panic buy another Drinkwater or Zappacosta (I don't think he's that bad but a waste of 20-30million when will have James and Lamptey in the reserves!).

Who is realistically going to sell their star player midway through the season? Hardly anyone. So then we're left with average players to sign in January which is exactly what we don't want. 

Yes, we all want to sign a world class striker/attacker this month but I'm not going to slam the board for not making it happen in January. 

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On 26/01/2020 at 23:00, Spiller86 said:

Yeah wouldn't bother me if Bats left. I think the only risk is that preferably you want strikers who can play together. That's our challenge at the moment. Ideally we need to find a modern Anelka or Gudjohnsen who can play around Tammy as the man leading the line. Sadly no one comes to mind!

Anelka = Werner 

Could play wide off Abraham 

Gudjohnson = Jovic

Could play behind Abraham instead of mount

Neither are available now though unfortunately.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, axman2526 said:

Few rumors around Pedro going. Maybe we are working hard to shift him along with Giroud.

Hopefully an 11th hour loan/sale of Batman too.

Selling some of the fringe squad players is one thing but we could do with some replacements if that is the case.

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14 minutes ago, forbzy said:

Selling some of the fringe squad players is one thing but we could do with some replacements if that is the case.

No argument there. I would be fine with Anjorin and Broja stepping up to replace them if we cannot sign anyone decent though.

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