Thursday, August 24, 2006

Nearly there

According to reports, Obafemi Martins has flown in to Newcastle this afternoon to take a medical and hopefully sign a contract, before being paraded at tonight's game against FK Ventspils. Obviously, should it all go to plan, he won't be able to take part in the game, but he might be available for Sunday's game against Aston Villa.

With the deal seemingly done and dusted (and I don't really want to tempt fate here) the papers have inevitably begun their latest round of speculation as to where Fat Fred might next direct his cheque book.

We've long been linked with a move for Wayne Bridge, should Chelsea and Arsenal ever sort themselves out so as to allow Ashley Cole's transfer to happen. The difficulty with this could well be down to timing, with the Cole transfer looking like it will go down to the wire, I can see us trying desperately to transport Bridge around the country this time next week, as the clock ticks down to the transfer deadline.

Similarly, with Boumsong now (thankfully) gone, rumours of our interest in Robert Huth have begun to resurface. Apparently he has now had an operation on the ankle injury which prevented his transfer to the smoggies going through earlier this summer. Whilst physically imposing, and possessing a very powerful shot, I'm yet to be convinced that Huth will prove to be the commanding defensive leader we need (and Craig Moore aside, do not appear to possess).

Elsewhere, reports suggest that Gravesen might be Celtic bound. Which, in the grand scheme of things, isn't a disaster. He'd add depth to the squad, and is a good defensive midfielder, but with Butt doing his best to rediscover some form, and Parker able to play the holding role if required, our money would clearly be better spent elsewhere.

Indeed, should we have any cash left over, then a further strong physical striker, who can provide cover for Shola (never thought I'd write that!) would be a welcome addition to the fold.


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