Thursday, January 07, 2010

Off and on (potentially)

Off: a transfer window deal for Matthew Kilgallon. His club Sheffield Utd were prepared to sell him and the clubs had apparently agreed a £2m fee, but Kilgallon has opted to stay put with the intention of helping the Blades into the play-offs (or better) before reconsidering his options in the summer when he can move on a Bosman.

This might mean more opportunities for Tamas Kadar, but in all likelihood Chris Hughton will continue his pursuit of experienced cover for Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini.

On (potentially): the signing of Leeds' Jermaine Beckford. Beckford is in similar circumstances to Kilgallon (a wanted man who's out of contract in the summer). In his case, though, he wants to leave, his club weren't keen on releasing him and so he's handed in a transfer request.

Leeds could, I suppose, refuse it, but they're unlikely to want to keep an unhappy player who could leave for nothing in the summer when there's a clear opportunity to cash in. So this effectively gives us the green light. As far as Championship suitors go, we must surely be in pole position ahead of the likes of the Smogs - but were a Premier League outfit to express an interest we might well miss out. After all, if Beckford can't wait a year and a half to see if Leeds can make it back into the top flight, who's to say he'll want to wait six months with us if the chance arises to skip the Championship altogether?


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