Monday, August 23, 2010

Look north

After much deliberation Chris Hughton has finally decided to send Fraser Forster out on loan again - but this time his destination isn't Norwich but Celtic. It's an interesting move, to be sure - the Canaries were keen on taking Forster back to Carrow Road for their first season back in the Championship, and so we can only assume Neil Lennon has given Hughton assurances that our boy will see some first-team action north of the border. The Hoops were linked with Steve Harper earlier in the summer - presumably there'll be a bid for Tim Krul on its way shortly...

Meanwhile, one of our own alleged targets Vladimir Weiss has joined Celtic's Old Firm rivals Rangers on a season-long loan. It's a bit of a shame that we missed out, but in truth our interest appeared to wane in the wake of signing Dan Gosling.

On the subject of loan signings, the No-Necked One enjoyed a Cardiff debut to remember on Saturday, setting up Chris Burke with a 60-yard pass before smashing home a 35-yard free-kick to wrap up a 4-0 win over Doncaster. When Bellamy signed for the Bluebirds I speculated as to whether fellow former Toon striker Michael Chopra would have to make way - as it turned out, Chops lined up as part of a three-man strikeforce but was forced off with an ankle injury and will now be sidelined for a few weeks.

There's been a bit of a family reunion at Wigan, where Steven Caldwell has hooked up with brother Gary for the first time since they left St James' Park. Roberto Martinez's defence needs all the help they can get, having shipped ten goals without reply in their first two home games of the season...


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