Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Homer, Simpson: rumoured to be returning

The normally reliable is reporting that we might be about to make some progress in the transfer market on two fronts.

The first should see the permanent acquisition of Danny Simpson who returned briefly to Old Trafford on Tuesday after his loan deal expired. However, with his future clearly lying away from manure it's a relief to hear that sense has been seen and agreement apparently reached regarding wages with the player bringing in a modest fee (which presumably will go on interest payments in the blink of a Glazer's eye). From a personal perspective this seems like an excellent deal for us, with the player proving a committed and skillful fixture in the first team during the first half of the season.

Also rumoured is the return of Marlon Harewood - with our previous loan acquisition apparently keen to pass up the chance to watch Villa's race for fourth place (and possible Carling Cup Final appearance) in exchange for participating in our Championship chase.

Whilst I've been less than fully convinced by Harewood, his return on loan would at least boost our striking options, and towards the end of his loan spell he started to show the kind of form which has seen him command several sizeable transfer fees. Whether he will have so many opportunities if Shola stays fit and Lovenkrands continues in his current rich vein of form is debatable.


We've got our man - well, one of them, at least: Danny Simpson has signed a three-year deal, with the size of the transfer fee undisclosed. Chris Hughton suggests that despite the wage negotiations it was fairly simple: "He was a player we wanted to keep at the club and he was keen to stay". Welcome to the fold permanently, Danny.


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