Tuesday, September 03, 2013

It'll be all Jim White on the night

A quick round-up of other goings-on of interest on deadline day...

For a brief moment I thought we'd managed to offload French flop Romain Amalfitano to West Brom, but unfortunately not - it's actually Morgan Amalfitano, his older brother, who has joined the Baggies. More's the pity.

One eyebrow-raising move involved the purchase of one-time Toon target Adrian Mariappa by Crystal Palace. The Premier League new boys bought the central defender despite the fact that he's been out of favour in the Championship and has made just one appearance so far this season - in Reading's 6-0 League Cup humilation at League One Peterborough.

Meanwhile, the Eagles waved goodbye to Peter Ramage - the defender featured 43 times in their promotion season, but Ian Holloway appears to have seen sense, realised he's not Premier League material and loaned him to Championship strugglers Barnsley. Bradley Orr, who likewise never made the grade on Tyneside, has been farmed out to league leaders Blackpool by Lancastrian rivals Blackburn.

On the continent, January target Florian Thauvin left Lille for Marseille in an acrimonious and controversial £12.7m deal, just six months after signing from Bastia, to whom the Young Player of the Year had been immediately loaned back for the remainder of the season. A former Lille midfielder going on strike in an attempt to force a move? Sounds familiar...

One move that didn't happen was Shay Given's mooted switch to early Premier League pacesetters Liverpool. Instead, he's been left to collect splinters at Villa, hoping Brad Guzan picks up an injury.

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