Monday, 22 July 2013

Transfers Part 2 & QPR Pre-Season so far


Alan McGregor -  Besiktas to Hull after one season in Turkey he can test himself in the Premier League, was good across the boarder and will be busy this season as Hull still have a weak defence.

Jesus Navas Sevilla to Man City this nippy winger will add a new dimension to City’s attack, now fully over his homesickness issues in his younger day’s English football could suit the Spanish international.

Victor Wanyama Celtic to Southampton one of the deals of the summer so far, I feel he could have gone to a higher Premier League side but maybe they didn't want to gamble on a SPL star just yet, he should do the business for the Saints though.

Emanuele Giaccherini Juventus to Sunderland the Black Cats are looking to have a revamp of their squad. Di Canio made it clear what he wants from his side & the signing of this man from Italy could be one of the better ones.

QPR

After the trip to Austria with two games under the belt, one win and one defeat against two decent sides is good, but it was more about fitness and team building. QPR are still busy in the transfer market bringing in Richard Dunne, he's a good move, an experienced head but someone who will work hard unlike some of the others in the Rangers squad. Were still being linked with Gary Hooper not sure if we will get him but a striker is defiantly needed. Its also clear Julio Cesar does not want to take a pay cut which saw a move to. Napoli collapse, a lot of our players would probably have to take a pay cut leaving QPR, however I think he will end up staying and it could be a positive for us as he is miles better then Rob Green.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Transfers Part One

The transfer window hasn't quite hit full pace yet with some of the big four waiting for the other to blink first and with the striker merry-go round lurking round the corner, some are waiting for the right man to pop up or if they might already have the right man at the club already.

Some of the deals so far that catch my eye are:

Andreas Cornelius - Copenhagen to Cardiff, smashing their transfer record for a 20 year-old is a gamble for the Premier League new boys.

Andre Schurrle - Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea fresh off the German production line, he is Jose first major signing upon his return.

Dwight Gayle - Peterborough to Palace £8.5 million shelled out on a man who has not played top flight football with no Zaha & Murray he will have to hit the ground running.

Simon Mignolet - Sunderland to Liverpool he had a very good season in a average Sunderland side the Belgium will want to play game in a World Cup year and I think Reina's replacement.

Fernandinho - Shakhtar to Man City the Brazilian midfielder comes with a heavy price tag but is the steal City missed in the middle of the park last season.

Nathan Redmond - Birmingham to Norwich they have quietly gone about their business this summer, but signing the young Englishman is a good move by the canaries.

Dejan Lovren - Lyon to Southampton the young Croatian defender comes from the French league and is highly rated, the Saints had a few shocking defensive moments last year so he will probably be a regular.

Wilfred Bony - Vitesse Arnhem to Swansea another club smashing their transfer record, scored goals with ease in Holland can he do it in England?

Paulinho - Corinthians to Tottenham probably the most exciting player to be coming to the league so far, Spurs landing him show serious intent for next year.

Andy Carroll- Liverpool to West Ham after a successful loan deal he made the move permanent a World Cup year will also be an incentive for him.

Monday, 8 July 2013

QPR Pre Season So Far


What a surprise Chris Samba is heading back to Russia after he said that money is not everything. Well he was half fit, not really interested in the fight and just collected his £100k for 6 months. He didn't appear towards the end of the season which speaks volumes of where his head was at. However the fact Anhzi are stupid enough to pay the £12m back to QPR is pretty good business from the owners at Loftus Road. The singing of Danny Simpson shows QPR might just be taking it seriously in getting promoted right away. He is a reliable defender, will work hard and is under 30 years-old which is a rare thing for a QPR signing. He is probably getting decent cash though. They have weeded out some of the cling-ons in the squad but there's a long way to go still. 

 Bringing Steve McClaren back into football as a coach on a short term deal concerns me. Now it's interesting that QPR would get a manager who is actively looking for work, added the fact Redknapp could sound off and leave at any time he would be the replacement. This would be catastrophic for QPR. But if he is used as just a coach it could work out well, he has worked aboard and with England and did work with Sir Alex so he could add something.

 
The trip to Devon for pre-season is good as its not glamorous they will have to buckle down and we will see once again if we don't know already who wants to fight in the Championship.