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Wes

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  1. I think this is right. Tuanzebe is the 4th CB. All the hints are towards Cantwell as the attacking midfielder. I think he is a good player and would do fine, but I hope we don't value his 1 year of Premier League experience over getting perhaps more perceived value elsewhere. If we're going to get a holding midfielder too... surely one or two midfielders are going to be leaving?
  2. If nothing else, got to applaud the way the Danny Ings transfer was done. No rumours until the day itself, and even those were not by the media. Just announced on the official site like it's nothing.
  3. We've already gone to Marseille once this year to pick up Sanson. If we're after a new holding midfielder, we could do worse than knocking on their door again for Kamara - a name I know has been mentioned a number of times already.
  4. The Superclasico is tonight (Boca Juniors v River Plate) and he is expected to start so he might be a bit busy! In all seriousness, I don't think we are going to see any movement for Alvarez before their 2nd leg Copa Liberatores tie on Thursday the 12th, if there ends up being any movement at all.
  5. Can't go in to a season with just 3 Senior Centre Backs. Imagine if we were hit with a similiar injury crises as Liverpool experienced this year? We would be playing Hause and Guilbert as our Centre-Backs.
  6. The Tuanzebe signing is fine. We weren't going to be replacing Konsa and Mings as our starting pair. He is already familiar to our staff and a number of our players. We can focus this summers funds elsewhere. There probably is a small loan fee, but all things considered, not a bad deal to have the "Four Centre Backs" issue resolved for 12 months in this manner - at least on paper.
  7. Tuanzebe is the 4th CB then. Unless Guilbert goes (which all indications suggest he is staying), and apart from signing a youth player backup to Targett and Ashley Young at Left-Back, that's the defence settled for the first half of the season.
  8. GK - Stephens (Oxford United) Def - Tuanzebe (Manchester United), Cahill (Free Agent), Small (Everton) Mid - Berge (Sheffield United), Ward Prowse (Southampton - very unlikely), Pape Matar Sarr (Metz - most likely staying another year) Winger/Attacking Mids - Alvarez (River Plate), McNeil (Burnley), Cantwell (Norwich), Damsgaard (Sampdoria) Striker - Abraham (Chelsea) Should note - all of the outfield players apart from Ward-Prowse and Cahill are aged 23 or less. That's likely to continue to be our ideal age range. The Leon Bailey link came out of nowhere though. He hadn't been linked in the media previously, although some fans had mentioned he would be an interesting signing for us. Our next purchase is more than likely not going to be from any of these - there so many prospects out there.
  9. Whilst we're throwing names out there... there was a tenuous link to Thomas Lemar the other day and the more I think about it, while it would be extremely unlikely, the more I like it.
  10. If Grealish isn't here then it's going to be interesting to see what Dean Smith's preferred formation is going to be. We know we don't have enough central defenders to go three at the back so in almost all situations it'll be a back 4 that picks itself. We don't have the striking depth to play with more one Striker so can't see us playing a more traditional 4-4-2 except for some late game situations. The obvious choices are 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. I think the plan with Grealish playing would have been for him to play in that free role behind the Striker. Now Smith is at a pivot point where he could decide on a particular formation with his remaining transfers, or perhaps he will emphasise fluidity/versatility above all. Whilst this is a sad time for us fans for obvious reasons, it's a very intriguing one too. One thing is for certain though, we are not done in the market this window.
  11. He is probably linking up with the squad in the next two weeks. He probably wouldn't play Week 1 anyway because he was on international duty really recently, playing with Jamaica in the Gold Cup - their last match was only 8 days ago. The medical/physio team will know how much workload to give him based on how much rest he's had since the Bundesliga season ended, the Gold Cup, and then joining up with us. I'd guess we would see him first as a Substitute in our first home game - 21st August. There's another international break again at the beginning of September don't forget too!
  12. I think as most of us expected, highly unlikely JWP happens. Very good source for Southampton. Similar to Percy for us. Basically means it would have to be an astronomical figure. We've shown with the Pape Sarr comments earlier this summer that if a club raises the asking price to a point they're not happy with, they'll move on - so I can't see this one progressing.
  13. He appears to be at the last training day of the camp in London today which is great news. Loking forward to seeing him healthy and see what he can offer going forward. Also has the number 8 shirt!
  14. He is a huge talent. He was incredibly sought after last summer, and it was rather a surprise he ended up at Lille, but they forked out a lot of money for him and he wanted the game time. It worked out well for them both. If he is available this summer there will be many clubs, especially Premier League clubs, after him. Hard to believe Lille would let him go after one season but stranger things have happened and the money issues in Ligue 1 this season are well known. What a crazy day today has been.
  15. There was talk out of Canada earlier today that Lille might look to raise funds by selling David after just one year, and that Liverpool are very strong admirers. They were considering him last year before getting Jota.
  16. They're at their mini-Summer camp this week. Everyone back from international duty (except Douglas Luiz who is in the Semi Finals of the Olympics tomorrow). Fabrizio Romano has said on Sky Sports News we should know more in the coming hours. He believes the Grealish situation will be resolved this week. Is in line with what we understand - there's meetings today involving player, agent, manager, board and owners.
  17. Yep. Bets information I can find seems to be here. Basically says Sampdoria are expecting to receive a bid from us imminently. Edit: Done some more digging - reports today seem to suggest that Sampdoria are willing to let Damsgaard leave for a high fee. They are trying to generate a fee of around £30-£35m by generating an auction including Villa, Leeds, Liverpool and Spurs. Sampdoria in turn would then replace him with Lee Kang-In from Valencia. I think we have been "singled out" because of the news going on with Grealish, but certainly one to watch.
  18. If you click on the link in the article in the tweet, he is simply repeating a report from ESPN: "According to a separate report by ESPN, Aston Villa are in contacts with his agent over a potential move to the Premier League. The club recently signed Leon Bailey but should the Copa America winner join them, he would become the third Argentine at the club alongside Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia." I think the ESPN link is from several weeks back, and is based on the initial reports we had about his Agent speaking to Ajax and Villa.
  19. MLS side Orlando City have had a $7m+2m bonuses bid turned down. His agent: "We did not press or anything like that, they only asked us to ask River if they were interested in the player going to play MLS, I only acted as an interlocutor, forwarding the offer because I am not the one to hide an offer," "If the club is interested, they will respond to Orlando City and we will talk. Some time ago we had offers from MLS and Julian was not interested because he prefers to go to Europe ."
  20. Don't disagree regarding the valuation being perhaps rather higher than we would expect, but hopefully was able to point out that I think the player himself fits the profile of the kind of person the current youth-recruitment team are trying to bring in to the club. Tried to separate the information about the player from the Grealish-related transfer aspect of it, but can understand at these times that's a really tricky thing to try to pull off!
  21. Morgan Rogers is an attacking player, only just turned 19. Capped at England U-15,16,17 and 18 level. Can really play on either wing or centrally behind a striker. Came through West Brom academy (so there's a link there to our current academy staff) then was purchased by City for £4m when he was just 16 - a high price for someone so young. He is a very-highly regarded youth prospect. There was talk of Palace buying him this summer for their Vieira revolution. I'm not sure about £10m... but his value would certainly have increased from that £4m level from a few years ago. Still got a lot of room for development. Given how the recruiting staff have aggressively been targetting youth players to join the youth setups recently, with a keen look at the pathway through to the first-team, he would be someone of interest for us. Especially with the ex-West Brom link meaning staff will know him already. I guess the only issue would be the manner of which he might be joining us...
  22. Including this here in this thread because it involves a link to a potential incoming player in Morgan Rogers. Former West Brom youth player, primarily a winger, who moved to City for quite a large fee for a youth player. Has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace this summer.
  23. If there was to be any movement this window here, I think it's now likely to be after August 19th which is the 2nd leg of River Plates Copa Libertadores quarter final. Can't see them wanting to lose him before those matches (unless they had a replacement lined up in some form). This might be one where the timing simply doesn't work well for all parties and might be looked at again in the January window. We'll have to wait and see.
  24. The timing makes some sense. First premier league game is two weeks away. City have the Charity Shield a week before. Grealish is back from holiday this weekend. Both Villa and City have friendly fixtures on Saturday, likely followed with a rest day on Sunday, before training resumes on Monday. He'll be reporting to one of the clubs on Monday you would think.
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