Friday, December 11, 2009

Idle Gossip

It makes you laugh all this supposed transfer news; whether it be during the summer, or a month or so before the January transfer window opens, or during the windows in August and January themselves, it’s the same trash just regurgitated all over again. It’s not just Charlton that are on the receiving end either, but today we have a few of our players creating a splash or two!

Sky Sports is now trailing interest in three Charlton players – Izale McLeod, Therry Racon, and Yassin Moutaouakil – all supposedly attracting Premier League interest.

At least with McLeod (left), it’s just the Scottish Premier League, with the advances of Hearts being to the fore once more. If they do want to sign McLeod, I’m sure Phil Parkinson and Richard Murray would be willing to do a deal early in January, as he is fairly well down the pecking order at The Valley, and the loss of him will be compensated by the arrival back very soon of Chris Dickson.

Dickson would also be allowed to leave I’m sure, if a suitable offer comes in. If not, then we can expect him to go out on loan till the end of the season again, though whether Gillingham are allowed to be his temporary home is debatable after their behaviour earlier this year.

Yassin Moutaouakil has had some rave reviews playing for Motherwell on loan this season, but he has also missed a few games for non-injury related issues. Out of favour at The Valley and with Parky, any reasonable offer would be accepted for Moots, and if that comes from the English Premier League (with two clubs willing to bid?) then great. I would also expect him to be quickly shown the door on loan if no firm offer for him is forthcoming, despite the lack of right back cover for Frazer Richardson.

The most surprising blurb to come from Sky revolves around Racon (left), who apparently is attracting Fulham and West Ham, plus Blackburn with his great form. Portsmouth are also clutching at any straw, and they too apparently want our Guadaloupe international. With Racon out of contract come season end, it is no surprise that a few teams may be sniffing, but I doubt any of them will be playing in the top division come next August.

Newcastle are also apparently in for Lloyd Sam, though the lovely Lloyd said he hadn’t heard anything about that when interviewed last weekend and that he was very happy at Charlton after spending ten years at the club. This one has come out from time to time since the summer, but without anything to back it up, and I doubt it holds true with the Magpies aiming for bigger and better things if they win promotion.

I expect the same site will be warning us to expect Jonjo Shelvey, Nicky Bailey, and any other player having a decent season at The Valley to be wanted by clubs in higher leagues or better off financially, prompted no doubt by the odd Agent wanting a new year's bonus, but with Richard Murray confirming that nobody would be going anywhere without the managers permission and a very good offer to boot then all this talk is idle speculation by lazy journalists.


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