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23 May 2022 11:19:05
Phil Hay's latest Aaronson news also highlights we're moving for Calvin Ramsay and an unnamed Premier League forward.


1.) 23 May 2022 15:59:00
Eddie wouldn't be a bad shout for the unnamed.

2.) 23 May 2022 19:15:36
Eddie and Joffy up front together, that could give a few defenders sleepless nights.

3.) 23 May 2022 20:43:11
I could see Eddie back here.

4.) 23 May 2022 21:42:01
Why would we want a striker back that has already played for us and didn't really perform well when he did?

Far better targets out there. We can and should aim higher.

5.) 24 May 2022 06:41:15
Dilli Eddie and Minamino would provide adequate depth along with Paddy and Joffy. As for better targets, we did just finish 17th. Acquiring players from Goons and Scousers not exactly terrible for starters.

6.) 24 May 2022 07:07:55
Scored a few important goals dill, and he’d be playing under a new manager and different system.

7.) 25 May 2022 15:12:39
Nketiah and minamino the names mentioned - wanting a striker with PL experience.

8.) 28 May 2022 09:15:53
We’d be like the Crystal Palace of old, with Wright and Bright up front. Scary! I think it was ‘88 when I said we should’ve signed Ian Wright. 🤔😟.



22 May 2022 23:41:38
Athletic reporting that Aaronson deal for around £22.5m (or $28m) is done after we stayed up.




24 May 2019 00:26:58
Leif Davis to Liverpool wouldn't be the end of the world. I'd accept the 4m for him AND either Brewster or Woodburn on loan for a season.


1.) 24 may 2019 18:16:13
tell dem scousers to leave our youth alone and to fork off!

2.) 24 May 2019 19:56:55
Calm down calm down De do Dow don't de Dow.

3.) 24 May 2019 23:43:29
Boston LOL.




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20 Jun 2022 13:00:47
A worry that many reporting Raphinha to Arsenal for sub £50m. His 'dream' was Barcelona and that shouldn't have happened for less than £60m. Selling in division should not be less than £65m.

Also Kalvin to City seems to be getting more and more traction.

Wouldn't mind a pair of City prospects in Palmer and McAtee or Delap to help that through with some cash if it seems nailed on.

Good to see us moving for targets at rb, cm, and CAM. Still want that experienced reserve keeper, probably another cm, a lb, and a Striker.

The above is only 'net ins' so if as expected Raph and possibly Phillips leave add replacements for them (unless replacements come in as immediate part-exchanges) .


1.) 20 Jun 2022 13:20:37
Can't understand rapphy it's just a stop gap that really anyway if he doesn't want leeds united sod him get what we can for him n Philips mot wigan whites.

2.) 20 Jun 2022 14:01:26
Ealing - the figures quoted in articles re Arsenal’s interest in Raphinha will just be guesswork and partly based on the fictional info SPORT kept on churning out while trying to help finesse a budget transfer to their beloved but brassic Barca. Phil Hay has previously said Leeds want £60-70m for the lad, and nothing has happened materially since then to make the Club reduce that figure.

3.) 20 Jun 2022 14:08:56
Old Fabrizio Romano is now claiming the fee for Raphinha is expected to be £65/ £75m
I’d accept smith Rowe and £50m ?.

4.) 20 Jun 2022 16:49:51
EalingBkb he said he want to play for a better club yep that’s right Leeds give him that if he thinks they are that then he can go but only if the asking price is higher that that we would have gone to Barca,

5.) 20 Jun 2022 18:53:57
Sweaty ? ESR is a terrific player. I can see Raph ending up at Chavs, not Goons.

6.) 20 Jun 2022 19:20:29
I’d accept Rowe and 30-35 million. Unfortunately can’t see Arsenal selling the lad.

7.) 20 Jun 2022 19:29:50
Very good mate of mine is a gooner he feels Arsenal would be another stepping stone for him, and he can't see them giving us smith rowe,

8.) 20 Jun 2022 21:09:39
I think Raph just wants to go to a club who are showing ambition. This is one of the results of our failure to demonstrate any ambition whatsoever last season and a measure of Raphs belief that we will be showing any serious ambition this year.

9.) 20 Jun 2022 21:22:05
If anyone is prepared to cough up 70 plus Mil up front, they’ve got their man. If Arsenal pay 70 Mil for a winger, I’m a monkey’s uncle. They desperately need a 20/ 25 goal scoring striker, that’s where their big money is going if they won’t to progress. Nketiah is not the man now, maybe in the future?
As Clu said, just media hot air.

10.) 20 Jun 2022 21:39:24
Spot on Alf : much more ambition and far better players recruited last season could have led to Raph staying longer.

11.) 21 Jun 2022 06:30:10
Baz Realistically was never going to happen with Radz decision to sell.

12.) 21 Jun 2022 06:54:18
Also why would he go to Arsenal, it’s a given that Raph would want to be involved with CL football. Arsenal are being used as the stick up up the bum to get Barcelona moving and create the funds necessary. They have to sell players, quickly.

13.) 21 Jun 2022 07:02:40
Totally agree Alf/ baz, said we needed to build a squad around raphi after coming 9th.



28 May 2022 09:41:44
Think the biggest no brainer of the window would be Leeds trying to move for Matt Targett - reading that despite Newcastle fans loving him (my mate is one and agrees he's quality) they're looking at other options like Renan Lodi instead. Toon had a £15m option on his loan so if they don't take that up we should be in offering him first team football (not backup to Lodi or Digne) ahead of Firpo.


1.) 28 May 2022 13:07:52
100% agree,

2.) 28 May 2022 17:05:52
Would take Targett. Definitely an improvement on Firpo.

3.) 28 May 2022 18:34:17
I, am an improvement on Firpo Dilli!

4.) 28 May 2022 19:53:07
I heard we were interested- could do worse.

5.) 28 May 2022 21:32:35
Leif Davies.? No?

6.) 28 May 2022 22:39:21
Brighty, that’d be a no. Unfortunately he seems to have become very injury prone.

7.) 29 May 2022 00:44:14
Targett 🎯 is a good target 🎯 to target 🎯.

8.) 29 May 2022 08:20:27
I’d take Targett all day long .



22 May 2022 23:39:44
Watching MOTD after watching the game on the telly live. Delighted but more relieved. The inquest begins.

Injuries disproportionate hit an already small squad badly. Some bad luck there. Bamford, Phillips, Cooper, Ayling, Dallas, Forshaw, Summerville, Llorente, and Koch all missed too many games.

Recruitment perhaps assuming 9th we'd be ok with just James and Firpo (James slightly unlucky always out of position due to above) . Firpo an unmitigated disaster. Connor Gallagher loan over the line we'd have been fine. Lack of Jan signings unforgivable given the known inj situ. Blame Victor for failing to find anyone Bielsa was happy with having failed to get Aronson.

Youth backup just held us up by the skin of our teeth. Gelhardt (amazing) Cresswell (looks solid) , Greenwood (growing into a role) . Hjelde (looks promising, had his own inj issues. Summerville seemed on the brink of a breakthrough before you guessed it an injury. Bate looks ok but wonder if he'll make it in the prem. Drameh seems to have come on leaps and bounds on the Cardiff loan.

Ageing core beset by injuries (Ayling surgery twice this yr) Dallas broken leg, Klich can't be relied upon anymore, fewer goals. Cooper some injuries. Bamford guilty til innocent on fitness.

If Raph wants to go having kept us up (commitment and desire never in doubt for me) . He can go with my blessing and thanks (absolutely welcome to stay) . Deserves European football. Kal and Raph can't leave in the same window. Don't you dare sell Raph and proclaim Summerville like a 'new signing' a la Forshaw.

net spend of 75m required imo (obviously more if Raph goes) . Left back, x2 centre mids, and a striker.

Player of the season: Raphinha
Young Player of the season: Gelhardt
Signing of the season: Klaesson (purely for holding the precious Wolves win) .

loanees returning to assess: Drameh, Mccalmont, Davis, Costa, Casilla, Bogusz. Only Drameh has a real chance. Costa and Casilla moving on might get a bit of a fee/ wage flexibility. Bogusz to check after a bad inj.


1.) 23 May 2022 05:18:40
Good write up Ealing.



30 Apr 2022 18:41:01
Im convinced that firpo isn't a lb or a lwb but wouldn't be a half bad LW potentially.


1.) 30 Apr 2022 18:42:59
Your drunk right!

2.) 30 Apr 2022 19:19:43
He should have been left back where he came from. He’s been terrible.



02 Apr 2022 17:05:46
Cooper adds a lot to this defence like this - sure Southampton had a fair few shots but all but the free kick and Adams chance late in the first half were right food and drink for illan.

Gelhardt - seems to scare the pants off defenders - didn't quite get the ball at his feet for a proper shot but the way he bullied Bednarek just such a breath of fresh air.

A point slightly disappointing but given Watford and Burnley both lost as expected more distance and if we can get 3 points at Watford will be fairly certain we will be ok.


1.) 02 Apr 2022 18:09:23
Cooper is bloody awful at this level and always will be. If we haven't bought better than Cooper since we got promoted then the recruitment team need to be shot.

2.) 02 Apr 2022 20:46:59
Alf buddy, you make some great posts, and while I agree he has been a liability on many occasions, and probably again, he is a great leader. Only two players I see who can replace that leadership, which is vital, are Kal or Koch. We have missed his presence and leadership skills.




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28 May 2022 09:34:14
Signed him on football manager for what that's worth though he ended up doing his cruciate within three games.




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27 Feb 2021 13:48:40
would also say, Poveda looks promising yet still needs to take a big step to be truly useful. Drameh and Summerville have earned the chance to have a go in the first team I hope before the end of the season but have proved nothing yet i sincerely hope they do in some (hopefully) dead rubbers.




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27 Feb 2021 13:46:15
i read somewhere he is on 50K a week, not sure how much i trust the source admittedly. His age for me isn't such a problem. He strikes me as someone who maybe his pace has or will go a little but will bust a gut and has experience playing for big teams in a high-pressure environment. Not like the last guy we signed from Madrid who basically sat on their bench for ages, this guy actually plays and if he gets a solid 3-4 yr deal to take him to 33 yrs good stuff. Free agent too means i'm not so annoyed about signing him with decreasing sell-on value based on age.




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09 Jul 2020 13:26:12
Costa not worth £16m - yet. But Jack Harrison (JH) wasnt worth 8m a year ago and now he's very good value on that - could be a bargain with more improvement.

If Costa applies himself like JH in terms of attitude and work rate i think he has a higher ceiling than JH and maybe that second season with Bielsa is what he needs. Or he could turn into a dud but i hope not.

Regarding the £16m i think its an instalments thing ('loan' intially) but think we probably paid first instalment a while back to stay right with FFP rules. Meslier, and JH to come in permanently next - Meslier is bags of potential and some great games (arsenal) but isn't quite finished article yet but 5M is a steal for him. 2 new cbs needed (if we can't get White back) . And a striker if we can get out of the Augustin farce. Eduoard would do very nicely.

Personally I want to see more of Gotts, Shackleton Mccalmont, and Davis. If we finish the job and go up either they stay and hopefully get a long run in cups (wishful thinking) or sort them a Ch loan. Shacks probably closest to fringes of first team so might stay.




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07 Dec 2019 16:55:05
I wouldn't want him, don't think he is a premier league striker. Would rather we trusted Nketiah and Edmondson than spend heavily on Vydra, unless someone truly proven in the prem or much younger wit more potential than Vydra. His attitude when we tried to sign him initially doesn't endear him to me either.





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13 Jul 2022 13:31:07
I've been hoping for Mata for the last year and a half. I'd offer him a two yr deal (understanding that he's very much a prem version of the Championship version of Pablo) . Wouldn't be able to play 38 games a season but with the squad depth we now have we wouldn't need him too. Would be unbelievable around the young players too as by a lot of accounts he's been a class act. Think people like Greenwood, Aaronson and even Bamford could learn and/ or benefit from having him around on and off the pitch. Strikes me as someone without a big ego too and wages would be less of a problem than with some so long as A. he's paid competitively within the squad and B. He buys into the project. Only rumours so far though.




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10 Jul 2022 18:05:26
Aha I happen to be a big tennis fan.




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26 May 2022 13:50:32
Out (with what I believe realistic fee) . Raphinha 55-70m. Its going to happen may as well make peace with it.

Desired Outs: Rodrigo (max 7.5m at 31 and poor form, likely only market Spain/ Portugal where teams don't have money. May take a wage hit too) .

Costa: Above practically the same.
Casilla - Free transfer if we're lucky and off the hook for wages. Season loan with only percentage covered if not.

Shackleton - hasn't kicked on - 5-7.5m to a upper championship team with clauses such as promotion maybe bringing it to 10m.

Kenneh (already gone, shame thought he had a chance) .

Roberts - 4m to Championship team, again with some clauses bringing it to 7m if met.

Phillips - not for sale this year if/ when we sell Raph.
Harrison - has a price but its high - 40m. Not looking to sell.
Klich/ Forshaw - past their best but sale value not high on age and injury record/ form - have some use as backup roles then release.

That's about 90m in fees brought in + whatever Radz and Co. would spend hope that brings fees to around 135m. Take 25m off for Arronson in 110m.

Ramsay I think would cost 7.5m (rising to 12.5m with clauses) The kid is great based on the season he's had and if they know Liverpool interested they're not going to let him go cheap so 102.5m left if we get him.

Unnamed Prem Striker according to Phil Hay - no idea who but if Nketiah free agent.

Leaves around 100m for a Raph replacement, another cm, a lb and maybe a veteran GK to backup Meslier.

That would be seven in seven out, but the likes of Hjelde and Drameh will add some depth at the back and buying two mids (one being arronson) to relegate Forshaw and Klich as depth pieces.




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26 May 2022 13:17:40
Wouldn't take Dest - reeks of journos knowing he's American and Barcelona not being able to afford a direct fee for Raphinha so will try and ship some players as a makeweight. Ramsay I would take - Ayling is on his last legs and next season probably his last with his knee - no slight he's been a great player for us and at a great price too. Ramsay in Shackleton out this season and that'll leave Drameh and Ramsay to battle it out. Ramsay can't be bad - Liverpool have been after him for a while too.




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23 May 2022 14:22:37
Aaronson had 10 goals and 6 assists in all club comps last season including 2 in 2 against Bayern Munich. So not bad but always hard to tell.

I'd take a couple leaders in midfield like Oriol Romeu (1yr left on his Southampton deal) and James Milner - so many including myself think this is too romantic and how much use but epitomises a true pro and changes the game for Liverpool when he comes on. A great role model even just for a yr or two if he came. Romeu would add some protection in front of the back four and could play with or be backup for Kal. two or three from Phillips, Milner, Romeu, Klich, Aaronson, Forshaw and Bate and Kenneh as developing/ backup is a lot more depth and quality than what we have at present and doesn't cost a load fee wise leaving some space to improve elsewhere. Those thinking we can return to Top 10 in one season are too optimistic and if we can finish 15th or better next year I'll be happy.