Tagged: transfers

England out – Ince to decide soon

England’s under-21s lost last night meaning an Tom Ince move could be on the cards sooner than expected. Ince stated that no move would be sorted until the European Championships were over, the 3-1 defeat to Norway last night means there’s only one remaining game against the hosts Israel on Tuesday.

It looks like the first bid for Ince could be from Crystal Palace who are said to be ready to table a £4 million bid.

A really good blog from Spurs site Captain Cartilage mentioned the Palace bid, originally reported by The Sun. It also reiterated the view that Tom Ince isn’t good enough for any of the top Premier League sides, or the Sky Six as they put it (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd & City) and will end up at a smaller Premier League side.

Meanwhile back on the Fylde Coast Paul Ince stated the obvious about the training facilities. Understanding that a new training ground is far away, or out of the question. Ince is looking to make some smaller improvements to the current setup at squires gate. Talking to the Gazette .

“In the meantime, while we are at Squires Gate it’s important we make it as professional and homely as we can.

“That’s going to be our home from Monday to Friday each week. At the moment, for me it’s not very good.”

Which all sounds very much like Oyston is able to make some short-term fixes and then not commit to a date on a new training ground.

A couple of days ago Millwall announced that Steve Lomas would be taking up the position left by Kenny Jackett. The former West Ham midfielder had been managing north of the border with St. Johnstone.

A cluster of Championship clubs are interested in striker Sylan Ebanks-Blake. Middlesbrough, Leicester and Palace are interested in the striker who spend the end of the season with Wolves on the sideline with a broken leg.

Another Championship striker Kevin Davies who left Bolton is currently being linked with Sheffield Wednesday, but also to Sunderland. Ourselves, Wolves and Hull have also been linked with the one cap England forward.

One team in a similar situation to us (having no players) is Watford. The losing play-off finalists released 7 players last week, and with most of their squad having been made up of loan players they now have a squad of only 15.

Last week a change in the rules was put forward to restrict the number of international loan players to 5. This was after Watford’s squad was made up of 10 plus players from their sister clubs.

Included the 7 released players were midfielder Mark Yeates and Stephen McGinn. Contracts have been offered to five players who were out of contract. Almunia, Jonathan Bond, Fitz Hall, Lloyd Doyley and John Eustace.

Adding a further complexity to the situation is the club is still under a transfer embargo due to dodgy goings on under the last owners. Transfers will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. All of which will make it difficult for the Hornets to be competitive from day one next season.

Tom Ince to decide future after the Under-21 Championships

After paper talk yesterday regarding Tom Ince and a possible move to Cardiff, the midfielder was interviewed by the national press as part of the build up to tonight’s England under-21s game against Norway. Ince, who missed out on the first game due to a one match suspension reiterated that no decisions would be made until the tournament was over.

“I have had a big two years of football that’s brought me to where I am now – it’s got me a place in the Under-21 team, it’s got the media talking about me, which is flattering. But it’s about making the right move at the right time. There’s no point in going somewhere and stopping your development. I’m going to sit down after the Euros – touch wood we will get to the final and even win the thing – and club football will be what I speak to dad about. If I stay at Blackpool, then great. But if it’s time to move on, I’ll move on.

It’s clear to me that he’ll only move to a club where he can play games. Liverpool are said to be interested, but would he be able to play on a regular basis? If not, I don’t think he’ll move. However if Swansea, Fulham or Newcastle make an offer it could be a move he’ll take. If that move isn’t on now he’ll wait to January.


Ince should hopefully start in tonight’s game which kicks off at 5pm and is on Sky Sports 2.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Reading picked up Wayne Bridge from Manchester City. Daryl Murphy joined Ipswich, who’ve already signed Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick.

The BBC published a nice list of all the players released from Premier League Clubs, some of them will have been snapped up already, some may retire.

Chelsea: Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull

Everton: Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha, Phil Neville

Fulham: Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagkounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Alex Smith, Csaba Somogyi

Liverpool: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Stephens, Dan Wilson

Manchester City: Wayne Bridge, Filippo Mancini, Ryan McGivern, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure

Manchester United: Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson

Reading: Nick Bignall, Simon Church, Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Alex Pearce, Nicky Shorey, Jay Tabb, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams

Swansea: Mark Gower

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Barthram, David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson

West Bromwich Albion: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Gonzalo Jara, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas

West Ham: Cole Carlton, Jake Larkins, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen.

Wigan: Peter Aylmer, Albert Crusat, Franco Di Santo, David Jones, Adrian Lopez, Jonathan Lynch, Callum Morris, Filip Orsula, Ronnie Stam, Joshua Sumner, Ryan Watson.

From that long list I’ve picked my best 11. Bit of a mixed bunch really!

  1. GK Steve Harper
  2. LB Ian Harte
  3. RF Danny Simpson
  4. CB Kolo Toure
  5. CB Chris Baird
  6. LW Zoltan Gera
  7. CM Gary O’Neil
  8. CM Yossi Benayoun
  9. RW Florent Malouda
  10. FW Cole Carlton
  11. FW Roque Santa Cruz

Nathan, Nathan and Kirk

A good transfer deadline last Friday which saw us hold onto our players, there may have been some late bids but Matt Phillips and Tom Ince were going nowhere, they actually were on the bus to Leicester great timing!

We did however do a little business to bring in two on Friday and a further new face today. Lets have a look at the new recruits.

Nathan Eccleston

21-year-old Nathan Geoffrey Junior Eccleston (unlucky with the middle names there) came from Liverpool where he was unable to make an impact. He made a handful of appearances at Liverpool after moving from Bury as a youth player, (he’s a Manc not a Scouser) but never was able to get a regular place in the squad never mind in the team.

It’s behind you Nathan


He has some League One experience with three loan spells at Huddersfield, Charlton and Rochdale, a total of 37 appearances with 5 goals.

He seems a bit of a player, but that’s a reference to off the field activities. Anyway here’s hoping he’ll be able to make an impact, he’s on a contract till the end of the season with the option of a further year.

Nathan Delfouneso

Another Nathan, but this time Delfouneso or the ‘The Fonz’. He’s had plenty of chances at Villa notching up 31 appearances and a couple of goals (one against us in the 3-2 defeat at Villa).  He’s also had time on loan in the Championship with the Dingles down the road and Leicester. Seen somewhat as a similar player to Gabby Agbonlahor Nathan has had to wait for a run in the first team. He’s still in the plans long-term at Villa with another two years on his contract, that was signed a year ago and since then with a new manager at Villa (they try a new one one every year) it seems he’s not going to feature for Villa again this year considering he’s on a year-long loan at the Seaside.

It looks like he’s be either playing the forward role or on the wing, his spell at Leicester he featured on the wing. He’s certainly got the attributes to do well at Bloomfield but just have to see if he gets a chance with Ince, GTF, Phillips X2 ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment. Let’s hope for some Happy Days at Bloomfield Road for the ‘The Fonz’.

Kirk Broadfoot

Today Kirk Broadfoot was confirmed as a Pool player, being a free agent he was able to sign after the deadline on Friday. He’s one of the many from the Rangers exodus but admitted that he nearly signed for the Pool a couple of years ago.

It’s good to see some defensive cover to come in considering the two Nathans are forwards and the rest of our signing this summer have appeared to be midfielders. He’s generally played at center half for Rangers, but has been known to play at right back.

Interesting story about Kirk, he had to go to hospital when an egg exploded in his face – http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/may/15/kirk-broadfoot-egg-explosion-rangers

Kirk's worst nightmare Kirk’s worst nightmare


All looks good lets hope they can make an impact!

Another three in with 4 days to go

Three new faces today with only four days to go till the opener against Millwall. James Caton who’s only 18, I’m guessing the plan is to be in the development squad. He did grab a goal in the friendly against Everton and with only GTF fit at the moment he maybe nearer to the first team that you would think. If your down with the kids then he’s on twitter @James_Caton94.

The second is a 22-year-old Spaniard Alberto Noguera, who was on trial with us during the week in Portugal. He’s another midfielder taking our count to 15, I think. He’s also on twitter – @NogueraAlberto.

Last but not least we’ve brought in Adda Djeziri who’s played under Ollie before at Leicester. An Algerian-Dane he’s also spent time in England for Portsmouth but according to his stats he’s never really made it in England. He’s since been back to Denmark playing for a selection of clubs.

He’s not on twitter but there’s a nice video of him playing for Pompy.

At the moment nothing that really set the heart racing but it looks like we might be close to signing Stephen Dobbie who would be our marquee signing for the summer. If not I’m sure everything will go smoothly on the opening day! Most importantly my ticket arrived!