We all love a rumour or 10 – but 12 days into the transfer window, Claret&Hugh thought it might be a good idea to check the facts against the mass of speculation and hopeful thinking!
Back in June, David Gold declared on Twitter that fans could expect around five new faces this summer. And right now we have Darren Randolph, Stephen Hendrie, Dimitri Payet, Pedro Obiang and Angelo Ogbonna on board. By our reckoning, THAT’S FIVE!
Gold said “new faces”, which may cover loan signings as well as permanent buys. A sixth will almost certainly be Carl Jenkinson, and then, possibly, Alex Song, or somebody like him. There are also rumours about Kevin Miralles and Charlie Austin.
My understanding is that the total cost of the new arrivals tops out at between £21-£22 million leaving, whether we find it acceptable or not, about £3 million in the kitty. A total of £25 million was the ceiling.
However, there’s a good chance that a Stewart Downing departure will add a few more quid to the pot which may allow a bid of sorts to be made.
Many players have been mentioned as far as a new striker is concerned – Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Austin among them.
Jarvis look likely to move on should there be any interest, but currently – as reported here previously – there’s not. The club has done a lot of business very early and that is all to the good.
The rest of the summer looks likely to be relatively quiet with Jenkinson and a loan striker on the way – anything else will be a bonus and Downing’s departure may make it possible.