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Wolves continue the chase for new signings

Not perturbed by missing out on Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell to Fulham, we've now moved for Portsmouth's Michael Brown.

Brown currently has a contract dispute with the financially struggling side and by the sounds of things could be snapped up on the cheap.

According to the metro.co.uk Brown has been out in the cold since Boxing Day as one more game will automatically give him a payrise at Pompey.

A compromise hasn't been reached and it now looks likely he will leave.

Vital Wolves Comment: Do you think Mick is making the right moves in this transfer window?

Central midfielders wouldn't have been my first port of call if I'm totally honest!

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 11 2011

Time: 1:00PM

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michael brown is not a player that is going to improve us.. and neither is simon church from reading.. i understand that it is difficult to get good players in the transfer market with 3 or 4 teams going for the same players but what is the point in bringing in players that aren't going to improve us.. we want exciting transfers to give us a bit of faith in the manager and the chief executive.. West ham look to be showing ambition in the transfer market and look like they will sign bridge and probably more.. so the probability is that they will improve and move up the table.. surely this means we need to be showing the same ambtion??!! i wanna grab mccarthy by the ears and give him a good shake sometimes!!!!!!!!
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11/01/2011 13:16:00

'ear, 'ear, SmithyWolves!
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11/01/2011 13:48:00

ha ha like it
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11/01/2011 13:55:00

100 % agree. I shudder to think that mick's content to give survival a go without re-enforcements... but it seems that yet again, the few we do actually target are far too easily poached, and we are all to eager to let them go rather than splash a bit extra. No one wants to do a Portsmouth or Hull, but our squad will be tore to shreds if we get relegated, and the likes of Jarvis Doyle and Hennessey will not be replaced easily - or cheaply. Another worrying thought is that Mick knows his job isnt under threat. We could finish 15 points adrift at the foot of the table, and he will still have a job - hardly an encouraging fact for the common Wolves fan - so pleasing the board by not spending any money comes without repercussion.
Ad Mant
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11/01/2011 14:18:00

All you have to do is pay Brown's 122k per month salary and I imagine Pompey will give him away; he has offered to drop that by 50% if you are interested.
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11/01/2011 14:34:00

Bloody right! We've had more than our share of fillers, who do nothing to improve the team, get few games but cost us money, get shipped out to lower division clubs if we can fix it and eventually move off elsewhere at a lower transer fee. What a waste of time and money. Of course, we need one or two cheap players of equivalent status to fill in the gaps due to injury or suspension BUT in our present situation we should focus on spending the lot and a little more besides on a quality left back and a central defender. This is the only way to improve. Our management is so unambitious. OK, so it would be nice to have a bigger, posher stadium but that's turning the club's priorities on their head. If we don't improve, we could go down and then there will be no point in adding extra seats. Are we going to settle for mediocrity?
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11/01/2011 14:49:00

Saw this earlier and was very suprised as to how many players we are still 'using' at present.This is either very commendable on the improvment of these players under Merlin's magical touch or does it show a lack of ambition?any comments? 1st game of the season 2008 against Plymouth Argyle 9/8/2008 result 2-2 Team Hennesey Foley Stearman Craddock Elokobi Kightly Henry Jones SEB Ward Keogh Out of all of those only Keogh has left and thats only on loan,now there's qa thought cant we recall him from Cardiff as our back up striker?that will save a little bit more on the budget!!UTW.
Crete Wolf
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11/01/2011 15:30:00

But would he strike?
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11/01/2011 15:35:00

There are players in nordic countries like Norway, Denmark, and Sweden available. They're cheap and doesn't demand high salary's. Our scouts should cover these areas better. Nordic players has traditionally done very well in premier. Instead we go out and battle for talented players others club are monitoring. As a newcomer in premier we more often lose than win. It seems like the foreign market is easier to deal with in the january window. When a lot of clubs fight are interested in players, it usually takes a long time for the transfer to go through, and when one is on the losing part there isn't much time to find interesting prospects before the window closes.
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11/01/2011 16:14:00

Good point: in the past England have often had a hard time against Scandinavian countries, and this suggests a high standard of play. Moreover, as you indicate, players from the region often do well in the PL.
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11/01/2011 16:25:00

ha ha this is hilarious.. apparently we're after miroslav klose from bayern munich, and so are real madrid!! who makes this stuff up???!! http://www.footballtransfertavern.com/2011/01/premiership/mick-will-fight-hose-for-a-legendary-german-striker
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11/01/2011 22:30:00

We must only sign players who can almost at once improve our chances of survival. Otherwise hang on to the money until the summer. The January window is not a good time to sign players....
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12/01/2011 01:25:00

You're right of course. However, because of the predicament we have found ourselves in, buying in players in the January window became the perceived solution. In this frame of mind we wanted new players, if only because it made us feel that the management were concerned about our plight. As you argue, such a knee jerk reaction could be counter-productive if it foisted mediocre players on us. We should only bid for players who will improve our performance but will management agree to spend 10m plus on a player and the associated hike in salaries? I have a feeling that MM and JM like a bargain.
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12/01/2011 08:30:00

When I think how much money was spent in the summer and how much was wasted?,I'll leave that for you to decide?.And I see this morning that Villa are lining up offers for Maynor Figueroa and Hugo Rodallega of Wigan,both for 10 million!,now that to me looks like a good bit of business,both good players and both premier league expierienced.
Crete Wolf
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12/01/2011 10:14:00

well reports this morning are saying that we are on the verge of signing adam hammill from barnsley for 500,000 and he'll be on 20,000 a week, and also that we're going to sign leigh griffiths from dundee.. again i cant see these 2 helping us avoid relegation!! ok they might come good in the future but we need players who are going to make an immediate impact!!
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12/01/2011 12:19:00

Great Post Crete Wolf - sums up our Trnafser season a treat - spending loads of money on donkeys, or players that have no hope in hell's chance of getting in ahead of micks favourites. Does nobody find in amusing that Ward gets in over ANYONE who's position Mick decides to put him in, be it up front or at the back... Im surprised Mick isnt financing a gene splicing lab to clone 10 more Wards, oh, and maybe a couple more for the bench. WHY SPEND BUTTLOADS ON PLAYERS YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF PLAYING !!! ???
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12/01/2011 12:44:00

in terms of bringing in strikers i think keogh could come back and be a descent enough back up for the 3 we have.. i know everyone will disagree with me and tell me im crazy but i still think maierhofer could do a job for us.. he only played 8 times and didnt really get a chance to settle.. he has a fantastic scoring record through his career i think if he was given time he could come good.. zubar and milijas took time to settle and i dont think he was given the same opportunity.. bentley's move to brum could be off after seb larsson is demanding too much money from newcaste/sunderland and they're pulling out.. lets go and get him on loan aswell as o'hara or jenas on loan for the rest of the season!!! i wonder if we get a manager in on loan lol
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12/01/2011 14:15:00

The number of replies to a story about about an out of favour Portsmouth player underlines how important this transfer window is, and whilst I agree it has to be done sensibly, the window, as in which teams will bring in who, quiet simply will determine seasons and very long term future's. Will Michael Brown improve us? No, he wouldn't have improved us when we were in the Championship let alone now. I'm not excited by any of the names being thrown around thus far- in the mean time it only seems to be us, the supporters who are talking about the likes of O'Hara, Lescott, Keane and so on. I said the other day that if we signed just two players, Lescott and Bridge from Man City, I think we would stay up- Wayne Bridge is one of the steadiest left backs in the country and considering our concerns with that position, surely the club must have at least sounded him out? I can only hope it's back to the days where our business was conducted quietly and they will surprise us with some quality signings- a lot of these stories are of course created by agents- mentioning just one interested club gets other at least thinking about a players availability. If Brown's agent is behind this story I blame him from bringing on a case of pre work Blues (take a look at the players they have been talking to.)
New York City Wolf
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12/01/2011 15:05:00

Is Bridge going to WHU? If so, why didn't we make a reasonable offer for him? He would cost more that 1-2 but, as everyone in this thread is emphasizing, we need to bring in quality, men who will improve our performance. Even more frustratingly, he would have solved our left back problem. I don't think I can take much more than this, though perhaps secret negotiations are going on, as I write. Unfortunately, in such circumstances MM usually pulls a rabbit out of the hat rather than a lion.
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12/01/2011 16:29:00

The story was on The Guardian yesterday- who knows what is going on but as I say, if we did not put in for one of the best left backs in the country when it's our weakest position then there's a problem. To my understanding, to make matters worse it sounds like it will initially be a loan signing. For a player of that quality you'd think we'd be prepared to pay his whole wage for the rest of the season, especially considering he might be going to one of our closest rivals.
New York City Wolf
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12/01/2011 16:57:00

Bentleys gone to Brum on loan and Bridge the same to Hammers.
Crete Wolf
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12/01/2011 19:02:00


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