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Spending spree over at Molineux?

Those of you hoping for another spending spree at Molineux are likely to be disappointed, other than O`Hara from Tottenham, the chequebook could mainly be staying shut this summer.

As long as we can secure our Premier League status, Jamie O`Hara's proposed move from Spurs to Wolves for around 5million should just be a formality.

O'Hara is likely to become our third biggest transfer signing, following in behind the 7million paid for Steven Fletcher in June 2010 and the 6.5million for Kevin Doyle in June 2009.

Overall, since our promotion to the Premier League we have forked out well in excess of 30 million on transfer fees alone.

Despite the big spending by Morgan, Moxey and McCarthy, some supporters want to see more being spent, oblivious to the reality of financial mismanagement at other clubs around the country.

"It`s made a difference that we`ve been able to bring players in quickly in the last few summers, but I`m not so sure whether that would happen this year," our Mick told Express & Star.

The fact is, we spent big to try and establish ourselves in the division, we had to have a big turnover of players to get the strength in depth and now we have that in place, we need to improve at a slower pace, shifting out one or two faces before bringing new blood in.

Vital Wolves Comment: Another area of the transfer policy which has been pleasing is the fact that we have moved for a lot of players who will only get better.

Many teams down the bottom of the Premier League go for just experience and while I've cried out for some to be added to our squad, other sides miss out on the balance and just sign players who drift from one relegated club to another in the twilight of their careers.

We've moved for players who will develop in time and that can also only be a good thing.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 10 2011

Time: 1:32PM

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I understand the reason supporters wanting more as it feels like we have'nt spent anything in the summer due to the players who came in,not being picked to play,injured or homesick!.
Crete Wolf
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10/03/2011 14:07:00

I endorse Crete Wolf's sentiment. Indeed I pointed out in a contribution to an earlier article that we need to spend wisely, something that we haven't always done over the past two years. Why, for instance, weren't JVD's weakness as a FB and as a person found out while he was being scouted? Although he gave the appearance of a 'hard nut', he really was a ******. We fans feel let down: apart from the euphoria generated by staying up we were promised that the new recruits would enable us to improve our standing in the PL. Yet, in spite of 17m. being spent we languish in 2nd. bottom place, with nine games to go. I think we will survive but, if so, that will be down to the players, who took us up or who kept us there last season. That is not say that we do not need to spend money to make progress - if we avoid the drop - because we do. What we want to see is the purchase of players with skill, flair and commitment, ones who will help the team to reach a higher level. The signing of O'Hara is but the start. Of course, everything will turn to dust if we get relegated and, if we do, we can point to the waste of millions of pounds of transfer money as a contributory factor.
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10/03/2011 17:57:00

If you wonder what word has been asterisked out, it is a pet name for a cat, which I used to define a person with no backbone ... not as the offical censor implies!
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10/03/2011 18:00:00

Does it rhyme with Banker?
Crete Wolf
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10/03/2011 18:45:00

Maybe if you had slipped it in as pusscat? I'm just testing the 'moderater' with that one. Then again it would have lost it's punch because ****** springs to mind aswell as spineless snivelling little *****.
New York City Wolf
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11/03/2011 13:00:00

The last one, starting and ending with a t being one of my favourite words, one that perhaps one in then over here are able to say properly. Very odd. Anyways- points well raised above, as always. What are we up to these days for a season in the Premiership, 50 million a pop? There are wages to be paid of course and income, even if we do stay up will take a hit losing four or five thousand on the gate but with three or four sure to leave in the summer, these days we are more likely to recoup a couple of million here or there so you have near enough your first ten go to with regardless. I don't think ten million from the club is much to ask for on the back of two Premiership seasons and all its financial gains. O'Hara is a must based on what he did at Portsmouth and what we have already seen, so yes, three or four more of his standard, along with the present quality at our disposal and I think next season such worries as those we have suffered most of this season will become a bit distant.
New York City Wolf
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11/03/2011 13:07:00

I think a lot depends on what happens this May,if we stay up, questions about the 18 million summer signings will probably be swept under the carpet.If it goes badly for us I think the question will be asked as to why all these players have played no part or a very small part in our season?.Looking at what they are asking for Ohara,5 million,that nearly four very good players we should have but dont!.Finally we allegedly got our money back for JVD,what sort of money I wander will we re-coup on the rest?very little I suspect and we will probably find out not long after the 22nd May.
Crete Wolf
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11/03/2011 21:41:00

You're right but let's be positive ... we patented the the formula for survival last year and reinvented it this year. And, if we do not lose the remaining games, I'll get to wear my Doritos shirt (would anyone like to swap a Goodyear shirt for it) and you get a free pint of Banks's bitter at the Blackburn game.
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12/03/2011 22:20:00

I was just having a think about this, and all the talk coming from the club, ruling out another hefty investment (in the event of staying up) can be seen as sensible looking back on the years where clubs milked our established wealth- farming out tired old cattle to graze over a final big pay check. We are hardly Manchester City, but established ourselves amongst the top four spenders last year the club may be a little cautious stamping their feet insisting the (team) investment will continue. It has to. Where do you draw the line between protecting yourself from inflated trnasfer demands and being honest with the fans, those in particular who are working out whether they can or want to splash out on season tickets. In the name of give and take you are not going to keep throwing larger sums of more at something if you do not feel you are reaping some form of reward. Granted, the players signed last summer have barely worked out, the good news is that the club were prepared to invest and at a signifcant cost. I do worry that what we recoup from sales may determine to some extent how much will be made available but those signings and the ramifications on the money he reeives, are issues Mick will deal with. If his business sense comes into play then it would be understandable if he played by these rules, but if he has given the green light to the development plan at a time when our situation was looking a lot worse than it does right now, I think he showed a great deal of faith in his manager the day he pressed the green button, I think he will make for a calculated gamble and throw some more money on the table. Let's face it, we are going to lose money on players; Fletcher for example, drawing on an article earlier in the week- I think he is a great asset to the club and hope he is given the chance to play a big part in our future, but even if Mick decided to sell him this summer I don't even think we would get back for Fletcher what we paid for him, so Mouyokolo and the like- I can't judge his ability based on the twelves minutes or so I have seen of him, but I would not even pay a million for him if I could dig out my Championship manager copy- so who will buy him? As Crete suggests, the euphoria and relief of a second survival, it does still irk to have to write in such terms, but it is what it is, then transfer losses will be the last thing on peoples mind; when it comes to moaning about a lack of investment, it would serve them well to read of the article and comments and, as they say, 'do the math.'
New York City Wolf
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13/03/2011 16:05:00


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