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Expect more departures from Molineux

We've already seen a couple head for the exit doors, but expect a couple more to follow them.

Recently Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey spelled it out quite clearly: 'Players will have to be moved on in order for new signings to come in.'

It's just a simple case of balancing the books and the Premier League's squad number rules.

For Mick McCarthy to strengthen the squad in the areas that we know we need it (ie defence), then he will have to make room first.

The most likely to be shifted out first is giant Austrian striker Stefan Maierhofer.

He has been quite literally, a big flop, thankfully though we should be able to re-coup some kind of transfer fee for him, we may well have to take a loss, but you would imagine every penny we receive for him will go back into the transfer kitty.

Another player obviously surplus to requirements is Greg Halford.

Like the Hoff, he spent last season out on loan and if our Mick can shift him out permanently then he probably will.

Another player whose time could be up is young lad Sam Vokes.

The Welsh striker just seems to limp from injury to injury and it's probably best he tries to re-start is career in the Football League.

Vital Wolves Comment: What do you think? Would you keep any of the three I've singled out? Who else do you think we will shift out?

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 10 2011

Time: 11:00AM

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Halford's career at Portsmouth this season highlights the difference in the standard of play between the PL and the Championship. By all accounts, he has played well at centre back, to the extent that Portsmouth want to buy him for that position. But, here at Wolves, we all know of his limitations, long throw notwithstanding. It's a cautionary tale when assessing the quality of potential recruits, like Mills, from lower divisions.
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10/06/2011 11:09:00

It can be taken as read that The Hoff and Halford are going, but, unfortunately, it will not make any room in the 25--neither of them was in the 25 this season. Nor was Vokes, but he was 21 by January 1 this year, so next season he would have to be in the 25 to play. So, sorry Akela, but none of these transfers will add to the 2 places left vacant in Wolves 25 by the departures of Jones and Mancienne.
Nippy Lobo
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10/06/2011 14:39:00

Agreed. Whilst a lot of our Championship winning success was down to players brought in from the lower leagues, we have spent two years in the Premiership now, and whilst I am not saying forget about the lower tiers of English football, what we need right now is proper quality. I think Johnson will eventually leave for somewhere in the region of 8 or 9 million and I would be happy to see us pay that for him. I was a little alarmed when Halford appeared to be edging his nose back towards first team affairs again. Hopefully we can get most of our money back on that one. Of greater concern- Mouyokolo and Austrian. Moxey has said the club will not shy away from breaking the transfer record again but saying that, the way they are running things, there is going to be emphasis on shifting these unwanted players out. Let's just hope we prioritize, bring in the players we need and then deal with moving these out afterwards if they are still loitering.
New York City Wolf
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10/06/2011 14:41:00

Yorkie: I agree with your emphasis on bringing in quality players first, even if we lay out cash before bringing it in, that is, if we can't do both at the same time. I certainly don't want to lose Johnson (or whoever) because of a temporary imbalance. Maierhofer, Halford and Vokes will obviously go and help defray our costs but I am uncertain about Mouyokolo. We have not really seen him at his best (what we did see was disappointing) and Hull fans and our own Oddjob rate him so he could be worth persevering with. If he has regained his fitness, we could see how he shapes up in training and in the close season friendlies before making a decision on his future.
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10/06/2011 15:53:00

Nippo I was just talking generally really, obviously the departures help to balance the wages and perhaps also get some money from sales, so that was more the general point. Then when we know whoever is being bought in to the squad, we will then be re-evaluated and others will then be shifted out if they are found surplus to requirements. I wasn't being specific to these players, merely starting a discussion point.
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10/06/2011 17:27:00

Marcus Hahnemann, Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, Kevin Foley, Ronald Zubar, Richard Stearman, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Steven Mouyokolo, George Elokobi, Stephen Ward, Jelle Van Damme, Karl Henry, David Jones, Michael Mancienne (on loan from Chelsea), Dave Edwards, Greg Halford, Nenad Milijas, Adlene Guedioura, Matt Jarvis, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Marcus Bent (on loan from Birmingham) Thats the 25 man squad at the start of last season , so if i read it right Hannehman , Jones , Mancienne , Bent , Halford , VD either gone or to go and O'Hara and Kightly and Hammill taking 3 that leaves 3 spaces left for in my opinion 2 defenders and a reserve goalie , So does that mean we sell Vokes and Keogh too ? and obviously no space for the Hoff so he goes too ?
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10/06/2011 23:14:00

Berra and henry out
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10/06/2011 23:19:00

I agree with Berra but id keep Henry for another season and if hes still not doing it come January hopefully either Guedioura had already replaced him or we spend then , Defence is the key as we have all stated and i still think Berra going to Rangers and Bougherra coming here would be excellent business !
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11/06/2011 11:33:00

If Bougherra is as good as you say, Oddjob, the swap would be a great bit of business ... but how much would we have to pay to make up the difference?
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11/06/2011 12:54:00

Well i think Berra is worth 3 million , Bougherra has only a year left on his contract so just add a million on top and maybe another million on appearences , i was a little worried that we hadn't made any progress in bringing players in but then i thought unless your included in the under 21 euro's then no players will be home until monday at least due to players going on holiday so any deal really is verbal at best , if someone said to me who are the 3 players you would like to bring in to solid us up , id want Bougherra Johnson and Warnock , i wuld be chuffed with those 3 , and let Ikeme have a season at reserve goalkeeper
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11/06/2011 15:16:00


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