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Wolves miss out on Mills

Mick McCarthy will once again have to move his focus onto another centre back after we refused to get involved in a bidding war for Matt Mills.

Having been left in deadlock with Birmingham over the 9million evaluation of Roger Johnson, Wolves moved to try and sign Matt Mills.

The 24-year-old defender had just a year left on his contract at Reading, which should have meant that his value would decrease from the 3million price tag that Reading had slapped on his head.

Wolves refused to match that price offering around 2.5million, so when Leicester came along and offered an initial 4.3million rising to 5.5million, our interest ended and Reading probably laughed their way all the way to the bank.

Leicester could even be paying him 30,000-a-week over the four-year deal that he has signed, a lucrative deal that again we wouldn't have dreamt of matching.

Even if Mills was desperate to play in the Premier League he would be barking mad to turn down personal terms like that.

Vital Wolves Comment: Manchester United's Jonny Evans could remain a target and I still think that would be a fantastic signing.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 8 2011

Time: 12:10PM

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Good luck to them and him if its not to be and move on to other things.Still think we have business to do with Spurs!.
Crete Wolf
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08/07/2011 12:29:00

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock...
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08/07/2011 12:34:00

Apparently Leicester upped their own initial bid "believing" Wolves had increased theirs.Why would you believe Wolves had increased their bid, unless you'd been told so?Sounds like they've been well and truly had to me.Anyway it's far too much as a fee and as a wage burden.Still leaves Jody as our only CH
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08/07/2011 12:39:00

....signing. That's what you get for joking about it.
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08/07/2011 12:40:00

Cant see Evans going anywhere , they have already sold O'Shea and Brown so if Evans was to go they would only be left with Rio Vidic and Smalling with Jones a holding midfielder more than a centre half so they will be keeping Evans i reckon ! , So thats no Johnson no Mills , gives a great indication to who we sign next that they wasn't our first choice , im hating every god dam day that passes when we haven't done any business , a tiny part of me thinks we wont be signing anyone and the money goes into the stadium and we get told we tried with several targets but deals couldn't be done ! , yet again O'Hara was impressed with names we were linked with but already missed out on one in Mills which im pleased about as he is obviously a money grabber and way overpriced both in terms of transfer and wages , Svens after Hargreaves now hahahaha
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08/07/2011 12:54:00

ODDJOB79, I have the same feeling.
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08/07/2011 14:13:00

Oddjob, I've been with that 'tiny part of you' since the transfer market opened, but not along with the reason, that is, of the stadium expenses. That has been allocated its share of the budget from the very start, from conception, really. It would be that Jez simply will not be 'had' by clubs trying to make the most, and over that, much over that,out of the interest shown in their players. It comes to just one thing in the final analysis: whether new signings will be forthcoming or not, we have to cut out the mistakes, or a good part of them. New faces alone is no guarantee of that.
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08/07/2011 14:20:00

Woodgate now coming into play?we must be getting desperate now,sick note,might as well sign Hargraves as well!!.
Crete Wolf
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08/07/2011 17:21:00

Who would have thought we woud be getting Messi in the end? ! that is, messy, sorry. And another thought: any money saved on the transfer market would help balance out the loss of revenue due to the initial reduced capacity of the SC stand. But no, even that had been forseen and taken into account. Prepare yourselves to seeing no new faces. I myself do not have to do that, for I have been prepared for it right from the very start, seeing that one 'IN' was on a free, the 2 years' PL expereience, and the other was not a matter or money at all, just one of self- examination, hard work and sweat: cutting out the mistakes.
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09/07/2011 10:20:00

I can't second guess what 'quality' we shall end up with, but I am pretty sure we will see 3 more players signed. We are already two defenders down on last season and whilst the likes of Hoff, Halford etc would not have been expected to be playing numbers are already dropping, reducing our wage bill, already amongst the lowest- so the club can not argue it does not have the money it has to do with whether or not they are prepared to invest it. The past two seasons have shown that we have not been able to cut out mistakes; what group of professional footballers have to revisit 'the basics' like we did.... in April! They were desperate times and be it down to the coaching, tactics, players lack of ability, or a combination of the three, our only hope is to bring in players of a standard that will identify the errors of our ways, spot the mistakes before the happen and/or deal better with those already made. I truly believe with three quality additions to the back we could enjoy a very good season. In reality those three players would cost at least 15 million I would say. I am not convinced we are going to spend that much but those are the numbers you are going to have to look at if we really expect an improvement.
New York City Wolf
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10/07/2011 05:53:00

W- point well raised however- spending shall prove no guarantee in terms of mistakes being eradicated. If we have spent the money and we continue giving away goals thanks to Sunday pub league defending someone has to hold their hands up and admit they can't arrange a back four.
New York City Wolf
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10/07/2011 06:00:00

I think something is going to happen this coming week,Johnstone is still a possibility,Bassong,Dunne and Ridgewell all still available,I think we will end up with at least two of these!,things will look better then.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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10/07/2011 11:30:00

I often visit the transfer clockwatch on skysports and it says that odds on Roger Johnson to join Wolves have been slashed to 1/6 on after a major punt overnight !! , lets hope this means he is on his way as usually when odds are like that on there they usually join !!! and Crete are we signing ST.Johnstone ? hahaha
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11/07/2011 11:13:00

E&S now reckon he's over for talks.Strange how the bookies seem to know first!7 mill they reckon. Range of views on here seem to average his value at about 8 million, so we'll see if there are any add-ons in terms of Wolves players going to Blues etc, but seems like they've settled for half their ludicrous opening valuation.........unless Leicester join in of course!
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11/07/2011 12:14:00

A case of going full circle and ending up at the starting point? No, not Leicester, they got our, I mean, their man. Some other Midlands rival? Had it not sounded as if the deal is nearly done... but I would say there would be strong advice now, if not pressure, to secure at least one of the targeted defenders. O'Hara 5 and Johnson 8, let's say, making 13 - 5 short of last season's total, which would look like a step backwards. Someone else should be on the way. I only hope it is a defender, or, if not that, a defensive midfielder.
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11/07/2011 14:26:00

Yes it looks like its Johnstone,talk is maybe Dann as well!!!UTW.
Crete Wolf
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11/07/2011 14:52:00

.......you mean Johnson, Crete, surely.
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11/07/2011 18:01:00

Johhnson is 7 , they have already stated its matched the deal for Fletcher which was 7 , LovesW people have said the stadium is part of the pot season on season so how can spending 13 million be a backwards step , I would say 6-8 clubs wont even spend 10 million in the summer and your complaining that we have only spent 13 million hahaha, we dont need any midfielders this season , you a month or so ago said you wanted Gardener and hes not a defensive midfielder so whats made you want a defensive one now ? , Crete why do you say Johnstone ?? hahaha
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11/07/2011 20:42:00

Ok a spelling mistake?lol,but check back and see who was first with the story?,I think Blues need a striker and normally Dann would now be out of sight finance wise but they are desperate for goals and a striker is very high on their list,SEB going would maybe hurt us but Dann joining as well would be massive for us!I think its a deal that we would be interested in.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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11/07/2011 21:42:00

Oddjob, you are mistaken. I was never for Gardener, never mentioned him anywhere, actually. My word. It must have been someone else who did. This mistake apart, there has also been a misunderstanding: what I said was that 13m 'would seem like a step backwards', that is, it would be taken as such; if I am complaining, it is of the fans seeing it as such. I am 60% happy with things as they stand - next, Shane Long as replacement for Doyle. AND....I sincerely hope this one can't play the lone striker role.
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11/07/2011 23:52:00

Long to replace Doyle ? , are you on drugs ??????????? , , Long is not in the same breath as Doyle , Apologies it must have been someone else who mentioned Gardener , Im thankfull my club has 13 million to spend on 2 class acts in Johnson and O'Hara , Answer me something LovesW , why are you so against the 4-5-1 system ? and please please dont say its a negative system hahaha give me details on why you dont like the 1 up front :-)
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12/07/2011 00:53:00

Jonhston. Johhnson. Gardener. Who are these people! I won't count our blessings until he sings and is holding up the shirt. If Johnson really has signed I'm thrilled. Can't wait for the response the the formation question. I'll start......... it's not 4-5-1 it's 4-3-3!
New York City Wolf
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12/07/2011 06:32:00

Firstly thankyou New York :-) I know its down to the 2 wide men supporting the main striker , Just like Pedro n Messi support Villa , Wolves just pack the midfield making you harder to beat and more bodies to regain the ball and press the ball more , Personally i prefer the 4-3-3 as thats what it is when you have the ball but it becomes a 4-5-1 when you dont have it , thats the idea behind it , we have had far more admirers with our style of play this season compared to the first season so surely its the right system to play , we have played some great stuff at times , all we need as we have all said is 2-3 defenders to tighten up and that would be needed whatever system we played , Doyle's work rate and hold up play in my eyes is top 3 in the league , centre half's hate marking him because he is suprisingly strong too , then its down to the likes of Jarvis/Hunt/O'Hara whoever the 4 attacking midfielders are to support Doyle and go beyond him , Im more than happy with it , as soon as we tighten up this formation will blossom all the more !!
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12/07/2011 11:41:00

Very well, Oddjob...why I am so against 4-5-1. Those who have read my comments since I have been on here would not need to have it spelt out, but I think it would not be a bad idea to do that once you have asked. I love to watch attacking play, as everyone does, I am sure. Remember the 3-3 draw against Spurs? That kind of game. Now I know very well that games like that 'fall out of heaven', meaning they are not planned that way by either manager, much less by both together. But fielding a 4-5-1 is certainly not planning an attacking game, and what I am so much against is that it is planning to actually steal a result, in the sense that you make it your aim to create a couple of chances, score the one goal, then erect a defensive wall in midfield or at the back to prevent the opposition from scoring. Then it is defensive play all along, and if defensive play is not negative play, then I would not be going against your request, because you ask me not to say that it is a negative system. I have done my very best not to disappoint you, but I cannot disregard the facts. That I cannot do. MM has often insisted, just like you are doing and others have too, that playing 4-5-1 does not necessarily mean negative play, that you can play an offensive game too with it, but the fact is that you play offensively only after you have fallen behind. Then you have to chase the game, push men forward and effect a couple of substitutions. In most cases it means that you have lost the 3 points, because now even one point would seem satisfactory, as it is attained after having been behind. And, if you do manage to score first in a breakaway attack, the actual scope of the formation, then it is the same -packing the midfield, containing the opposition's attacks and the fear of conceding. It is well that it has been realized that it is time to play a more assertive kind of game, what with Mr. Morgan himself looking forward to a Hunt/Fletcher partnership up front, at the same time not holding the money back where strenghtening the defence is concerned, an abolute necessity.
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12/07/2011 22:39:00

You have just answered mine and N.Y.C.W's point , WOLVES DONT PLAY 4-5-1 THEY PLAY 4-3-3 that is why we have had plaudits for our plast year , the good thing about 4-4-3 is it becomes 4-5-1 when you dont ahve the ball ! , do you play footie ? , if you did you would realise as its the formation im involved with for my club ! I could rattle off the games last season where for 20 minutes we battered sides and didn't take our chances , Man City away , Villa away , we should have been out of sight but we never were , P.S i have never heard MM in an interview when he speaks ( not paper talk ) say Wolves play 4-5-1 , as that is not the overall formation Wolves play , maybe now you will understand that ! and have you heard Morgan in an interview say he wants Hunt and Fletcher up front ? hahaha never in a million years would i want that formation Hunt as a striker ??????????? hahaha you definatley haven't kicked a ball if you think he is !
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13/07/2011 15:38:00

Perhaps Mr. Morgan has not kicked a ball, then, eh Oddjob...making a striker out Hunt. What he must have meant is that he was relishing the prospect of seeing more men up front, a more attacking game. But we will forgive him that - he has kicked the Club into life, which is what he is there for. I myself have kicked a ball alright, even a few calves and ankles....I played at LB and was known as a 'destroyer', for either ball or player would go past me, never both, in the style of 'Chopper Harris' somewhat. And why should we have been out of sight in those games and weren't, why did we not take the chances ? ... because no one with the grade to take chances was there, Oddjob. They were sitting on the bench, instead. Those chances fell to improvised strikers, and the real striker himself, Doyle, operated wide for most of the match. There were no strikers in the centre of attack, that is why all those chances went begging. Look what difference it made when Fletcher came in. Before that MM had been hoping of notching enough points to stay up by playing cautious, employing an extra man in midfield to contain the opposition at the expense of a striker in the centre of attack. It worked for the last 10 games or so the season before, but then we were defending a points gap from the bottom three. An average of a point per match would do the trick, and it did. This time it was necessry to make up a gap, not defend it, so he had to go for goals and attack. That is the whole of it.
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14/07/2011 08:03:00

LovesW, I was a winger in my youth so you must have been the clogger, who scythed me down when I was playing Bilston G.S. and did my ankle in!
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14/07/2011 13:15:00


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