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Kenwyne Jones would be an exciting addition

Kenwyne Jones would be an exciting addition

I'll admit I'm excited about the recent Wolves link to Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones.

The Trinidad & Tobago International is an exciting player and I'd love to see him at Molineux playing alongside Fletcher and Doyle.

Big, strong, quick and with good feet, I've often wondered why he's played for the likes of Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and Stoke instead of the bigger clubs.

But despite having quite a few clubs under his belt and not making the so-called step-up, he is still only 27-years-old, which means he is about to come into his peak and could become even better.

Now for a striker who has already scored 76 goals in English football over the past few years, that is an interesting prospect!

The only problem I see is that our apparent transfer budget for January is around the £4.5million according to the E&S.

We've spent some of that on Iceland international Eggert Jonsson who will be joining from Hearts, which leaves Mick McCarthy's around £4million to spend at a guess.

Kenwyne Jones moved to Stoke just 16 months ago for £8,000,000.

In 2007 Sunderland paid £6,000,000 for him, so I have to doubt whether he is honestly in our price range at the moment in time.

Perhaps the kitty could be expanded if he really was available? I'd have to argue that on this one occasion it would well be worth it.

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Date:Thursday December 22 2011
Time: 10:00AM


If he's available and wants to come, we should find the £6m or so. He would be a great addition and, by showing that we have real ambition, attract others as well. I'll swap my BW stand ticket for one in an unroofed SC stand for years to come if need be! Sod the ground improvements, let's get some decent players in!
22/12/2011 10:23:00
I'd really not like to see our entire budget blown on a centre-forward. However exciting sounding. Our inadequacies must be prioritised, which, as most of us agree most weeks, means sorting out the defence. I'm afraid my mind is made up about RJ i.e. we signed a dud.Adding him to Berra and Stearman just means we now have 3 CH's short of the required ability as oppose to two.I'm willing (at least in part) to accept loveW's opinion that the team is systematically underperforming-that it's not the pupils, it's the teachers.I think most of us would agree;that's so often the case.Will signing players make a difference, if we know it's then up to MM and TC to get the best out of them?
22/12/2011 10:46:00
A4D: I am with you on this one. I am not saying that we blow the lot on KJ, merely that the money should be made available to buy him and a holding midfielder and central defender. I thought RJ was very poor on Tuesday, far worse than Berra, who is making some progress. Stop the rebuilding process if we need to find more money. It's a question of priorities and at the moment we clearly need to improve our squad. We hardly ever fill the ground as it is.I also agree that the coaching staff is partly to blame for the team's underperformances. Look at what has happened to Sunderland now that O'Neill is in charge. Two wins in two games. We could have appointed him had the board not had its collective head in the sand. It will always be a struggle with MM.
22/12/2011 11:11:00
I'm seeing a bigger picture here people. Why are we being linked with an 8 mil striker that we can't afford??? Oh hang on..... How much are Liverpool offering for Fletch. I heard that its a figure in excess of 10 mil. I suspect KJ is being lined up to fill the gap. Not so sure it works for me. KJ for Fletch. ..... Hmmm
22/12/2011 11:53:00
Well,SB, if SM wants to suddenly show us the money, that's a different matter entirely.In reality, however,I shouldn't think there's much chance of multiple signings, that would require a transfer fee of any significant amounts. The cost to purchase Jones permanently, is probably greater than the total budget MM has been given.As for the 'other' spends, i've no problem with the 3mill or so that's going on the academy as part of the Compton Project. What Redrow(and others) choose to do with the other 47mill of their money on that site is up to them, and of no matter to me as aWolves fan.The decision to go ahead with the development of the ground,however, I still think was premature. Getting 'established' as a credible PL club should have come first i.e. invest in the squad, keep collecting those big fat cheques from the tv companies. By all means 'run a tight ship' AND have it written into the plan that monies were to be put aside for ground development-based on it not being large enough for the 30,000+ that want to attend every home match.The only way that will ever be necessary is if the team is turning in the kind of performances that will attract them.Having said that, I still believe the reason SM wanted to push ahead with the new stand has more to do with the potential revenue from the new banqueting/conference/party facilities that will be housed inside it, rather than it's use purely on a match day.JM has already muted that phase two is now in question,but I still view the millions gone on the stand as three or four players we didn't sign. I think they got it wrong, just how wrong remains to be seen come May.
22/12/2011 12:08:00
Can anybody point me in the direction of the sources behind these 'links'? I'm a bit behind and haven't read any of them.
22/12/2011 12:22:00
Just cant see us signing KJ and allowing SF to leave i have always sais their is money in the kitty and a lot more than 4.5 million thats been banded about. But we also need a CH and a midfielder now that JOH is crocked i know something we are scoreing more goals now than before but if we have to score 2-3 or more to win a match we need to get the defence sorted first.
22/12/2011 12:25:00
Give the lad from hearts a chance, he could be the CD we need,has for the ground we need to get it done, we dropped behind in the 50s when we one of the top three teams in the country and maybe even europe, we were left behind, even if they stopped the building programme after the SC is finished can you see us getting the sort of quality players that you are on about for £40 million? Has o'nelly and sunderland A4D forgot Spurs have we? er 1.0 defeat I think! I have commented a lot on Mick, being lucky enough to see the Stan Cullis and his team I believe that Mick is on a par with him. OK lets tell you a story: There is team in the midlands that needs a new manager! I know of one that took over a club whose manager walked out on them, leaving them in a right mess, so much so that their fans feered relegation. Now this new guy has gone in and spent one million quid? rebuilding the team, in his first season got them into the top 6, in his second season missed the top 6 by one goal, in his third season took them up has champions and then in the next two seasons kept them in the premiership (all be it with a struggle?) and is so far keeping them up for a third season!!! and their fans want him out-I think we might be able to get him? mind you Bruce is still out of work as well? and we might also get Kean! Hughes would want money and lots of it? plus there is always the chance that he would walk once a better offer came along, sometimes we miss the point and wish for something that could turn sour! Ok Mick has his favorites-what manager doesn't. Have a great xmas and here's to a better 2nd half to the season.
22/12/2011 12:26:00
I never mentioned O'Neill, or sacking MM, or naming a replacement.Your comparison of McCarty with Cullis is just too ridiculous for words.
22/12/2011 12:36:00
Could we buy players that would improve us with 40million to spend? I'm sure we could. I'm not sure what you meant by the quality of players i've been 'on about', but the only reference I made was the cost of the north bank equates to the value of three or four players, taking O'Hara and Johnson's fees as a guide.But, yes, i'm sure if MM was presented with 40million he'd be able to improve his squad.
22/12/2011 12:57:00
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