Rumour alert… Billy Sharp?

Please note the use of the word rumour.  Two sources, both forums, one Blades, one Forest (albeit posted by a Leeds fan – odd!).  Unclear whether it’s a permanent or loan move, given that it’s unclear whether it’s just a load of tosh, I suppose we can forgive this lack of clarity.

Certainly it would cheer me up a bit, despite the unkind description on the Blades site… but I’m not holding my breath!  I restate, merely passing on a tidbit of gossip, I’m not claiming there’s any truth in it and I know no more than what is posted in the links above.  I’ve got everything crossed, though!

If it turns out to be a wind-up (probable!) then it’s just another reason to dislike Leeds!

Aside from the on-the-face-of-it unrealistic suggestion that something positive could happen today when we’re all geared up for a good moan, there’s a worrying comment around Tyson and Bolton on the Blades forum.  It’s probably all bollocks anyway.

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And it’s goodbye to Lennon…

I kinda thought he’d be off, but after a late appearance against Swansea wondered if perhaps he would see out the season – but today Neil Lennon has gone to Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer.  Smoulders spoke of wanting the midfielder to stick around, but was understanding – and hardly reassuring – of his desire for regular first team football.

So it seems that Lenny was a bit of an expensive mistake, in terms of wages.  He has been a bit like Marmite to Forest fans, I ‘get’ what he brings to a side, and I defy anyone to argue that we looked more composed with him on the field than without him.  So I’m disappointed to see him go, and frankly, since he played in exactly the way I expected him to – why on Earth did we sign him in the first place if that wasn’t what was wanted?

Lennon now links up with former team-mate Paul Lambert at Wycombe, and personally I wish him luck and am disappointed to see him leave.  Could it be that once again we are set to see out a January transfer window without any incomings, and a significant outgoing (not withstanding the lad from Bromley) – or is this news launched with plans for another announcement to quell unrest?  Who knows.

I guess if Lennon really wasn’t part of Smoulderwood’s plans, then given the wages he’s likely to be on it makes sense to get rid – that said, I can’t think Wycombe are matching our wages to him so presumably he goes with a likely payoff from us as well.  So farewell, Neil – thanks for your efforts and sorry it didn’t work out.

I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour…

… which I realise is a completely fruitless pursuit, as I type there are four hours remaining of the transfer window, after which we can spend a month speculating and foaming-at-the-mouth about potential loan signings.  It would seem that today, as I posted last night, Barry Robson did indeed opt for Celtic – and who can really blame him?

The Leon Best saga rumbles on, with Coventry really rather taking the piss with their valuation of a player they paid £650k for in the summer – turning down another bid (reported to be £1.2m – but who knows how accurate that is?), despite Dowie apparently resigned to losing him for the right price.  All this on the back of him getting shot of Kevin Kyle and Dele Adebola!

Given the magnitude of the bids in question, it’s hard to criticise Forest’s ambition – two million-pound plus bids (reportedly), and whilst we could be cynical and suggest neither targets were likely to materialise, I think that would be a step too far.  That said, it’s infuriating how late in the day we seem to have left our dealings again.

I realise selling clubs will hold out ’til late to maximise their likely returns – however how difficult can it be to give the team you want to do business with a call and say “Ay up, mate – how much d’you want for the player, then?” – sure, you might not offer that, but it should stop this seemingly pointless to-ing and fro-ing.

Alas, though, there’s nowt to report – and I’m consigned to another night of sitting up later than I ought to through fear of missing out on a breaking piece of news!  Any sensible person would of course ignore it ’til the morning when all will become apparent, but I never claimed to be a sensible person!

We’re not signing Robson…

Because it appears the lure of Celtic will take him to Glasgow instead, which is no great surprise.  It was suggested that Strachan had cooled his interest in the Dundee United captain, but I guess the bid we launched yesterday forced his hand into action – once the player has the options of us or Celtic, there’s really no choice, is there?

I wondered whether Robson was a mitigation for losing Commons, which should mean that – assuming we don’t have another player lined up for that purpose – it would be high folly for us to accept any bids for Krissy regardless of how lucrative given the shortness of his contracted time with us.  Of course, such a scenario isn’t exactly without precident *cough* Southall *cough*, so hopefully we’ve learned our lesson.

So there’s another glimmer of hope and optimism extinguished – what the next twenty-four hours will bring remains to be seen, probably a further dose of frustration, irritability, arguing on internet forums and ultimately no signings – and so shall end another glorious transfer window for Nottingham Forest FC.

Of course, should my grumblings come to pass, I might moan a bit less if we get a resounding win on saturday against Bournemouth!

Through the keyhole…

Who lives in a house like this?  Below are the notes made by a worker from a cleaning company to help the other cleaners upon their first day of cleaning the house of Colin Smoulderwood.  It makes interesting reading for you voyeuristic types, and of course, from somebody’s home we can make all sorts of links with their professional life!

The first job was to do the dusting, upon searching high and low I finally found the duster in the fruit bowl.  On the mantelpiece were some brass ornaments that needed a polish, I eventually found a tin of Brasso inside the fridge, next to a bottle of Cillit Bang which I used to clean the sink and hob.

The kitchen surface cleaner was to be found inside the toilet cistern, and the bathroom cleaner in the larder cupboard in the kitchen.  Deciding to tackle the hoovering, I found the vacuum cleaner in the shed at the bottom of the large garden.  The Toilet Duck was in the loft, and the toilet brush in the umbrella holder in the porch.

I had to throw some things out in the kitchen, as the client seems to keep his milk in the microwave, cheese on top of the television and salad produce pegged out on the washing line.  Certainly this is the most challenging house I’ve ever had to tackle, everything in the house seems to be placed in an inappropriate place!

Hmm, I wonder what conclusions we can draw from the way that Smoulders home life seems to be organised?  It seemed a much more amusing idea when I thought of it, but sod it!

T-minus twenty-four and a bit hours, and counting…

It’s the same every year, isn’t it?  If there was one reason to abolish the transfer window system, it would be to save my fingernails and hairline from the endless chewings and pullings that they suffer respectively as the end of January approaches!

Today’s indirect developments saw Coventry offload Kevin Kyle on loan to Wolves, and Dele Adebola to Bristol City – leaving them somewhat thin-on-the-ground for strikers, although this fan site doesn’t seem to think that that automatically precludes Leon Best to us making it three departures.  I’ve kinda half-given-up on that, but apparently the Reds and Coventry will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the player.

Of course, out of the blue after mere paper rumours came some kind of official confirmation from Dundee United that we had submitted something that presumably approaches their valuation of skipper Barry Robson.  He has apparently been playing on the left wing for Dundee this season, which dovetails neatly in with the rumoured interest in Kris Commons from QPR to the tune of £1.5m!

So what can we conclude?  Very little, really!  Clearly a striker is rightfully still on the agenda, but I can’t help but think that the move for Robson suggests that we are anticipating an outgoing too, Commons seems the obvious one as he’s almost out of contract, so a sizeable offer would be tempting to the Reds – I just hope that if that were to happen, we secure his replacement first and don’t do a Nicky Southall!

Good lord it’s irritating!

Seven-figure bid for Barry Robson?

Dundee United have informed the BBC that Forest have, after apparently offering £300k for the services of the skipper Barry Robson, that we’ve gone back with a seven-figure bid for him this very afternoon, at around 5pm.  Their chairman goes on to refer to us as Notts Forest, but I suppose we can let him off if he decides to accept!

I’ve not really commented on this one so far as the reports have been far from conclusive – but Dundee have been fairly consistent in their message that they want the player to stay with them, and rejected a sizeable offer of £750k plus add-ons from Championship side Burnley.  Certainly he’s been on goalscoring form lately for Dundee, so he sounds like an ambitious target!

It’s early days to be getting excited, but a bid of £1million or more for a club at our level is pretty unusual, if not unprecedented!  So it does make me a little on the excited side – although with apparent interest from fellow Scottish Premier side Celtic in the offing, I imagine the lure of playing at our level might be fairly limited.  It’s certainly one to keep an eye on, though and has cheered me up slightly from not winning tonight!