It’s an exclusive from the Independent, and I SO don’t care about this story but there is literally nothing else happening at the moment and I’ve expended most of my intellectual energy on my analytics post this morning:
Arsenal will make a formal offer to Sunderland to sign their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at the end of the season.
Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has had the player watched repeatedly by his scouts and has made checks about the character of the 25-year-old Belgian.
Mingolet has made 125 saves in 33 games this season for a 26% save percentage (although this stat is apparently crap, for good reason, because not every save is equal, innit?) and has accrued ten clean sheets for the Black Cats.
So shrewd signing from Arsenal, and another Belgium for everyone to rave over in Londontown.
So I have to admit, I have no idea what happened with this Peter Odemwingie business, wherein the WBA striker simply drove to Loftus Road expecting QPR to…what? Let him in and hand him a contract simply because he went to all the trouble of driving down? I do think that’s the sort of thing Redknapp might do if common sense had momentarily left him, as it tends to on Transfer Deadline Day.
Now, it could be argued that Queens Park Rangers had been dragged into a situation that was partly of their own making, here. After all, the club had been reported as having made a £2m offer for the player that had been turned down by West Bromwich Albion earlier this week. However, with commendable restraint they wouldn’t allow Odemwingie in to sign the contract of his dreams, leaving the player stranded outside Loftus Road facing the daunting prospect of having to return to The Hawthorns to explain himself and, perhaps more significantly from the point of view of a professional footballer, come face to face with the other Albion players. He was, however, sent home from this morning and now, to no-one’s surprise, will not be involved in their match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
What would Odemwingie have listened to in his car trip down? That’s what I’m thinking is the most important question here. Harry Redknapp I think coloured the situation best when he said, “I think there was a mistake. He travelled down and I think he thought the deal was done and that is why he turned up. I think he thought ‘I better get down, have the medical, sign the forms.’”
So the general feeling would have panic, mixed with blind hope. Something supremely confident. I’m going to guess Born to Run, maybe? Or “My Way” by Sid Vicious?
It’s worth looking at this in more detail, by club. A brief glance indicates the vast majority of spending (and net loss on transfer deals) came from Newcastle with a net loss of minus £12,056,000, Liverpool FC (Sturridge and Coutinho) at negative £22 million, and QPR, the latter of whom lost an impressive £21,560,000 in transfer exchanges this January window.
The rest posted losses below 10 million (11 clubs) or made good to significant gains (5, with Norwich unchanged). Not great, but not enough of a trend to make claims about renewed financial irresponsibility this transfer window.
3:06 PM It appears Peter Odemwingie has really stepped in it today. West Brom have released a statement, picked up by ESPNFC:
“Albion move to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road. The club have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached. Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move.”
Collymore piles on:
Odemwingie hasn’t burnt his bridges with WBA fans.He’s nuked them.
NOTE: I’m not sure this is real as the account seems far from it, but this whole thing is pretty much surreal as it is.
1:48 PM You know that scene in Monty Pyton’s Meaning of Life with the rotund gentleman who orders “the lot”? Well, here is the entire list of relevant English and Scottish transfers, by day, in no perceivable order. If you find one for the entire European continent (don’t just send me transfermarkt.com) then please let me know…
1:43 PM Well, this could be the first Honduran player I’ve supported since Amado Guevara:
BREAKING NEWS: Aston Villa are in talks with Stoke City over the signing of Wilson Palacios. Telegraph sport @hvlegion @avfcblog
1:22 PM Is this news? Mohamed Sissoko has fallen out of PSG into Fiorentina. The continental news is slooooooooow at the moment. And here’s Mario scoring his first “goal” for AC Milan, at around the 1:10 mark:
1:09 PM This is a big deal: Arsenal are apparently on the verge of signing Malaga left back Nacho Monreal (pictured above). The rejoicing from North London, particularly in the wake of whatever Andre Santos has been up to lately, is deafening…
12:39 PM What would you wear upon your return to Italy? We know what Balotelli would wear. There is seriously no news right now so imma gonna go get a burrito.
12:04 PM We’re in the Jim White portion of the Sky Sports Transfer Deadline Day machine. Time to break down the Beckham presser: he’s old (37 years old), he’s 150% committed, and awesomely, his money for his 5 month stay at PSG will be going to a children’s charity.
I may have Tweeted something different today…
11:35 AM It’s the bored journalist channel! Beckham will apparently walk on to blab in any second.
11:01 AM Why the January transfer window may be a thing of the past
An excellent article from ProZone on the risks of mid-season spending. Apparently Wheeling ‘n Dealing is a very stupid or at least risky way of boosting your club’s fortunes, except for clubs battling relegation:
Prozone data suggests that there is a general trend towards January recruitment having a negative influence on Premier League team performance. This doesn’t automatically mean that teams should let the window pass them by (there is evidence that teams battling against relegation benefit from the signing of three or four new players), but spending for spending’s sake is, statistically speaking, rarely constructive. Instead, it is possible that the solutions could lie within the existing squad and academy set-up.
As football continues to shift towards a more objective approach to recruitment, the establishment of more intelligent player trading frameworks is becoming increasingly viable and widespread. As the January transfer window continues to build towards its conclusion, Technical Scouts throughout Europe will be attempting to apply those techniques over the coming weeks to implement the best possible strategies for their clubs.
The article suggests the best strategies involves taking players on loan and—thank god—starting younger academy prospects.
10:29 AM Crouchie’s having his nachos! Which means to say he’s awaiting the results of a bid by QPR, reports Adel Taarabt. So basically ‘Arry is getting the A-Team back together for one last mission. Tonight! Right after Little House on the Prarie.
10:20 AM Twitter is still effed to the max. Meanwhile, this is literally the latest transfer news:
PAOK FC have signed Liberia international Sekou Oliseh on loan from Russian Premier League leaders PFC CSKA Moskva until 30 June 2012.
Methinks it’s going to be that kind of Transfer Deadline Day.
10:05 AM The majestic Fail Whale has made her first glorious appearance. But I managed to record just under the wire that Stoke City have nabbed Jack Butland from Birmingham City (the Scum) for a fee of 4 million pounds.
9:50 AM Just saw Mike Ashley toddle out of a helicopter. Other than that though, a little quiet on the Western Front. So you should instead read this interesting piece on key metrics to watch out for in the upcoming Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. And here is a possibly slightly offensive but funny video about Alan Pardew.
9:22 AM whoscored.com with some evidence Danny Graham may not be the game-changingest of game-changers:
Danny Graham: Has completed just 137 passes in 18 PL appearances this season – fewer than any other outfielder to make at least 10 starts
It’s all a bit silly of course, but the fact that club’s are willing to wait until the very last day to sling deals worth millions of pounds via fax machines indicates that, in truth, managers, chairmen, players and agents don’t really know much more about the state of the football universe than we do.
For example, Chris Samba will cost Queen’s Park Rangers 35 million pounds over the next four years in transfer payments and wages. Think about that.
If you want a more international (i.e. non-Premier League spread), UEFA.com has seemingly cast off their tut-tutting at the world of insane football finance and are running their own TDD blog.
If you want to read a fairly decent summary of how insane today actually is from a club perspective, you could do worse than this from the Daily Mail. The money quote:
There are a number of ways to submit the paperwork. There’s not much cause for the once mighty fax machine any more, but this seemingly analogue piece of technology in a digital age comes into its own on Deadline Day.
Many clubs and the authorities still use the fax machine to send across documents, as it’s a quicker process than scanning them in and sending via email. Every second can be crucial as the clock ticks down towards the 11pm cut off so it’s no time to be faffing around while a scanner slowly copies each piece of A4 one at a time.
To which a helpful commenter responded, “Ever heard of sheet fed scanners?”
Anyway, we’ll be updating this old girl throughout the day with all the things that happens and stuff.
I haven’t decided whether this is awful or brilliant, or just brilliantly awful. I’m pretty sure it’s about as fun/embarrassing/slightly-ill-thought out and overvalued as TDD (that’s right, I’ve acronymed it for your pleasure).
Anyway, it’s got a singing Jim White and someone clearly singing countertenor. Good lord.