Bit of a late post today as I had hoped to bring news of the confirmed signing of Roy O'Donovan. Roy was due at Motspur Park today for a medical but Roy Keane was reported on the BBC as making a late bid to take him to Sunderland instead. It was also reported by RTE (Irish radio station) that O'Donovan had NOT travelled to Fulham today as originally planned. I think it would be a great shame if we miss out on him, though it looks like the final decision will probably be down to the player. Interesting that we should find ourselves fighting over a second player in this window. We won through on Chris Baird so all may not yet be lost on this deal either. Come the season it will be interesting to see how we compare with Sunderland. You'd like to think we'll be finishing above them but they do have some serious backing and with Keano at the helm will surely have the media supporting them as well.
In other scurrilous rumour mongering. We were reported as having made a £4.2million bid for Hameur Bouazza of Watford. I got quite excited by this as I reckon he would be a very useful player for us. He's officially a striker, which would add another pacy forward to our set up, but can also play left (and possibly right) wing, which would provide us with additional cover where we currently only have Lee Cook. It does seem unlikely as only the other week Aidy Boothroyd was quoted as saying they would not let him go for anything other than a "head turning" bid, but maybe the player's desire to play in the Prem has come into play. I think the story originated in the Watford Observer so we'll just have to wait and see.
More ridiculously we have also been linked with a bid for Sean Davis. Allegedly we are looking for a replacement for Michael Brown, but I cannot imagine we actually need one with a decent set of central midfielders already in place. More to the point what sort of a reception would our former No. 23 get if he came back.
Finally Sanchez was interviewed on Radio 5 Live today in which he talked about making another 2-3 signings before the end of the window (be still my beating heart!) and also had this to say - "We're not going to win the Champions League, certainly not in the next three or four years, but we could get somewhere near a final," he said. "The fans obviously love the Premier League and that is obviously the mainstay, but I'd like to give the fans some day outs at major cup finals. "If other people aren't going to take it seriously, we certainly will. "And over the course of my time in charge at Fulham I'd like to think we'll be getting into Europe somehow, whether that be via the Intertoto, a cup final or our league position." Too bloody right Lawrie, if you can achieve that I think I might just love you forever!
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