Monday, 23 May 2011

Transfer update - Stewart Downing, Ricardo Alvarez & Nicklas Bendtner

I have a couple of transfer stories to inform you all of today.

Firstly, via Marco Silva, we have said the following about Ricardo Alvarez following speculation linking us with the Argentine midfielder: "I am afraid it is against Club Policy to comment on any transfer speculation surrounding individual players". However, I can confirm via Marco that it is the English Arsenal that the Argentine press is linking Alvarez with, not the Argentine Arsenal.

Marco also tweeted a quote from Nicklas Bendtner's father and agent, Thomas, who said: "Nicklas is 100 percent determined to change club immediately". His exclusion from the squad against Fulham pretty much confirmed that he's on his way out. I'll be disappointed to see him go, but that's football.

wearethenorthbank have exclusively revealed that we had scouts at Villa Park to watch Stewart Downing play against Liverpool, who he has also been linked with. Apparently we look like we're going to join the race to sign him. While I think he's a decent player, and that we lack wingers, one big concern of mine over Downing is that he seems unable to use his right foot at times. And by "at times", I mean "always". However, I've been proven wrong in the past by similar players like Adam Johnson. If we signed Downing I'd love for him to prove me wrong.

The final story I'm going to cover is the exclusion of Jack Wilshere from the England under-21 squad for the tournament this summer. It's a big victory for the club, as we'll be able to have a fresh Jack ready and raring to go when next season starts. I don't think he'll play as big a part as he did this season - he's notably very tired now, and Ramsey is back in the frame. As well as that, there will certainly be some reshuffling of the squad.

I'm avoiding talk of on-pitch matters, as our season clunked to an uninspiring halt on Sunday. There was reason to celebrate though - often our scourge, Birmingham City have been relegated to the Championship. Sadly, Blackpool have gone down too, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices.

I'll try and publish more news just as soon as I hear of it.


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