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Boro playing hardball

By on Aug 31, 06 02:20 PM

And so it looks like Middlesbrough are playing hardball with Newcastle United over Mark Viduka on transfer deadline day.

Viduka is suggesting he wants to quit Teesside and join United but Boro chief executive Keith Lamb has said he’s going nowhere.

News that the Aussie could be set for United resulted in a mixed reaction earlier today but one thing he has took with him wherever he’s gone, amongst other things, is goals.

With the clock ticking towards midnight though, United’s transfer activity this summer could end with Damien Duff, Oba Martins and Guiseppe Rossi in the bag.

That’s still not bad - but the feeling on Tyneside has to be the squad needs more depth and if most Geordies spoke from the heart probably a bit more glitter.

Toon fans have also had to watch in the last 24 hours as the likes of Thomas Gravesen, Steed Malbranque and Carlos Tévez have all put pen to paper at other clubs.

Not to mention a host of others throughout what has been a frustrating summer.

And going out today was James Milner for a dose of deja vu after he made an identical journey to Villa Park to the one he made exactly 12 months ago.

However, within hours of Milner setting off for Birmingham the winger was recalled and told to head back to Tyneside.

So Milner stays for now but the 20-year-old must be wondering just what is going on.

We’ll have to wait until midnight to see the final outcome but just like last year it looks to be going right to wire.

Penny for your thoughts anyone?

7 Comments

Anonymous said:

the current squad is short of a leftback, central defender and a bustling striker, we have 6 hours to get these players, what have they been doing all summer? jetting all over the place looking at this one and that one, the grass has grown under their feet and other clubs have left us on the starting blocks when it comes to signings, being carefull with the money is fine after what Souness did, but is there any cash left to buy these players? The fact they sent Milner to Villa sounds like they needed to raise cash to buy, he is now on his way back to tyneside, so has a deal for an incoming player fell through?

stephen said:

ive just got in from work at 11:20pm and saw that united have only signed some below average premiership player from man city called sibierski i was horrified. what kind of football club are we is it an act of desperation or what. to think of the players we`ve been linked with over the summer and we`ve signed the new ketsbaia.as for signing rossi from man u what benefit are we going to get out of getting him,he`ll get the first team experience he needs with us then he`ll go back there and start banging the goals in against us in the future.roeder said he was closing in on 3 players the other week we got martins (fair play to him)where are the other top players at.this club are going backwards.sunderland fans at my work were calling us a feeder club for man united ,the way we are going they`ll be proved right.

Frank said:

Carlos Tevez or Antoine Sibereski...hmmm tough choice.

SimplyToon said:

Nice to see we've brought bodies in up front over the deadline. With our striker curse, it's obviously a case of safety in numbers up front!

Shame we couldnt get any defenders. I'm not one to advocate panic buys, but shouldn't we have made a bid for Huth when his medical at Boro failed the first time, and not waited to try and steal him at the last minute.

Just seen Olly Bernard's been released by Rangers. Anyone else like to see him return to give Baba a run for his money? He always put a shift in down the left, and we know he loves the club....

Ian said:

I agree we seem to have missed out on a few signings to other clubs this summer due to Roeder's caution in the market (understandable given the signings we've made in the past).

However, we don't know if these players we've missed out on will be successes anyway, let's not judge too soon. At least Roeder seems to be thinking carefully about signings and not splashing out randomly.

Sibierski isn't world class but he'll be a stop-gap and a bit of a physical presence in our team of midgets.

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