A usually reliable source over on TIFF reckons that Roy Hodgson has offered Kettering £50,000 for Andre Boucard after our lucky escape today. Seems to be backed up by this post on a Kettering fans’ site.
Their left-back was impressive but have not learned anything from our recent history? Chris Coleman bought Gabriel Zakuani largely on the back of his outstanding performance when Orient came to the Cottage and dumped us out of the Cup a few years back. We’ve hardly seen the poor lad since. And didn’t we buy Tony Thorpe after he continually bamboozled our defenders in the Second Division? Shame he wasn’t so prolific in the white shirt.
Tucked away in a Guardian transfer story about you know who, is an indication that Roy Hodgson might be about to move for a Brazilian striker on loan.
Hodgson, meanwhile, is considering investing part of the fee from Bullard’s move on the Brazilian centre forward Romulo. Hodgson has been seeking a tall, technically able striker, and Romulo, 26, is available on a six-month deal from Cruzeiro for a loan fee of less than €1m (£955,000). The 6ft3in forward won the Israeli double with Beitar Jerusalem last year and has also played in Germany. A recently acquired Italian passport means there are no work permit problems with his transfer.
He seems to be lethal in the air (perhaps a belated replacement for Brian McBride) and scored 12 goals in 28 league appearances for Beitar Jeursalem last year. You can’t trust Youtube videos, but he looks a neat finisher. He also apparently has a foul mouth:
REPORTER: Romulo, what did you think of the match?
ROMULO: Oh f***, we had one more player and allowed them to come back. F*** off!
REPORTER: Someone needs to tell Romulo not to swear this much.
You might realise that we’re in dire need of midfield replacements. Apparently, we’re signing Mark Davies for £1m. But where will he play if we are also close to bring in Fabian Delph? I wonder which, if any, of these moves are going to materialise.