Apparently Birmingham City are after Hameur Bouazza.
We haven’t seen much of the Algerian this season after we shipped him out to struggling Charlton on loan. There is a clause in the deal done with Charlton that Bouazza can move on in the January transfer window and I’ve a sneaking suspiscion that he’d rather be fighting for promotion than scrapping for survival at the wrong end of the table.
The fleeting glimpses I’ve seen of Hameur since he joined the club have been immensely frustrating. He obviously has quality – witness that thunderbolt of a free-kick against Manchester City – but, rather like the words of a Watford fan who I asked for an opinion when we bought him, does have a tendency to go missing when things are going wrong. He doesn’t seem to want the ball then and Roy obviously worked out that he wasn’t the answer after a brief spell back in the side at the end of last season.
Bouazza’s departure would be a bit of a blow for new Charlton manager Phil Parkinson (how he got the permanent job is a bit of mystery given that he had a brilliant record of no win in eight when he was in temporary charge) as the winger has played an important part in the Addicks’ season so far. He has made 25 appearances for The Valley side, scoring four goals.