Friday, January 28

Called to the Ba

He comes from Senegal and he failed his medical!

We've signed Demba Ba from Hoffenheim on a deal running until June 2014. Good news we've got a striker in (40 goals in 103 appearances) but is it wise to sign a Stoke City reject? If he's failed a medical over a knee problem at Stoke why are we signing him on a permanant deal rather than a loan? Presumably because we're prepared to gamble (and the fee is undisclosed) to save our status and the Olympic stadium bid.

Remember the Stewart Robson deal anyone? Good player but held together by cycling shorts. After our problems with Dyer, Gabbidon, Ilunga, Behrami, Hitzlsperger, etc, you'd think we'd be a little more cautious in medical matters. Although according to tonight's Standard there's a clause that he must play a certain number of games for the fee to be paid. And hopefully there's a relegation clause too.

On a positive note at least Sullivan and Gold have put their hands in their pockets to pay for the Bridge, O'Neil and Ba deals and in theory we've had a better transfer window than Wolves, Wigan, Blackpol, WBA and Fulham. Suppose an offer for Torres is out of the question? OK, we'll let Chelsea have him then.

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