Duo Linked With Campbell Move Sunday, 16th Dec 2012 14:48
Town are set to face opposition from Crystal Palace and Bolton for QPR striker DJ Campbell’s signature, according to one of Sunday’s tabloids. The 31-year-old’s three-month loan with the Blues is up on January 5th.
Palace are now managed by Ian Holloway, who was previously Campbell’s boss at Blackpool and who tried to take him back to Bloomfield Road in September prior to his temporary switch to Town.
On Friday, QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who is short of striking options due to injuries, said he wished that Campbell was at Loftus Road and seems likely to bring him back into the fold when his loan is up, although could ultimately look to other options longer term.
Town boss Mick McCarthy - who said last week that he expected other clubs to show interest in Campbell - wants to sign him on a permanent basis but is yet to hold talks with his QPR counterpart.
The player himself, whose contract is up at the end of the season, has said he is looking for a permanent move if he isn't in QPR's plans rather than a further loan.
In my opinion we should do all that we can to obtain DJ on a permanent contract as he knows where the net is and despite MM playing up the performances of Chopra he misses too many chances and is not yet up to the mark as far as I am concerned. Another golden chance missed yesterday in what has been a very disappointing and expensive signing for us. Performance of DJ yesterday do doubt affected by uncertainty of his future hope he is in a better frame of mind for Saturdays crucial match.
Palace could mean Premier League football next year but that hasn't always worked for him in the past. Bolton? Unless I was thinking of finally making an impact in the prem at 32/33, I'd think Ipswich is the most stable move for a man who doesn't seem keen to live out of a suitcase from January. Over to you Clegg.
I think McCarthy will be more ruthless and competitive (than Jewell) to try and hang on to him. jamesmostevens - I agree, he is better suited in the championship considering his age and we need him more than other clubs.
If we get him, great, if not I don't think we should sweat it. He's 31, after one last big contract and if he hasn't scored 20+ goals for a team at his age I don't see why it'd be any different past his peak with us.
Good point, however a loris about being in the right place as well as taking chances. DJC has a good positional sense and shows he still has another season in him. A three year contract would secure him however the third year could see him pushed to the fringes.
If D.J is happy here and has no chance of being anything but a squad player at QPR it would seem that a permanent move here is ideal for him. He's in the squad and playing regularly and at 31 that's just what he needs, I'm hoping if it's down to him he chooses to stay. However if he doesn't I'm sure big Mick has other options.
At thirty one a lot will depends on where he wants to live after he stops playing and how long a contract the clubs offer him.Most players will take a longer contract on a little less money, at his age, eg Norris.
Reminds me of the Francis Jeffers situation a few years ago - on loan striker score a few and other teams take an interest.
If QPR win a few on the trot between now and the transfer window then I think they will sell him and try and get a younger version in. If they only win a couple between now and then, then Campbell might well be their next-best striking option.
...... take it from me - he will have options for sure. Just hope we impress him enough (as a Club and Team) for him to want to stay - and believe me, that will mean WINNING. He won't want anything less.
i don't think people are being very reasonable on chopra. it's clear that he is a proven goalscorer, and has scored goals for fun, but he's had a tough time since joining ipswich, and hasn't had a great run in the first team, in games. but yes, i agree, we need to secure DJ on a permanent basis, as, at ipswich, it's been many years since we've had a proper goalscorer, since darren bent, and shefki kuqi! i think though, MM would have a great player in his mind, if we are unable to keep DJ at the club. however, i do think DJ would love to stay at portman road, and lets' just keep our fingers crossed. come on town, sign him up!! COYB!
We need him now - but is McCarthy capable of identifying a better, cheaper -perhaps hungrier - up and coming player in the next 6 months? do not think we should break the bank to sign him.
Think Chopra can come good with the right servive, although less of a physical presence compared to Campbell, Need a centre back and a centre mid, plus alternative for Martin who should sign or be sold.
Good player in the short term but don't think we should break the bank for a striker of his age. Palace has to be an appealing prospect, with Holloway in charge & the chance of Premier League football.