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Keane Tight-Lipped on Keeper Murphy
Keane Tight-Lipped on Keeper Murphy
Friday, 14th Aug 2009 11:03

Blues boss Roy Keane has refused to confirm nor deny that Bohemians keeper Brian Murphy is set to join the Blues, as first reported yesterday by TWTD. The Town manager also failed to rule out Sunderland’s Daryl Murphy moving to Portman Road and confirmed that he is looking for a replacement for the injured David Norris.

TWTD reported yesterday that Murphy is due to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Blues, which will see him join the club in November at the end of the Irish season, although he wouldn’t be able to play until January when the transfer window will allow the move to be formalised.

Keane admitted that he is aware of Murphy but with the deal understood to be at a delicate stage, wouldn’t go as far as confirming our story: “We’ve got the two keepers at the moment, everyone knows I believe in having three keepers because of potential injury problems, so we’re looking at a number of targets.

“I’m aware of the lad, of course. I don’t think I’d be doing my job if I wasn’t aware of my options in terms of goalkeepers and, at the moment in terms of the injury to David Norris, to midfielders. That’s part of my job.

“We’re well aware of the boy Murphy, whether we’ll do anything remains to be seen, it’s the same scenario with a lot of other players.”

Keane confirmed that he will be looking for a replacement for Norris, who inured his knee at Coventry last Sunday: “We’ve had more reports on David this week and we’re looking at around three or four months. It’s a big loss to us and, more importantly, to the boy himself because since I’ve come to the club he’s been outstanding.

”He’s got a great attitude, he’s probably the fittest player at the club and he’ll be a big loss.

“I said the other night I wouldn’t be looking for a replacement, but that might have changed over the last one or two days and I might look to bring in someone in the next week or so, as he brought a lot of energy to our team and we’re going to miss that.”

Keane ruled out the possibility of signing Dundee United’s Morgaro Gomis, but confirmed that Bohemians midfielder Gary Deegan, first linked with Town last month, is on his wish-list list: “You could put him in the bracket of a potential target. We’re weighing up our options and we’ll be speaking to one or two clubs in the next few days.”

Earlier this week, a national newspaper reported that Sunderland’s Daryl Murphy was set to complete a move to the Blues, having turned down a switch last month. Keane appeared not to rule out the Irish international still moving to Town, but said nothing is imminent when asked whether anything was happening on that front: “Not today, no.”

The Blues boss says he still expects departures from Portman Road, although there has been no recent serious interest: “Not in the last few days. We haven’t got the biggest squad in the world, but I still think there might be movement on one or two over the next week. I know there are clubs in the background, shall we say, making tentative enquiries.

“They can make all the enquiries they want, clubs need to put bids on the table if they’re interested in my boys and not speak to every Tom, Dick and Harry about it, that’s what I do. If I’m interested in a player, I make an offer.”

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steve01777 added 11:14 - Aug 14
IS THAT A YES THEN
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JayITFC added 11:18 - Aug 14
I like the fact we're not talking about deals until they are done. Remember the nugent saga - twice!!!
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Luke8644 added 11:19 - Aug 14
hope not, we should be signing ashley bell, hes are 20goal a season man at 6"1 and really would smash in the dynamo headers and he has pace to burn, proven at tunstall park too, hes a proven scorer
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rory293 added 11:54 - Aug 14
Anyone know what happened to the chinese international forward at charlton? He was'nt match fit last season but i thought he looked like a good buy if he left when they were relegated.
Haven't seen Gomis or Deegan to comment, but I'd rather not see Murphy (D) sign after the feedback from sunderland fans which makes him potentially a big risk.
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OakingtonBlue added 12:24 - Aug 14
franny jeffers?
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motch2009 added 12:37 - Aug 14
RORY293 do u mean zeng zui?? i believe he's chinas captain, good player. attacking mid or can go up front
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rory293 added 12:41 - Aug 14
Thats the one.. I thought he'd be one of the first players to get snapped up when charlton went down, but haven't heard if he's gone anywhere? I know he wasn't match fit for alot of last season through injury.
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bluelad7 added 12:50 - Aug 14
Ashley Bell? Must be related to Abbots lover Jack!!!
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rory293 added 12:52 - Aug 14
Wikipedia:
On July 8th 2009 Zhi left Charlton after failing to agree a new contract with the London club following its relegation to third-tier Football League One. He is currently in the process of finding a new club.
Zheng Zhi is known for his work ethic and ball control skills. He is a solid defender, capable organizer in the midfield, and also serves as a viable option as a striker. He is often regarded as the best Chinese footballer of his generation.

His goal tally is a little off, but i think he's been playing all sorts of roles all over the pitch. He popped up a couple of times on the championship last season and i remember a very classy goal from him towards the end of the season. You dont get captain of a country with a population of 1.3 billion for nothing, and I'd be interested to see where he ends up.
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motch2009 added 12:59 - Aug 14
so hes on a free??? ROY I SAY ROY look him up plz
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BlueVic added 13:10 - Aug 14
thrilled RK is looking for a replacement for Norris, and I agree with the above posts about Zheng Zhi. He is a proven tough, organising midfielder at this level, is free and wages shouldnt be a problem. Just what we need.
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europeantour added 13:31 - Aug 14
Jack Bell is my hero
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motch2009 added 14:30 - Aug 14
the phantom jack bell does he exist? or is he a placebo
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europeantour added 15:35 - Aug 14
Bell does exist, check out wikipedia it says "Irish fudge packer who married Abbotts in a civil ceremony in June 09"
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Back_The_Boss added 19:03 - Aug 14
Hopefully he'll fail a medical
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