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Forest: Adebola is Not For Sale
Forest: Adebola is Not For Sale
Thursday, 14th Jan 2010 15:23

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says he knows nothing of Town interest in striker Dele Adebola and has no plans to sell the 34-year-old Nigerian. Chief scout Steve McCall and coach Ian McParland watched Adebola in action against Birmingham earlier in the week, although there is no suggestion that the Blues have as yet made an approach for the ex-Crewe frontman.

Davies says he is unaware of the Blues' interest in his player: "It was a surprise to me. Adebola is going nowhere. I am very surprised because Adebola is a major part of this squad and a major part of what we are doing and a major part for the rest of the season."

The ex-Derby boss says he joked with the striker about the potential move: "We wished him all the best on the training ground this morning, myself the staff and the players, and wished him well at Ipswich."

Meanwhile, Town chief executive Simon Clegg has dismissed a claim by credit agency Equifax in a weekend newspaper that the Blues and half the Championship are insolvent: “Ipswich Town FC is most definitely not an insolvent football club.

“While there is a historical legacy of debt, nothing is now owed by Ipswich Town to a bank or other financial institution.”

Clegg recently told TWTD that the club's debt is likely to continue to grow.

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ITFC1985 added 15:29 - Jan 14
Thank God for that!!!

mightytown added 15:33 - Jan 14
well said! rhodes and haynes sold and stern john and dele adebola to replace them? i think not!

chripswich added 15:34 - Jan 14
shefki shefki shefki shefki!!!

YoungTownFan13 added 15:37 - Jan 14
thank you God!

SouperJim added 15:38 - Jan 14
Just the kind of responses I expected and they'll probably continue on after my post for a page or two. I'll just say that most of you can't see beyond your nose, Stern John has been a valuable signing for us and has aided our recent upturn in form, once his loan ends Adebola would be the perfect replacement. 12 month contract and then on to a long-term solution in the summer.

hampstead_blue added 15:38 - Jan 14
That just means RK will be paying even more for him!
Keep your money in your pocket Marcus....

BYRNE_16 added 15:46 - Jan 14
Good Job! We don't want him anyway!

GleesyITFC added 15:57 - Jan 14
What is Keane thinking, seriously i'm sure he hasn't got a clue.

BYRNE_16 added 16:10 - Jan 14
It;s all paper talk! The media has twisted this one. and again nothing to do with Keanes thinking

Tractorog added 16:11 - Jan 14
A slow day in the press office...

Yet another story picked up off the "Championship Manager" Newswire

ollie_smith2001 added 16:14 - Jan 14
Apparently Adebola is "major". Not sure if anyone else picked that up...

RetroBlue added 16:14 - Jan 14
I doubt very much Town were even looking at him tbh. Certainly "one for the future" is he ?

brockleyblueboy added 16:22 - Jan 14
Can I ask why people don't want him? What are they basing this instant dislike for him. Have any of you actually seen him play or because it isn't wayne rooney you don't want him? I'm not saying he would be my first choice, I would give Pabs a decent run, I'm just interested why people are so against it. besides I have it on good authority that the scouts were watching Dexter Blackstock.

forensic_bloo added 16:25 - Jan 14
"Chief scout Steve McCall and coach Ian McParland watched Adebola in action against Birmingham earlier in the week"
What, they just watched Adebola, and not any other the other 21 (at least) players on the pitch.

agc232 added 16:26 - Jan 14
this has made my day :)

OnlyOneSirBobby added 16:28 - Jan 14
best news iv heard for ages

bluechick added 17:00 - Jan 14
Just another non story reported as fact.
If abedola is really the best steve mccall & co can come up with he's in the wrong job & if these people in the know are feeding phil snippets they are just taking the mickey

dirtydingusmagee added 17:34 - Jan 14
well looks like no need for all those knicker's being in a twist after all !

buryblue77 added 18:03 - Jan 14
No, please no! Too old, 2-3 years ago maybe he'd have been a useful squad player. But this is probably just nonsense, as has been pointed out, were they only watching Adebola and not ANY other player?

jas0999 added 19:12 - Jan 14
I doubt there is anything in this and who really cares about a company looking into finances and no doubt second guessing the financial issues at Championship clubs?

1RWR added 19:25 - Jan 14
I see the tits are back & I don't mean the 'doom & gloom' merchants on here either!

slowerball added 22:03 - Jan 14
He played against us several times when he was a younger man at Crewe. He's okay. A second striker at best - and e have a whole strike force of second strikers... Not the answer I'm afraid, but it shows the quality of teams like Notts F if this guy is a squad player. If we are going to sign one player (although if Peter Halmosi is going cheap from Hull - snap the guy up!) then lets make it a decent one - and lets splash some cash. There must be a striker out there - McSheffrey perhaps - who is surplus and wants a challenge.

Time to act - time is running out, players are being bought, sold and loaned out; we don't want to end up with the dregs - or nobody.

Until then - Stead and Pabs please.

WREXHAM_BLUE added 22:22 - Jan 14
Whether this is paper talk or not, Adebola has always done very well against us and is a constant menace. For obvious reasons, he's not a long term solution but he would certainly do a job. That said, if the link IS true, I'd much rather think we were thinking longer term and looking for someone younger. Hopefully, given further chances, Priskin will start to show his worth.

buryblue77 added 22:32 - Jan 14
Slowerball, Mcsheffrey shout. That's a good one, would not be complaing if we signed him.

slowerball added 23:21 - Jan 14
Sadly, there is a long list of strikers who have scored / done well / shone against us! We can't buy them all... Yes, he is a decent striker, not a bad shout, but he's 34 and Bristol City let he go for free? Not good enough for the Robins but okay for Town... However, I don't think he's coming - and I think it is paper talk / agents spin.

We are on the lookout for a number 1 choice, nailed on 1st XI striker, with whom Stead, Pablo (not according to RK - unless he's doing a Garvan with him?), Wickham, John, Priskin or whoever can play alongside. I don't think Adebola will add anything to our current line-up / strength.

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