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Keane: No Deals Yet
Keane: No Deals Yet
Friday, 15th Jan 2010 13:18

Boss Roy Keane says he expects the transfer window to remain quiet until the final days of the month. The Town manager refused to be drawn on either confirming or denying most of the names linked with the Blues in recent days but dismissed claims that West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer is on his way back to Portman Road.

Keane says he has made enquiries regarding possible targets and is now waiting for them to respond: “I think clubs and players are keeping their options open even to the last few days of the transfer window. Maybe towards the end of the month I’d expect it to get busier. We’re waiting on feedback from certain clubs and managers and we’ll sit tight until then.

“My mindset at the moment is that we probably won’t be getting anybody in, so if we do manage to get the deals done it’s a bonus. I’m not getting my hopes up too much in terms of bringing in one or two players to the club, as much as I’d love to.

“We’ve made a few calls and a few enquiries and we’ll wait for the feedback from the managers and the clubs. There’s not much more we can do about that.

“Having said that, I’ve got a decent squad anyway. I wouldn’t be too upset if nothing was to happen, but we’ll wait and see.”

Keane confirmed that he has spoken to Derby boss Nigel Clough with his former Nottingham Forest team-mate having revealed discussions which involved left-back Jay McEveley last week.

The Blues boss wouldn’t be drawn on discussing McEveley specifically or any other players with Rams’ striker Rob Hulse also linked with the Blues: “I spoke to Nigel two or three weeks ago about one or two things. I’m not going to discuss players who are under contract at other clubs.

“I’ve spoken to different managers over the last few days. Sometimes about players, sometimes just a casual chat, wishing a manager who has just got a job well. There are a number of reasons.”

Keane, however, did dismiss claims that Kieron Dyer was on his way back to Town as nonsense: “Utter rubbish.”

Dyer is in any case understood to be close to announcing his retirement due to the injury problems which have blighted his career.

The Town manager says he is still trying to find a strike pairing that works with the suspended Jon Stead the only frontman to find his form so far this season. Keane admits that adding to his striking ranks is in his thoughts: “We’ll continue to try different players and, as I’ve said over the last few months, if it doesn’t improve then we’ll have to look at bringing in another striker. The players are aware of that.”

The Blues are still working on completing the signing of American winger Devann Yao, who won himself a deal after a successful trial. The 19-year-old, who is back after spending Christmas in the US, is still injured, having picked up a bad cut in the reserves friendly against Luton last month.

Keane says that the club are still working through the red tape relating to the clubs Yao was with as a youngster – Metz, Livorno, Pisa and St Mirren – but anticipates the deal finally being resolved sooner rather than later: “Hopefully it will be sorted out this week, but you’d be amazed out the amount of paperwork involved because he’s been at a couple of previous clubs and there’s concerns about compensation whether we need to get permission from different people, so I really expect to be done this week.”

The Town manager confirmed that Trinidadian international striker or winger Kerry Baptiste would be spending time on trial in February, his planned spell this week having been scuppered by the snow: “I think he was due over next week but obviously with the weather we put a hold on that. I’m very open-minded, we get players in and have a look at them.”

Despite the injury to Brian Murphy, Keane says he is not looking at bringing in Austrian keeper Michael Langer, who recently spent time on trial at Playford Road: “We won’t be doing anything with that at the moment.”

Keane admitted that striker Tamás Priskin could be allowed to go out on loan, although he says the Hungarian, who is interesting Charlton, is still very much in his plans for a role against Coventry: “Tamás has trained really well this week, he’s got a chance of being involved tomorrow.

“If someone picks up the phone next week, not just about Tamás but about any of the players, we’ll have a look at it, just as we did last week about Colin Healy. We look at situations and ultimately it comes down the player.”

“He gets opportunities every day in training to impress me. He’ll get another opportunity today, it’s always a new day.”

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TedTurnip added 13:25 - Jan 15
It makes you wonder just who will be helping us push for the big top 16 finish. I for one can't wait for the second half of the season. It should be amazing to see if we can compete against the likes of Coventry. I even dream of an away draw with Southampton in the cup - imagine that! Get the open top bus washed down and draped in blue and white!

SouperJim added 13:26 - Jan 15
Priskin has to be given another chance, you can't spend that sort of money on a player and only giving him a handful of appearances in a struggling side. He showed his potential in half a season at Watford, now it's up to Keane and his coaching staff to help Priskin realise his potential playing for us, whatever the hurdles might be.

BurleyForever added 13:26 - Jan 15
Marcus Stewart??
Priskin to start Saturday may give him the boost he needs.

TractorsRUs added 13:31 - Jan 15
bench role for Tamas then

Sir_Bob added 13:46 - Jan 15
What about Kriss Commons from Derby?
Walters, Norris, Leadbetter, Commons
Mariner Brazil

ITFC1985 added 13:52 - Jan 15
TedTurniop why wouldnt be able to compete with the likes of Coventry??

blueblood66 added 13:58 - Jan 15
Priskin needs to be starting games,period. Whilst Stead is out he has to be given a crack, we can always bring Connor on if he is having a mare, and for me thats Connors best role at present.

Surco72 added 14:11 - Jan 15
Lee Barrett


For target men could do a lot worse than Lee MiIller at Aberdeen contract up in summer ?

mickeyjb added 14:54 - Jan 15
For me its

Lee Barrett
Rosenoir, Mac, Delaney, Wright

Walters, Leadbitter, Norris, Colback

Peters, Counago

GK (TBC), Bruce, Priskin, Wickham, Edwards, Pim, Garvan

The reason for the Counago/Peters thing is I thought the Foxes were worried by Peters and if we can get him further up the field whilst Pablo holds the play up it could be interesting, yes I'm worried too that he might not be able to hit a cows arrrs with a banjo!

Bergholtblue added 14:58 - Jan 15
The Rams have signed Russell Anderson from Sunderland. So that was what the chat with Cloughie was all about. Nigel was asking Roy what the lad was like. Nothing to do with possible players coming this way.

tractorboybig added 15:09 - Jan 15

BlueBoots added 15:30 - Jan 15
Rosenior - McAuley - Delaney - Peters
----------Leadbitter - Norris------------
------Walters - Colback - Garvan------

That'll do for me...

*REMOVED* added 15:36 - Jan 15
Andrew Driver please.

StowTractorBoy added 16:25 - Jan 15
If Priskin does play then please don't give him any stick -he will be trying.

jas0999 added 17:03 - Jan 15
We need to sign a striker.I know it's easier said than done, but I can't see where the goals are coming from?

SurreyITFC added 17:11 - Jan 15
StowTractorBoy - Correct - If Priskin plays let's roar him on to Glory!

jesus added 17:13 - Jan 15
Come on Tamas!!! Time to man up and do what you're capable of. I keep forgetting about Yao. If and when he ever gets here it will be a surprise and hopefully a nice one.

Daleyitfc added 17:13 - Jan 15
Still many on here supporting Counago I see : I have no idea why. He is a fat-bottomed, lazy, good-for-nothing, makes-an-effort-once-a-season waster, who worked out long ago that footballers earn good money even when they are not playing, and is happy to allow this to happen. Joe Royle saw through him. As much as I despise the man, I think that Keane has too.

cbower added 18:06 - Jan 15
Just seen Blueboots' suggestion for the team tomorrow. Not a bad call at all - might just swop Norris and Colback around as I think Norris is more capable of supporting the striker (s) than Colback. Hope Keane is playing his cards close to his chest and that somebody takes Counago off our hands so that we can bring someone like Simeon Jackson in to inject a bit of front man pace into our squad. I definitely think we will only bring a forward in if one goes out - unfortunately.

Gus added 18:47 - Jan 15
For coventry;


strikalite added 19:19 - Jan 15
I hope Keane is keeping his cards close to his chest because we are obviously weak upfront and have been for a long while now...we have no real pace, other teams have many options with players who have scored goals consistantly at this level, Keane must surely know that if he put a quality confident pacy striker in our side right now we'd have more chance than not of averaging more than one goal a game,'s now his job to get out there and find him, I'm sure his playing it down for obvious reasons though..

ChambersM added 20:23 - Jan 15
Priskin(Stead when hes back)-Pablo

ChambersM added 20:24 - Jan 15

WickedBlue added 20:41 - Jan 15
Amazed at how little our fans know about football or players or managers. simply amazing....

dirtydingusmagee added 21:36 - Jan 15
reckon lightening will strike twice,!another crap window .

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