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West Brom in Fülöp Talks
West Brom in Fülöp Talks
Wednesday, 3rd Aug 2011 00:29

Town and West Brom are reported to be in talks regarding keeper Márton Fülöp moving to the Hawthorns. The Hungarian leaving Portman Road would come as little surprise with the Blues having signed Fulham’s David Stockdale on a season-long loan last week.

Fülöp, 28, is said to be viewed as potential back-up for Ben Foster, who recently joined from Birmingham on loan for the 2011/12 campaign. West Brom signed former Town defender Gareth McAuley on a Bosman free transfer earlier in the summer after the Northern Irishman turned down a new deal at Portman Road.

Speaking after the addition of Stockdale, Blues boss Paul Jewell said the move didn’t mean Fülöp’s time at Town was at an end, however, the former Sunderland and Tottenham man, who was linked with Turkish side Bursaspor earlier in the summer, is unlikely to want to sit on the bench at a Championship club at this stage in his career, having lost his place in the Hungary squad in recent months.

With Stockdale having a 24-hour recall clause in his loan deal from Fulham, the Blues would certainly target another keeper if Fülöp, who has another season left on his contract, moves on.

Town are also said to have made Fülöp’s fellow Hungarian Tamás Priskin available for £500,000 with the 24-year-old’s former loan club Swansea again claimed to be interested.

Priskin’s exit would come as no shock with the ex-Watford man having been off-loaded to the Swans on loan last season and appearing well down the pecking order in pre-season.

Elsewhere, Town are reported to have had a £1 million offer for Stoke City centre-half Danny Collins, 30, rebuffed by the Potters.

Speaking at the weekend, Blues boss Paul Jewell said he had spoken to innumerable clubs regarding prospective central defensive signings this summer.

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jert16 added 00:37 - Aug 3
shame about priskin, but hes never really cut it, obviously not in pj's plans and may as well sell him and get a fee for him rather than run down his contract and pay his wages for the year and dont receive a fee.

faith added 00:39 - Aug 3
And then what will do for a keeper if stockdale goes back to Fulham?

SideShow added 00:40 - Aug 3
"is almost certain to want to play first team football at this stage in his career, having lost his place in the Hungary squad in recent months."
"Fülöp, 28, is said to be viewed as potential back-up for Ben Foster,"

So play first team or sit on the bench with a better wage then?

If true, would personally be sad to see him go as I think he is an excellent keeper. With Stockdale on loan though his chances here may be limited unless Stockdale gets injured or recalled.

Would hope we actually get some money from this outgoing transfer for once this closed season.

jert16 added 00:41 - Aug 3
good point.. will be absolutely screwed! although pj will always have 3 senior keepers surely?! so hopefully will then bring another back up on smaller wages than fulop

robdaful added 00:49 - Aug 3
Think we should keep Fulop.
Offer him a new longer contract and have him train under Stockdale and iron over his weak points.

So when Stockdale goes back we will be able to coupe with our improved Fulop.

If Fulop goes then we need someone in. Can't have ALB as back up and possible number 1.

robdaful added 00:51 - Aug 3
Priskins news wouldn't come as a suprise.

Good skill and potential but doesn't seem to be able to use it.

Get a fee for him, and free up wages.

Think we could need a replacement tho.

ScottITFC14 added 00:54 - Aug 3
If we let Fulop go and sign another keeper, how are players like Cropper ever meant to make it into the first team if they've got two players ahead of them?!

michaeldownunder added 01:05 - Aug 3
Fulop out, Richard Wright in as back up keeper sorted.
Priskin out bring in a young loan striker from one of the prem teams. what about that Sunderland striker, whats his name now? Wickham? Priskin is never going to be a 20 goal a season man (lucky is he gets 10) and may well do better in the top flight than our league.

They would bring in a transfer fee rather than both of them sitting out their contract and leaving on a free. I also would think they are two of our highest wage earners

Garv added 01:14 - Aug 3
If we let Fulop go only to have to buy a replacement what's the point? He would do fine as no.1, let alone no.2 keeper in this division if Stockdale is to keep him out the side all season. No other club will have a back up keeper as good as him.

Be a shame to see Priskin leave, but never REALLY done it :(. I'll always remember the goal against Arsenal though, like every town fan I imagine! 500k I would say is quite a good price, can't see anyone coughing that up though.

Tractamatt added 01:17 - Aug 3
Maybe we could loan him to them till christmas with a 24hr recall clause incase stockdale has to go back

arc added 01:48 - Aug 3
Great news! Get rid of Fülöp (would we even get a fee for him?!?) and sign Wright. And if Priskin were to leave too, the summer would start looking like a genuine success.

Collins is interesting...

robboo92 added 01:48 - Aug 3
Danny collins would be a great signing, i can still see pj bringing in another defender even if we sign that slovenian. that slovenian seemed far more of a wing back

SitfcB added 03:21 - Aug 3
Pollitt or Wright will come in as back up!

CanadianBlue added 04:36 - Aug 3
I'd like to see us get Smithies in as a long-term replacement and possible contender for the No.1 jersey next season.

And our replacement for Priskin HAS to be a young striker. We need the pace and energy as well as some players who'll still be able to play at a high level in 5 years time.

StochesStotasBlewe added 07:10 - Aug 3
If Fulop leaves, Richard Wright would be good cover for Stockdale. Shame about Priskin but his inability to hit a cows arse with a banjo on occasions, despite his workrate, is not what we need now. Good luck to the fellow when he does leave though.

DiamondGezzer added 07:24 - Aug 3
Pinewoodblue :- Agree. Also, now we have Wright's old goalkeeping coach back, just maybe he could find some of his lost form. No doubting his abilities first time around under Webster.

ipswich_is_the_best added 07:54 - Aug 3
Canadianblue I completely agree make a double bid of £3mil for him and Rhodes anything up to 5 mil sounds gd and send them back on loan with recall till the end of season if Stockdale goes back smithies comes back

TractorMan added 07:57 - Aug 3
Collins is a weird one as he is another left footed CB.

Fulop out, Richard Wright in would make a lot of sense and remove a £15k a week wage bill!

tellitasiseeit added 08:41 - Aug 3
Cody Cropper should be given his chance as back up keeper? When is he supposed to ever be given a crack at this,. If Town keep looking to bring in other keepers who may be on their last pay packets and only a few good months in them. Whats the point in this? Let our own players have their chance they have earned it. COYB

itfcmuzza added 08:51 - Aug 3
Richard Wright as back up, I'd be happy with that. Fulop had his faults but he always used to jump up and down when the team scored like he genuinely cared for the club so I'm sorry it's not worked out for him. Like so many keepers (Cardiff away and Arsenal at Home) Brilliant, then along would come a stupid error (Arsenal away). Good luck to Priskin as well if he's off. The Slovenian guy looks worth a gamble, it'll either turn out to be a Taricco or a Karic, at that age and in a new country you never know!

JayITFC added 08:57 - Aug 3
Would rather have Priskin than Scotland - wrong side of 30, looking very slow and bulky. Guess it's just a case of shifting either of them, getting rid of both is the dream but will be impossible!!!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 09:02 - Aug 3
Bit of a bummer for Fülop. Looks like he's going to be second keeper whether he stays here or whether he moves on, and surely he must be first choice material somewhere. I think a move would be best (not least for him) as for some reason he doesn't seem to have fully made his mark at PR. Wish him all the best.

Martus added 09:25 - Aug 3
I think we should keep both. Fulop is a good keeper, he showed us that against Cardiff, but his weakness is crosses which he constantly stuggles with. A confidence boost is whats needed for him and confidence from his manager, which unfortunatly he doesnt seem too be getting. I would be OK with him as our number one and seeing as Stockdale can be called back at anytime i dont really see the point seeing as if we drop Fullop then he is unlikely to sign a new contract and thats £750 000 wasted and his wages, so i think we should have kept faith in Fulop.

As for Priskin, think he's an excellent player, showed that against Arsenal, that was because THE BALL WAS PLAYED TOO HIS FEET AND NOT HOPELESS BALLS THAT WERE SMACKED UPFRONT TOO HIM. That was Keanes style which did not suit him as he's a technichal player with a great touch and finese. Play the ball through the midfield and play through balls too him and thats when you'll see the best of him. I think we should play Chopra and Priskin upfront as both look like they need someone too play off, and out both in my opinion top quality strikers if they are given the service.

Hermann_eats_puffin added 09:56 - Aug 3
If Fulop wants to go then I don’t think we should stand in his way. We’ve brought in Stockdale as No: 1 and I know that there’s the risk of him being recalled but I don’t think that means we need to hit the immediate panic buttons straight away should Fulop be sold.

Whilst I think that Fulop is a good shot stopper I always worry whenever he faces crosses or corners. Taking into account the fact that he only has one year left on his contract I’d rather sell him and get some money now rather than lose him for nothing in a year.

If the worst happens with Stockdale getting recalled there are always other goal keepers available on loan. Most of the Premiership teams have at least three good keepers if not more and so there would always be somebody available if needed.

At the same time I think that we have a very good young prospect in Cody Cropper and I don’t think it would do him any harm to sit on the bench and be in and around the first team this year if we needed him.


Martus added 10:03 - Aug 3

So what happens if we sell him, Stockdale gets recalled and the transfer window closses? Can we panic then? Cos i dont know about you but i wouldnt put all my faith in ALB or Cropper.

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