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Released Manchester United Defender Linked
Tuesday, 18th Jun 2013 09:49

Town and Middlesbrough are chasing released Manchester United central defender Frederic Veseli, according to one of this morning’s tabloids.

The 20-year-old, who has also played at right-back and in central midfield, has also been linked with Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Wigan and unnamed sides in the Bundesliga and Serie A since his Old Trafford exit, but is said to want to stay in England.

A Swiss international at U15, U16, U17 and U18 levels, Veseli joined the Red Devils from rivals Manchester City in January 2012. Previously a youth player with hometown club FC Renens and FC Lausanne-Sport, Veseli is yet to make a senior appearance.

The Blues are in need of additions at centre-half over the summer, but given the budgets of some of the other clubs believed to be interested Veseli would appear an unlikely signing.

Town, who start pre-season training next Monday, are already understood to have offered terms to Blackpool’s out-of-contract defender Kirk Broadfoot, who operates both at right-back and centre-half, and former loanee Reece Brown, who was also released by Manchester United this summer.

Meanwhile, Town are again being linked with a move for out-of-contract striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who Mick McCarthy took to Wolves in January 2008.

The 27-year-old, who has been persistently mentioned in connection with the Blues since McCarthy took over at Portman Road, is currently sidelined after breaking his leg and undergoing ankle surgery towards the end of the last campaign. He isn't expected to be fit until October.

Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Reading have also been linked with the Cambridge-born frontman since he made his Wolves exit with the Eagles believed to be the favourites for his signature.

Whether Town are currently in the market for another striker is questionable with Daryl Murphy recently added to the squad on a permanent basis, David McGoldrick set to sign on July 1st, Paul Taylor back from his long-term foot injury and Frank Nouble having established himself as a regular since joining in January.

Out-of-contract Wycombe winger Joel Grant, who we understand has been offered terms by the Blues, can also play up front, while youngsters Jack Marriott and Tom Winter will also be looking to push on into the first team during the season ahead.

The situation might change if the transfer-listed Michael Chopra – who we understand was interesting Middlesbrough earlier in the summer – is off-loaded, but the 29-year-old has said he is happy to stay for the remaining year of his Town deal.

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JimmyJazz added 10:04 - Jun 18
Frederic Who??

pitseablue added 10:08 - Jun 18
It's that time of year, more links than a bike chain !

truckertractorboy added 10:09 - Jun 18
Hands up who hates this time of the season

towntillidie283 added 10:18 - Jun 18
Well if trying to bring in brown and Bigfoot why do we need him and if get Stearman which I hope so much we do then no need

Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell
Hewitt, Brown, Bigfoot, Mings

All sorted

yogiblue added 10:24 - Jun 18
Would love to see him come to Town, high quality youngster who would put pressure on Smith and Chambo for a 1st team place

alexharban added 10:27 - Jun 18
Always us and middlesbrough

MattRichards4England added 11:18 - Jun 18
Makes absolutely no sense to keep posting people we are LINKED with. Why we aren't looking for young attacking flare based players Ill never know. Watford, palace and Hull got to the top end of the league with flare, wake up.

Garv added 11:29 - Jun 18
Midfielder anyone?

Leave SEB alone I say, we don't want another Hewitt situated.

ntoms97 added 11:41 - Jun 18
Yes Please

Bergholtblue added 12:00 - Jun 18
Just wondering. Is there any released player that the papers haven't linked us with yet?

Re: Stearman. He has another year on his contract, presumably on Premier League wages, Wolves new boss has stated that he wants to keep him at the club. He ain't coming! Lets move on.

JWM added 12:29 - Jun 18
Dont get me wrong! I love this website but why oh why do we constantly get fed this diet of drivel? I guess it's a slow news day but this link is so weak it's unreal! Can we have some proper news for a change rather than all this endless speculation.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 13:06 - Jun 18
Personally, I don't mind in the slightest being entertained during the silly season by rumours because I take them for what they are. (And there is always the hook that one out of 50 may actually come true.) But why not (Phil?) have a separate "Rumours" section, rather like that otherwise useless TeamTalk site, where this kind of speculative fun can be siphoned off from the "real" news"? Just a thought. TWTD is always my first port of call for all information relating to the Blues.

suffolkpunchdrunk added 13:10 - Jun 18
Folks it is linking season so what do you expect? Take these stories at face value and wait for confirmation of any signings. TWTD keep these stories coming please!

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 13:35 - Jun 18
Why is it every player we are linked to is also linked with Middlesbrough?

theobald1985 added 13:41 - Jun 18
I would like to see him and brown come in as cover we might as well have young players who may progess and will cost less as our back up. defence to me is the only area we need cover as it looks like either fon willaims or hendo will be coming in for keeper cover. we have plenty in midfield with the possible exeption of left wing and enough strikers.
really tho why do people keep having a go at TWTD for running these stories-you dont have to read them or comment.
the link has come from somewhere so there is no harm in having a write up on it.

Taricco_Fan added 13:45 - Jun 18
Sounds cool, why not.

Stewart27 added 14:04 - Jun 18
I never understand people who moan about the players we're linked with. It takes somebody time to actually read the story and then take even more of their time to post about the story rather than just simply ignoring it.

Attention seeking I guess.

james1989 added 14:09 - Jun 18
bloody middlesborough!!! always trying to get who we are getting! will you just do 1,
if i was mick i wouldnt even touch the back 4 and keeper! we are solid, going forward is the problem and has been for a while now!
just my opinion :-)

Michael11 added 14:13 - Jun 18
Can't see this happening. Virtually no first team experience anywhere. Think we need a more experience back up centre back and doubt he's any better cover for right back than Hewitt.

ippy4life added 15:31 - Jun 18
Great player, worked a lot with this lad at youth level, would love to see him at Portman Road, could be the guy to get us promoted!!

Stewart27 added 15:37 - Jun 18

I don't think it's a case of touching the back four. I think we need to add depth and cover to the squad and if he does manage to break in ahead of chambers or smith then that is only a good thing.

whosroundisitanyway added 15:48 - Jun 18
More excited about Joel Grant & the youngsters coming through.

jas0999 added 17:10 - Jun 18
The purpose of this website is to speculate and discuss all matters ITFC. I think it's right that Phil et al report any 'gossip' from tabloid and other papers. I think with July fast approaching and with squads returning soon for pre-season, there will be a lot more action.

Wickets added 17:15 - Jun 18
Is someone at Town tipping the wink to Mogga?

whittonite added 17:28 - Jun 18
i think the two key players in our transfer period are cresswell and stearman(who i think should get tackle of the season against palace at home...).if cresswell commits and wolves can offer a sensible price to us for stearman i think that will make big micks job during this transfer period so much easier.that should leave us wanting maybe 1 or 2 more signings and a lot more time to consider what standard of loan player we can sign up and not these guy s who cant make their mind up until the end of january!

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