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Chopra Linked With Wednesday Move
Monday, 22nd Jul 2013 09:16

Blues striker Michael Chopra is reportedly set to be reunited with his former Cardiff City manager Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday. Rumours on the TWTD Message Board over the weekend linked the 29-year-old, who has been made available for transfer despite having a year remaining on his contract, with the Owls, while a proposed switch to Barnsley, also mentioned as a potential destination over the weekend, is said to have previously broken down.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy played down talk of serious interest in Chopra after Saturday’s game at Barnet – “not yet” – but admitted that the former England U21 had been left on the bench to prevent him picking up an injury.

Unconfirmed sources on social media subsequently reported that Chopra had told some supporters that he would be moving on.

The striker appears certain to leave Town on a free with the club likely to have to settle the remaining year on what’s understood to be an £18,000-a-week contract.

Owls boss Dave Jones has also expressed an interest in re-signing former Blues striker Connor Wickham from Sunderland on loan: "It is something we would be interested in if it came around, but it is far too early to even contemplate it at the moment."

Wickham, 20, spent just over a month at Hillsborough towards the end of last season, netting once in four starts and two sub appearances.

Meanwhile, new right-back Frederic Veseli has been handed the number 20 shirt for the season ahead.

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Wallingford_Boy added 09:21 - Jul 22
HANG ON, the club would have to settle the final year on his contract?!?! Then what is the point of getting rid? Just leave him here for a year, as cover and then release him next summer. Why do we insist on paying players off when they leave? Just let him rot. Unless we are only paying a fraction of his final year's salary, then I am getting worked up for no reason.

PhilTWTD added 09:23 - Jul 22

That's what settling means, paying some part of the remaining contract, usually over a longer period.

Smithy added 09:24 - Jul 22
I do see your point Wallingford, but I would sooner have a bad influence out of the club if he is going to destroy harmony in the squad. Having said that why do we have to pay him off, does he still not owe us £250k?

earlsgreenblue added 09:25 - Jul 22
@ Wallingford, simple really, all the negativity surrounding this guy it will be worth every penny,
Just think of the mind set of the rest of the team watching that Jodrell Banker drawing 18k a week when your getting a fraction, & he's just warming a bench, no, get rid now! Rant over.

RegencyBlue added 09:26 - Jul 22
He could, and should, have done much better here but best for both parties to now move on!

bluelodgeblue added 09:26 - Jul 22
Is it possible that out of that settlement it will be less the payoff of his gambling debt???

Wallingford_Boy added 09:30 - Jul 22
Ok, fair enough, I got a little excited. I'm still buzzing after Murray winning Wimbledon to be fair.

PhilTWTD added 09:31 - Jul 22

I believe the club were deducting the repayments on his debt before he received his wages and I think that was all sorted some while ago.

Mr_Evans added 09:32 - Jul 22
Why do people keep going on about this £250k, he has paid it back, £10,400 was deducted from his pay for 24 months.

Can't wait to get rid of this scum bag! What a waste of space!

Wickets added 09:37 - Jul 22
At most we will be paying the differance between his new salary and his old, perhaps saving as much as 10,000 per week.

gibbo added 09:38 - Jul 22
I can't see why we didn't just pay him off at the end of last season instead of having him for preseason.

BotesdaleBlue added 09:38 - Jul 22
His continuing presence remains a festering sore for the fans and whilst we don't know what his relationship is with the other players and staff, I personally feel it is best that he leaves the club, as team spirit does genuinely appear to be excellent and we can't have any individual potentially affecting that, as we enter the new season.

In conclusion, Chopra, just go and leave this club in the hands of players who care, show commitment to the cause and can connect positively with us, the fans.

Michael11 added 09:40 - Jul 22
Does he need a lift?

LDNTractor added 09:42 - Jul 22
It all comes down to which party wants the transfer. If Chops had out in a transfer request, he wouldn't be entitled to any of the remainder of his contract. The reality is his employer (our club) want rid of him, with a year remaining on his contract. So there's a trade off between him wanting some game time and a new club, and ITFC paying off the appropriate portion of his contract

Mr_Jingles added 09:45 - Jul 22
I certainly won't be signing his leaving card...... Let's just hope it happens

Parasite !!!

SouperJim added 09:48 - Jul 22
£18k-a-week in the Championship! Despite the optimism over what he might do here when he signed, that is madness. What a pair of incompetents Jewell and Clegg were, I can't see Mick signing anyone on that kind of money. I wonder what wages Ivar "Crocked" Ingimarrson was on (they signed him on the same day if I remember correctly)...

cooper4england added 09:50 - Jul 22
Whatever the circumstances of his leaving ITFC did more for this man than he ever did for us. My sympathies for having addiction problems but one can still conduct one's self with decorum.

JewellintheTown added 09:52 - Jul 22
Wednesday isn't soon enough, if I throw in £20 will you take him by Tuesday Mr Jones?

suffolkpunchdrunk added 10:09 - Jul 22
Enough has been said about him so lets move on now and concentrate on the squad that we now have and not the player who most of us will not miss. Happy thoughts everyone as next season is going to be a great time to be a Town fan!

RichOBlue added 10:15 - Jul 22
We'll never know the ins and outs of this transfer, as I understand it from a good source chops is still paying ME/Ipswich back through his wages so I would guess they might wipe the debt off more than his contract being "payed up". Good news he's going though bit of a bad egg never good in the dressing room.

leroygibbs added 10:32 - Jul 22
yippeeeeeee, good riddance, now just f*** off you sorry excuse for a human being.

kerryblue added 11:07 - Jul 22
The bookies in Sheffield will be rubbing their hands together although maybe not ,hes far more likely to run up more gambling debt with them being the low life he is good riddance Crapra and thanks for nothing

Jimmy86 added 11:11 - Jul 22
Some of you lot may look mighty stupid if he moves on and scores against us!!! Yea he has been a tool but he our best striker at the club in my opinion.... if he scores goals that help us challenge who cares what sort of person he is

cookra added 11:17 - Jul 22

You do not want someone unsettling the balance of the club no matter how good he is.
If he'd been knocking in 20+ a season I'd keep him, he hasnt done anything at this club apart from cause disruption and take the P**s out of us.
The sooner this rat is gone the better

Paulc added 11:30 - Jul 22
Take it - get rid of this colossol loser!

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