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Blues Linked With Former Loanee Tunnicliffe as Clubs Eye Lawrence
Thursday, 22nd Dec 2016 19:36

Town are reported to be one of a number of clubs keen on former loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe, who is currently out of favour with the Blues' Boxing Day opponents Fulham.

According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old is keen to move on in January due to his lack of games at Craven Cottage and Town, Preston, QPR and Rangers are all interested.

Tunnicliffe, who hasn’t featured for the Cottagers since October, made 24 starts and five sub appearances for the Blues while on loan from Manchester United in the first half of the 2013/14 season before being sold to Fulham in the January transfer window.

The midfielder, who had spells on loan at Barnsley and Peterborough prior to joining Town and with Wigan and Blackburn more recently, is out of contract in the summer and reportedly will be available on a free transfer in January.

Meanwhile, the same paper also claims Derby, Norwich, Reading, Cardiff and Wigan have all made enquiries to Leicester regarding Blues loanee Tom Lawrence.

The 22-year-old Wales international, who has 18 months left on his contract with the Foxes, has impressed while with the Blues during the first half of the season.

Lawrence is due to stay with Town for the whole campaign, however, as was the case with Tunnicliffe's spell with the Blues, deals often include a provision which allows parent clubs to cut short loans during the January window.

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OwainG1992 added 19:39 - Dec 22
I'd take Tunnicliffe as why not he's pretty young still and worth a gamble. Please can we be the ones offering the money for Tom Lawrence!

boroughblue added 19:42 - Dec 22
no to both of these. Tunnicliffe was nothing special when we had him, and he will also obstrust the likes of Dozzel, Bishop, Nydam etc routes to the first team. We already have different class dougie doing that.

Also, we desperately need to keep lawrence at all costs if we are infact serious about pushing for the play offs. He's been different gravy for us so far this year.

Michael11 added 19:46 - Dec 22
Christ! No thanks!!! I'd like to see us bid for Lawrence. Been our only creative outlet for most of this season so far.

12th_Man added 19:50 - Dec 22
And this is why we won't be going anywhere in this league

jas0999 added 19:52 - Dec 22
Oh dear. Not good. A player who can't get a game for Fulham. A free transfer is up our street though.

Would be disappointing to lose Lawrence, but as stated at the AGM, we will be looking to play our youngsters and build a team of players starting their careers. Loans are therefore a thing of the past.

Smithy added 19:53 - Dec 22
Signing Lawrence would be a real sign of intent and ambition and fit with the signing of younger players to improve them etc. Wouldn't be adverse to Tunnicliffe, good age and knows club and Mick well and for no fee but if he comes in Douglas must go out

Pip50 added 19:57 - Dec 22
Illusionary. If we have a loan player who is looking to move permanently it won't be us who sign him. If we have some saleable assets it will be us that's sells them. Borrow and loan that's us now. What a travesty. What miss management. What a future. Lol.

peewee added 19:58 - Dec 22
Ryan I'm sure when he was at town on loan was a good player but normally once on the book because average and wasn't he injured a bit as well and didn't he play on the wing bk then so if Tom goes I can see Ryan joining

casanovacrow added 19:59 - Dec 22
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Free Prozac ticket promotion coming soon

muccletonjoe added 20:06 - Dec 22
If the only player we sign in january is lawrence i would be happy.

MickMillsTash added 20:09 - Dec 22
Happy Christmas- can we have some cheerful news please
Lawrence was very good vs Birmingham, started brightly vs Wigan but was missing in the second half and I thought let his head drop that or was massively frustrated with our cack 50 minutes performance after they equalised
Certainly been our best player this season- massive miss and I would not be surprised if Leicester called him back to play let alone selling him


blueboy1981 added 20:11 - Dec 22
jason0999 ........ and pigs may soon start flying ....... !!!

Count_Arthur added 20:14 - Dec 22
So we might gain a below average Championship player, who did NOTHING when he was with us before AND turned us down when he had the chance to play here permanently. And we might lose the only exciting outfield player we have. Half season ticket anyone?

Cakeman added 20:14 - Dec 22
No thank you. Hopefully just a link with no substance. If we do sign him then no doubt our transfer window activity will be completed with the signing of another of our has beens Stern John!

Berts_chin added 20:18 - Dec 22
Never rated Tunnicliffe when he was here and hasn't impressed since when returning with visiting teams.
To lose Lawrence would be a big blow, particularly now that Williams is out for 3 months. To see him become a budgie would rub salt into the wound.

lightingblue added 20:25 - Dec 22
Rather sign Williams

KiwiBlue2 added 20:31 - Dec 22
If we can somehow get Lawrence then we could have an exciting young midfield next season with Dozzell Bishop Ward Etc all a year more experienced along with promising academy players. Add to that Kenlock Emmanuell and the promising young striker and we suddenly look more energised. Big question of course is the managers approach. Surely we could put together 1 or 2 million and see if Leicester will do USA favour

KiwiBlue2 added 20:37 - Dec 22
If we cannot get Lawrence I agree with Lightening blue we should go for Williams and look at placing him on a solid strengthening programme to try and reduce the number of injuries he gets. Him Lawrence Bishop Ward should be too much for most teams in this division

TractorBoy654 added 20:44 - Dec 22
Williams would be a terrible purchase... would be very difficult to rely on him not to get injured. Regarding Lawrence, he's a top quality player so it was always going to be difficult to keep him. Let's just hope we've identified some decent targets up front and everything will be rosy!!

Lightningboy added 20:50 - Dec 22
Offer Leicester a swap with Lawrence for McGoldrick.

BrettenhamBlue added 20:54 - Dec 22
Lawrence is top quality, but we won't be able to afford the transfer fee. I thought Tunnicliffe was very average and we should be giving the host of youngsters we have (nydam, Blanchfield, Dozzell) a chance instead of him. Even bring back Benyu from loan.

The only good thing about this news is the clubs presently linked to Lawrence. Leicester originally paid 1M but will be looking for something in the region of 5M. Norwich and Derby are the only clubs there who could afford that kind of transfer fee. Personally hope he stays on as Lawrence and Webster are our best outfield players this season.

BlueandTruesince82 added 20:59 - Dec 22
Just Lawrence for me

HARRY10 added 21:32 - Dec 22
".. if we are infact serious about pushing for the play offs."

What !

To reach 75 points we need an average of just under two points a game. Which over a season wouuld give us 90 points ie most likely champions.

Do you seriously see us dramatically turning into a title winning side .. almost doubling our average points total over the next 24 games ?

RYITFC added 21:45 - Dec 22
I'd take Tunnicliffe back, no he's not the creative spark we're loooking for but there is a good player who does hasn't yet fulfilled his potential. Would certainly be an improvement on Douglas, young enough, good eye for a pass & plenty of energy.

Really hope we can keep hold of Lawrence, one of the most gifted players ive seen in a Town shirt in a very long time!

Brownie added 21:51 - Dec 22
Not a fan of Tunnicliffe - didn't perform in my view here and has done little since. Like Lee Martin he is one of those who gets a contract on the ex Man Utd tag and not on performances now.

Would love to sign Lawrence but we can't afford him.

As for play off talk somebody is having a laugh. There is more chance of me turning up wearing yellow & green for the Fulham game than us making the playoffs. We didn't make it last year, the division is harder this year and we are worse.

Since when is a team barely averaging a goal a game going to make the play-offs?!

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