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30 Dec 2018 09:54:28
Good morning Ed's.

Any truth Mats Hummels available in January and the reason he is available if so? I know he's ageing but his calming presence could be just what we need. He's never been blessed with lightning pace so that doesn't worry me.



{Ed001's Note - he is available, he is slow, injury prone, not good defensively but decent on the ball. Not sure he is a calming presence mate.}

1.) 30 Dec 2018 13:58:31
Personally i'd steer clear.

2.) 30 Dec 2018 17:06:06
His legs are going/ gone. And also I think he doesn't suit the PL. If we are to sign an older cb, why look past Alderweireld. BTW I don't think the club want to sign older player nearing or above 30 on big wages and sizeable fee. Wasnt it the reason for not getting Toby when Jose was desperate to sign him. And Perisic too for similar reason. No resale value?

3.) 30 Dec 2018 22:53:37
Nein danke.

4.) 31 Dec 2018 08:18:14
What about his club teammate Jerome Boateng? Do you rate him, Ed001?

{Ed001's Note - no, he is a bit too much of a troublemaker for my liking and his attitude has held him back.}

5.) 31 Dec 2018 12:36:17
Sounds like he'd fit in well then.

6.) 31 Dec 2018 13:52:43
Bit similar to Pogba I think Boateng off the field. And in decline too and injury prone.



28 Jun 2017 00:26:05
Any truth in the Martin De Roon rumours? Probably the strangest of the transfer window so far.



1.) 28 Jun 2017 09:50:42
I thought he was off to Lazio? Would be disappointed if we were looking at him.

2.) 29 Jun 2017 14:41:24
Would prefer Dendoncker from Anderlecht?



20 Jun 2017 16:53:03
Looks like Talisca is imminent. Not a bad squad signing at the price being quoted. Any reason we aren't being linked with any left backs? Personally I would love Grimaldo.


1.) 20 Jun 2017 17:20:50
who owns this Talisca lad? I thought he was on loan at Benfica. I've not seen much of him, looks a bit "Nani" to me.

2.) 20 Jun 2017 17:40:05
Talisca is not imminent and we have 4 left backs.

3.) 20 Jun 2017 18:31:29
DSG. We have one left back and that is Luke Shaw. The other 3 you are referring to I'm assuming are Blind, Rojo, and Darmian. None of these are natural left backs so I'm unsure as to your point? Mourinnho wants specialists not stop gaps.

4.) 20 Jun 2017 19:41:39
The point i am alluding to is that we are unlikely to add to the left back position until one of those 4 potential left backs are moved on regardless of whether you think they are any good in that position.

5.) 20 Jun 2017 21:15:10
Isn't Talisca an attacking mid?

6.) 20 Jun 2017 21:44:08
It's not my opinion, they aren't left backs.

7.) 20 Jun 2017 22:50:26
Tbf daley blind is left back for holland n is more likely to play there then anywhere else but rojo is a hard one he's plays left back for Argentina but i think he's more suited to centre back!

8.) 21 Jun 2017 06:22:09
Borthwick-Jackson? When's he due back from loan?

9.) 21 Jun 2017 08:28:55
To be fair to Manctom one of the problems of last season was the lack of service that the forward players got from the left fullback position no matter who played there. All of the players mentioned are good defensively but poor to average going forward. I am hoping that Luke Shaw delivers for us this season and becomes the player that we hoped he would be.

10.) 21 Jun 2017 15:09:42
Cameron is already back at the club.



19 Apr 2017 07:56:28
Any truth in the Serge Aurier rumours?
Apparently he's agreed in principle to join but I'm unsure of how that is possible.



{Ed002's Note - Barcelona want to take him as cover and that does not interest him. Milan want to take him on loan but PSG are not keen on that. Manchester United see him as an option to their first choice - and indeed their second choice. A decision will be made in the summer - to some extent it will depend what happens with the PSG coach.}

1.) 19 Apr 2017 08:11:26
Who are the 1st and second choices ed?

{Ed002's Note - Done to death - try the Sharkopod.}

2.) 19 Apr 2017 08:46:36
i think it is semedo.

3.) 19 Apr 2017 09:31:43
Semedo and Fabinho were the 2 first and second choice RB's - things change as we are now seeing with this interest in Aurier but very unlikely that all our choices would change.

Hopefully there will be another Sharkopod by this time next week and then we will all know a lot more.

4.) 19 Apr 2017 10:10:06
Also rumoured interest in the Monaco full backs. We could probably list 10 possible but Mourinho will be working on his list already as he has already stated that he wants the new players on as early as possible.

{Ed004's Note - I think it is obvious that we are looking for two full backs. Ideally one of Semedo/Aurier/Sibide for the right side and Mendy/Tierney for the left. They are in order of who I want most as well}

5.) 19 Apr 2017 11:57:05
hi all, know it sounds abit stupid, but where can i listen to the sharkpods?

{Ed004's Note -}

6.) 19 Apr 2017 12:13:15
Why would we go anywhere near Aurier? He's got a terrible attitude and isn't as good as Valencia. It'd be a pointless signing in my opinion.

7.) 19 Apr 2017 14:28:44
Aurier is an absolute beast of a player, he was easily the standout right back in European football before he joined PSG. He's had numerous issues whilst at PSG with the manager (use of homophobic language to discribe him on social media) and with refs (on social media) and teammates (on social media) . Maybe coming off social media might help his career.

{Ed004's Note - I actually rate him highly as well but I would probably prefer Semedo who comes with less baggage}

8.) 19 Apr 2017 18:28:26
You make him sound like a woman who doesn't like shopping 😂😂.

9.) 19 Apr 2017 20:17:04
Will he even be granted a visa? I am sure he was refused a visa last year for a champions league game>.

10.) 20 Apr 2017 11:04:40
The reports state that he's spoke to Mourinho on the phone and verbally agreed to join wouldn't this be classed as tapping up?

{Ed002's Note - It would.}

11.) 20 Apr 2017 11:28:32

Nearly every newspaper outlet these days claim that managers are actively speaking to their transfer targets.
Bullsh*t sells.

12.) 20 Apr 2017 13:39:35
If the papers know a phone call took place then they are also surely guilty of tapping up. Which means they wouldn't print it. Which means the story is b******s.




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22 Nov 2018 02:58:07
Hi Ed's. Another request for a player profile if possible. Definitely one for the future. Not sure if you have seen much of him!

Nodri Mukiele.

Thanks as always.


{Ed001's Note - added him to the list for you Mt. I am looking forward to that one as I have not yet had a chance to see him play but I know he is highly rated and RBL usually seem to unearth good defenders.}



16 Nov 2018 00:09:45
Can we have a player profile for Lewis Dunk please? Thought he had an excellent game tonight.


{Ed001's Note - ok added him to the list.}

1.) 17 Nov 2018 00:52:47
Thanks as always.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome Mt.}



20 Oct 2018 15:57:18
Hi Ed's.

With all the recent links with Nathan Ake what are your opionions of him? Any chance of a player profile? With Mou having him at Chelsea he knows what he is capable of but if I remember correctly before moving to Bournemouth he was seen as more of a holding midfielder?


{Ed001's Note - I have added him to the list for player profiles. He played a few different positions because he was not seen as good enough defensively to trust in the centre back role initially.}

1.) 20 Oct 2018 17:02:00
Thanks for the reply.

2.) 20 Oct 2018 18:58:02
Ed1 I don't think there's a pp on Umtiti. Could you do one on him. And also Nikola Milenkovic since we have an interest in him.


{Ed001's Note - added both for you mate.}

3.) 20 Oct 2018 20:22:15
Ed001, how do you rate Ake?

{Ed001's Note - for Ake I use a sliding scale which goes from zero degrees Kelvin to 7 Troy weights....depending on how his hair do is measuring up on the day.}

4.) 21 Oct 2018 03:29:40
Thanks Ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate. Nice to have a couple of new players to watch closely. I don't remember having seen Milenkovic play to be honest, so it will be interesting to see what he is like.}

5.) 21 Oct 2018 07:56:07
Neither have I seen him ed1. Just one game and even that was not full game. But the commentators were full of praise. A young guy with potential, big lad too. Ed2 mentioned him as one of the CBS Mourinho likes so just asked.

Ed could I ask for few more. Roman Burki and Kramaric if not already done. I always think Dortmund can do better than Burki but recently I have been impressed by him. Or maybe just what you think of them and not full profiles . I know you already have tons of things to do.


{Ed001's Note - of course you can ask for more mate. It gives me an excuse to watch games! I have added them to the list. Kramaric is an interesting one, he had a huge reputation when Leicester beat off interest from a number of Prem sides to get him.}

6.) 21 Oct 2018 13:46:23
And Kramaric scores some worldies, like bangers. If I remember properly Chelsea were seriously interested in him when he moved to Leicester and also Jose likes him too. I actually think if he is OK with not being first choice then he would be a good backup option for us.



09 Aug 2018 08:12:32
I know the Ed's say that most deals are unrelated but with Leicester just agreeing to sign a centre back is could that be to replace Maguire? Getting the replacement in before selling makes sense.



{Ed002's Note - Try asking on the LEICESTER page.}



03 Jun 2018 19:25:24
Umtiti new 5 year deal with Barcelona. One less centre back target now which leads me to think Alderwireld is now our number 1 target.

Another example of a player using speculation to get a better contract?


{Ed0333's Note - alderwireld is a far better player than Umtiti and knows how to play in the Premiership. You can’t go wrong with Toby he’ll be a super signing for you if you get him.

1.) 03 Jun 2018 20:15:00
He wasn’t using speculation. Simply, his agent told the club he wanted a better contract, and used the fact that other clubs were willing to meet his buyout clause for leverage. Player has always said he’s happy at Barca, but wants a wage comparable to teammates.

2.) 03 Jun 2018 20:20:33
I was hoping he was first choice Ed!

I've always questioned Umtiti's attitude so I'm glad to know we are looking elsewhere.

3.) 03 Jun 2018 19:55:50
Spot on ed he is a top player. Will be delighted if he signs.

4.) 03 Jun 2018 21:47:40
Agreed Park. Hope we can sign him. And hope bailly can partner him.

5.) 03 Jun 2018 22:40:01
Agreed AAA bailly must start. No excuses for him not playing if he is fit. I’m a massive fan and think he could be up there with the best. Bailly and Alderweireld pairing would be as good as anyone in league.

6.) 04 Jun 2018 07:04:51
Not our money of course and money is one topic to spark a row on here but. most of the tabloids saying today as they did last week its 75 mill for Alderweireld . I know he has a release clause next season for 25 mill . but really 75 mill? even if we knock them down 6-7 mill that's really top dollar for a fella coming off a long injury.

7.) 04 Jun 2018 10:59:03
If we have that partnership, Bailly and Alderweireld then I would expect our back line higher and start to see more committed forward.

8.) 04 Jun 2018 11:00:27
Read somewhere that JM was fed up with Bailly being in/ out of the team throughout season (returning from injuries/ Africa cup etc) so wouldn’t surprise me if he went.

Maybe JM was making a point to him at end of season to sort himself out.




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19 Sep 2020 01:05:27
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12 Sep 2020 05:03:42
According to Fabrizio Ramano wages and fees were never an issue. It sounds like a narrative the club are trying to spin in case the deal falls through.




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12 Sep 2020 05:02:35
Not sure where this thought that Ighalo is a ‘big tall target man’ last time I checked he was 5”11 the same height as Anthony Martial. He might not be the Best choice but saying he’s a big target man is doing him a disservice. His footwork and hold up play aren’t bad, when the ball is played into him it sticks and he brings other players into the game. I’d rather keep him than sign King but at the same time I’d rather have neither and sign some proper competition for Tony. Seems short to mid term we don’t have the money or the player isn’t available. We wanted Haaland and I think he’s the long term target for Ole with his release clause and nationality being a major factor I just feel we won’t sign in when the time comes due to competition from Real Madrid.




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12 Sep 2020 04:54:14
Personally I’m very excited to see Ethan Laird, Mengi, Mejbri, Jurado, Elanga, Hoogewerf develop. I’m hoping Levitt’s loan to Charlton helps his development alongside Garner to possibly Blackburn. Chong seems to have started well in Germany as well.




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09 Feb 2019 00:40:21
Apparently we had an agreement to sign him but tried to change something regarding the deal last minute and it fell through. Sound like typical journalist bull to me though.





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03 Apr 2020 17:20:18
Johan Cruyff
Ronaldo de Lima.




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20 Feb 2020 23:11:04
We didn’t start Baily as he has just come back from a long term injury. We also have 7 games in 21 days.




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09 Feb 2019 19:10:34
That's fine ed033, thanks!


{Ed033's Note - ok thanks



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09 Feb 2019 00:48:46
I have two in the front row of the second tier Stretford end I'd be happy for you to have for a match, face Value of course. Not sure how I can get in touch though as I'd prefer not to post mobile number on a public forum. Any idea eds?



{Ed033's Note - If your emails are correct on our system, i can send you each other's email address? If you agree to it.



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09 Feb 2019 00:44:58
The end of this season and next is really his last chance. He does have the potential to be a decent centre back. His injury record hasn't helped his development. For me he is decent cover for Lindelof and whoever is brought in the summer to partner him. Jones, Lindelof, Baily +1. He's not on massive wages, keeps his head down, works hard and doesn't complain about a squad/ bench role.