Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday transfer round up - 24 hours to go

Less than 24 hours to go now, and with Shay Given reported to be undergoing a medical at the club today, it remains to be seen whether any further new faces arrive at the club before the 5pm deadline passes.

Smart money would still be on Roque Santa Cruz arriving, despite Friday's bid being rejected by Blackburn and I do think he will be signed tomorrow as the two clubs will reach agreement on a fee.

A pair of interesting stories today suggesting it is almost certain that Tal Ben Haim and Jo will be on their way out of the club, with the BBC suggesting Ben Haim will head for Sunderland, possibly on loan:

Sunderland are set to sign Manchester City's Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim.

The 26-year-old central-back has been involved in just nine Premier League games this season, and is keen for more regular first-team football.

This one makes sense given Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia was at Bolton on the coaching staff during Ben Haim's time there, and it is patently clear the Israeli has no future at the club, with him believed to be behind the player revolt against Hughes.

Jo is more intriguing however, with Everton's dearth of striking options seeing the Telegraph reporting he will head to Goodison Park until the end of the season:

The clubs are understood to be in talks over a proposed loan transfer which would see 21-year-old Jo move to Goodison Park for the rest of the season.

Brazilian striker Jo joined City in the summer from CSKA Moscow but has struggled to find form for Mark Hughes' team.

The former Corinthians frontman had been a huge success in Russian football and City paid around £19 million to bring him to Eastlands.

Despite his struggles since his arrival, I didn't think we would allow Jo to leave on loan, preferring to try and recoup some of the fee by way of a permanent deal. However, potential suitors may be in short supply so Hughes may feel that giving Jo a chance at another Premier League side may help in his long term development and benefit both the club and player with him seeing more playing time than he will do with ourselves.

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