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      Weird Signings You Wanted Us To Make
      Jan 02, 2023 10:53:37 pm
      Just a bit of fun while the transfer window is open and hopefully won't be taken too seriously.

      Just popped into my head the other day that I've had players I thought would be great and in hindsight was glad we never went near.

      All of us on here think we know loads and are bidding scouts but how wrong have you been?

      Who's those players that to you thought would be great for the reds but glad the guys who know far more about this han us never went near?

      I'll start off with one, and the evidence is on this site somewhere ;D

      Darren Bent.

      Had this mad idea that he'd be the perfect Torres back up or even replacement.
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      Re: Weird Signings You Wanted Us To Make
      Reply #1: Jan 03, 2023 09:39:34 am
      I thought trossard was brilliant but he only plays against us. Nunez against us was brilliant so was minamino. These players raise their game for a move and then go back to being average.
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      Reply #2: Jan 03, 2023 10:31:59 am
      Weird, hmm

      A midfield player….seems very weird for the club
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      Re: Weird Signings You Wanted Us To Make
      Reply #3: Jan 03, 2023 10:42:28 am
      Just a bit of fun while the transfer window is open and hopefully won't be taken too seriously.

      Just popped into my head the other day that I've had players I thought would be great and in hindsight was glad we never went near.

      All of us on here think we know loads and are bidding scouts but how wrong have you been?

      Who's those players that to you thought would be great for the reds but glad the guys who know far more about this han us never went near?

      I'll start off with one, and the evidence is on this site somewhere ;D

      Darren Bent.

      Had this mad idea that he'd be the perfect Torres back up or even replacement.

      was livid when we failed to sign Jean Alain Boumsong. ;D
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      Re: Weird Signings You Wanted Us To Make
      Reply #4: Jan 03, 2023 11:26:43 am
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      Re: Weird Signings You Wanted Us To Make
      Reply #5: Jan 03, 2023 11:40:32 am
      Ayala or Aimar when Rafa left Valencia.
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      Reply #6: Jan 03, 2023 11:42:34 am
      Ayoze Perez when he left Newcastle
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      Reply #7: Jan 03, 2023 11:47:31 am
      Was infatuated with the possibility of signing Cristian Tello from Barca. I don’t even know if he still plays football now.
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      Reply #8: Jan 03, 2023 11:49:47 am
      Well not me, but remember a lot on here wanting Arda Turan before he left Galatasaray for Barca
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      Reply #9: Jan 03, 2023 12:20:01 pm
      Could probably make an entire squad with those I've wanted us to buy.

      Starting in goal and mainly because he was boss on Footy Manager for me, I wanted us to get Craig Gordon from Hearts. Thankfully though we made a much better decision to bring in Pepe Reina.

      I remember as a kid wanting us to sign Luke Young from Charlton. I always felt he was a solid dependable right back, very similar to what we had to Steve Finnan. On the opposite side Ian Harte was always my choice for left back. Don't know if he classes as a "weird" signing because he was f**king boss on his day - especially from dead ball situations. But when Leeds were on the verge of going bust I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to pick him up on the cheap and instead we got Harry Kewell (a signing I was also all for)

      A centre half pairing if I had my way would of been Ryan f**king Shawcross from Stoke and also because he was boss on Footy Manager for my Celtic team, Bobo Balde. Two big fuckers who would win everything in the air and clear everything in sight when putting the ball in row z. None of this playing out from the back.

      The two wingers are very questionable indeed but after both had a decent showing at Wigan, I would of snapped your hand off for both James McClean and Callum McManaman. I thought both were pacy tricky wingers, something we didn't get with Stewart Downing.

      In the middle of the park, when we were buying anything and everything from Southampton, I was desperate for us to get Morgan Mchneiderlin. And was pissed off that United picked him up instead. But given how his career nosedived after leaving The Dell, I'm quite happy we didn't get him. The other was Nigel Reo-Coker. It was him, Stevie and Xabi in our midfield in my mind but Rafa decided on Mascherano from West Ham instead of Reo-Coker.

      Up top is another two because of Footy Manager. Steven Fletcher from Hibs scored a hatful of goals for me so I always wanted us to get him in the real world. Thank f**k we never did! The other is from way back to the point it was on Championship Manager 4. Mikael Forssell just banged goals in for fun on that game and because he was at Chelsea at the start of the Ambrovich era and had been knocked down the pecking order by Crespo and Mutu as well as Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen, I thought we could get him for a snip. I had versions of him and Cisse being a real handful for the opposition.
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      Reply #10: Jan 03, 2023 12:23:43 pm
      When we signed Downing I was so disappointed because I really wanted us to sign N'Zogbia who I really rated really high at Wigan and Villa.
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      Reply #11: Jan 03, 2023 12:47:16 pm
      Jeez, f***in brain hurts already, eh ok not in any particular order, Paul McStay, Barry Ferguson, Gary Speed, Didier Drogba, Lillian Thuram, Kaka, Rui Costa, Cannavarro, Le Tiss, Brian Laudrup, just a few who sprang to mind ??
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      Reply #12: Jan 03, 2023 08:41:00 pm

      I dont have problem with admitting that i got few totally wrong.

      Pablo aimar.

      Givovanni dos Santos from barca to spurs i think.

      Ashley young from villa.

      Tello from barca to porto

      Queresma, cant remember if he was at benfica or milan at that time. Had few silly rumors linking him to us back then, and i was so hyped for that.

      Aquilani, although we did sign him. I was all over the rumor thread swearing how he was going to be better then stevie 😅

      Cant remembered the whole name of that Blackburn striker, costa or something.

      Owen from real, he was my childhood hero. Heartbroken when he left us, and i wanted him back.

      There are probably few others too whom i cant remember. After remembering Aimar, i do wish we would have signed him.

       He was so f**king good with the ball on his feet. It was like the ball was glued to his feet. You know some players look so good playing football, every their move looks sexy. That was aimar at Valencia.

      Im going to watch some youtube vids of him now.

      Great thread btw 👍🏼
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      Reply #13: Jan 03, 2023 08:46:55 pm
      I dont have problem with admitting that i got few totally wrong.

      Pablo aimar.

      Givovanni dos Santos from barca to spurs i think.

      Ashley young from villa.

      Tello from barca to porto

      Queresma, cant remember if he was at benfica or milan at that time. Had few silly rumors linking him to us back then, and i was so hyped for that.

      Aquilani, although we did sign him. I was all over the rumor thread swearing how he was going to be better then stevie 😅

      Cant remembered the whole name of that Blackburn striker, costa or something.

      Owen from real, he was my childhood hero. Heartbroken when he left us, and i wanted him back.

      There are probably few others too whom i cant remember. After remembering Aimar, i do wish we would have signed him.

       He was so f**king good with the ball on his feet. It was like the ball was glued to his feet. You know some players look so good playing football, every their move looks sexy. That was aimar at Valencia.

      Im going to watch some youtube vids of him now.

      Great thread btw 👍🏼


      Tore us a new one when Rafa's Valencia played us at Anfield.

      Another one I was convinced we where nailed on to get was David Silva after just missing out on the title to Utd in 09.

      Didn't have clue Rafa only had about a fiver to spend on players, but was convinced he was yhag one player that would of completed that Rafa team.
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      Reply #14: Jan 03, 2023 09:06:46 pm
      Aimar is a great shout. He was actually a good player to be fair (also another great buy on what used to be called Champ Man) but probably too lightweight for the prem and he never hit the heights in the end.

      There was another Argie, Barce striker, Saviola? I remember thinking he would be the bollocks. Hugely injury prone though.

      Not one I wanted us to sign but does anyone remember how good Julius Aghahowa became   ;D the new Ali Dia  :D
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      Reply #15: Jan 03, 2023 09:13:51 pm
      Aimar is a great shout. He was actually a good player to be fair (also another great buy on what used to be called Champ Man) but probably too lightweight for the prem and he never hit the heights in the end.

      There was another Argie, Barce striker, Saviola? I remember thinking he would be the bollocks. Hugely injury prone though.

      Not one I wanted us to sign but does anyone remember how good Julius Aghahowa became   ;D the new Ali Dia  :D

      And scored against us after he left Barca at Monaco on the way to Istanbul
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      Reply #16: Jan 03, 2023 09:53:55 pm
      I always wanted les Ferdinand.
      There were rumours and my hopes lifted… but alas.

      Other than that one player I always wished we would have signed was Dion Dublin.
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      Reply #17: Jan 04, 2023 05:21:44 am
      I always hype up the fact that I called Robbos greatness before we signed up. I tend to leave out I said I wanted Michael Keane over VVD.  :f_whistle:

      Todd Cantwell was another I was WAAYYY off on

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      Reply #18: Jan 04, 2023 01:54:08 pm
      Dempsey 🥸

      At the time, I thought he was just the type of pr**k we needed. Our team was soft. Oh well.
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      Reply #19: Jan 04, 2023 07:07:54 pm
      I wanted us to sign Keane from Forest once upon a time.
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      Reply #20: Jan 04, 2023 07:41:57 pm
      Jeez, f***in brain hurts already, eh ok not in any particular order, Paul McStay, Barry Ferguson, Gary Speed, Didier Drogba, Lillian Thuram, Kaka, Rui Costa, Cannavarro, Le Tiss, Brian Laudrup, just a few who sprang to mind ??

      John Mcginn, Billy Gilmour! Anyone decent who is Scottish  :D
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      Reply #21: Jan 04, 2023 08:29:02 pm
      I always wanted Defoe. Van der Sar when he was with Fulham.

      Was so sad when Clint Dempsey didn't choose us, only because I wanted a player with my name being said by the commentary, I was so immature young teenager. Now I'm 31.
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      Reply #22: Jan 05, 2023 08:24:43 am
      Dele Alli.
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      Reply #23: Jan 05, 2023 09:02:43 am
      I always hype up the fact that I called Robbos greatness before we signed up. I tend to leave out I said I wanted Michael Keane over VVD.  :f_whistle:

      Todd Cantwell was another I was WAAYYY off on



      Ha :D Cantwell was one of mine as well.
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      Reply #24: Jan 05, 2023 09:28:04 am
      Cant think of anyway, I must be boring or just not enjoy the transfer side of footi.

      but here we go, messi would have been good. l o l
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      Reply #25: Jan 05, 2023 09:41:47 am

      I remember when he left MK Don's for Spurs and we were after him as well. Was being talked up like Bellingham is now..
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      Reply #26: Jan 06, 2023 11:39:45 am
      Cant remembered the whole name of that Blackburn striker, costa or something.

      Don't know if it's any of these but at one point or another, I'd have happily taken these 3 ex-Blackburn forwards.

      Roque Santa Cruz, Yakubu (but when he was at Pompey) and Benni McCarthy.
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      Reply #27: Jan 06, 2023 12:35:30 pm
      Weird signings we didn't want - no shortage of them that's for sure.

      On the other foot. Ollie Watkins as back up but he went to Villa. Milner when Leeds were having a fire sale...got him in the end. But the net is so wide these days and unless we follow all the other leagues throughout Europe we can only guess at who we might sign.

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      Reply #28: Jan 07, 2023 07:15:46 pm
      Don't know if it's any of these but at one point or another, I'd have happily taken these 3 ex-Blackburn forwards.

      Roque Santa Cruz, Yakubu (but when he was at Pompey) and Benni McCarthy.

      it was Santa cruz :)
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      Reply #29: Jan 07, 2023 11:30:56 pm
      Simao.

      Not sure if he ever went on to be anything special after he was linked with us.
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      Reply #30: Jan 07, 2023 11:37:08 pm
      Simao.

      Not sure if he ever went on to be anything special after he was linked with us.

      Still remember that worldie he scored when Benfica beat us the year we were CL holders
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      Reply #31: Jan 08, 2023 12:09:44 am
      Figueroa or whatever his name was the Wigan left back who scored from the half way line. I bought into the hype.

      Incidentally, also from Wigan (not one I rated), but anyone remember Amr Zaki the big Egyptian striker? He was linked for a bit then disappeared off the face of the earth.

      Steed Malbranque of Fulham. Hangaland their CB. Sully Muntari of Portsmouth. Asmir Begovic. Obafemi Martins before his real date of birth was revealed.
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      Reply #32: Jan 08, 2023 10:11:52 am
      Simao.

      Not sure if he ever went on to be anything special after he was linked with us.
      used to like him, think he had a decent career.
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      Reply #33: Jan 13, 2023 02:40:24 pm
      Figueroa or whatever his name was the Wigan left back who scored from the half way line. I bought into the hype.

      Incidentally, also from Wigan (not one I rated), but anyone remember Amr Zaki the big Egyptian striker? He was linked for a bit then disappeared off the face of the earth.

      Steed Malbranque of Fulham. Hangaland their CB. Sully Muntari of Portsmouth. Asmir Begovic. Obafemi Martins before his real date of birth was revealed.

      All of them I've wanted over the years :D
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      Reply #34: Jan 13, 2023 07:42:05 pm
      Re-signing Michael Owen in 2005 was a must in my eyes. Was gutted when Newcastle got him in the end. At that point he absolutely was still a top striker but it wasn't too long after he popped his knee ligament in the World Cup and that was kind of it for him.

      And Rafa was justified in his signings / non signings that summer.  Crouchy and Reina were fantastic and the likes of Zenden, Sissoko and Kromkamp (joking) added quality and depth to us. Terrific FA Cup victory and a strong season in the league culminating in hitting the 80 point mark too. I don't think we ever hit the solid consistency under Rafa as we did that season. Not a great squad but professional and solid throughout.

      Lucas Neill in summer 2007. Would have been fine but in hindsight wouldn't have offered too much beyond what we had. That said we went and signed Skrtel in January 2008 which was regrettable so maybe not. An atrociously overrated player and remarkable he stayed as long as he did.
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      Reply #35: Jan 13, 2023 07:49:34 pm
      Re-signing Michael Owen in 2005 was a must in my eyes. Was gutted when Newcastle got him in the end.

      Problem was he cared more about that England place proving what a little snake he was. Rafa would of got the deal done, he just wasn't prepared to be ripped off for £16 million, especially as we got screwed when originally selling him.

      Was done with Owen after August 2004 and I've not changed my mind since.
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      Reply #36: Jan 18, 2023 01:36:27 am
      Though we should have kept Robbie Keane
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      Reply #37: Jan 25, 2023 08:25:29 pm
      Anthony Gordon is available
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      Reply #38: Jan 25, 2023 08:28:09 pm

      And will probably end up at Newcastle
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      Reply #39: Jan 25, 2023 08:30:04 pm
      Though we should have kept Robbie Keane

      Yeah Torres needed someone to clean his boots :lmao:

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