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The List 2020. 27/07/2020

Posted by Matt Rowson in Thoughts about things.

The List.  Every player to have been linked with moves in or out since the closure of the January window, a list that will be kept up to date throughout the summer so bookmark if you Like This Sort Of Thing.  A very low bar of credibility is employed, but a mere “I think Watford should sign…” falls below it.  Previous windows’ lists linked at foot of article.  Which are signings for the top flight, which are signings for the Championship and which are complete red herrings?  You decide…

* Indicates player linked in previous windows

Running Total: 69


Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge)
Luka Reischl (RB Salzburg)
Bastos (Lazio)*
Durukhan Toköz (Beşiktaş)
Marash Kumbulla (Hellas Verona)                  – joined Roma on loan
Samuel Bastien (Standard Liège)
Omar Elabdellaoui (Olympiacos)*                   – joined Galatasaray
Krépin Diatta (Club Brugge)
Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese)
Hassane Kamara (Reims)*                                      – joined Nice
Pape Gueye (Le Havre)*                              – signed, then sold to Marseille
Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter)                             – released from contract
Mbaye Diagne (Galatasaray)
Hamari Traoré (Rennes)
Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid)                     – joined Southampton
Matty Longstaff (Newcastle)
Jeremy Ngakia (West Ham)                                       – SIGNED
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)                                – joined Newcastle
Yacine Gourari-Tebaa (Metz)
Tiemoué Bakayoko (Chelsea)                        – joined Napoli on loan
Cédric Kipré (Wigan Athletic)                                 – joined West Brom
Ivan Toney (Peterborough)                                   – joined Brentford
Branimir Kalaica (Benfica)
Lucas Veríssimo (Santos)
Wu Lei (Espanyol)
Bruno Viana (Braga)
Ryan Manning (QPR)*
Juan Agustín Musso (Udinese)
Sebastian Andersson (Union Berlin)                   – joined Köln
Chey Dunkley (Wigan Athletic)                          – joined Sheff Wednesday
Kevin Danso (Augsburg)                       – joined Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan
Kim Min-Jae (Beijing Gouan)*
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)                        – joined Fulham
Selim Amallah (Standard Liège)
Fabio Borini (Unattached – ex Verona)*
Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)                   – joined Sheffield United
Dimitris Giannoulis (PAOK)
Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)
Francisco Sierralta (Udinese)                                    SIGNED
Alfie Mawson (Fulham)                       – joined Bristol City on loan
William Troost-Ekong (Udinese)                   SIGNED
Stipe Perica (Udinese)                                   SIGNED
Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton)*
Fernando Forestieri (Unattached)                        – joined Udinese
Nahuel Molina (Boca Juniors)                              – joined Udinese
Matt Grimes (Swansea)
Oriol Busquets (Barcelona)
Sam Hutchinson (Unattached – ex Sheff Wed)     – joined Paphos
Jesse Joronen (Brescia)
Jhon Chancellor (Brescia)
Robin Olsen (Roma)*                                    – joined Everton on loan
Jean-Clair Todibo (Barcelona)*                      – joined Benfica on loan
Idrissa Doumbia (Sporting Lisbon)            – joined Huesca on loan
Joe Morrell (Bristol City)                           – joined Luton Town
Stefan Johansen (Fulham)
Unai Núñez (Athletic Bilbao)
Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday)
Jordan Obita (free agent – ex Reading)
Casper Höjer (Aarhus)
Antonio Barreca (Monaco)                      – joined Fiorentina on loan
Barry Douglas (Leeds United)                – joined Blackburn on loan
Mario Balotelli (free agent – ex Brescia)*
Christian Atsu (Newcastle)
Stoichkov (Mallorca)                           – joined Sabadell on loan
Baba Rahman (Chelsea)
Mario Mandžukić (Unattached)
William Saliba (Arsenal)*
Ezequiel Schelotto (Free agent – ex Brighton)
Joe Bennett (Cardiff)*


Pervis Estupiñán (Atletico, Manchester United, Barcelona, Spurs, Osasuna, Liverpool, Chelsea, Villarreal, Brighton)
.                                                            joined Villarreal
Luis Suárez (Getafe, Valencia, Lazio, Napoli, Villarreal, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Atlético Madrid, Granada, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille)
.                                                               joined Granada
Ben Foster (Spurs, Napoli, Real Betis, Celtic, Chelsea, Everton)
Isaac Success (Huddersfield)
Jaime Alvarado (Athletico Paranaense)     – joined Ath Paranaense on loan
Daniel Bachmann (Kilmarnock*)
Ismaïla Sarr (Liverpool, Wolves, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Man United, Aston Villa, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Rennes)
Kiko Femenía (Valencia, Eibar, Valladolid, Getafe, Spartak Moscow)
Danny Welbeck (Beşiktaş, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Fenerbahçe)
.                                                        Released
Gerard Deulofeu (Milan*, Valencia, Crystal Palace, Celta Vigo, Napoli*, Sevilla, Fulham, Fiorentina)
.                                            joined Udinese on loan
Abdoulaye Doucouré (Arsenal*, Everton*, Fulham, Wolves, Tottenham, AS Monaco, Hertha BSC)
.                                                        joined Everton
Troy Deeney (Tottenham*, Newcastle, West Brom, Fenerbahçe, West Ham, Southampton, Brighton)
Cucho Hernández (Osasuna, Granada, SD Huesca)    joined Getafe on loan
Ken Sema (Udinese*, Fiorentina)
Pontus Dahlberg (BK Häcken)                      joined BK Häcken on loan
Roberto Pereyra (Udinese, River Plate, Sassuolo, Roma, Torino*, Sevilla)
                                                                     – joined Udinese
Adam Masina (Genoa)
Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese, Crotone)
.                                            joined Udinese on loan
Étienne Capoue (Valencia)
Marc Navarro (Valladolid)
Will Hughes (Tottenham)
Andre Gray (West Brom)
Craig Dawson (Burnley, Fulham, West Ham)
.                                            joined West Ham on loan

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2016 Summer January
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1. Ray Knight - 29/07/2020

Hi Matt – At least you have provided good service this year, unlike many of the players! Issac Success should be bused out of the club as a priority, along with Sinclair and Gray. The vultures are already circling Sarr, Del Boy, Doucs, Estupian, Cuch, Suarez and Foster. Hoping Gino holds his nerve to get the best price. The market has dropped but plenty of top club suitors looking for a ‘cut price’ but any competition will help. Won’t get much for the rest so should have buy one get one free tickets attached! Must keep hold of some of our talented youngsters like Pedro and Quina. Enjoy the summer.

Matt Rowson - 29/07/2020

Thanks Ray. I like Isaac. I appreciate that I’m in the minority. See the vultures circling but wonder if the tight window might help us hold on to a few. For all the talk of a reduced market, relegation reducing prices is contingent on us having to sell for whatever reason. Teams also have to buy and have less time to do so. Someone spunking money on Geri for example, much as it would pain me to see him leave, might leave us better able to resist offers for others.

Ray Knight - 29/07/2020

Good points Matt. On Issac we have hardly seen him. We ‘compensated’ Granada with a large fee when he signed. Thought he would be Deeney’s understudy but I wrong that turned out to be. A big strapping lad would be great in the Championship but he is forever crocked. That coupled with a number of off-field discipline issues amounts to a very poor investment. I would move him on now for whatever we can get home or abroad.

2. Jeff - 30/07/2020

Interesting conundrum about Geri. If you were a club in for him you’d want to know his knee rebuild had worked wouldn’t you? Giving us potentially half a season of him potentially putting his best foot forward. If that half of the season went well he’d possibly stay and finish the job? I’d not want all the old guard to bugger off. Pereyra has been a passenger for months, Gray not even near getting on when we were desperate for firepower are two that I’ll help pack. Caps I’d like to stay.

3. St.John the roaming hornet - 31/07/2020

I’m very much a lurker on this site – location (Devon, Morocco, US, Belgium, India, Salisbury) has constrained actual attendance. But this keeps me sane, entertained and enlightened. Personally, as a largely arm-chair fan, I find a close season compulsive – oddly enough the gut-wrenching disappointment of relegation has teed up a particularly intriguing transfer window, with the club constrained by its reduced status, with vultures circling over a few stars, veterans considering their options, and with a group of South American youngsters maturing in Spain. I find myself hooked for updates! Am I alone? But I also think we have the right owners for this moment….

Matt Rowson - 31/07/2020

With you on the close season, 100%. And the owners, not that they’re ours to choose…

4. Ray Knight - 31/07/2020

I am still on board with the owners. They have admitted mistakes have been made. It’s not been boring and it could be much worse. Ask Wigan, Newcastle or Sheff Wed fans how they feel at the moment. Certainly an interesting close season for many different reasons. No good crying so quietly looking forward to how we adapt and hopefully prosper.

5. Vaughn Smith - 02/09/2020

Ludicrous signing of Murray. How adventurous is that in the rebuild operation? I can’t believe that, especially after the ‘sincere’ email the Pozzos sent out swearing that the club would be ‘sent back to where it belongs’…(Division 3 presumably – so not particularly daft after all) – absolutely ridiculous nonetheless. Crazy.

Matt Rowson - 03/09/2020

If he we’re being signed as first choice I’d have some sympathy with that view… but he’s clearly one of a range of options, and an array of attacking players was part of the recipe that got us up last time. He’s also hugely experienced and a leader, both things that we might be short of. Looks a pretty sensible one to me.

Jeff Lloyd - 03/09/2020

I’m in the ‘if Deeney is off then Murray makes sense’ camp. He won’t be any slower and has as many goals in him I’d guess.

My 18 year old has been cold on the team for the past couple of seasons bar the signing of Sarr who we loved in Ligue 1 on a Monday night. He’s genuinely buzzing about a frontline that might regularly include Luis Suarez, Joao Pedro and Stipe Perica. Murray just adds some Championship guile and know how. And on the basis that I’ve always hated him as a frustrating opposition footballer I’m pleased he’s playing for us.

Matt Rowson - 03/09/2020

yes indeed. He’s an annoying awkward bloke who looks like a pub footballer but always seems to do well against us. But know he’s OUR….. (etc)

Ray Knight - 03/09/2020

No problems with Murray signing as Matt says gives us options up front. Now to clear the ‘no hopers’ up front like Success, Sinclair and possibly Peneranda. But Ivic might still get the latter back on the right path. Not keen on Gray but unlikely to shift him for a decent fee, so need to retain Suarez and Persica?

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