Young will be playing at the Riverside next year after Middlesbrough coughed up 2.5 million for him. He was always consistent but never outstanding, so I find it hard to be sad at his departure. I'm not sure it's the right move for Luke though. Middlesbrough have the look of relegation candidates about them, now that they've lost their idol, Viduka. Anyway, I am now eagerly anticipating getting a look at Yassin ( insert correct spelling of that French fullback here) in the friendly at Priestfield tommorow. Certainly Pards seems to think that the kid is a ready made replacement for Young.
Walton has also departed: he's gone for 200,000 to QPR. I trust Pards' judgement, and he obviously thought that he wasn't much cop, but the news puts another black mark against Dowie's name, since he bought him for double that fee this time last year and he never even played in a first team competitive game.
Dean - not the Chelsea winger but the ex-Barnet midfielder - Sinclair has penned a contract after a trial in which he impressed Pardew. Apparently he's got a great engine, but no technique. Sounds like a certain Bulgarian to me. Anyway, he scored against Man Utd so he must be good ;)!
Just think, we could build a team full of players from lower leagues that have scored against Premiership giants in cup competitions - we've already got Varney. We'd be unstoppable.
Mullins? Apparently we're still after him. I, for one, would be ecstatic if we could sign Hayden, I think he would boss the midfield in the Championship and, for the million or so being quoted, he would be a snip.
McLeod would prefer a move to The Valley according to a number of sources. Well, we'll see, but I think that if we were going to sign him we would have done so a few weeks ago.