To see Bowyer and Etherington go gave me some mixed feelings, just as Prince H describes it in his posts below.
But there are some others that I wouldn't mind if we parted company with and suddenly it seems like players that I was certain would sit their current contract out is moving so...
Faubert is quoted in the Sunday Mirror saying "I think about the France national team and the 2010 World Cup every single day. 'I've had a taste of international football, and I miss it. Maybe a return to France would help me win a recall."
I think some work on his deliveries would be more effective if he wants to play international football but there you go...
Faubert is one player who has been given quite a few chances this season but hasn't lived up to expectations. With a contract not about to expire until 2012 he may be in for a long sit. His turning down an offer by Nantes (if that was the case...) worried me, but maybe there is a still a chance to offload him in this window.
Neill is not having his best season is he? I know his contract expires this summer and we won't get much money for him, if any, but a change of captaincy is due and the money he earns is needed elsewere. Unfortunately not compatible with a Faubert move unless someone decently stable is on their way in.
EDIT: Newcastle is apparently in for our skipper. I think West Ham may approve if the money is decent as it's the last chance to cash in, but I think it must be a very good personal deal for Lucas to approve it.
EDIT: And this one is off too!
Davenport has fallen out with the manager, and was rapidly rumoured to be on his way to Bolton but that wasn't to be. He has potential and we should be able to find a new home for him. Tomkins is back and is good enough as Backup for Collins and Upson.
Zola, however, may be reluctant to let him leave since a late BIG offer for Upson may be hard for the board to turn down. Collins AND Davenport could be picked when this transfer window has closed!
LBM has lately been brought on to try to keep the tempo in the squad and regain some initiative. This rarely works and even though LBM is performing better than we've seen him in a while we could do without him. Collison and Lopez should suffice in that position. If Hull wants him, let him go. EDIT: after denying they ever made an offer Hull has now had one accepted (it's not only fortune that's always hiding, truth seems to be in there with it...). LBM is now to agree personal terms - don't be greedy Boa!
EDIT2: LBM rejects the personal terms and stay to fight for a place.
Walker to stay at Colchester is almost coming true. He will stay on loan with the U's for another month. Impress them Jimmy, make yourself indispensable!
Edit: He will stay on loan for the rest of the season.
Quashie... no furter comment. EDIT: On the other hand I cannot disregard the rumour that Newcastle is interested. Quashie - relegation fight specialist! Unfortunately relegated with 4 clubs already.
EDIT: the move that never was is off, the move that was always in the cards is on (B-ham).
EDIT: And now even that one is off...