Writer: Matt Wilson
Date:Sunday September 1 2013
With the transfer window closing at 11pm on Monday 2 September, we take a look at the possible striking options which could tempt Steve Bruce on transfer deadline day.
As shown in his post-match comments in light of the defeat at Manchester City and having failed to be convinced that either Matty Fryatt or Nick Proshchwitz can make the step-up to the Premier League, Bruce is in search of a final striking addition to his squad in order to conclude a successful summer of transfer activity.
Bruce`s task is made more difficult by already having the maximum number of loans from Premier League sides as Jake Livermore and Danny Graham occupy those spots, meaning that Bruce would need to make one of these acquisitions permanent before another domestic loanee could be signed. Alternatively, Bruce could look to bring in a loan from abroad or will be reliant on Assem Allam to provide a further injection of funds; a significant sum being unlikely after summer spending exceeding £12 million.
It is also thought that Bruce will need to move players on before new acquisitions can be made. Aaron Mclean and Cameron Stewart are both available although there appear to be few takers whilst Matty Fryatt has attracted interest from both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. With 12 months remaining on his contract and having failed to regain his form after a significant season long injury last term, Fryatt is the most likely to make way on deadline day.
Below, we take a look at the potential striking options should City make a deadline day move;
King Fut, a popular and reliable source of Egyptian transfer news, has today reported that Hull City have made an approach to Al-Ahly to bring Mohamed Gedo back on loan at the KC Stadium. Gedo spent six months on loan at the KC last season but his impact was curtailed by a foot injury, forcing the striker to miss the last month of the season.
Gedo has since been training with the club in order to overcome his injury and could return to East Yorkshire as he would not count towards the domestic Premier League loan regulations. The international striker made an impressive impact for City last season, scoring five times in twelve league appearances, those goals all arriving in home fixtures at the start of his loan spell with the club. Should Al-Ahly agree, a loan return looks very likely.
Similar to the situation of Gedo, the Marseille forward would count as an international loan alongside City`s two domestic loanees. Amalfitano has long been linked with a move to City this summer but Bruce has not yet made a move despite having spent time in France looking at transfer targets.
Amalfitano could be a back-up option should a move for Gedo prove unsuccessful. West Bromwich Albion are also thought to be interested in the forward should City not make a move.
Another player who has been on City`s radar for some time, a move for Rhodes would be a surprise. Blackburn are seeking a transfer fee in the region of £8 million, meaning City would need to break their transfer record for the second time this summer. With Bruce indicating funds to acquire a striker are not significant; it is highly unlikely that Bruce will make a move now.
Rhodes is a proven goal-scorer in League 1 and the Championship and could undoubtedly make the step-up to the top flight in answer to City`s struggles in front of goal. As well as the transfer fee, Rhodes would command wages in the region of £35,000 - £45,000 per week.
Ecuadorian striker Hugo Rodallega is out of favour at Craven Cottage following the arrivals of Adel Taarabt and Darren Bent and Bruce has history with the striker, initially bringing Rodallega to England in a £4.5 million transfer from Necaxa when he was manager of Wigan Athletic in 2009.
Fulham acquired the striker on a free transfer when his Wigan contract expired but should the player be allowed to leave; Fulham would expect to earn a transfer fee for a player with two years remaining on his current contract. Bruce would be unable to loan the player due to the domestic loan regulations but a modest sum could convince Fulham to sell.
Steve Bruce has admitted an interest in the Danish forward and having worked with him twice before, a link-up for the third time is a possibility.
As with Rodallega, Bruce cannot acquire the player on loan which is his biggest difficulty. Arsenal are willing to sell but with wages of £50,000 a week, City will struggle to offer a competitive financial package against City`s competitors. Bendtner is also thought to be in talks with Crystal Palace about a deadline day move.
and the others...
The five chosen above are just a few of the possible names which Steve Bruce could be considering.
National reports have in the past seven days linked City with Ricardo Vaz Te and Victor Anichebe, both of which Steve Bruce denied in his pre-match press conference with Manchester City.
Amongst us, the more hopeful of City supports could expect a bigger name to be attracted as the top clubs conclude their deadline day business, leaving a number of players suddenly to realise they lack a future at their club. With a World Cup summer at the end of this season, a number of players could consider making moves to more "unfashionable" clubs in search of playing time, something which could work in Steve Bruce`s favour.
All we know is that transfer deadline day will carry its usual excitement and should City be active, we`ll be sure to let you know as and when it happens.
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