Strikers, what strikers
So another week of transfer speculation but no additions to the squad. The ongoing Maxi Gomez saga is now over with the player joining Valencia after we allegedly failed to agree terms with Celta Vigo. They wanted £45m straight up where we would have rather structured the deal. The board have taken stick for this from some quarters but, in my opinion, structuring the payment made sense. Most I believe had not really heard of the player before our interest in January and he is very much untried in the premiership. In the end it looks like we were played by all sides with Celta accepting Valencia's £14m and two players and Gomez joining, if true, the club he wanted longed for all along. Time to move on.
And move we have, it would appear. We are now being heavily linked with Eintracht Frankfurts Sebastien Haller. Again, we have supporters on Twitter saying we must sign this player who have more than likely never seen him play. On paper, his record looks good and I'm one who trusts Pelligrini's judgement. However, after a week of alleged negotiations we are still to sign the player and with Husillos now in China, things do not look positive, especially with Manchester United now supposedly entering the arena for this player. Is this another Gomez saga?
Elsewhere, Porto centre-forward Moussa Marega is said to be keen on joining the Irons and we continue to be linked with the Baggies Rondon. However, on Sunday a new player was being linked, Brentfords Neal Maupay . It is being reported in some circles that we are preparing a "massive" bid for the Frenchman who hit 28 goals in 49 games last season. However, it is also being reported that we have denied interest. One to keep an eye on perhaps.
Back in action
Wednesday saw the boys back in action against Austrian side SCR Altach. Fielding two different teams in each half, the Irons turned out 3-2 victors with first half goals from Sanchez and Antonio, with Issa Diop netting what turned out to be the winner with a header from a Jack Wilshere cross. It was good to the latter back in action and even more pleasing to see him turn in a man of the match performance. I'm hoping for a lot from Jack this coming season providing he can avoid the injuries which have plagued his career. I believe that keeping him fit and on the pitch could turn us into a top 6/7 club.
After the short break in Switzerland, the squad headed off to China to compete in the Premier League Asia trophy which includes Manchester City, who we play next Wednesday, Wolves and Newcastle. A tough second pre-season game which could include a new signing or two, fingers crossed.