Albion chairman in Australia as Grabban deal talks go on

The Argus: A deal for Lewis Grabban has not yet been confirmed A deal for Lewis Grabban has not yet been confirmed

Albion are poised to complete the £1.1 million capture of Lewis Grabban – providing the Bournemouth hotshot agrees personal terms.

The deal was still unconfirmed last night as The Argus went to press.

Grabban had talks with the Seagulls yesterday lunchtime after Albion made a £1.1 million bid for the former Crystal Palace and Millwall marksman on Wednesday evening.

Their offer triggered a clause in the new contract Grabban signed with Bournemouth in November permitting him to speak to another club.

Grabban was at The Amex yesterday afternoon for a medical but Albion chairman Tony Bloom is currently in Australia.

The ten-hour time difference has complicated the length of the negotiations and the conclusion of a deal. If it falls through then Albion will turn instead to Cardiff's £600,000-rated Joe Mason as the replacement for Ashley Barnes, who was sold to Burnley last week.

Grabban, 26, has scored ten goals in 25 League and Cup appearances for Bournemouth this season.

He can play as a lone striker, in a pair or on the wing, which would restore the attacking options of head coach Oscar Garcia after the departure of Barnes.

Albion also need a centre-half replacement in the January transfer window for Adam El-Abd following his move to Bristol City yesterday and a box-to-box midfield replacement for Andrew Crofts after the Welsh international suffered a ruptured cruciate knee ligament against Birmingham last Saturday.

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5:21am Fri 17 Jan 14

Grendel says...

Sounds like it's not going to happen.
Sounds like it's not going to happen. Grendel

5:23am Fri 17 Jan 14

graham w says...

We obviously have a greedy agent involved hanging on for the last penny. And also howes having his 2 penny worth.
We obviously have a greedy agent involved hanging on for the last penny. And also howes having his 2 penny worth. graham w

5:51am Fri 17 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

I've seen a post on a rumour site (and thats all it is!) saying there is a chance Grabban could turn us down if he isn't assured first team football which, unless the unthinkable is around the corner, he surely can't be.

It might just be me but I don't like all this needing exact replacements for every player that leaves. It suggests everyone had agreed we had the perfectly rounded squad in the first place. Even the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd don't have that!

Crofts is a box-to-box midfielder but there aren't too many of those around, especially good, affordable ones. We have a lot of capable midfielders. Not the same as Crofts but with their own talents. JFC would relish the attacking central midfield role and I'm sure we haven't seen the best of Agustien yet. Dave would probably tell us he prefers playing centrally. Orlandi could do it, even young Solly March.

At the back, we've lost El Abd. We have Dunk who is capable at this level to cover for Greer and Upson. So, unless we get in someone that is going to improve the first 11, lets stick with that. If we lost any of those three, Ince has played there before, Calderon has done a good job there too.

If we buy players, they need to improve the first 11 not just be brought in for good money to cover what we already have.
I've seen a post on a rumour site (and thats all it is!) saying there is a chance Grabban could turn us down if he isn't assured first team football which, unless the unthinkable is around the corner, he surely can't be. It might just be me but I don't like all this needing exact replacements for every player that leaves. It suggests everyone had agreed we had the perfectly rounded squad in the first place. Even the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd don't have that! Crofts is a box-to-box midfielder but there aren't too many of those around, especially good, affordable ones. We have a lot of capable midfielders. Not the same as Crofts but with their own talents. JFC would relish the attacking central midfield role and I'm sure we haven't seen the best of Agustien yet. Dave would probably tell us he prefers playing centrally. Orlandi could do it, even young Solly March. At the back, we've lost El Abd. We have Dunk who is capable at this level to cover for Greer and Upson. So, unless we get in someone that is going to improve the first 11, lets stick with that. If we lost any of those three, Ince has played there before, Calderon has done a good job there too. If we buy players, they need to improve the first 11 not just be brought in for good money to cover what we already have. WestStander17

6:46am Fri 17 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

These things take time. In reality, buying a player is not like pressing a couple of buttons on a computer game.
According to yesterday's reports, he was only due at The Amex at lunchtime and I bet this piece was written by 7pm at the latest?
Irrespective of the chairman's location, it's reasonable to expect the lad would want some thinking time - even if a personal deal was struck very quickly.
So we shouldn't jump on the 'it must be off' bandwagon just yet and as they say in Test matches, this morning's session could be crucial.
As a final thought, if he is demanding a first team place, as has been speculated, I'd immediately say he's only in it for himself and so not one for us. But that, as the previous poster confirms, is pure conjecture.
These things take time. In reality, buying a player is not like pressing a couple of buttons on a computer game. According to yesterday's reports, he was only due at The Amex at lunchtime and I bet this piece was written by 7pm at the latest? Irrespective of the chairman's location, it's reasonable to expect the lad would want some thinking time - even if a personal deal was struck very quickly. So we shouldn't jump on the 'it must be off' bandwagon just yet and as they say in Test matches, this morning's session could be crucial. As a final thought, if he is demanding a first team place, as has been speculated, I'd immediately say he's only in it for himself and so not one for us. But that, as the previous poster confirms, is pure conjecture. Albion In Staffs

7:06am Fri 17 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

'IF' it falls through, I'd be more than happy with Joe Mason...I like what he brings to the game, including his experience.
'IF' it falls through, I'd be more than happy with Joe Mason...I like what he brings to the game, including his experience. albionbloke

7:15am Fri 17 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion.
TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion. Alfie T

7:24am Fri 17 Jan 14

crawleydownseagull says...

WestStander17 wrote:
I've seen a post on a rumour site (and thats all it is!) saying there is a chance Grabban could turn us down if he isn't assured first team football which, unless the unthinkable is around the corner, he surely can't be.

It might just be me but I don't like all this needing exact replacements for every player that leaves. It suggests everyone had agreed we had the perfectly rounded squad in the first place. Even the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd don't have that!

Crofts is a box-to-box midfielder but there aren't too many of those around, especially good, affordable ones. We have a lot of capable midfielders. Not the same as Crofts but with their own talents. JFC would relish the attacking central midfield role and I'm sure we haven't seen the best of Agustien yet. Dave would probably tell us he prefers playing centrally. Orlandi could do it, even young Solly March.

At the back, we've lost El Abd. We have Dunk who is capable at this level to cover for Greer and Upson. So, unless we get in someone that is going to improve the first 11, lets stick with that. If we lost any of those three, Ince has played there before, Calderon has done a good job there too.

If we buy players, they need to improve the first 11 not just be brought in for good money to cover what we already have.
100% agree with this post
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: I've seen a post on a rumour site (and thats all it is!) saying there is a chance Grabban could turn us down if he isn't assured first team football which, unless the unthinkable is around the corner, he surely can't be. It might just be me but I don't like all this needing exact replacements for every player that leaves. It suggests everyone had agreed we had the perfectly rounded squad in the first place. Even the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd don't have that! Crofts is a box-to-box midfielder but there aren't too many of those around, especially good, affordable ones. We have a lot of capable midfielders. Not the same as Crofts but with their own talents. JFC would relish the attacking central midfield role and I'm sure we haven't seen the best of Agustien yet. Dave would probably tell us he prefers playing centrally. Orlandi could do it, even young Solly March. At the back, we've lost El Abd. We have Dunk who is capable at this level to cover for Greer and Upson. So, unless we get in someone that is going to improve the first 11, lets stick with that. If we lost any of those three, Ince has played there before, Calderon has done a good job there too. If we buy players, they need to improve the first 11 not just be brought in for good money to cover what we already have.[/p][/quote]100% agree with this post crawleydownseagull

8:11am Fri 17 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch .
I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch . mark by the sea

8:22am Fri 17 Jan 14

seegull fly in sky says...

Toby boom auastriala hoddaday. Olb. Sunnee wether ga Assine plyers grob a gribbin bryton ye. BAH segull

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Toby boom auastriala hoddaday. Olb. Sunnee wether ga Assine plyers grob a gribbin bryton ye. BAH segull a. o seegull fly in sky

8:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Seagull--WHAT ARE YOU ON?????
As to Grabban---unfortunat
ely these days many want quick results--which includes transfers. It is not as simple as that. Would anyone see a potential boss in the morning for a big job move and make your mind up in 3-4 hours?? I think not. One has to think about it, discuss with close family and friends and weigh up the deal. So may well happen but not the end of the world if it does not!!
Seagull--WHAT ARE YOU ON????? As to Grabban---unfortunat ely these days many want quick results--which includes transfers. It is not as simple as that. Would anyone see a potential boss in the morning for a big job move and make your mind up in 3-4 hours?? I think not. One has to think about it, discuss with close family and friends and weigh up the deal. So may well happen but not the end of the world if it does not!! mikeygit

8:36am Fri 17 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Alfie T wrote:
TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion.
"Fringe player"? Barnes played, and was continuing to play many games every season, scoring vital goals throughout or knuckling down in midfield if asked to.
No surprise then that the club seem determined to get a replacement striker in, especially with Ulloa's injury record.

With Grabban, it's a win-win for us. Should (and we don't know the truth) he have any doubts about joining us, we would be better off without him. With that healthy budget, and our bright future (stadium, TB, OG, training facility on its way, support), we shouldn't trouble attracting quality. Or Grabban jumps at the chance to join us, and this slight delay is usual.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion.[/p][/quote]"Fringe player"? Barnes played, and was continuing to play many games every season, scoring vital goals throughout or knuckling down in midfield if asked to. No surprise then that the club seem determined to get a replacement striker in, especially with Ulloa's injury record. With Grabban, it's a win-win for us. Should (and we don't know the truth) he have any doubts about joining us, we would be better off without him. With that healthy budget, and our bright future (stadium, TB, OG, training facility on its way, support), we shouldn't trouble attracting quality. Or Grabban jumps at the chance to join us, and this slight delay is usual. Withdean-er

8:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

Alan G Skinner says...

mark by the sea wrote:
I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch .
Mark, any estimate on the fee received for El-Abd?
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch .[/p][/quote]Mark, any estimate on the fee received for El-Abd? Alan G Skinner

9:04am Fri 17 Jan 14

lotsofducks says...

seegull fly in sky wrote:
Toby boom auastriala hoddaday. Olb. Sunnee wether ga Assine plyers grob a gribbin bryton ye. BAH segull

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Need to get back on your meds buddy....
[quote][p][bold]seegull fly in sky[/bold] wrote: Toby boom auastriala hoddaday. Olb. Sunnee wether ga Assine plyers grob a gribbin bryton ye. BAH segull a. o[/p][/quote]Need to get back on your meds buddy.... lotsofducks

9:06am Fri 17 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

I cannot see why Albion chairman Tony Bloom as being in Australia would make much of a difference as he must have given the go ahead in the first place to allow Albion to make an approach with a transfer figure already agreed. I no there are other considerations but like anyone at the top of a business you bring in staff to deal with such matters so you don't have to get your free time interrupted.
I cannot see why Albion chairman Tony Bloom as being in Australia would make much of a difference as he must have given the go ahead in the first place to allow Albion to make an approach with a transfer figure already agreed. I no there are other considerations but like anyone at the top of a business you bring in staff to deal with such matters so you don't have to get your free time interrupted. russellsnr2

9:11am Fri 17 Jan 14

Clean Sheet says...

I hope TB is enjoying the cricket down under:)
I hope TB is enjoying the cricket down under:) Clean Sheet

9:14am Fri 17 Jan 14

pjwilk says...

I dont think Grabbon is good enough for us,bought for only £200,000.Watched his goals they are all pretty much tap ins by being in the right place and not skillful ,i think we can do better.
I dont think Grabbon is good enough for us,bought for only £200,000.Watched his goals they are all pretty much tap ins by being in the right place and not skillful ,i think we can do better. pjwilk

9:31am Fri 17 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

pjwilk wrote:
I dont think Grabbon is good enough for us,bought for only £200,000.Watched his goals they are all pretty much tap ins by being in the right place and not skillful ,i think we can do better.
The clue is surely in your phrase ' being in the right place'!!!
How many times have fans on here said we need exactly that type of player and being of a certain vintage, i can confirm that players like Lineker, and Greaves weren't too bad at it so its a fair precedent.
In fact, I used to watch Lineker a fair bit and he was average outside the box but brilliant inside. If Grabban is half as good as him at 'being in the right place' we should be ok!
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: I dont think Grabbon is good enough for us,bought for only £200,000.Watched his goals they are all pretty much tap ins by being in the right place and not skillful ,i think we can do better.[/p][/quote]The clue is surely in your phrase ' being in the right place'!!! How many times have fans on here said we need exactly that type of player and being of a certain vintage, i can confirm that players like Lineker, and Greaves weren't too bad at it so its a fair precedent. In fact, I used to watch Lineker a fair bit and he was average outside the box but brilliant inside. If Grabban is half as good as him at 'being in the right place' we should be ok! Albion In Staffs

9:32am Fri 17 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Alan G Skinner wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch .
Mark, any estimate on the fee received for El-Abd?
I think Naylor said yesterday it was five figures.
[quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: I would imagine another club has come forward, but happy either way, don't see him as top notch .[/p][/quote]Mark, any estimate on the fee received for El-Abd?[/p][/quote]I think Naylor said yesterday it was five figures. Ex-pat Arnie

9:39am Fri 17 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

Withdean-er wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion.
"Fringe player"? Barnes played, and was continuing to play many games every season, scoring vital goals throughout or knuckling down in midfield if asked to.
No surprise then that the club seem determined to get a replacement striker in, especially with Ulloa's injury record.

With Grabban, it's a win-win for us. Should (and we don't know the truth) he have any doubts about joining us, we would be better off without him. With that healthy budget, and our bright future (stadium, TB, OG, training facility on its way, support), we shouldn't trouble attracting quality. Or Grabban jumps at the chance to join us, and this slight delay is usual.
Was talking about Barker and Dickenson, not Barnes, completely forgot about him!
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: TB doesn't like to do much business in the January transfer window, Albion legend gone,one fringe player gone another on his way, possibly two or three to come in, no wonder he's in Australia. Never a dull moment supporting the Albion.[/p][/quote]"Fringe player"? Barnes played, and was continuing to play many games every season, scoring vital goals throughout or knuckling down in midfield if asked to. No surprise then that the club seem determined to get a replacement striker in, especially with Ulloa's injury record. With Grabban, it's a win-win for us. Should (and we don't know the truth) he have any doubts about joining us, we would be better off without him. With that healthy budget, and our bright future (stadium, TB, OG, training facility on its way, support), we shouldn't trouble attracting quality. Or Grabban jumps at the chance to join us, and this slight delay is usual.[/p][/quote]Was talking about Barker and Dickenson, not Barnes, completely forgot about him! Alfie T

9:48am Fri 17 Jan 14

mrgull says...

Are we buying to replace Barnes ...what we should be doing is buying to improve on Barnes....Not too sure about the Grabban scenario.I personally believe we have players already on our books that will easily fill the void left by Barnes,in fact there should be several of our team members banging on Oscars door demanding the chance,,,WE SHOULD ONLY BUY IF IT VASTLY IMPROVES THE SQUAD ....NOT JUST REPLACE
Are we buying to replace Barnes ...what we should be doing is buying to improve on Barnes....Not too sure about the Grabban scenario.I personally believe we have players already on our books that will easily fill the void left by Barnes,in fact there should be several of our team members banging on Oscars door demanding the chance,,,WE SHOULD ONLY BUY IF IT VASTLY IMPROVES THE SQUAD ....NOT JUST REPLACE mrgull

10:49am Fri 17 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

Not fussed if he signs or not, might be a blessing if he doesn't as I think Mason has more potential to improve and I think, will do.
If he comes, I am sure he will make a good contribution but I don't see him being as influential in the games as Barnes was.
It will also be irritating to see him come in for £1.1M on a 2 1/2 or 3 year deal after Barnes left because he was only offered a one year extension. He will be compared to Barnes, not necessarily on like for like attributes, but I and others will be looking at him and thinking, "would I rather have kept Barnes?". If Barnes was honest about his decision to move on being just about the length of contract, I think Burke may have made a mistake here, but everyone does from time to time.
If we land Mason instead, I think I will be more forgiving as I don't expect a £600,000 youngster to be the finished article.
Whoever we get, we gets, I am sure we will be entertained by the football played as long as we have Oscar running the squad.
Not fussed if he signs or not, might be a blessing if he doesn't as I think Mason has more potential to improve and I think, will do. If he comes, I am sure he will make a good contribution but I don't see him being as influential in the games as Barnes was. It will also be irritating to see him come in for £1.1M on a 2 1/2 or 3 year deal after Barnes left because he was only offered a one year extension. He will be compared to Barnes, not necessarily on like for like attributes, but I and others will be looking at him and thinking, "would I rather have kept Barnes?". If Barnes was honest about his decision to move on being just about the length of contract, I think Burke may have made a mistake here, but everyone does from time to time. If we land Mason instead, I think I will be more forgiving as I don't expect a £600,000 youngster to be the finished article. Whoever we get, we gets, I am sure we will be entertained by the football played as long as we have Oscar running the squad. Baldseagull

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