Transfer window watch: Stephens fee agreed, says Charlton boss

Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens

First published in Sport
Last updated
by

Albion have agreed a fee for Charlton star Dale Stephens.

Addicks boss Chris Powell has confirmed his club have accepted a bid for the in-demand midfielder.

Stephens is now expected to open negotiations with the Seagulls with a view to moving south ahead of tomorrow night’s deadline.

Powell said this morning: “Dale has expressed his right to speak to them if the clubs have agreed a deal, which they have.”

 

Comments (48)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:19am Thu 30 Jan 14

albionfan33 says...

And they're off
And they're off albionfan33
  • Score: 6

9:19am Thu 30 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

Fingers crossed!
Fingers crossed! dave from bexill
  • Score: 6

9:23am Thu 30 Jan 14

Hampshire Gull says...

I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace!
I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace! Hampshire Gull
  • Score: -23

9:25am Thu 30 Jan 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

I can hardly wait to hear the news that he's actually signed on the dotted line.

I really hope we can do our business like Liverpool always used to. Press conference - bang - introduce new signing. I appreciate it's more difficult these days with a far more 'busy' media - and I still think it can be done when everyone who needs to be and is 'in the know' gets their egos out of the way and keeps absolutely 'stum'. That had to be from the selling club as well.

That's when signings seem to go through smoothly. The less who know, the better. As a true fan I'm not interested to be fed titbits about gossip. I'm delighted to read about mission accomplished.
I can hardly wait to hear the news that he's actually signed on the dotted line. I really hope we can do our business like Liverpool always used to. Press conference - bang - introduce new signing. I appreciate it's more difficult these days with a far more 'busy' media - and I still think it can be done when everyone who needs to be and is 'in the know' gets their egos out of the way and keeps absolutely 'stum'. That had to be from the selling club as well. That's when signings seem to go through smoothly. The less who know, the better. As a true fan I'm not interested to be fed titbits about gossip. I'm delighted to read about mission accomplished. WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 9

9:30am Thu 30 Jan 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Hampshire Gull says...

I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace!

Oh dear - I hope not - he's 34 and has had a hip operation. We'll have to have a whip round for a zimmer frame. We should be aiming higher than this !
Hampshire Gull says... I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace! Oh dear - I hope not - he's 34 and has had a hip operation. We'll have to have a whip round for a zimmer frame. We should be aiming higher than this ! B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 18

9:30am Thu 30 Jan 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Nice one Paul Owen. Positive news for a change!

Come on mikeygit - post something so we can all give you a nice big thumbs up!
Nice one Paul Owen. Positive news for a change! Come on mikeygit - post something so we can all give you a nice big thumbs up! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 0

9:33am Thu 30 Jan 14

Yogi says...

Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.
Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million. Yogi
  • Score: 11

9:35am Thu 30 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
Hampshire Gull says...

I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace!

Oh dear - I hope not - he's 34 and has had a hip operation. We'll have to have a whip round for a zimmer frame. We should be aiming higher than this !
Beware Tawsey, if it's in the mighty Croyden Advertiser, it must be true...
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: Hampshire Gull says... I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace! Oh dear - I hope not - he's 34 and has had a hip operation. We'll have to have a whip round for a zimmer frame. We should be aiming higher than this ![/p][/quote]Beware Tawsey, if it's in the mighty Croyden Advertiser, it must be true... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 2

9:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

Aye Aye says...

Very encouraging news and a decent prospect in my view. But, given Powell's denials of any activity during the preceding days, it goes to show where the dealing is done - across the boardroom table (as if we did;'t know!)

The news on Wilbraham is disheartening if true and can only really be a makeweight acquisition - I wouldn't put money on this having much credence.

It's should get a little interesting now! Bring it on!!
Very encouraging news and a decent prospect in my view. But, given Powell's denials of any activity during the preceding days, it goes to show where the dealing is done - across the boardroom table (as if we did;'t know!) The news on Wilbraham is disheartening if true and can only really be a makeweight acquisition - I wouldn't put money on this having much credence. It's should get a little interesting now! Bring it on!! Aye Aye
  • Score: 7

9:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

SEAGULLS !!!! Now were talking some good news lets just hope first of many, NOW for Joe Mason, Conway and a CB
SEAGULLS !!!! Now were talking some good news lets just hope first of many, NOW for Joe Mason, Conway and a CB Tonyuk175
  • Score: 7

9:45am Thu 30 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Thats is the sort of reporting I like--POSITIVE stuff not this --Here is a video of someone we might be interested in if he wants to come stuff´. Great if we can pull this one off as he SEEMS interested in coming as he wants to talk. Watch this space.
Thats is the sort of reporting I like--POSITIVE stuff not this --Here is a video of someone we might be interested in if he wants to come stuff´. Great if we can pull this one off as he SEEMS interested in coming as he wants to talk. Watch this space. mikeygit
  • Score: -1

9:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

And the latest from 'Arry is that Bobby Z can leave... Apparently Croydon Amateurs are interested as are the Baggies who must have one eye on sacking Anelka. However I like there's still room for sentimentality (stupid, me? der!) and that BZ would just love to get back home again. Now wouldn't that be fun....!!!! UTA.
And the latest from 'Arry is that Bobby Z can leave... Apparently Croydon Amateurs are interested as are the Baggies who must have one eye on sacking Anelka. However I like there's still room for sentimentality (stupid, me? der!) and that BZ would just love to get back home again. Now wouldn't that be fun....!!!! UTA. Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 6

9:49am Thu 30 Jan 14

Phillip Smith says...

Good signing and good news for a change. To be honest I’m not convinced with our recruitment team. It seems that we missed out on our primary striker target of Lewis Grabban and there was no back up plan. Surely we must have known that we were going to be selling Ashley Barnes so to have no back up plan for reinforcements is amateurish. What about Chris Wood of Leicester? Rather than warming the bench for Leicester he can come and warm ours instead. I’m sure Leicester would be susceptible to a decent offer. And what happened to Joe Mason of Cardiff?
Good signing and good news for a change. To be honest I’m not convinced with our recruitment team. It seems that we missed out on our primary striker target of Lewis Grabban and there was no back up plan. Surely we must have known that we were going to be selling Ashley Barnes so to have no back up plan for reinforcements is amateurish. What about Chris Wood of Leicester? Rather than warming the bench for Leicester he can come and warm ours instead. I’m sure Leicester would be susceptible to a decent offer. And what happened to Joe Mason of Cardiff? Phillip Smith
  • Score: -6

9:50am Thu 30 Jan 14

gilbertthecat says...

Hampshire Gull wrote:
I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace!
Croydon Advertiser - isn't that where the locals try to sell off all their cheap unwanted rubbish?

Goods news on the Charlton lad though if he amounts to a decent temp replacement for Crofty and can be moulded into the team.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire Gull[/bold] wrote: I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace![/p][/quote]Croydon Advertiser - isn't that where the locals try to sell off all their cheap unwanted rubbish? Goods news on the Charlton lad though if he amounts to a decent temp replacement for Crofty and can be moulded into the team. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 4

9:53am Thu 30 Jan 14

tonypulis says...

Good old Dale. The next 48 hrs will be like 'Supermarket Sweep'
Good old Dale. The next 48 hrs will be like 'Supermarket Sweep' tonypulis
  • Score: 4

9:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

pablobrowno says...

Let's hope he doesn't decide to stay at Charlton.....that would be depressing!
Let's hope he doesn't decide to stay at Charlton.....that would be depressing! pablobrowno
  • Score: 7

9:59am Thu 30 Jan 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

Patience!-wait till he,s signed on the dotted line! We all know from the last two weeks it could go 'belly up ' again!
Patience!-wait till he,s signed on the dotted line! We all know from the last two weeks it could go 'belly up ' again! SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 6

10:04am Thu 30 Jan 14

Simbosims says...

I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club.

If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in.

At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position.

Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned.

I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose?

I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.
I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club. If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in. At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position. Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned. I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose? I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances. Simbosims
  • Score: 13

10:10am Thu 30 Jan 14

mark by the sea says...

Simbosims wrote:
I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club.

If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in.

At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position.

Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned.

I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose?

I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.
All player think they are capable of playing a higher level, and the desire to try, add the extra cash, this dale lad will more than likely keep out crofts when he returns ... Without being unkind , crofts is a decent centre mid who has had a excellent run of form this season,, last year he was pretty poor.
Competition is the key, if he plays well , it's down to the manager to drop him!
No player is certain of starting, wait for cms to be ready, not sure where he will fit in.
[quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club. If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in. At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position. Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned. I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose? I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.[/p][/quote]All player think they are capable of playing a higher level, and the desire to try, add the extra cash, this dale lad will more than likely keep out crofts when he returns ... Without being unkind , crofts is a decent centre mid who has had a excellent run of form this season,, last year he was pretty poor. Competition is the key, if he plays well , it's down to the manager to drop him! No player is certain of starting, wait for cms to be ready, not sure where he will fit in. mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

10:15am Thu 30 Jan 14

tonypulis says...

Looks like your Liam is finally off to Sunderland for £4m. The log jam has finally been broken.
Looks like your Liam is finally off to Sunderland for £4m. The log jam has finally been broken. tonypulis
  • Score: 4

10:17am Thu 30 Jan 14

tonypulis says...

Manish Bhasin @_manishbhasin
Liam Bridcutt reportedly to finally go to Sunderland for £4mn - sounds like a decent deal for Brighton
about 1 hour ago
Manish Bhasin @_manishbhasin Liam Bridcutt reportedly to finally go to Sunderland for £4mn - sounds like a decent deal for Brighton about 1 hour ago tonypulis
  • Score: 8

10:29am Thu 30 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Yogi wrote:
Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.
Wheres that come from?
[quote][p][bold]Yogi[/bold] wrote: Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.[/p][/quote]Wheres that come from? Tonyuk175
  • Score: 0

10:38am Thu 30 Jan 14

Aye Aye says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Yogi wrote:
Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.
Wheres that come from?
https://twitter.com/
BroadcastMoose/statu
s/428815999379312641
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yogi[/bold] wrote: Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.[/p][/quote]Wheres that come from?[/p][/quote]https://twitter.com/ BroadcastMoose/statu s/428815999379312641 Aye Aye
  • Score: 0

10:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

cybergu11y says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Yogi wrote:
Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.
Wheres that come from?
As we have already discovered, it is all speculation. A deal is not a deal until the paperwork has been completed. In my opinion, we should stick Bridcutt in the development squad until the season ends. Put him up for sale then and make Sunderland wait. Mr Poyet seems to be doing well enough without him anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yogi[/bold] wrote: Bridcutt to Sunderland, just under 4 million.[/p][/quote]Wheres that come from?[/p][/quote]As we have already discovered, it is all speculation. A deal is not a deal until the paperwork has been completed. In my opinion, we should stick Bridcutt in the development squad until the season ends. Put him up for sale then and make Sunderland wait. Mr Poyet seems to be doing well enough without him anyway. cybergu11y
  • Score: -7

10:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

falmer seagull says...

If we are going to buy a 'crock' in Wilbraham, who I have seen miss more chances than our forwards! we would be better off getting BZ. He would probably be happy coming off the bench and the fans would adore him again! Perhaps he could get fitter in our new resistance pool?
If we are going to buy a 'crock' in Wilbraham, who I have seen miss more chances than our forwards! we would be better off getting BZ. He would probably be happy coming off the bench and the fans would adore him again! Perhaps he could get fitter in our new resistance pool? falmer seagull
  • Score: 7

10:55am Thu 30 Jan 14

AGT999 says...

Simbosims wrote:
I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club.

If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in.

At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position.

Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned.

I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose?

I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.
I quite agree with this posting, I made a similar point on this forum a few days ago.
[quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club. If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in. At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position. Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned. I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose? I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.[/p][/quote]I quite agree with this posting, I made a similar point on this forum a few days ago. AGT999
  • Score: 1

10:56am Thu 30 Jan 14

Simbosims says...

SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!!
SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!! Simbosims
  • Score: 0

10:56am Thu 30 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go
Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go Tonyuk175
  • Score: 3

10:57am Thu 30 Jan 14

gilbertthecat says...

falmer seagull wrote:
If we are going to buy a 'crock' in Wilbraham, who I have seen miss more chances than our forwards! we would be better off getting BZ. He would probably be happy coming off the bench and the fans would adore him again! Perhaps he could get fitter in our new resistance pool?
Would love to see BZ back in stripes that run the right way. Was his lack of playing time at QPR down to injuries? Still hink he can play a bit but - wages? How I hate those three little financial letters but the costs of running a football club really do need reigning in and it seems that's what BHA are doing to ensure a better futur.
[quote][p][bold]falmer seagull[/bold] wrote: If we are going to buy a 'crock' in Wilbraham, who I have seen miss more chances than our forwards! we would be better off getting BZ. He would probably be happy coming off the bench and the fans would adore him again! Perhaps he could get fitter in our new resistance pool?[/p][/quote]Would love to see BZ back in stripes that run the right way. Was his lack of playing time at QPR down to injuries? Still hink he can play a bit but - wages? How I hate those three little financial letters but the costs of running a football club really do need reigning in and it seems that's what BHA are doing to ensure a better futur. gilbertthecat
  • Score: 0

11:02am Thu 30 Jan 14

LTU267 says...

4 mill for Bridcutt???

Sky Sports sources understand that Sunderland have reached an agreement with Brighton for midfielder Liam Bridcutt. It is believed that a £2.5million deal is in place and that Bridcutt will undergo a medical on Thursday afternoon.
4 mill for Bridcutt??? Sky Sports sources understand that Sunderland have reached an agreement with Brighton for midfielder Liam Bridcutt. It is believed that a £2.5million deal is in place and that Bridcutt will undergo a medical on Thursday afternoon. LTU267
  • Score: -2

11:02am Thu 30 Jan 14

Tonyuk175 says...

Just hope that Wicham is in that Deal somewhere otherwise WHAT A JOKE!!!!

2.5 LB we have had our pants pulled down
Just hope that Wicham is in that Deal somewhere otherwise WHAT A JOKE!!!! 2.5 LB we have had our pants pulled down Tonyuk175
  • Score: 0

11:03am Thu 30 Jan 14

Captain Haddock says...

Hampshire Gull wrote:
I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace!
No chance. He's pants.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire Gull[/bold] wrote: I see the Croyden Advetiser says we are in for Wilbraham from Palace![/p][/quote]No chance. He's pants. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 4

11:03am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Simbosims wrote:
SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!!
Manish Bhasin says £4m, John Percy says £3m and Sky says £2.5m. Take your pick :-)
[quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!![/p][/quote]Manish Bhasin says £4m, John Percy says £3m and Sky says £2.5m. Take your pick :-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 2

11:06am Thu 30 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

Can we have Liam Trotter from Millwall aswell please.... He only has 6 months to run on his contract and is up for grabs.
Can we have Liam Trotter from Millwall aswell please.... He only has 6 months to run on his contract and is up for grabs. SMF20
  • Score: 5

11:11am Thu 30 Jan 14

Towner83 says...

LB for £2.5million??? Why do we let ourselves get mugged off when it comes to selling our best players! Sorry Liam but I suspect that your behaviour has led to the club accept a figure less than they would have liked and for that reason you have seriously blackened your door! Could have left the club with a legend with dignity and class but instead you'll be leaving via the back door and we will all move on and you'll be forgotten! We'll see you next season one way or another! UTA
LB for £2.5million??? Why do we let ourselves get mugged off when it comes to selling our best players! Sorry Liam but I suspect that your behaviour has led to the club accept a figure less than they would have liked and for that reason you have seriously blackened your door! Could have left the club with a legend with dignity and class but instead you'll be leaving via the back door and we will all move on and you'll be forgotten! We'll see you next season one way or another! UTA Towner83
  • Score: -3

12:06pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jockithenoo says...

I thought this post was about dale Stephens ???????
What are we paying ?????
Valued at £ 704000 08/01/2014 VFM !!!
Cheers
UTA
I thought this post was about dale Stephens ??????? What are we paying ????? Valued at £ 704000 08/01/2014 VFM !!! Cheers UTA jockithenoo
  • Score: 3

12:22pm Thu 30 Jan 14

OldGull says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go
talksport say £4m
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go[/p][/quote]talksport say £4m OldGull
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Simbosims wrote:
I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club.

If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in.

At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position.

Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned.

I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose?

I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.
All player think they are capable of playing a higher level, and the desire to try, add the extra cash, this dale lad will more than likely keep out crofts when he returns ... Without being unkind , crofts is a decent centre mid who has had a excellent run of form this season,, last year he was pretty poor.
Competition is the key, if he plays well , it's down to the manager to drop him!
No player is certain of starting, wait for cms to be ready, not sure where he will fit in.
Realistic post
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: I believe many posters are missing the point with regard to our failure to attract players to our club. If a player is doing well for his own club and therefore attracting the attention of others, he will have to consider not only the financial implications of a move, but he will view the standing of the club making the offer to see where he will fit in. At the moment the Albion are good contenders for the Premier League and even with the outstanding injuries, the squad is tight and well able to maintain its current position. Why then would a prospective player, obviously doing well for his current club, moved to the Albion in the knowledge that in all probability he will be sitting on the bench when those injured players returned. I believe it is for that reason that players are opting to move to other clubs, many below the status of the Albion, (Millwall), where they will be seen to be senior players whereas in the Albion squad they will be surrounded by successful players in a very competitive environment. Which would you choose? I therefore suggest that our failure to attract players is not necessarily down to finances.[/p][/quote]All player think they are capable of playing a higher level, and the desire to try, add the extra cash, this dale lad will more than likely keep out crofts when he returns ... Without being unkind , crofts is a decent centre mid who has had a excellent run of form this season,, last year he was pretty poor. Competition is the key, if he plays well , it's down to the manager to drop him! No player is certain of starting, wait for cms to be ready, not sure where he will fit in.[/p][/quote]Realistic post dave from bexill
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dave from bexill says...

Tonyuk175 wrote:
Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go
So he's a rat for trying to better himself, or you just don't like him? You seem to be unhappy that the fee seems to 'only' be £2.5mil. What's that got to do with Liam, who incidentally is, in my view, worth more in todays market.
[quote][p][bold]Tonyuk175[/bold] wrote: Why is LB going for 2.5 mil???? are we daft? why not just hold out he is under contract so if he whinges any more show him the loyalty and fine, put in dev squad until he realises that he is employed by Brighton, unless A Satisfactory offer comes in then let the Rat go[/p][/quote]So he's a rat for trying to better himself, or you just don't like him? You seem to be unhappy that the fee seems to 'only' be £2.5mil. What's that got to do with Liam, who incidentally is, in my view, worth more in todays market. dave from bexill
  • Score: -2

12:57pm Thu 30 Jan 14

novascotiagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Simbosims wrote:
SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!!
Manish Bhasin says £4m, John Percy says £3m and Sky says £2.5m. Take your pick :-)
I'm thinking that some numbers that were reported earlier might clear up the confusion, do you remember hearing he wanted Buckley as well? Back then we were talking 2.5 million for bridcutt and 1.5 million for Buckley. Total? The hush and the lack of clarity are because the outgoings are dependant upon confirmed incomings and if we don't get what we need, then LB and WB are not going to move.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simbosims[/bold] wrote: SkY : Bridcutt to Sunderland for £2.5million !!! WTF!![/p][/quote]Manish Bhasin says £4m, John Percy says £3m and Sky says £2.5m. Take your pick :-)[/p][/quote]I'm thinking that some numbers that were reported earlier might clear up the confusion, do you remember hearing he wanted Buckley as well? Back then we were talking 2.5 million for bridcutt and 1.5 million for Buckley. Total? The hush and the lack of clarity are because the outgoings are dependant upon confirmed incomings and if we don't get what we need, then LB and WB are not going to move. novascotiagull
  • Score: 1

1:09pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Gee Jay says...

Albion will not want it known what they have been paid for Liam as it weakens their hand when it comes to buying players. When other clubs know you have money they 'jack up the price they want for a player.
That's not how a sucessful poker player does deals, they know when to walk away when the price (or odds) are not worth the gamble.
Albion will not want it known what they have been paid for Liam as it weakens their hand when it comes to buying players. When other clubs know you have money they 'jack up the price they want for a player. That's not how a sucessful poker player does deals, they know when to walk away when the price (or odds) are not worth the gamble. Gee Jay
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Thu 30 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

To my way of thinking replacing Crofts was always a priority for us and it appears that our fist senior team signing will indeed replace him. If you look at the two that got away, Grabban and the lad that went to Millwall, Stephens is the only one of the three who looks like getting some good match time, and I reckon that's why this deal will go thru.
It is my hope that this lad will pop a few goals in but maybe more importantly, he will be able to feed some decent balls into Ulloa, service is everything to a lone striker. With Bridcutt finally going I would hope that we can now get Conway back, another who can help Ulloa.
I noticed this morning that we are still being connected to a possible purchase of Mason and if that deal happens, with CMS returning, Ulloa and Obika, and not to forget Hoskins, that suggests to me that we might finally see two strikers start. No club at our level has five strikers on the books for a lone striker game plan, not in these days of FFP.
To my way of thinking replacing Crofts was always a priority for us and it appears that our fist senior team signing will indeed replace him. If you look at the two that got away, Grabban and the lad that went to Millwall, Stephens is the only one of the three who looks like getting some good match time, and I reckon that's why this deal will go thru. It is my hope that this lad will pop a few goals in but maybe more importantly, he will be able to feed some decent balls into Ulloa, service is everything to a lone striker. With Bridcutt finally going I would hope that we can now get Conway back, another who can help Ulloa. I noticed this morning that we are still being connected to a possible purchase of Mason and if that deal happens, with CMS returning, Ulloa and Obika, and not to forget Hoskins, that suggests to me that we might finally see two strikers start. No club at our level has five strikers on the books for a lone striker game plan, not in these days of FFP. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Thu 30 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals".

Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?
Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals". Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality? WestStander17
  • Score: 2

1:41pm Thu 30 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

WestStander17 wrote:
Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals".

Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?
The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals". Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?[/p][/quote]The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Eddy B says...

Definitely feel we are verging on quantity over quality. Would rather have better eggs in less baskets so we save up for one or two £2 - £3m players rather than bargain basement replacements. Why do we feel the need to launch into the loan or transfer window every time we have an injury or two. Are JFC, Agustein, Andrews, Lua Lua, March, David, etc not good enough? What about the guys already brought in like Obika (Lita before him) the new ex Arsenal winger.
ps. Have never heard of Stephens or most the names mentioned this January so I might be wrong and these guys are worth a starting place in the line up immediately but does sound like squad filler really. Have we lost the exciting contacts Gus had or are we broke?
Definitely feel we are verging on quantity over quality. Would rather have better eggs in less baskets so we save up for one or two £2 - £3m players rather than bargain basement replacements. Why do we feel the need to launch into the loan or transfer window every time we have an injury or two. Are JFC, Agustein, Andrews, Lua Lua, March, David, etc not good enough? What about the guys already brought in like Obika (Lita before him) the new ex Arsenal winger. ps. Have never heard of Stephens or most the names mentioned this January so I might be wrong and these guys are worth a starting place in the line up immediately but does sound like squad filler really. Have we lost the exciting contacts Gus had or are we broke? Eddy B
  • Score: 3

3:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals".

Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?
The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.
Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted!

Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give....

If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no.

If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC?

To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals". Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?[/p][/quote]The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.[/p][/quote]Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted! Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give.... If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no. If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC? To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top. WestStander17
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

fansunited says...

WestStander17 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals".

Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?
The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.
Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted!

Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give....

If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no.

If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC?

To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top.
Who do you suggest Mata anyone better then Bridders is not going to come to the Amex i am sorry to say! the lad is only 24 give him a chance, in a different team under Oscar he might just pove a better player then Crofts. I would love to see Craig Conway back but feel this is not going to happen. Lets try to be positive............
................
[quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals". Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?[/p][/quote]The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.[/p][/quote]Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted! Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give.... If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no. If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC? To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top.[/p][/quote]Who do you suggest Mata anyone better then Bridders is not going to come to the Amex i am sorry to say! the lad is only 24 give him a chance, in a different team under Oscar he might just pove a better player then Crofts. I would love to see Craig Conway back but feel this is not going to happen. Lets try to be positive............ ................ fansunited
  • Score: 0

5:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

fansunited wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
WestStander17 wrote:
Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals".

Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?
The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.
Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted!

Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give....

If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no.

If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC?

To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top.
Who do you suggest Mata anyone better then Bridders is not going to come to the Amex i am sorry to say! the lad is only 24 give him a chance, in a different team under Oscar he might just pove a better player then Crofts. I would love to see Craig Conway back but feel this is not going to happen. Lets try to be positive............

................
Sorry, did I sound a bit doom & gloom? I'm not as I really think the squad we have is pretty good. Good enough to make the play-offs.

I wasn't suggesting we'd get anyone immediately as good as Bridcutt, just better than what we have. In fact, I think Ince, in a slightly different style, is a more than capable replacement for Bridcutt already.

I'm saying the squad is well covered already. That's excellent and should allow us to spend whatever money we have on 1 real quality player. Like when we bought Ulloa. He went straight to the top of the pile of strikers so the others filtered down so he added a body but also improved the team. The players we've been linked with just add a player on a par with what we have and therefore don't make us a better team, just a deeper squad.

I'd just rather we spent £3m on 1 quality player that goes straight into the team and improves it than £3m on 3 or 4 average players that just add numbers.

Hope that explains it better. I'm positive, I think we have a good squad and can push the play-offs without any additions.
[quote][p][bold]fansunited[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WestStander17[/bold] wrote: Asked a Charlton fan friend of mine about Stephens. He said "He shows signs of brilliance but is fairly wasteful and can get lost in a game... He isn't a regular starter for us but he is young and has potential". So, I asked if playing ahead of 2 defensive midfielders, would he get forward and score some goals. His response "Hmmm no. He he will be a squad player for you. He has a wand of a left peg.... doesn't get enough goals". Hmm, not exactly what I wanted to hear! Where does this leave JFC, Agustien now and Stephens himself when Crofts is back? Quantity over quality?[/p][/quote]The Crofts question doesn't apply to this season, and next season will see several changes in the squad.[/p][/quote]Hopefully we see more than several changes in the squad for next season as it will mean we have got promoted! Questions I would ask along with the answers I would give.... If we got promoted, would Dale Stephens be in or close to our first team? Hopefully, he trains on but at the moment he is not playing every game for Charlton so you'd have to say no. If we don't get promoted, would he play instead of Crofts? From what we know, no. Could he play alongside Crofts? Possibly but, in that case, what was the thinking behind signing Agustien? Where does it leave JFC? To me, this sort of signing adds numbers but just for the sake of it. In my eyes, even with Bridders leaving, we cover all positions fairly well. Not many clubs could say that. So, lets use that advantage to buy 1 player of quality rather than a few of similar standard to what we have and add to our numbers from the top.[/p][/quote]Who do you suggest Mata anyone better then Bridders is not going to come to the Amex i am sorry to say! the lad is only 24 give him a chance, in a different team under Oscar he might just pove a better player then Crofts. I would love to see Craig Conway back but feel this is not going to happen. Lets try to be positive............ ................[/p][/quote]Sorry, did I sound a bit doom & gloom? I'm not as I really think the squad we have is pretty good. Good enough to make the play-offs. I wasn't suggesting we'd get anyone immediately as good as Bridcutt, just better than what we have. In fact, I think Ince, in a slightly different style, is a more than capable replacement for Bridcutt already. I'm saying the squad is well covered already. That's excellent and should allow us to spend whatever money we have on 1 real quality player. Like when we bought Ulloa. He went straight to the top of the pile of strikers so the others filtered down so he added a body but also improved the team. The players we've been linked with just add a player on a par with what we have and therefore don't make us a better team, just a deeper squad. I'd just rather we spent £3m on 1 quality player that goes straight into the team and improves it than £3m on 3 or 4 average players that just add numbers. Hope that explains it better. I'm positive, I think we have a good squad and can push the play-offs without any additions. WestStander17
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree