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Poyet expects "drama" as Noone heads west
Gus Poyet last night predicted a “dramatic” transfer deadline – as Craig Noone appeared to be on his way out of The Amex.
Cardiff City are today expected to announce the arrival of the popular Albion winger for a seven-figure fee.
That could spark two hectic days of activity before the transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow.
Poyet admits there are several contenders to join his squad – and at least a couple who could leave.
The Albion manager last night declined to comment on suggestions Noone would be going.
But Cardiff appear to have got their man – at a price.
The Welshmen had a bid knocked back on January 31.
Now they have come in again, despite having signed Craig Bellamy in the meantime, offering funds which could help Poyet secure his much-desired new striker.
Noone started his medical yesterday, a few hours after posing with his Albion club mates in their traditional early season squad photo.
The winger, who cost just £300,000 from Plymouth less than two years ago, has started all four Albion matches this season having been troubled by injury last term.
He showed signs of spark against the Bluebirds at The Amex last week before really impressing when Barnsley were routed 5-1 on Saturday.
Albion have wing stars in fit-again Will Buckley and Kazenga LuaLua, plus the intriguing option of restoring Vicente to the wide role in which he made his name for Valencia and Spain.
Full-backs Wayne Bridge and Bruno also offer appreciable attacking enterprise.
Matt Sparrow and Romain Vincelot were both left out of the squad picture yesterday.
Poyet wants to offload the pair ahead of the deadline and expects two eventful days.
He told The Argus: “I can think of six or seven possible things coming in and two or maybe four going out.
“I can say now this is the most dramatic end of a transfer window I’ve had as a manager.
“There are quite a few things that could happen.
“Of course they all depend on so many things coming together – the price, the player, the willingness of the club, so many things.
“But there are now two days to go and so many people trying to do business.
“Everybody is hurrying. Everybody is coming and going.”
Poyet will conclude business while preparing his squad for a tough game at Burnley on Saturday.
He added: “On Thursday we will stay at the club and do business. On Friday I expect we will be on the coach to Burnley still talking on the phone.”
The Albion chief repeated his call for the window to close before league action got under way.
He added: “Do your job properly in the summer when you are building your team.
“A team lets in five on the first day, now they want a defender.
“Victor Moses plays against Chelsea, then goes to Chelsea. What if he had scored against them and Wigan won 1-0?
“Let’s get together, say the transfer window closes on, for example, August 10, then the season can start on August 11.”