Date: 31st December 2008 at 3:11pm
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Christophe seals Southend move
The first January departure has been confirmed, with Jean Francois Christophe completing a permanent move to Southend – if he remained the only departure, other than Lassie – who was technically the first departure – of course, I think most would be happy…

He arrived after a successful trial during pre-season a couple of years back but has unsurprisingly failed to make the breakthrough and joins Southend after a successful loan spell for a ‘nominal fee’, with a future sell-on fee clause also included – so all in all for a free transfer signing we have done a ‘decent’ bit of business here.

Good luck to him, the better he does the better we will do in the future – although to be honest I will not be holding my breath on him becoming a ‘world beater’…

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Silly season really is here…
You know well and truly that ‘silly season’ has arrived when a paper prints a story that claims Spurs made a £30m approach for Glen Johnson, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe!

‘If’ we were so massively crippled by debts we would cash in on that out of necessity, but as is, despite the fact we – and everyone else – is in debt I do believe that it is not that bad we would have to.

£30m is an ‘insulting offer’ so jog on Mr Redknapp, or I guess to be fair the paper that printed such stupid rumours…

Speaking of Redknapp – I did not realise how annoying and unsettling the fella was until the boot was on the other foot!

Opposing fans, and even managers, have in the past been angered by his willingness to talk openly about players ‘he liked’ and wanted to sign, and how unsettling this is – and he has done this today with Defoe and West Ham’s Craig Bellamy with his, well basically public taping up of the pair.

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Cup final trio join others in missing out
3 of the players that were part of our FA cup winning side – of those still with us – have been ruled out as our defence begins at the weekend at home to Bristol City.

Injury will prevent Glen Johnson, John Utaka and Papa Bouba Diop – with the latter facing a long-term layoff – from featuring.

Injury will also rule out Richard Hughes and Younes Kaboul – whole I think we desperately need fit again and playing alongside Sylvain Distin. Signs of improvement were seen when they played together.

The worry of an exit against City is there, but I pray this does not happen. Chances are we cannot defend the cup but I would hate us to go out in round 3…

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Storrie – more will follow Belhadj
Peter Storrie, or ‘the modern day Pinocchio’ as he has been christened by someone recently, but I cannot remember who – something that I like, has claimed that Nadir Belhadj will not be the only arrival this January.

It is now said that we got £19.5m for Lassana Diarra and 12% – or £2.4m – will go to Arsenal, a large amount will surely go towards paying off debts, and rightly so – with it being a guess that around £6m or £7m max could be available to Tony Adams after all this? And a lot has been used on the Algerian. Loans and the return of a former star – with his club still owing us money – seem the route we will take.

The modern day Pinocchio also again ‘rubbished’ rumours that players have to go, again ‘stressing’ only exceptional offers will be accepted. He did say that he did not expect much business to happen in January though, with ‘most dealings’ lined up for the summer…

As always ‘time will tell’ and ‘lets wait and see’ though…

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Lauren and Duffy told they can go!
‘Pinocchio’ – its easier than keep saying ‘the modern day Pinocchio’ also today confirmed that Lauren and Richard Duffy have been told they are free to leave the club.

Lauren for me should have had his contract terminated following his recent comments – and surely we had grounds to do this without paying it up? As for Duffy, what a waste of space he has been! How the hell, or should that be why the hell, we have kept him for so long I doubt we will ever know – greed on his behalf perhaps? Either way I may even break out the Champers ‘if’ he does finally go…

Thoughts on all please guys!

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