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Di Santo Imminent But Ghilas Deal Breaks Down

Rovers striking options could be looking a whole lot better very soon as the arrival of Franco Di Santo from Chelsea (on loan) is to be completed after getting the nod from Chelsea to go find first team football for a season.

Reports are coming in that Carlo Ancelotti has rubber stamped the season long loan deal of young startlet Franco Di Santo from Chelsea after deciding that he is very good but in need of more regular first team action which Rovers can certainly give him.

That deal should be going through very shortly and will provide Big Sam with the lead the line, target man striker that he desires.

However, the signing of Kamel Ghilas has BROKEN DOWN at the final stage after a tests at Ewood Park have shown something untowards and Sam has decided not to sign the deal off and sent the player back to Celta Vigo.BR>
We still have a lot of money left at our disposal though so we could be using a lot of this for a central midfielder, creative force or maybe Sam has something bigger in mind striker wise?

Sam seems to think he can do better elsewhere and he wants to make the right decision on his strikers - which is fair enough.

It will be interesting to see what the VBers think of this.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 29 2009

Time: 11:59AM

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must of failed a medical everything was agreed, either that or he dnt fancy the north west after watching the reserves last night, i hope its not due to rovers as its unfair to get a lad over build his hopes up then dash them at the 11th hour
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29/07/2009 12:15:00

Di Santo will do pretty well for you, I would imagine. He's got plenty of class and potential, having done the business at every level up to the first team at Chelsea. Personally, I'd rather the deal was only short-term, as I can see us being a little light on strikers during January's ACoN, but there's no doubting the kid will benefit from the experience. As long as he's played, though!
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29/07/2009 12:22:00

shame, at 2 million, think that it could have been a good gamble! wonder what he could have failed in a medical though?! Good news about Di santo, should contribute to pushin on to the top half, even tho its not on a permanent basis!
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29/07/2009 12:24:00

Hmm,strange one that one. Obviously delighted to see Di Santo come in. But still a little worried about the long term. It would be nice to have some decent prospects of our own to replace an ageing line-up of JR and Benni Mac.
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29/07/2009 12:57:00

Don't forget our Gallacher, he can out in 5-10 if he gets the chance.Still I think we need the striker with 15 goals in him. I hope on Pog in my eyes a very good signing even though we might sell him after a year to cash in a void a RSC case...cheers
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29/07/2009 13:48:00

The Di Santo deal is not 100% definite but its looking good - however this Ghilas lad, if something wasnt right it wasnt right and its best we dont get lumbered with an injury prone player (again.) Agreed with you about Gally riisenholt.
Mikey D
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29/07/2009 15:13:00

wow this is a big surprise- his manager came out and said he was a Rovers player. Look foward to hearing what happened
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29/07/2009 15:27:00

Curious. According to reports, the deal was all but signed. Hope DiSanto signs, we could do with a definite signing to settle some nerves.
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29/07/2009 15:55:00

Quite a surprise with Ghilas! And a scoop - dont see it anywhere else.
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29/07/2009 17:26:00

Well I dont mess around me Ghilas! lol
Mikey D
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29/07/2009 17:39:00

if he does arrive at Ewood - look after the youngster for us!
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30/07/2009 20:08:00

Di Santo could prove to be a good scoring threat with some additional experience. He seems to be able to get into position, but lacks the ability to finish in front of the net. Good news is that you help someone calm their nerves and put more shots on goal, but you cannot teach them how to create the chances.
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30/07/2009 22:59:00

I think we can expect this Di Santo deal to go through today but who knows in this crazy summer!
Mikey D
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31/07/2009 07:51:00

Disppointing that Ghilas didn't sign but I'll trust Big Sam on this one, if there was even the slightest doubt we're right to pull out. Di Santo looks a good talent, and with (albeit) limited Premier League experience I'd personally think this makes him a better bet anyway.
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31/07/2009 09:21:00

What has changed with Di Santo? Where do you get this info that he's on the way?
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31/07/2009 21:37:00


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