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And so Phase B begins

And there I was thinking that we'd not sign anyone at all this summer!

Having spent weeks watching other clubs get cracking in the transfer market and our own Rovers sat there with a pile of cash burning a hole in our pocket it was surely only a matter of time before we start our own spree.

And judging by the latest word coming out of the club and out of the media that time is due to start any second.

For it seems that Steve Kean and his trusty henchman (which no doubt includes Kentaro) have been hard at work these last few weeks drawing up a huge list of targets.

Some ambitious players, some extra players and some back ups in case the first choices don't come off.

Word on the 'street' is that a main striker is where the bulk of the cash will be headed - Mirko Vucinic (not likely), Oscar Cardozo (little bit more on the money) and Pappa Demba Cisse (most likely of the three) are the three in question for that role and a big bid is expected to land on a desk somewhere in Europe any time now.

Another striker has also been a main talking point and there are a hoard of names being discussed but the most public of these is Spurs striker Robbie Keane. He's not wanted by Spurs, he'll be released for nothing and if Rovers agree wages with the player then they can have him. Simples.

Over on the left wing, a bit of competition for Martin Olsson is a foot. Pablo Piatti is the first choice option and his current club Almeria will apparently not be too greedy when it comes to a fee.

Then of course there is defence. No concrete names have surfaced as of yet but plenty of rumour has... We're after a right back, we're after a centre back or two. Nothing is settled but expect the Rovers team to have something lined up.

The summer has been pretty boring up until now, but is just about threatening to turn into a mad house.

Are you ready? Because I sure as heck am.

*Thanks to Alan Nixon and Bom Bom's copy and pasting skills for helping with a large part of this article.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 27 2011

Time: 10:37AM

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It's about to get good I hope!
Mikey Delap
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27/06/2011 10:39:00

I don't think we should be too disappinted if we miss out on some of the BIG names. The main priority is building a team from the basics, if this is buying the likes of Formica and Rochina instead of Beckham and Ronaldinho then so be it. We've seen teams like Leeds Utd ans West Ham try it the wrong way by splashing the cash and over paying wages and it doesn't always work. At least we seem to be looking to spend big on a striker which is the area you can't skimp on if you want goals guaranteed.
ITSALLROVER
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27/06/2011 11:20:00

I think we've overlooked the fact that we need a creative midfielder... We've got wingers and pacey attackers, hard tacklers and anchor men - but not much of a creative passer.
FreidelNo.1
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27/06/2011 12:50:00

I think you're right FN1, I think if we'd have had a consistantly fit creative midfielder, the forwards we have would have bagged a hatfull.
BigNumber5
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27/06/2011 13:12:00

Believe it when I see it and not a minute before. Loved seeing the Lancs Telegraph saying we're going to tap into the South American market like we did for Mauro Formica.... because that's gone so well.
theirishrover
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27/06/2011 14:26:00

I'm really looking forward to seeing who Rovers bring on board this Summer. Could and should be the most exciting transfer period in ages for us. I'm hopeful we'll be making sensible signings, of players who will come through to do something in the long term, rather than players who will cost the Earth. I hope that we DO sign more young, promising players like Formica - and can't believe that some folk are already judging a young lad who has moved from a different continent and who probably didn't speak much English when he came over. All good things come to those who wait. Yes, we need to build the first team of course, but long term success will come from bringing players through.
rossp2112
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27/06/2011 21:08:00

Keep the faith, the summer is a long window and most action kicks of July the first when you can officially unveil over sea's players
glen9mullan
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28/06/2011 15:19:00

When was phase A then LOL!!
Walker
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29/06/2011 18:09:00

 

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