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Matteo out, new arrival in New Year?

Today John Williams confirmed that Dominic Matteo would be allowed to leave Blackburn Rovers in a loan move should there be any offers for his services. However, the club are yet to receive any formal moves. Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, "I think that sending Dominic out on loan might be a possibility but at the moment I'm not aware of any enquiries."

Matteo has failed to establish himself since injury led to him losing his place to Michael Gray. He was originally Mark Hughes` first choice at left back but has now fallen down the pecking order despite the release of Vratislav Gresko. With Hughes potentially looking to continue using Lucas Neill in the left-back birth and youth players like Martin Olsson and Jay McEveley seemingly ahead of Matteo, chances look limited for the ageing former Liverpool, Leeds United and Scotland International defender.

In fact Leeds were accredited with making an enquiry for their former player in the Daily Star on Tuesday.

Another ageing International making the news with Rovers at the moment is Wael Gomaa, the Egyptian International from club Al Ahli. He stated in the press last week that Hughes and his staff were impressed enough with his short trial during the summer that they promised him a transfer in January. He claimed, "Blackburn have seen me and said good things about me."

John Williams has added fuel to that fire today by stating that Hughes will again look at Wael during the closed transfer window, "We had a look at him and we may try and get him back for a period between now and then."

Gomaa was initially linked with the club as a short-term replacement for the injured Ryan Nelsen, who according to reports should be fit for Saturday's game against Sheffield United. However, it looked as though a move to Newcastle United was in the offering for Gomaa only for that to disappear. He has also been linked with a move to Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window.

Gomaa was the fourth officially confirmed player to undertake a trial with Blackburn this summer, following spells for Didier Agathe, Jorge Acuna and more recently Shilla Illiasu (who also had an unsuccessful trial with Arsenal).

Hughes is a keen admirer of using trials before moving for a player. I personally believe this is a sensible approach to the transfer market. It also works with using players on loan before they get a permanent move. Shabani Nonda is the most recent recipient of this policy that has been successful in the past with David Bentley and Zurab Khizanishvilli.

The article was written by James Watson.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 6 2006

Time: 2:43PM

Your Comments

Another good article James, thanks. Matteo has been a decent player but not sure her'll be missed that much. Gomaa certainly talks a good game and from what I can gather Hughes thinks he can walk a good game.
Hughes Da Man
I can't say I have ever been impressed with Donkey Dominic whilst he has donned the blue n whites halves.... cherrio Dom - back o'er the pennines...
Ex Ewood Resident
I remember watching him on his debut against West Brom and I thought he looked awful. He never convinced me after that. I'd feel much happier with lucas down that side and give him Matteo's wages as well as his own!!
roversman
He's had his time hasn't he, so getting him off the wage bill (doubt he's a low earner) could be an idea. Giving Neill a cut of his wages like roversman says could be an idea, but money isn't an option apparently with Neil?
Hughes Da Man
UPDATE: Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell has confirmed the club will take him if Rovers pay some of the wages.
Hughes Da Man
Interesting. I'm not sure that we should. Although didn't we do a similar thing with Michael Gray a couple of years ago?
roversman
Depends how much Hughes really want to get rid of him, or how much Matteo really wants to go?
Hughes Da Man
Matteo will not be missed, hes not going to get in a centreback and we have quality on the left, with McElvey and Taylor to come through, so should get rid of him while someone wants him, dont want another Amoruso on our hands, bleeding money.
Clint
Matteo is on GOOD money so getting him off the wage bill, or at least partly off the bill (as Leeds want Rovers to pay some of his wages don't they) will help.
Hughes Da Man
get rid of him never rated him anyway.
rovers powerhouse
he never plays, cash in on him and get someone who will press for a first team place!
Simon Garner Legend
That's the way SGL say it as it is. This is what this site is all about, fans speaking their mind. It may not always be liked (although I agree with this without doubt) but that is the beauty of it.
Hughes Da Man
 

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