Stopping, Going, New
The team that will run out on August 11th in The Championship is expected to be very different from the one that left the pitch or sat in the stands just over a week ago. To most of us that will be no bad thing. Pards will decide on players out of contract this week, whilst stories start to circulate about players leaving, although the only one officially gone is Hasselbaink.
Pardew promised a new signing before the Liverpool game and since said it would take a bit longer. Well according to reports Chris Iwelumo will be unveiled at The Valley tomorrow. Colchester's Scottish born striker was signed by Phil Parkinson on a 2-year deal in 2005 and therefore will be a free agent
The 28-year old has had a varied career playing in Scotland, Denmark & Germany as well as here. He has scored 37 goals in his two seasons at Layer Road.
Another striker on his way could be Crewe's Luke Varney. The People
circulated today that he will sign for £2m, that sounds a lot but Dario Gradi will be looking to get the maximum amount of cash for a player who scored 25 goals in 39 games last season. Crewe also have a 20% sell-on fee to Varney's previous club Quorn
This is going to be a busy few months and no doubt there will be a lot of assumptions and media bollocks to fill up blank newspaper columns. However What was the score
will try to keep up with it all throughout the summer months.
Chris Iwelumo, free from Colchester /
Luke Varney, £1.5m from Crewe /
Teddy Sheringham, free agent.