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Transfer Roundup

The Birmingham Mail today added to the growing number of stories that Paul Caddis will not be joining Birmingham City.

Caddis spent last season on loan at St Andrews, making twenty-eight appearances and the Scottish right-back looked to be part of a settled defence in the latter parts of the season. However, Blues have told Swindon Town that they cannot afford the sum required – believed to be around £250,000 – in one lump sum and have withdrawn from negotiations to sign their former captain.

Caddis came on loan to Blues having fallen out with Paolo di Canio in the summer of 2012 and has one year remaining on his existing Robins deal.

For Blues fans, it’s yet more confirmation of the restrictions the club will be playing under next season and means Lee Clark faces more work to rebuild a team which currently has one dedicated right back contracted next season in Ryan Higgins, who won a year’s deal after an excellent season in the development squad on non-contract terms.

Blues target Nicky Law has come under fire from some Motherwell fans who claim his potential move to Rangers is money-motivated. However, Law has affirmed that isn’t the case and has affirmed its first team football that he is after – something that could play in Blues’ favour in their pursuit of the midfielder.

In other news, recently released academy striker Deqwon Ebanks has signed for Tamworth FC for the upcoming season having failed to win a professional deal at St Andrews.

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76 Responses to “Transfer Roundup”

  • CHRISC says:

    Others doing the rounds Bathh from Wolves,Novak from Huddersfield and Jay Tabb any bones on any of these.

  • jasom says:

    Do you think Mr Pannu will donate sum of his consultation fee to sign Caddis???

  • B25dave says:

    Dark days indeed

  • Paul Carter -Poster of the year 2013 he says:

    All you non attenders hang your heads in shame.

    • almajir says:

      Paul, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but i think it’s a tad more complicated than that…

    • bkkblue says:

      Yes Paul, if only everyone was as true a fan as you then we’d be the new Barcelona.

      • Art Watson says:


        So the club sell Davies , can’t afford to by Caddis and the supporters should hang their heads in shame.?

        Where’s the money going then?

        Wake up Paul!

    • John says:

      Maybe the non-attenders were the sensible ones, us season ticket holders,were the mugs. Our hard earned cash was used to line “an unknown directors” pockets”. I might wait and see if he intends earning,what he takes out of the club,before i renew my season ticket. “Earning” is somewhat a misnomer, but if i use the word, most of us say amongst ourselves,i might get arrested !

  • Paul Carter -Poster of the year 2013 he says:

    One month of Ziggys wages same value as Caddis (if the rumours of him being on 70K are true)


  • jazzzy786 says:

    Very bad news we aren’t signing Caddis. With all the savings being made from the released players I find it surprising that we cant afford 250k. To go into the season with just a young rookie RB is just not an option. This news will not stand well with potential season ticket sales.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    If we are planning to offload Davies and Redmond to raise income, what the hell are we spending it on if not on new players available at a bargain price? (Caddis in old money would have been worth closer to a million).

  • Chris Smith says:

    I think LC will end up using kamikaze tactics by the end of this season. He won’t have the money for anything else, injuries will be acquired and he’ll have players without NI numbers. Even now that does sound pretty entertaining.

  • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

    There is no guarantee that even if we had more income (player sales or bigger gates) going into the club’s coffers, it would have been prioritised for signings and recruitment. The fact of the matter is, without decent investment and/or new owners, we are always gonna be in the crappiest possible position in even trying to sign relatively inexpensive players like Caddis. How the manager or players involved must feel, is anyone’s guess. But it is a pathetic advertisement in how far the club have fallen recently, and it really saddens me to witness this.

    It is very surprising to learn that some of the bookmakers have even given odds on us being one of the favourites for promotion next season. Just imagine if we had a fighting chance to try and build without some of the simply ridiculous constraints currently in place.

    If as suggested CY’s legal wrangles are still going to be happening for two more years – appeals etc., I really hate to think what can possibly take place in that timeframe.

    • prewarblue says:

      Are you sure its “Promotion” the bookies are giving odd,s on mate ?,,,,think its odd,s on for the other way myself

      • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

        Sure was PWB.

        Think it was QPR as favourites and we were about the same as Leicester and Forest. Can’t recall which bookie it was – saw it on the Net and was just suprised that they had that much “faith” in us.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I echo your concerns; I can only see Administration as a likely outcome – that or relegation as we’ve sold the jewels and have nowt left.
      On the positive side, two decent sounding free’s secured so far; perhaps Elsie can pull a few more rabbits out the hat for us.

      • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:


        Yes, you are right – the policy of continuing to sell our best and most valuable players can only end in a negative way. It simply is not sustainable.

        But as you say, LC is trying his hardest in attempting to build a team and squad of sorts, and here’s hoping he gets some reward for his efforts.

        In any event, sooner or later something has to give. Then again I believe we’ve been saying that for nigh onto the last couple of years now, and still we have CY and PP hanging on for dear life.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    I suspect the refusal to pay £250,000 up front is a bargaining position by Pannu. There are over 6 weeks to go before the window opens so plenty of time for the situation to develop.
    We have 2 young right backs at the club….Packwood and Higgins and we may need any cash to sign 2 maybe 3 central defenders to replace Caldwell,Ibanez and possibly Davies.

  • Steve says:

    Have you all forgot Spector is a right back

    • almajir says:

      He’s a “fill in” right back – it’s not it his natural position. Also, he’s not signed his new deal yet.

      • chris says:

        Neither has Robbo i believe, plus these players may look at this shambles and have second thoughts about re-signing, that’s my fear, as we need the experience and utility of Spector and Robbo.

    • prewarblue says:

      Spector is naturally a mid fielder,,,,NOT a right back,,,,,he has played there yes,,,,but only in an emergency

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I don’t think Spector is that great in any position tbh. He’s a second choice imo. If I remember correctly, United bought him as a CB. That’s where he played his early games for them I think.

    • Peter says:

      In Actual fact spectors best position is centre half, but he has never been given a game there considering the competition in the past. I think we will go 3 at the back next year though.

  • Evesham blue says:

    No 2 ways about it I would have thought Caddis was key to LC’s squad rebuilding plans with young Higgins as backup. So where does this leave us? Fooked.

    I can only hope priorities are elsewhere for squad strengthening. If Caddis signs for another champ team then it sends a signal I.e. we are proper skint and the morale of our fans will plummet further and associated revenue will fall.

    Things were looking up with shinnie and Randolph signings but its back down down again.

    So mr PP you really need to make this happen somehow. Not much more as fans we can take anymore

  • mark says:

    Confirmed Doyle two year contract now thats what I call loyalty……shame I cannot say that about some of our fans…..lol oh dear some said he would not sign humble pie eating time again……….

    • prewarblue says:

      Loyalty or Fear of his missus ?,,,,,,I admit I didnt think he would sign,,,,the humble pie tastes just fine,,,,,,

      • chas says:

        Why do you keep on about his Missus as if you know something ? Wouldnt ytour wife(assuming you have one) be a tad narked if you had been treated like he has ? I know my wife would…

        • Evesham Blue says:

          Mark are you sure you are not Paul The Number One Tilton Struggler is disguise?

          Quit dissing your own fans. Its tiresome and like a stuck record

          • mark says:

            Like any true blues fan I also like to see our ground full………

            What gets up my nose is fans continual moaning without ant real end product. Sorry if that tad bore you……..i have opinions simpler to Paul and marky… And some of abuse clark recieved was a load of sh*t imo….. So imo its the fans who need to change and start spreading good news about our club…….you have your opinion so good luck to you…….

        • prewarblue says:

          Do you not remember when Doyle and Foster were , how shall I put it,,, late arriving home and disturbed her and the kids ? with their noise !,,,,,,who went and let everybody know he was in the dog house for it,,,,,Colin it def wasnt opened his mouth and let everybody know they were not a happy bunny with his behaviour, and there have been other indications as to who rules that household

        • prewarblue says:

          Chas mate it is my misfortune to have been married for 43 years to Attilla the Huns Favourite grand-daughter,,,,,the only woman to have been thrown out of Hitlers SS for cruelty, she has now mellowed over the years,,,,,I am now treated as her “God”, being offered burnt offerings most nights If I cant smell burning I know its salad for tea

    • Marky mark says:

      Last week you said his blues career is over after the Randolph signing?

  • prewarblue says:

    Anybody know if evening games next season will be banned by Blues !,,,,,,because if the average age of the team gets any lower,,,,,the final whistle will be past their bedtime !!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Again, I’m pretty sure that Lee Clark was aware of the possibility that the club may not be able to afford Caddis and has catered for this eventuality. No way will he have left it to chance. He will have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and possibly 4th choice on his list.

    • mark says:

      When hall got injured we found Ferguson just as good…. So no weeping from me……if Davis goes maybe those funds might become available obviously if caddis is still available………..

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I agree Mark. If we managed to get, say, £3m for Davies, we could possibly buy a whole defence for that, at this level. I’d say that was a bargain.

  • Tony says:

    Jasper Carrot, Bev Bevan, they could help

  • Kimberley Blue says:

    It makes sense if we have no funds available to leave any purchase / new signings until 1-2 weeks before season starts. Saves on salary so would not be surprised if Cadis joins in a months time.. Risky strategy but how many companies do the same

    • Evesham Blue says:

      Good point but last season we paid 500-600k for Ibanez who was a bit part player? Now we cant find 250k for a quality right back after losing Carr

  • Tony says:

    Doyle signing is not loyaly hes on a nice little earner, prewar is right the missus likes it here so he stays .
    Football is a job a living, he has a nice lifestyle and knows his limitations, thats fair enough he has no great ambition.

  • Texas Pete says:

    What is al this nonsense! The season isn’t over and already the soothsyers are out in force. Talk about sending a message to the othef clubs. We need to offload some of our fans. LC is not my favorite but his prep for next season has started with a rocket. He has got a proven keeper rather thana starlet or a freeloader. Plus some other youngsters who sound exviting. So glad wd aaren’t pling up the has beens for our push. I would rather have the youthful excitement and miss promo any day.Caddis is just one player position to fill and along with other positions we havethe summer to fill them. Clark might win me over yet.

    • Evesham Blue says:

      Not being able to sign Caddis is a huge blow imo. It is also a huge blow for LC’s rebuilding plans.

      Can you not see that this is not good? We cant afford 250K upfront. You wont get another quality right back for that money either. Its a bargain and we cant take advantage of it. It will be to our loss.

      The squad is threadbare. We have already lost Carr at right back. Im sure his wages would pay for Caddis easy.

      So the problem must be cashflow upfront. When is the parachute payment due?

  • Bluenosejohn says:

    Not a surprise that with our owners Swindon wanted money up front. I suspected they also wanted it in cash and even then would have held the notes up to the light!

    It is also surprising that for a cash strapped club we have left season ticket details for so long. The Caddis situation is not going to boost sales for sure.

    Still KRO all the way.

    • Evesham Blue says:

      Very good points. I am not sure either why having an 8M parachute payment due we dont just cough up the money for a proven right back. You know how much problems that caused us last season

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Good point Evesham. Lee Clark knows that the injuries to so many defenders and the constant reshaping of the defence last season was the main contrubution to our failings in the first half of the season. That’s why I doubt he’ll get caught out again if he can help it.

      • prewarblue says:

        Please correct me if I am mistaken,,,,,but that £8m you refer to,,,,will be used to repay loans made by you-know-who to the club [on an interest free basis ],,,,,Asia Rays consultancy fee,s [to be paid by the club as disclosed by AJ as part of its debt to B.I.H,,,,,employed staff and services gas,water and electric, BT [or whoever the club uses], and who ever can claim to be owed money by the club,,,,,as far as I can understand things that money is spent before it is even seen at the club.

        The only funds Clark has to do transfer deals with is the “Butland” instalments from Stoke,,,the small fee from Turkey for Jake Jervis,,,,,,and thats it,,,,and as many have pointed out times are hard for all and those who have it are hanging on to it for as long as possible,,,,,the Caddis transfer is a vital part of Clark,s plans for next season however they are already being frustrated by this lack of funds

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I’d still be very surprised if Caddis was his only option.

  • mark says:

    What a excellent day out at stans in memory of harry loss for words very emotional…i am humble to be a bluenose-……….

  • andy says:

    Im scratching my head a little over this nonsense that Blues cannot afford to sign Caddis. So where is the money coming from to sign free agents and loan signings? There is no such thing as a free transfer!

  • andy says:

    The only avenue to signing Caddis then would be to sell Curtis Davies, I dare not suggest Redmond! Lets face it, Curtis wants to move, and hopefully the board will allow a percentage of the money received to go towards signing Caddis.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I must be one of the few who won’t miss Davies. If someone offers £3m, I’d rip their arms off. Out our level now, that money could go a long way in terms of players coming in. If Lee Clark is allowed to touch it that is.

  • davo says:

    we have let players go which works out a saving of over £125,000 p/w on Carr, Caldwell ,Fahey ,Ibanez Butland so if we wait a month for caddis then we will have funds plus also got ta look at little ways of making the money work as putting in an account propley get another £25,000 in interest then after the month we could look at MIN £1/2 million plus subject of player sales fee’s up-ing wages to keep player + clauses in contracts and the possible signing of paul caddis is well settled with a little money for LC to spend and if we do lose other players through selling LC should get a min of 15% of sale price to play with so come mid-end June a cool million to 1.5 million to play with

  • Paulo says:

    I just cannot believe that Blues can’t afford to spend £250k on one of the best players we have. Lee Clark is left high and dry to continue the spells of loans and freebies and signing the youngers. Whilst PP is trying his best to deflect any noise about his earnings in HK and the violins come out here in Birmingham about how broke we are and no effort has been made to find any finances that were surely going to be needed.
    Without Zigic, would we be the club with the cheapest wage bill in the championship?

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