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Transfer deadline buzz at the Cottage

30 August 2010

** Update: The Guardian is reporting that Given has decided to stay at Manchester City. Even though there isn’t a single quote in the story, we’ll assume for now that it’s true (and maybe his balky shoulder didn’t pass muster with the Fulham physios). Given this late development and continued speculation that David Stockdale could be out for awhile with an injury, it’s really hard to see Mark Schwarzer being sold to Arsenal now.

Over the weekend, rumors of a Shay Given loan to Fulham picked up steam, with the latest reports saying that a thorough inspection of Given’s shoulder (which he separated late last season) is the hold-up. If Fulham are satisfied that Given is fully healed, it appears he will make his way down to London and Mark Schwarzer will be sold to Arsenal on the Gunners’ third attempt.

If Given has recovered from this boo-boo, he could be the new No. 1 at Fulham.

Complicating this, though, is the injury picked up by stand-in No. 1 keeper David Stockdale over the weekend. Most reports call it an ankle injury which knocked him out of a call-up to England’s team for this week’s Euro qualifying matches, but the Goal.com report linked above makes a far-too-casual mention of a knee injury that the writer claims could sideline Stockdale for a couple months. If that’s anywhere remotely near true (and that’s the only mention of it so far on the interwebs), it’s hard to believe Fulham would then sell Schwarzer, especially if there’s concern about Given not having healed fully from surgery.

In other news, Paul Konchesky’s move to Liverpool apparently is being held up by the need for a medical for Finnish U-19 striker prospect, Lauri Dalla Valle, who will be coming to Fulham as a makeweight in the deal. Perusing various Liverpool boards, they are not happy at all that one of their top youth prospects will be included in the deal to acquire the good-but-not-great Konchesky. It’s always hard to tell from video highlights of players in reserve matches, but here’s some of Dalla Valle’s work.

It should be an interesting next day or so as teams scramble to line up reinforcements. With the international break at hand and the next matches not for another 12 days, deadline transfers can be expected to make immediate impacts on their new clubs.

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