When Monday Comes

Last updated : 29 January 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

The main transfer talking points amongst Blues fans over the last three weeks or so have been the interest in Blackburn Rovers centre-back Martin Taylor and Manchester Utd. midfielder Nicky Butt.

A long-term injury to Matty Upson a week-or-so into the opening of the window at the beginning of the month saw Blues have a bid for Taylor rejected by Rovers but they are rumoured to have gone back with an improved offer for the former England-Under 20 international.

However, Blues boss Steve Bruce's interest in Taylor seems to have cooled following the impressive form of stand-in centre-back Darren Purse and news that Upsons injury was not as bad as first feared. Managing Director Karren Brady said at the end of last week that Blues interest in the towering centre-back was something that the club were not pursuing at that time.

Onto the Butt interest then...

As soon as it was made public that the Manchester Utd schemer was available for transfer, tongues were wagging of Bruce's interest in his former Old Trafford team-mate.

Could Blues afford him? Could we match his salary demands? Could Bruce and the Blues board convince Butt that Blues are a team with ambition?

Everton and Middlesbrough also confirmed their interest with the latters boss Steve McClaren suggesting earlier this week that after enquiring about Butt's availability he was told the player was staying with United.

Media reports today, however, suggest that Blues have had an estimated £5million bid accepted by United and that Blues chiefs have held talks with the player and are now awaiting his decision.

More rumours have linked Blues with, amongst others, Notts Forest winger Andy Reid and most recently Newcastle Utd winger Nolberto Solano.

Bruce is a man true to his word and totally refuses to discuss players he is reported to be interested in so we'll just have to wait and see what develops.

One things for sure, Blues won't be signing the same ammount of players as they did this time last year and may not sign any before the transfer window closes on Monday at 5pm. Its quality, not quantity, for the Blues boss now and he has said he won't buy unless a player that would improve his squad becomes available.

The next few days will reveal all...........

Arsenal: Jose Antonio Reyes £20m
Man Utd: Louis Saha £12.8m
Wolves: Carl Cort £2m
Man City: David James £2m
Spurs: Michael Brown £500,000