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Big Surprise – Wolves’ Kightly Not For Sale

2:02 pm, Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

It’s hardly surprising that Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are currently top of the Championship under former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, do not want to sell their highly rated Michael Kightly.


Michael Kightly – Wolves don’t want to sell – surprise, surprise

A source at the Wolverhampton club said today:

“Michael’s a tremendous prospect and playing regularly, so why sell him?”

“The club is ambitious and wants to get back into the Premier League, so selling our best players isn’t on the agenda.”

“Mick doesn’t need to sell Michael, and he doesn’t intend to.”

Kightly started his career at Spurs in 2000 but was then at various clubs including Basildon United, Southend United and Farnborough on loan, until he made his name at Grays Athletic, and was signed by Wolves in 2006 after a short loan deal.

Obviously a terrific acquisition by the Midlands club, because he’s now played over 60 games for Wolves with 17 goals, and has 6 England Under-21 caps. He turns 23 years old next month.

Wolves paid just over £20K for his services from Grays Athletic and since then he’s played extremely well for the Molineux club.

This news will hardly put Newcastle United off the trail of the youngster, but our best chance could well be to sign the player in the summer, because why on earth would Mick McCarthy want to lose him now, right in the middle of Wolves’ push for the Premiership?

Even in the summer Mick will hardly want to lose the player, but a good fee could also allow the Wolves manager to bring in some experience for their attempt to solidify their Premier League status, should they get promoted.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MATTY_G // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    I miss Emre! When fit he was a cracking little player!

  • 2 MATTY_G // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Kightly would be a great addition, as would Ledley and Doyle. Also think Shelvey would be worth a shout from Charlton. However we do need some players that can come in and make an immediate impact! As ever i will go into this window full of optimism and probably end up full of pessimism at the end of January.

  • 3 tino97 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Don’t know much about Kightly to be honest. I haven’t seen much championship football this season, I hope I’m not watching it next season too. We do need some more bodies in Centre Mid. How about Larson from Birmingham. He is proven in the prem.

  • 4 Tom_Toon // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    I’d buy Ferrie Bodde from Swansea as 3rd choice CM.

    Why would Kightly want to come here though?

    We could get relegated and Wolves are definitely going to get promoted.

  • 5 MATTY_G // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Larson would be a very good shout and i quite like stephen hunt from reading too

  • 6 Toon1978 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Here we go, wait until the summer and then we reach the summer its “wait until January”. We cannot even bring in a CC player. ASHLEY EITHER SPEND OR **** OFF.

  • 7 keith // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    stephen hunt is very much an impact player for me, stick him on for the last half hour and he does well, when he starts a game he doesnt turn up imo, well for ireland it seems to be the way with him

  • 8 Darling27 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Ferrie Bodde is out for the season.

  • 9 Rem // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    wats your prblem Toon1978

    the window hasnt even opened

  • 10 tino97 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    I think we need some bodies in fairly quickly. I think if we wait until the end of January. We will be buggered. We have some big games in the league in January. Ashley needs put his hand in his pocket. Will he? Doubt it!

  • 11 Dave Emmerson // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Toon1978, January hasnt started yet so we dont know whats going to happen, so until we know at the 31st Jan. Be a bit positive or zip it till then

  • 12 toonmadtom // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    i think hunt would be a good buy. he has something what we need. no nonsense he just does his job

  • 13 keith // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    the window is open til feb 2nd

  • 14 Toon1978 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Lad i was just reading the EVENING CHRONICLE and Kinnear is hinting more towards loan signings. GONZALEZ anybody great loan signing.

  • 15 Toon1978 // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:33 PM

  • 16 keith // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    a few minutes ago you were complaining about us signing nobody now its loan signings, i get the feeling toon1978 if we cloned sherear pele best keane to when they were all 23 and signed i have feeling you would still be unhappy

  • 17 craig chisholm // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    toon1978 is right. we had all this shit in the summer and everyone was sayign just chill out, we have all summer. we have one month to get some decent players in. that does not mean we should wait a month. esp when you look at our up coming games – all relegation fodder along with us – also relegation fodder. we want to be beating these teams to try to pull away abit. ashley cant get players at the money he wants to pay for sure…. thats cos he wants to constantly pay under the odds all the time. of course wolves will not their star man go cheap, its the run in, they are flying and we are sinking. we would need to go in bigger than normal not less as cashley will have done, we have been here too many times. i stand with toon1978, this will be another window of discontent, i would put money on it. if we dont buy now, with our injuries, come end of jan we will have lost more than won nad we will be in the drop zone and adrift.

  • 18 toonoholic // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    i dont get it . its obvious clubs wont sell top players. even we werent keen on selling milner. but we changed our mind when money looked good. similary if a player is higly rated and is valued for 5 mn, they wont sell him to us unless we make a bid wroth 8-10 mn.
    now the question is whether we shld take the gamble? and i think if we do not take such gambles we wld never have another star in newcastle unless we want to take the sludge of all teams who start their rotting form in newcastle !

    this is seriously getting frustrating, since past 7 years , we have been short of players. HAS THE CLUB BEEN SLEEPING or seriously the whole management need a tonking!

    AAARGH. back to johnny walker !

  • 19 Whumpie // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Can anyone think of any club buying a stack of decent players in the January window?

    Thought not.

    Be realistic: this season is a write-off and is just about survival. Loan signings make sense so we can hold the cash until the summer, when players are half the price and clubs more willing to let them go.

    For me, 3 good loaners will be a result.

  • 20 MATTY_G // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Arry redknapp seems to pick up a few loan bargains in January windows so its possible we could get a few in.

  • 21 Whumpie // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Toon1978 and Toonoholic – calm down! Jees, you must be fun at parties…

    First up, how did you read those quotes from JFK in the Chronicle and not pick up on the main message, i.e. that they are ALREADY BIDDING ON PLAYERS. If it’s true (and I think it probably is) then they’re doing exactly what you’re asking for and getting in early.

    Also, why the shock at loan signings? JFK said weeks ago that it was the way they were likely to go, and frankly good permies almost never happen in January. For me, it’s just being sensible with the club’s money. Which is a first in my lifetime.

    Also, “ashley cant get players at the money he wants to pay for sure”. What’s that based on? We’ve got no evidence at all that Ashley’s been tight up to now – he blew over £200M buying and stabilising the club, and then broke the club record for a defender (Colo). If you think the likes of Modric went elsewhere because the bid wasn’t high enough, think again.

    Ashley knows that he’s stuffed if we get rellied, and as a man who’s lost over half a BILLION this year, I doubt if he’ll let that happen. Expect a small number of loan signings, but no big names. And by summer everything will have changed. Again.

  • 22 Sav // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    West Ham have good midfielders and may need to sell some. Wolves don’t. And do we need to blow our budget (very limited, I’m sure) on another winger when we have more urgent problems? No.

  • 23 Whumpie // Dec 31, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Cheerist, I type too much.

  • 24 toonoholic // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    whumpie firstly, yes i am fun at parties.

    and no where did i speak about ashley not spending cash .. yet.

    my point was simple with respect to kightly not being sold.
    and secondly i am sick and tired hearing we have a small squad since 7 yrs . its been from robson till now. i am just shocked we have had several managers and new management and still no one has given this a close look.
    the key to success is build a squad. look at aston villa. they did that in 1 1/2 yrs . look at everton, even they did that in 1 1/2 yrs..

    people say we crib coz we want cups ? cut me some slack , i did rather qualify for europe than win any cup for now. coz more the chances of getting into europe , better the prospects of attracting better players.
    people say winning cup is an easy route to europe and blah blah. but looking at newcastles luck i did rather try hand on 38 games and try for europe than the 7-8 games where we end up playing arsenal and get humiliated year after year.(these days its reading and wigan)

  • 25 Spyro // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Loan signings are fine. I would rather loan quality players than buy average ones. This concept of loan signings being inferior permanent ones is one of many problems caused by modern society obsession with consumption.

  • 26 Alex // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    if it takes loan signings to save our season so what ? if we take a couple of players on loan with an agreement that the deal could be made permanent then we can only win . They come play out of there skins then we buy or they are utter shite and we wave goodbye . Even Sir Alex takes players on loan if he needs too , remember Larsson . If its good for ManU then why not for us .

  • 27 Whumpie // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    toonoholic – all good points, and I agree on all fronts, especially about 7 years with nobody addressing the problem. My only question would be: what state are Everton and Villa’s finances in? Don’t know, but they are good examples of how it can be done.

    Of course, to build a squad in 1 1/2 years, you have to have stability for that long. Um….

  • 28 ElfyToon // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    tom_toon i live in swansea and watch all the time and there is a reason bodde is 3rd choice.

  • 29 toonoholic // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    true. with keegan we had that hope. and now its back to souness era again..
    enjoy your new year guys and hopefully, 2009 brings newcastle stability.

    forget luck.

  • 30 Whumpie // Dec 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    well said Toonholic. Have a goodun, all. I’m off to drink my own weight in beer. :))

  • 31 richie // Dec 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    lets get garvan in from ipswich

  • 32 Tom_Toon // Dec 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Elfy Toon – Bodde is the first name on the teamsheet for Swnasea he is their best player, but he’d be 3rd choice for us.

  • 33 Jezza // Dec 31, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    I think the fact that Ashley has officially called off the sale of the club is very bad news. I fear now that the only significant January window transfer activity involving NUFC will be outgoing, with Ashley looking to continue the asset stripping policy he began in the summer with the sale of Milner, Faye and Emre and the attempted sales of Owen, Smith and Barton. As a result I anticipate that Given, Taylor and N’Zogbia will all be with new clubs come February and that the best we can expect in return will be a couple of duffers on loan. No doubt along the lines of Gonzalez who came to us injured, played 28 minutes of football before aggravating the injury and being ruled out for the rest of his loan period.

  • 34 Dom // Dec 31, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Forget about Kightly, he won’t want to come anyway. Go for Joe Ledley instead. He caould play winger or centre mid and would work well in a 4-3-3 on the left.

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