Date: 1st September 2011 at 12:34pm
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For the first time in living memory Rovers can actually say they played a productive part in transfer deadline day after making three new signings.

First through the door was the £6 million signing of Scott Dann from Birmingham. His arrival was expected but as usual with Rovers it took a bit longer than it should of.

But by 10 o’clock last night he was a Rover and he is now expected to slot straight into the centre of defence and at 24 is a cracking price for his age.

Hot on his heels was the £1.5 million signing of Yakubu from Everton. Not wanted by the Toffees but available for a decent fee, we have bought him in to add fire power to proceedings and he does have a decent goalscoring record… just don’t expect him to do much tracking back.

And finally the ‘potential’ singing arrived in the form of the incoming of Jordan Slew from Sheffield United. A 19 year old forward with pace and power – he is rated very highly by the Blades and for £1 million + add ons Rovers have signed the raw materials of a good player.

Further excellent news has come in the retention of man mountain Chris Samba. Chris has been expected to leave all summer by big sections of the media but he will stay at the club and keeping him at Rovers can be considered something of a success for Steve Kean and Venky’s.

Finally, El Hadji Diouf has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent ending a difficult spell at the club under Steve Kean.

The end of the window has seen Rovers make the following summer signings – Scott Dann, Simon Vukcevic, Jordan Slew, Yakubu, Radosav Petrovic, David Goodwillie and Bruno Ribeiro (Myles Anderson still doesn’t count).

The club still has some weaknesses but one of them is not the strength of the signings they have made – the above list looks like a very sensible summer shopping list even if we have been as frustrated at times.

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11 Replies to “Dann, Yak and Slew all reporting for duty”

  • Woulda been nice to nab a more expensive Striker that could still happen in January. Dann is a major coup i think and ‘The Yak’ could turn out to be a bargain if he can rediscover his form for us.

  • Infinitely better than what the doom-mongers were predicting. If Kean has the ability he now has the materials to get us up that League. Well done to Venkys and Kean on keeping hold of big Chris. If he had gone all the rest would have been meaningless.

  • SSN were reportng that Hoilett signed his new contract but I’m yet to see anything official. Did that happen as well? If it did then its a great window. Compare it to the beginning of last season……

  • would of been ideal not to wait until after the third game, but in the end we have done as good as could of been expected with our damaged rep. I hope that this has proved that the Venkys are willing to dip into there pockets to the sceptics. Once this squad settles we will be back to winning ways, it may take a couple of games but we will get there!! The club done good.

  • Keep Yak out of the canteen and he will do fine. 🙂 But in all seriousness, it is a decent buy, he is a clinical finisher and has a good goalscoring record for the Prem League.

  • For all those that doubted Kean and Co. I think its time to sit back, reflect and give them the time they need to gel as a team. We have some good signings, exciting signings who play the sort of football we all seek and Kean is looking for. I, for one, am excited about the next few games, I truly hope Kean and Venkys prove everybody wrong! Scott Dann signing not really covered in the media, if 1 of the top 4 signed him it would be a steal. Shrewd business, especially as Kean was the main reason, underdogs we were, lets shock the league and media!!! Arte et labore!

  • Yak, not everyone’s cup of tea, but he has great scoring record, and will fit in well to the formation we are looking to play. Bargain buy and if he bg 10 goals this season it will already be an improvement on last season. Slew deal was suprising at and £1.1 Million is not cheap, hopefully we have grabbed a future star

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