May 2010
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For anyone that has been viewing the rumours over the weekend, one name being linked to the Reds via a number of sources include that of Portuguese Striker, Orlando Carlos Braga de Sá.


Okay, the facts first, Sá started his career in the youth ranks of Sporting de Braga before signing for Portuguese Champions F.C. Porto for an estimated fee of €3 million on the 1st June 2009. Also, a reported target of Chelsea since 2008.

Arriving injured from Sporting de Braga, he had to wait until January this year to make his debut at F.C. Porto.

With one senior international cap to his name, it has been claimed that Sá is a potential senior star of the future, having already been selected by the ex-Manchester United No.2 and current international coach Carlos Queiroz.

At 22 years of age and standing at 6ft 2, could this lad be about to start a prolific career in England and Barnsley FC of all places?

A spurious story indeed with "rumour" sites and Wikipedia recently adding weight; however, we all need to bare in mind that any user with internet access can create these entries and I personally remain dubious.

The €3 million paid by Porto is not the kind of money any club simply throws away on an international player, albeit with just one senior cap earned. If it's true, as a permanent deal, I would be blown away. As a season loan, it would certainly raise the profile of our club and add further credit to MR on his seemingly far reaching scouting repertoire.
You just worry about's basis of the story when it's also claimed that we have "beaten competition from Inter Milan, Newcastle United and Rochdale" - Wikipedia May 31st 2010

YouTube: Orlando Sá - El Matador - Season 08/09
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Before anyone thinks I have any delusions regarding the "pleasure" of playing Millwall either home or away, there may be a promise of alternative spoils tomorrow, should the Lines overcome Danny Wilson's Robins tomorrow at Wembley.

Rumour control central has it that MR will swoop for Swindon's Bully Paynter - next week!

Although still only 25 years old, this developing Liverpudlian striker has already played for numerous clubs including Port Vale, Hull City, Southend, Bradford City and his current club Swindon Town.

With 26 goals to his credit this season; Six footer Paynter is the second hottest, shooting property in League One and would be likely to pursue higher ambitions, should the Robin's fail at the final test.

Part of me wants success for Danny, but who would fail to welcome yet a further promising talent to the Oakwell ranks for next season's Championship surge.

Get this ... always sweet whoever scores against `em ...

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Through the noise of names being thrown around like confetti at the moment, there's one name that keeps cropping up time and time again.

Although some have claimed a fee of £600k involved, Charlie Mulgrew is currently available this summer on a free from Aberdeen, having rejected a new contract back in October.

Primarily a left back, he can also operate as a left winger. The ex-Celtic traineee has built a growing reputation north of the border as one of the best set-piece takers in the country by scoring five goals – all of them free kicks – for his current club.

Why a left back - if Dicko arrives at Oakwell this summer? But I suppose that's the guess work and spiral that arises from rumours.

Get some of this ...

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The press continue to stoke the Le Fondre rumour with the News of The World now calling it a two horse race between Preston North End and Barnsley. There's a hefty price tag too with bids in the range of £1m being demanded.

Another name being linked is Espanyol striker Ben Sahar. As a rumour, it could easily be mischief on behalf of an agent, making the early running to tout their player, however - if true, it would be a very ambitious move on the part of MR.

Just take a look at some of the young Isreali's exploits below.

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From time to time there is a debate about a new Scottish National Anthem. "Scots wha' hae'" and "Scotland the Brave" were early contenders for the honour.

Could the Ponty End be ringing to the tune next season, as other rumours begin to circulate about the potential capture of Rangers' forward Kris Boyd this summer?

He is presently the highest goalscorer in the history of the SPL, with 164 goals in total, probably making him the finest signing since ... er ... Glavin? and one which would be bound to grab the attention of those sitting on the fence perhaps making that decision on the purchase of a season ticket.

Let's see, but in the meantime, here is a snapshot of what you could dream to expect.

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According to the Inverness Reds Online Aberdeen FC boss, Mark McGhee, has admitted that he is “disappointed” Motherwell winger Jim O’Brien has rejected the chance to sign for Aberdeen FC in favour of a move to Barnsley.

Apparently, the 21-year-old, who McGhee had been chasing since last summer, has agreed a three year contract with the Reds.

Maybe a lesser known fact is that O'Brien fancies himself as a bit of a tunester; recording his self penned track "Sadie Burd" whilst at Fir Park. Could this troubadour pen something for the Ponty End too?

Other whispers have also included (Left Back) Charlie Mulgrew of Aberdeen who is also close to signing and Jamie Mackie of Plymouth is apparently undergoing a medical at the club.

From the rumour mill, I have also heard that there could be loan deals or signings too in the pipeline for some of the following, Corry Evans, brother of Jonny and trainee at Manchester United, Roy O'Donovan from Sunderland, who is curently on loan at Hartlepool, Lee Carsley from Birmingham or Nicky Butt via Newcastle, although retirement and/or coaching for Butt has been widely speculated.

On the goal keeping front, there is also speculation that Richard Wright could join Barnsley on a Free. With an option of one further year at Ipswich Town, the Reds could be challenged on this one, but would increase important competition for the Number One shirt.

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