Clock is ticking towards transfer deadline day

Last updated : 27 January 2006 By Michael Morris
Friday, 9am.

The speculation this week has centered around Cameron Jerome. The newspapers have been reporting activity from Norwich after the Canaries sold Dean Ashton to West Ham for over £7m.

Now Delia's club (let's be having you and all that) have cash to spend. They won't say anything officially about Jerome, Chairman Neil Doncaster said

“We've made a number of inquiries about a number of players.

“It is not, however, in Norwich City's best interests to announce the details of any bids that have been made.

“We will announce more details if and when any bid is accepted - and in any event, after the transfer window closes.”

Cardiff City have slapped a £3.5m price tag on Cameron. Sheff Utd tried to take him for £2m but City refused. Now can Cardiff City resist an offer that gets close to the £3.5m?

With no official word it's all paper talk for the moment. Norwich it's said have made an enquiry with an offer imminent. That offer could be around £2.5m.

Who knows?

Is Norwich City a good move for Cameron? At least when Earnie went he he moved to the Premiership. Norwich sit below Cardiff in the table. Granted they have a nice refurbished stadium and big crowds and can rightly be called a bigger club than Cardiff City at the moment. Surely it's in Cameron's best interest to continue doing what he's doing here and making himself hotter property come the summer.

There will be comparisons drawn between Earnie and Jerome. I think it's totally different though. Earnie in my opinion wanted to leave. You could see that for months prior to his move he was thinking like a Premiership player and not the same player that scored for fun in previous seasons. It's all gone wrong for Earnie football wise. He may have taken a nice pay rise and is a Premiership player but he's fallen out of favour with Bryan Robson and is well down the WBA pecking order. With Cameron the lad still looks hungry now. He's second in the league goals scored this season to Dave Kitson of Reading. Our team without an underperforming Earnshaw was not much different to the team with him in it. Our current team without our top scorer will look a lot weaker than when he starts a game. It would be a shame to see him move on too soon.

Cardif City have a good feel to them at the moment. Strong team spirit and we are genuine play off contenders. Norwich City on the other hand seems less stable. Nigel Worthington just abut kept his job after an awful start to the season and now with the sale of Ashton there's dissent amongst the fans especially now it's been revealed the player was paid a handsome fee after a deal he made earned him 10% of the profit Norwich City made on the deal.

Only the three parties involved, Norwich, Cardiff and Cameron himself know whats going on. I think it's in Cardiff City's best interest if he stays here. It will be such a huge boost to the supporters who have seen Earnshaw, Gabbidon, Collins etc all sold.

Dave Jones has put togeter a winning team who are making their mark this year. Let's not break that up.

There has been less talk this week regarding Jason Koumas. Personally I think the less he's mentioned the better. He's possibly the best midfielder in the division. 9 league goals so far and worth the entrance money alone. His free kick last week at Leicester was breathtaking.

Koumas has been linked to swap moves with Leeds Utd but I think he'll stay. He's enjoying his football and enjoying working with Dave Jones. He'll never play for WBA again, it's just if someone comes in for him and WBA agree to sell that City will be forced into making a decision. We, aparantly, can buy Jason if we match any offer that WBA deem acceptable.

His loan agreement is until the end of the season. I would love to think we can make it a permanent deal. The real dilemna I would have is if we were put in a position where we had to buy Jason or lose him. Then I would accept the sale of Cameron to secure Jason's signature.

It's all conjecture for the moment. Let's hope that on Tuesday at 7:45pm both players run out at Ninian Park when City face Millwall and then both report for training on Wednesday as Cardiff City players. Until the end of the season at least.