1-2-3-4 Clarets are still set for more

Last updated : 22 January 2007 By Tony Scholes
Ade Akinbiyi - the first of the four signings so far
Ade Akinbiyi started it all off just hours into 2007 when we brought him back from Sheffield United in a £650,000 deal. That gave everyone a lift but then just about a week and a half ago Steve Cotterill brought in his first two loan signings since the end of last season with the captures of goalkeeper Mike Pollitt and midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba although at the same time Micah Hyde was sold to Peterborough United.

As we awaited news of the pitch inspection on Saturday, news broke that we were looking to sign Joey Gudjonsson, the former Leicester midfielder, although it was still something of a surprise this morning when the club confirmed he was signing number four on a three and a half year deal.

If that wasn't enough fans were then told that there could yet be two more signings before the window closes at the end of this month. “We are still looking at other targets and there are a couple of other people who I am speaking to,” Steve Cotterill said after seeing Gudjonsson complete his signing this morning.

“If we could get in these two players I have been speaking to their managers about, then I would be delighted. If we could only get one of them, then I would be pleased,” he added.

That news came around the time it was reported that goalkeeper Brian Jensen had been transfer listed, but that was at his own request, and Steve was quick to say that the new players didn't mean a sudden rush heading for the exit door. “I'm not looking to shift any players out,” he said. “People may make further enquiries though, which I can't stop them doing.”

Any more new players or not, we've four players in our squad tomorrow for the Stoke game who are set to be making their home debuts, although for one of them, Ade, it is a second debut which we can jus about guarantee will be better than the last one.