Blackpool striker DJ Campbell has been excused from the team’s training camp in Portugal, as it appears he is set to depart the club in the next week or two.
Various newspaper reports have linked the 29-year-old to QPR, Aston Villa and perhaps Fulham. His very affordable £1.25 million contract release clause should expedite a return to the Premier League and QPR have been in on him since the Seasiders were relegated in May.
Campbell scored 13 goals last season and would be an excellent addition to a club that needs more firepower up front and may yet lose its leading scorer in Adel Taarbt. On that front, it appears the club is resigned to his possible departure, but have not received any serious offers yet. Hoops fans continue to cross their fingers and toes in the hopes that a deal doesn’t materialize that sends away our best player.
Elsewhere in the transfer market:
News that the club's pursuit of a full-season loan for Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard had stalled over which club would pay his wages may have been premature. Neil Warnock told the Daily Mail yesterday that there are several possible deals ongoing.
Warnock said: ”We are down the line with a couple. Jimmy Bullard is one of a number we are talking about.
"We need strikers and centre-halves. We need a number of positions filling. We would like to bring three or four good players in and I’m sure we will in the next few weeks.”
Stay tuned. While his £45,000-a-week reported earnings will be costly, QPR needs the help across the middle and a physical presence like Bullard will be needed against the strong offenses in the top flight.
It is good to see the club being proactive so far this year - hopefully we can afford enough quality to make a good run of things this season in the Premier League.
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