With Shelvey, Bailey and Hudson we have the prospect of bringing in the best part of £10m whilst continuing the purge on the clubs wage bill. The news of these transfers will be readily accepted by Addicks fans providing we get what we would consider the going rate (£5m for Shelvey, £2m for Bailey and £1m for Hudson?). I don't think there will be many who think we can afford to keep these players or that they don't deserve to be playing higher up the leagues. With that sort of money, we should be able to finance the rest of this season including some new faces to help fill the gaps and, hopefully, provide some leadership and renewed confidence for the season ahead.
I would expect some quick movement on the back of earlier negotiations as the club attempt to play catch-up in terms of our preparations for this critical season. Richard Murray and Derek Chappell address the supporters in person on 9th July and they will want to have some good news after the months of silence and the growing unrest amongst supporters of the lack of communication. As things stand, the second question they will face will be about Phil Parkinson's status and that will surely tell you all you need to know about the first question, if we haven't had a straight answer to that.
Parkinson and Kinsella were back with the squad yesterday as they work to regain full fitness. He was quoted in the News Shopper on-line yesterday saying he was pleased with the shape they have all returned in. No approaches "as far as he knows" for Jonjo Shelvey although that implies that he thinks there might be things he doesn't know! You're not alone there Parky my son.