Stuart Taylor joins Manchester City and we lead the race for Miguel apparently

Was Stuart Taylor still our player? I'm not sure he was, in so much that I think his contract expired this summer, but it sort of doesn't matter any more, as he's joined Manchester City on £120k a week.

Okay, I've made up the wage but he has joined them and for the record, he was a decent keeper and didn't do much wrong when called upon.

So, how many players is that we are down now from last season; three or four? It doesn't matter though as Martin O'Neill is going to parade five new players next week, or the week after or more likely one every now and then until August 31st.

He does have to hurry though because pre-season starts soon and if the papers are to be believed this afternoon, we are leading the chase for Valencia right-back Miguel.

He is a 29 year-old international from Portugal and reports in Spain claim that we have won the race to sign him. If this is true, you can only assume that we're going to be playing Luke Young on the left and I know he did us proud there last season but what about Nick Shorey and Bouma?

Anyway, just speculation to see us through until the day Martin O'Neill does parade twelve players at Bodymoor for us all to see.