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Middlesbrough seal Friend and Carayol Deals – Medicals permitting

Doncaster Rovers defender George Friend and Bristol Rovers winger Mustapha Carayol are set for medicals at the Riverside on Monday despite bids from Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town for the former and Derby County  for the latter.  We are talking done deals as the clubs have agreed the fee’s and the agents and players, gleefully accepted the golden keys.

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Doncaster Rovers are also set to get get seven figures for Friend after bids from Ipswich and Nottingham Forest upped the anti. Mowbray however has been given some serious funds this year to fuel his mission to the premiership. We wish him and the Boro the best as they have given Impdom just the shot in the arm we need.

Doncaster manager  Dean Saunders meanwhile is going on a 3-4 player shopping spree after breaking the news on  the Rovers  website , “I think George has more or less agreed to go to Middlesbrough, so that will probably be happening on Monday.”  He has had a frustrating time this summer to be honest, but now that Habibe Beye and Friend are sorted look out for raids on Leeds United for striker Billy Paynter and  Wednesday centre-half Rob Jones. Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn is also currently on trial.

We Imps are ecstatic with a  20% sell on fee on the ‘undisclosed sum’.  However the STMI understanding is that the Imps upfront payment  is in the region of £50-60,000 plus instalments and add-ons that should see us pocket in excess of £100k on the deal.

Will Mowbray Make Imps Day?

Middlesbrough Manager  Tony Mowbray has confirmed that talks are taking place over a move for Bristol Rovers and former Imps winger Mustapha Carayol.  But the news that the two clubs are still set to agree a fee will also alert Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Leicester City, Barnsley and Rotherham United, who have all made enquiries in recent months.

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Carayol is keen to play at a higher level and will not extend his contract, a dilemma boss McGee sympathises with.   Boro boss Mowbray will not be held to ransom and Gas manager Mark McGhee knows he will need to cash in sooner rather than later with a percentage of the fee due also to the Imps.

Says Mowbray of the 23 year-old left-winger. “I’ve had a conversation with his club and if it gets to a point where we think the figure they want exceeds our valuation we’ll move to another target and we do have other targets for his position”.

Four days into his new Lincoln City Chairman’s role Bob,  agreed to pay £35,000 for the wingers services in August 2010.  However just a year later he went to rejoin his old Boss Paul Buckle, then at Bristol Rovers (now Luton), soon after our relegation for an undisclosed fee. Although the fee itself left us in a loss situation, the insertion of a 20% sell on clause at least gave us some hope.

Mustapha was always one we fancied to get us a goal, sublimely gifted with the wingman-ship skills and pace of Achilles.   His work ethic comes into question, particularly when asked to track back, but his attacking process would roast a frozen chicken faster than the fires of Hades.  His head dropped at the Imps, but them he was young and we were done.

The move to Rovers saw him reborn in all the glory we knew he possessed.  In 28 starts and 6 impact sub appearances he has delivered 4 goals and been creditted with 5 assists. That does not take into account the collateral damage born of him bombing down the flank regularly leaving two or three in his wake.

We always sensed that he was destined to play higher, like Danny N’Guessan, he was one that will shine in a Championship side with quality players doing the dirty work to feed them.  Although Rovers fans will miss him if and when he does go, at least they too may benefit from a clause that tracks his future progress and success. Because this lad gets people out of their seats and that kind of passion will always be in fashion in the people’s game.

STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Mustapha Soon Carayol
DATE OF BIRTH 10 June 1989 (age 22)
PLACE OF BIRTH Banjul, Gambia
HEIGHT 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
PLAYING POSITION Left wing
CLUB INFORMATION
CURRENT CLUB Bristol Rovers
NUMBER 11
YOUTH CAREER
Swindon Town
Macclesfield Town
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
YEARS Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons 1 (0)
2007–2008 Crawley Town (loan) 26 (2)
2008–2010 Torquay United 54 (6)
2009 Kettering Town (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2011 Lincoln City 37 (4)
2011– Bristol Rovers 34 (6)

Who is Jason Beardsley?

Twenty-two-year-old Jason Beardsley is one of those players that you have ask Why?  Derby County snapped him up as a 7 year old and he was a regular throughout his academy years before graduating and joining the first team. He was booked in his debut against Blackpool in a fiery 2-2 Carling Cup draw.   At the end of that season he was loaned to Port Vale for the pre season but they discarded him during preseason  before Notts County again offered him a loan deal.

Jason made 14 appearances in all competitions for County before returning to the Rams in  time for the third round FA Cup match against Forest Green Rovers.  He never got another look in following that even though boss Nigel Clough gave him a fresh 2 year deal in April 2009.  They parted company in September of the same year with former gaffer Billy Davies offering him a trial at Nottingham Forest before Jason elected instead to  move to Tampa Bay in the USA.  A few weeks later homesickness was cited for a return home and a contract cancellation by mutual consent.

Paul Dickov invited Jason to join Oldham but again things did not work out before Gary Simpson gave him a trial and signed him for Macclesfield in July 2010 on a one year deal.  Simmo loaned him to Eastwood Town in October but he returned after a month and just 3 outings before blending into the background.

Following his release in the summer Scottish premier League giants Aberdeen gave him a trial before Stafford Rangers signed him. Sensationally he was released after just one appearance after criticism from boss Greg Clowes. The official version in the press gave little away when Clowes  told the local Express & Star:

“There were no fingers pointed or anything, it was amicable enough but he’s no longer a signed player of this football club. I hope he finds what he wants out of football, I mean that, because he’s obviously got something. I don’t hold a grudge against the lad and I hope he finds a club where he can settle down.”

So, will firm but fair David Holdsworth be the man to help a clearly talented lad realise his potential.  We are risking little given Sinclair is becoming a bit of an achiles down the right and Jason is joining on a non contract basis. That means we will cover his expenses and reward him with appearance fees and perhaps even a win bonus or two.

Good luck Jason, welcome to Impdom.

Jason Beardsley
Jason Clive Beardsley
Date of birth 12 July 1989 (age 22)
Birthplace Uttoxeter
Height 1.84 m (6′ 1″)
Weight 69.84 kg 11 stone
Playing position Right Back
Youth career
1995-1996 Uttoxeter Juniors
1996–2007 Derby County
Senior stats (Lge & Cup)
Duration (Years) Team Apps Gls 
2007–2009 Derby County 2 0
2008 Notts County (loan) 14 0
2010 FC Tampa Bay 0 0
2010–2011 Macclesfield Town 1 0
2010 Eastwood Town (loan) 3 0
2011 Stafford Rangers 1 0

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