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Watford swoop for City's Helan

Watford have emerged as rivals to Wednesday for the services of Manchester City youngster Jeremy Helan.

Owls boss Dave Jones had been eager to bring Helan back to Hillsborough this week after his initial loan stint at Hillsborough came to an end following the weekend's stalemate with Wolves.

But the Hornets could provide a sting with an offer to the Premier League champions to take the 20-year-old Frenchman on a permanent basis.

Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'We'll wait for the Jeremy Helan decision, but Watford have come in and wanted to buy him.

'We're just disappointed that someone else has come in but at this time we can't match what they [Watford] are offering.'

Helan proved a hit at Wednesday. He started his loan spell at left-back but finished it on the left wing, producing a string of top-drawer performances to help the Owls climb out of the relegation zone.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 25 2013

Time: 4:17PM

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Second best again. I'm truly fed up with us being second best or worse when it comes to signing players on loan or permanently: its been like this for years. We bring them in on loan and into the spotlight, they shine and then end up at another club; very disheartening.
Fantham's Hairnet
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25/01/2013 16:30:00

We need to face facts, Fantham's Hairnet. We can't hope to compete with clubs the size of Watford. Especially considering the crowds they pull in each week...
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25/01/2013 17:05:00

I don't know where I would be without your level headed approach OM. I hadn't looked at things that way but you are spot on as usual. Us compete with the big boys the very idea. I have no excuse I should have known better than to leave a post like that. I realise now I'm just being downright unfair with comments like that, I'll try harder in future to be more sensible and if you feel I need correction in future don't hesitate to set me straight. I mean to say one day we might even be as big a club as say Millwall or Peterborough or, dare I say it, Watford.
Fantham's Hairnet
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25/01/2013 21:38:00

Guys, you must talk in jest, you are far bigger than Watford, our gates do not match yours, the money all of us fans put in to the game means jack to the owners. You have to question the owners ambitions at all clubs and ask what are they really in it for? Opposition fans mocked Elton John, but he was a genuine fan unlike some owners! Is this player any good? All the best for the season, you will stay up..
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25/01/2013 21:40:00

just don't get it - i know the finance rule comes in soon but MM should get his cheque book out and gazump watford's offer because his potential is huge and would be great addition. Marshall situation all over again - great loan period and someone else gets him
carlton owl
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25/01/2013 22:12:00

Pretty convincing, huh? The power of irony :0) Seriously though, it seems like we learned nothing at all from the Ben Marshall debacle unless MM and his trusty sidekick saw that as a golden opportunity to give GM the boot. I saw Ben 10 as a major prospect, still do, and I bet Leicester now think they've picked up a real gem at a bargain price (just like Reading must think they robbed Rotherham blind, as ALF has proved he's not just the next Steve Downes after all). All I can say about Helan though is that he's at the right age to be worth a gamble. His potential and background etc would make him a sound investment. ManC will be happy to receive every penny on offer so a sale has more appeal to them than a loan and since this lot thumped us 4-1 at home before Xmas then the player might well think he'd be joining a better team. What disappoints me (many of us, apparently) is our obvious lack of ambition, ie. I'm looking hard but I don't see a right lot of it about. Still, Up The Owls and all that.
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26/01/2013 08:24:00

I have to say that ANDY710 comment when you look deep into it has a familiar ring to it whilst exchanging correspondance with one of our vital colleagues from Pompey who made a statement "please be aware of MM it may seem that he is putting money into the club but in reality theres nothing there". Who are we to doubt our Pompey collegues. There is no doubt that if it wasnt for MM paying 8m for the clubs 28m debt we would be as sick as Rangers fans. I may be way off the mark here but as i see it We are now 8m in debt to MM. the bank ballance started at zero we must be making an operating profit now week in week out with 25,000 loyal supporters at every home game and the commercial side. The wage bill is a fraction of what it was 3 years ago. There should be no massive repayment on the 28m overdraught. Yes we all know that MM is in it to win it and we can't argue against that but he is clearly reluctant to add to the squad with cash transfers after all there is no return on human assets when it comes to selling. DJ will be well aware of this and if MM pulls it off we will all be happy 1) he will sell a club who is a stable Championship club. 2) The fans will be content. 3) MM will move on to his next project probably at Bramall Stye and take agent Jones with him.
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26/01/2013 09:53:00

I know andymac, slapped wrists, I wasn't deliberately being flippant re:ANDY710's comments. Club ownership is a topic that ought to concern us all. We are all grateful for MM's timely intervention but his objectives are easily misinterpreted (basically because he tends to say one thing and do another). He's in the driving seat now and it's fair to say he's bought the right to make a profit. He's also bought the right to set his own agenda, and if that means stabilizing the club and selling it on as a viable Championship concern with the potential to achieve greater things then fine! Roll on the next stage, I say, because there's not too much satisfaction to be gained by treading water. Of course, relegation, unthinkable for us after all we've been through would probably scupper his plans altogether so I am fairly confident he wouldn't leave it too late before taking more drastic action, but right now he seems content to pin our immediate future on DJ's ability/ blind faith (depending on your point of view). I hope to be proved wrong and I say that to myself before every game, but perhaps I'm just a hard one to convince!
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26/01/2013 10:29:00

Selling is something we have to face up to because that's MM game plan. And its a case of when not if but I wouldn't want to become another Blackburn looking at the antics of their owners and on balance I don't think I'd want to be another Chelsea because they prove the point that money isn't everything and doesn't necessarily bring stability. Lets face up to the fact that a new owner could even make the massive play in sky blue pink axing the famous stripes if that was the new owner's corporate colour scheme: there is precedent. I think the above comments highlight the truth that MM won't spend a penny more than necessary to get to a stable position in this league and then look to sell. His is a completely different agenda to ours as fans and we just have to get used to situations like those with Marshall and Helan. What we do time and time again is work on the basis that he's a fan and he isn't, he's an owner, no more.
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26/01/2013 14:17:00

Our Maurice I was not having a dig mate far , far from it like I say it was ironic when chatting via email to Russ on vital pompey that it all hit home to me and I as much as anyone needed to take the blinkers off and the rose tinted galsses I slapped my own wrist mate :-)
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26/01/2013 14:40:00

We're all reading from the same page here because we all want the same things: Success on the pitch and (hopefully) achieved in a style we can be proud of. This first sniff of real progress and crowd numbers will increase once more. But football has got a lot crazier since we were last in the top flight and I'm not sure what it's going to take to get us back up there and punching our weight. Foreign investment seems like the quickest route but fans of many clubs in that situation are right to be concerned. Some owners see the opportunity to make cash, others see 'their' clubs as an extention of their own egos. We'll probably see the day when PL clubs 'belong' to the 20 richest men in the world, but there will still be the same number of trophies to win so most of them will have to get used to failure for perhaps the first time in their lives. Great, if fans want to tune in each week and watch a soap opera. Not so great if they value progress and long-term stability.
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