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Window is 95% shut

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The month of January has 744 hours. There are about 9 hours left in the transfer window, so just a little over 1 per cent of the month’s available hours. So when Frank Lampard says the window’s 95 per cent shut, he’s not far off just in terms of logistics. He of course means it more in terms of the actual business.

Not that it we can really call it business: nothing’s happening, just as nothing has been happening.

Dries Mertens coming in? Nope.

Oliver Giroud leaving? Nope.

Any other major business? Nope.

“The window is 95% shut for us. The answer is probably no for the players you would ask about.”

The situation is not ideal. Lampard asked for reinforcements in attack, he got not a one. Hardly utilized Giroud asked to leave for entirely understandable reasons, he did not get his wish. Maybe Lampard can treat Giroud “like a new signing”?

“[Giroud] has been incredible as a player and a man during this time. Will he leave? No. He trained today. No ins and no outs.

“I wouldn’t say [I’m] frustrated. I wanted to bring players in, but i know how football has been.

“It’s my job to get the best out of all my players.”

-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London

With Tammy Abraham training today and “feeling okay”, he could be in line to start tomorrow. Giroud will be lucky to make the bench meanwhile.

C’est la vie.