Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Irascible Rams

Derby County are considering reporting West Ham United to the Premier League following the east London club's attempt to sign Giles Barnes. Peter Gadsby, Derby's chairman, revealed yesterday that they are in the process of gathering evidence after West Ham submitted an unsolicited £3.5million bid for the England under-19 international. "We're watching the Barnes situation very closely," said Gadsby. "If we have any evidence that things are going on, we'll look at it. We have formed an opinion and we'll wait a little while to confirm that opinion. We're waiting for some facts before we decide where to go with this. We had an approach that was followed by an unacceptable bid, a derisory offer, which can mean one or two things: one, there's some business we don't know about; two, it's an unrealistic bid, with the level it came in at, that might have been made to pacify the manager."

Barnes is Derby's most valuable asset and Gadsby insists that the club will not easily sanction his departure. "There is a history of this club being pillaged," he added. "With the Barnes situation, we've got a particular club that has been very busy - his father's very influential in his life - but they'd be mistaken if they thought Derby County were a soft touch. We are interested in Derby County first and Giles Barnes second. The lad must be unsettled. Because he's not playing, you can see he's frustrated." According to The Guardian, Derby manager Billy Davies held talks with the player yesterday morning during which he sought to explain to the teenager that he can play a key role this season. "Although we've had several inquiries or offers, we've told him we want him to stay at Derby County and to continue his development here," said Davies.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph claims West Ham and Newcastle were last night poised to agree a compromise deal to bring Kieron Dyer to Upton Park for £7 million. The on-off transfer appeared to have collapsed almost two weeks ago when Newcastle upped their asking price from £6 million to £8 million at the 11th hour after Dyer had a medical. The article states that the new deal, which West Ham hope to conclude today, will involve an initial fee of £6 million with the final £1 million dependent on appearances. It is reported the player will receive wages of £60,000 a week. In the same piece, it is also mentioned that West Ham and Barcelona have agreed on a price of £7 million for Eidur Gudjohnsen, although the Iceland striker is believed to be holding out for a salary of close to £100,000 a week. According to the Mail, West Ham are prepared to offer £80,000 but are demanding a quick answer. It is stated that if no deal can be agreed then Alan Curbishley may step up his interest in Middlesbrough's Yakubu as another option.

Finally, Anton Ferdinand has offered his services to Steve McClaren. Speaking in The Sun, Ferdinand said: "It’s always been my dream to play for England. I can’t play for the Under-21s any more because I am too old and the next step is the senior squad. It’s down to me and my performances on the pitch. I would like to think I’ve done well at U-21 level. I’ve shown that I can play at international standard and I hope the England manager has been looking at that. One of my dad’s biggest dreams was to see both of us make it. He saw Rio make it and was not going to stop until he saw me do the same. It is also a big dream that Rio and all my family are hoping for — that we can one day play together for England. We would probably need a section of the ground for friends and family if that was to happen."

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