Wednesday, 16 July 2008

One Scoop Or Two?

Here is the latest creamy scoop of transfer gossip and speculation; freshly coned and flaked for your delectation but probably already melted by the time you hit the final paragraph...

Newcastle United's faltering summer recruitment drive was knocked back once again yesterday when
Anton Ferdinand pulled out of transfer negotiations with the club. That is according to the Independent, who believe the United defender was one of a group of players the Toon's London-based transfer team had hoped to sign. The article states that although West Ham United were prepared to part with the former England Under-21 international, Ferdinand himself was understood to be less than enamoured with the idea of moving to the North-east. It leaves Newcastle in a predicament, with their only two signings in the transfer window the Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez from Real Mallorca and Danny Guthrie, the Liverpool midfielder who was on loan at Bolton Wanderers last season.

Newcastle's transfer business is conducted from London by the three-man team of Dennis Wise, Tony Jimenez and Jeff Vetere. Their views on transfers have not always chimed with those of the club's manager, Kevin Keegan, although they were in agreement over Peter Crouch, who also turned down Newcastle. At this rate, it would appear that they are being forced to look a long way down their list of potential targets. Ferdinand, 23, is reported here to be valued at £6 million, with Newcastle by far the most interested party. Tottenham and Aston Villa are also believed to have expressed an interest.

The Hammers, the article states, will continue in their attempts to offload Ferdinand as they trim a vastly inflated wage bill insist the paper. Of course, mentioning United's supposed financial problems in any transfer story has become de rigueur for the British media. The fact Ferdinand's wages are not among the Club's highest is regarded as unimportant, as is the fact United's valuation of the player is thought to be considerably higher than the price mentioned in this story. In a footnote, the paper states
Lucas Neill and Craig Bellamy are also believed to be available for the right price.

Several of the morning papers have
Alan Curbishley ready to make a second attempt to sign Leicester City defender Joe Mattock. The Mirror claim a £2 million swoop is imminent with both Aston Villa and Everton also in the hunt to sign the England Under-21 defender this summer. The Sun insist United already failed with a £1.25m bid for the 18-year-old back in January, after Foxes chief Milan Mandaric decided to hold out for a more substantial fee.

Elsewhere there are extremely tenuous reports linking Stoke City with a move for Hammers midfielder
Hayden Mullins. Potters boss Tony Pulis is said to be keen to add Mullins' experience to his midfield as he steps up transfer plans this week. There is also a mysterious quote attributed to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini floating about, which supposedly confirms Lazio midfielder Valon Behrami is set to join West Ham United. I say 'mysterious' because there is no confirmed source and precious little context to lend the comment any degree of authenticity. For what it is worth, Zamparini is quoted as saying: "For Behrami, I tried to establish contact with (Lazio president) Claudio Lotito some time ago, but have not received any answers. I now believe that the player will go to West Ham."

No comments:


Copyright 2007 ID Media Inc, All Right Reserved. Crafted by Nurudin Jauhari