Monday, 26 January 2009

Monday Transfer Round-Up

Carlo Cudicini.

Free transfer. Unlikely he's moved from Chelseas's sub bench to sit on ours. Which means expect to see him play as our number one, whilst Gomes recovers from his slight injury concern, which means it will be up to the Brazilian to reclaim his place in the team. Competition for the keepers jersey. When was the last time that happened?


Ideal signing for the predicament we find ourselves in. Can hit the ground running, cover 3 different positions (yes, I know he ain't too hot at left-back) and ease defensive selection problems.

Personally, hate the fact that we've had to go back for him as I dislike the man and his lack of principles. But beggars can't be choosers. We are in a mess, so much so, that we've had to re-sign a player we sold 6 months ago, proving the point that he shouldn't have been sold in the first place. Even if he was a bit of a mercenary, we got rid of far too many players (in fact, three of them all to the North East). Hail the DoF system and our pre-season planning.


If you listen to the Sunderland boss you'll notice he isn't dismissing Tottenham's approach for Jones. Well, he is, but not in the direct fashion we've heard in recent weeks. In a SSN interview he acknowledges a bid has been made, mentions how the club and the player are under pressure, and how Jones is just getting on with it. He mentions that Jones wants to stay. Sunderland have said the player isn't going nowhere, but it still appears ominous. Redknapp has also commented on this by saying that there has been dialogue between both chairmen, so it's more than obvious that if the price is right, Sunderland will be happy to accept. Probably.

Still don't believe he is worth a penny more than £8M (and even that's too much but it's the average in today's modern day market).

Robbie Keane.

I kid you not. Harry is telling everyone how much he rates the player. It's common knowledge that Liverpool have only paid as around £6M or so thus far for his summer transfer to Anfield. Someone should point out that Keane and Defoe never made a decent partnership.


Worth a cheeky bid?


Anonymous said...

NewsNow is full of the Keane rumour today. It's funny how the headlines "Redknapp rules out Keane return" and "Redknapp wants Keane back at Spurs" can both link to exactly the same quote from Harry.

I'm inclined to interpret it the first way. I can't see it happening, and if it did then Defoe would be wishing he hadn't bothered coming back!

The Machine said...

I rate Robbie Keane and he was sensational for us. But only when paired up with Berbatov. Otherwise, go back a few seasons to that bust-up at St Andrews and Evertons interest. He was practically on his way out of the club.

Unless he can spark up a relationship with Pav, then what's the point?

Keane and Defoe simply cannot play together and JD won't be happy to sit it out.

I think Harry is just reacting to suggestions made by the media because Keane was not in Liverpools squad over the weekend.

West Stand Bagel said...

Keane? Good lord please no. Why stop there? We may as well re-sign Ghaly.

Anonymous said...

Can't see the Jones deal happening and i wont shed a tear. Still waiting on Appiah to sign or for us to sign him.

Anyone know is he still training for us or have we decided against recruiting him?

Lurve It said...

Harry always responds with a 'I Rate The Player' comment when some journo throws a name at him. Unlikely we have gone from targeting a player like Jones, to aspiring for the signature of Keane, a player who's short, can't play with Defoe and just left us.

Why didn't we bid for Heskey?

Lilywhite Yank said...

I was wondering about Heskey as well, defoe is not worth 4 heskeys even if he cost that much. Maybe Harry is just talking up Robbie Keane to put the pressure on sunderland to sell Jones.

Anonymous said...

Last competition for the goalkeeper jersey? Probably Keller vs Sullivan.

Anonymous said...

Yank, I agree. People are slating Harry for mouthing off all the time but read between the lines. All managers say things for reasons and its hardly ever black and white.

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Handbags. Looks like Sunderland are throwing their weight around.

Hector said...

Defoe and Keane never made a good partnership? Tell 2004-05 that, 1 in 2 league games from both wasn't all bad and in the same ballpark as their league records for the next two/three seasons, when Keane became superman, then a Red Scouse fan, and during periods when the club was doing better.

RF Interference said...

Can we please stop panning the entire DoF system because Comolli was a muppet and Levy never bothered to pair a DoF with a manager that who were on the same page?

The GM + manager system is used to a great deal of success in the major American professional sports, but the GM hires the manager that works beneath him and assumes ultimate responsibility (just imagine Comolli doing that).

The DoF failed at Spurs because Levy hired a shite DoF, and indepedently hired managers. The front office and field level need to be coordinated, which never happened.