Monday, 26 July 2010
D Day At The Boleyn!
By the end of today, we could have a clearer picture of what is going on behind the scenes at Upton Park. So far thus summer it has been nothing but good news - four signings, no sales and three friendly victories on the bounce. Then there are the rumours linking us with Remy and Old Uncle Ronaldhino and all!
But all along there has been an air of unreality, a suspicion that there might be more to all this than meets the eye. Not so long ago we were facing financial Armageddon and were desperate to reduce the wage bill. Next thing you know and we are linked with a host of players who would want six figure salaries to join us. Where is the new money coming from?
The papers found a Russian billionaire living in London and fingered him as the new financial benefactor, even though there had been no contact between him and S&G. Then there was the suggestion that the Davids had decided they couldn't take their money with them and so had decided to have a bit of fun before they met their maker. Hmmmmm. That would be some conversion on the road to Damascus!
So, there was this nagging worry that players would be sold. It wouldn't be Parker of course, nobody could afford him. And Cole would only go if somebody stumped up £15m. Fair enough we thought, and the naive amongst us listed players who would be sold, including Dyer and Spector on the wish lists - as if ANYBODY would BUY them! Yes Upson might go, and so might Green, but who would want them after the World Cup anyway?
Well hopefully it is newspaper bullshit, but a story was floated yesterday, claiming that BOTH Parker and Cole are heading for the exit door. If that story runs through today, then we may have a truer idea of what S&G are up to. If Diamanti, Da Costa and Kovac also leave, then our glorious summer may yet be made a winter of discontent by these sons of porn.
I am not condemning the Davids yet. I don't believe the Parker and Cole story because a combined figure of £20m was mentioned. It is my guess that £20m was quoted to Villa for Parker alone. The "double deal" may be a confusion with the more probable joint sale of Kovac and Diamanti to Olympiakos.
Personally, I would like us to stick with our present squad. S&G have played their cards superbly so far. Why twist when you may having a winning hand? Well, there's money in them hills perhaps!
Meanwhile, there are rumours of medicals planned for today. By midnight tonight, we may just have a handle on what is really going on. My fingers are crossed!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:06