Friday, 23 July 2010
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Avram has a number of would be irons still in the fire. Target number one appears to be Remy, but you have the feeling that the Frenchman is still hoping that Liverpool or Arsenal will step in and save him from a stint at the Boleyn. It's looking pretty clear that if Remy joins, then Cole departs.
Happily, Grant and the Davids are not willing to sell before they buy, so Stoke are having to wait, and wait, and wait to see if their bid for Carlton has been accepted. Reports of the figure offered range from £8m to £14m. I can't see S&G letting him go for less than Remy costs personally. But will Cole agree to join Stoke? He would be mad to do so in my opinion and then S&G would have to hope that another team steps in for him, probably in January, before the second phase of stage payments on Remy cut in. But there's still the little matter of the wage bill!
Meanwhile, we have apparently tried to take Sulejmani on loan from Ajax. He wants to join us, unlike Remy, but Jol won't let him go. He is option 2. If he joins and Remy doesn't, I expect us to retain Cole. Then there is the other back up, Milton Caraglio, who would apparently cost us £5m. Clearly, there is a big drive to beef up our attacking options.
Then there is Clerc, who has been "coming" for more than 12 months now. We can have him on a free and with Spector lurking as the threat of the Ghost of Christmas Future, I'd sign Clerc regardless of how good he is. He can't be as bad as Spector surely?
We are also clearly trying to bring in another keeper, although seemingly as an understudy for Green. That seems odd to me. We have the understudies anyway and Green doesn't pull many sickies does he?
Strangely, except for Cole, all the rumours about departures have fizzled out. Neither Kovac nor Diamanti are in Greece yet. Behrami is training with West Ham, not Lazio. Noble has worn the captain's armband in a friendly - Arsenal and Stoke seem unlikely destinations for very different reasons. No one wants Upson or Green it seems. The same reason may explain why Faubert and Ilunga are still at the club, although the need to sign a replacement first may still be a factor.
Will we have any English players left if this policy continues?
Posted by Hammersfan at 07:09