Various sources are claiming that former West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green will sign a deal worth £50,000 a week with QPR in the near future.
The England keeper, 32, has left Upton Park as his contract expired at the end of the season and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs including Tottenham, but it seems that the promise of first team football at Loftus Road as swung it for QPR.
At Spurs, Green would be challenging with the experienced Brad Friedel and would likely have no guarantee over his involvement at White Hart Lane. On the other hand, QPR are openly offering Paddy Kenny a way out of the club with Leeds United interested, so a goalkeeper was high on Mark Hughes’ list for this summer.
The money is interesting though – the reported £50k a week for Green is around the same as what he was earning at West Ham, but the Hammers could only afford to offer him a pay cut. QPR’s insistence on improving their defence has led to them paying fairly big money for a goalkeeper who has plenty of critics.
His famous blunder at World Cup 2010 has cast a dark shadow over his career, despite impressing enough to earn the England starting job in the first place. Green made his name at Norwich before a move to West Ham and he became a reliable shot stopper – until Clint Dempsey sent a shot bobbling his way in Rustenburg two years ago.
Green shouldn’t be judged on one mistake when many other players are given chance after chance. On a free transfer, QPR would do well to find someone as good as Green as they search for progress in their second season. Whilst £50k a week might be too much, I’d bet that Green is a safer bet than Joey Barton…