I love ITK sources. It allows people to say whatever they want and get away with it.
One I’ve heard today really did it for me. Struggling West Ham (bottom at Christmas, yada-yada-yada) are hoping a January clear out will allow for enough funds to buy them their Premier League safety.
An ITK source has claimed that Villa have made a formal offer for Piquionne, Carlton Cole is being fought over by Spurs and Stoke, Scott Parker is being discussed in a swap deal for Liverpool’s Christian Poulsen, Valon Behrami could find himself in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg come the new year and Robert Green may move to La Liga.
Oh and for those who care, the source also added that Luis Boa Morte is likely to join a MLS team.
I suppose it’s easy to target West Ham at the moment, languishing bottom of the league with the odd decent player, you can’t imagine they can hold onto their biggest stars considering. Furthermore, financial constraints at the club will certainly make it hard to turn down any large bids for their players.
Now what does the Tavern make of all this? It certainly made interesting reading, but I can’t say much of it is likely.
Now Piquionne to Villa is something we heard a few weeks back, so I’m not surprised by that. Villa need a striker and the Frenchman could be decent cover for the rest of the season. That said, would Houllier want to make such a lucrative short-term investment? I hardly think signing the former Pompey man would be a long-term fixture at a club that would be aiming for a Europa League spot.
At 32, he won’t be around for too much longer either, but Houllier’s previous relationship with Piquionne at Lyon lies at the heart of the rumour. I doubt it will happen as the striker has only been at the club for a few months, that said, if the offer came, I’m sure Piquionne wouldn’t think twice about leaving.
Now, Carlton Cole to Stoke? Plausible.
Carlton Cole to Spurs? Insane.
Spurs would be mad to make an offer for Cole, as would Liverpool for that matter, yet he constantly keeps maintaining these higher profile links. He’s 27, hardly prolific and had a few good games at some point last season or whatever. In reality he’s scored 34 goals in 144 games for West Ham, that’s roughly 1 goal for every 5 games. I can’t imagine Harry wasting his time on Cole, but now I have those stats, maybe Hodgson does fancy him?
As far as any move to Stoke might go, it’s a tad more realistic. Stoke do like big strong forwards and Cole would suit their play, furthermore, Stoke are looking stronger every season under Pulis and Cole would certainly be jumping to much more level ship.
Now this one was my favourite, Scott Parker to Liverpool. This wouldn’t have shocked me so much, if it wasn’t for the inclusion of Poulsen in the deal. Christian Poulsen’s Anfield career has thus far been a bit of a joke, you could hardly expect West Ham to be too interested in a player that has made about as much effect on a club as a new steward. Now pair that with the word swap deal for your best player? Brilliant.
If there is cash involved then possibly we could see some movements, but Parker is West Ham’s prized asset and the only player safe from mass clear-outs as we saw with last season’s transfer list saga. Any bid for the midfielder would have to be massively over-inflated and I can hardly see Poulsen being enough to soften the blow.
I can barely make myself cover the next two, Behrami to Wolfsburg?! Wolfsburg are quite good, well they were, before Steve McClaren took over. Now, given Steve has a job in January, I doubt he will see Behrami as the saviour to his faltering campaign, but this was a man that once called up David Nugent for England. He’s never quite made that impact people expected at Upton Park though and I’m sure Gold & Sullivan wouldn’t mind seeing him off the wage budget. We may possibly see Behrami out the door in the summer, maybe not next month.
Now Robert Green going to Spain. This one took the biscuit for me. The source said that if Man Utd sign Atheltico’s young keeper, David De Gea, in the summer, the Spanish club will approach West Ham for Green. For me, the England goalkeeper seems to have enough trouble talking to English centre-backs, let alone Spanish ones.
Furthermore, Green’s World Cup form saw him dropped as England no.1 and that makes it a little tricky to understand why Green would have worldwide plaudits. Athletico will keep clear, as will many people, expect to see Green between the sticks at West Ham for a while yet.
And finally, Luis Boa Morte to America. Well first of all, he only signed a two-year contract in the summer, and second of all, he’s a bit rubbish. He’s 33 and surely the contract he signed in the summer was meant to be his final one. I suppose a trip to the MLS may be quite lucrative for the former Portugal International, but he’s hardly Thierry Henry. Boa Morte will most likely be starting for the Hammers next season, in the Championship.
But what do I know eh? In this crazy world of transfer talk it can be hard to predict what will happen. Robinho joined City once remember? But if there is one thing for sure down at Upton Park, expect Grant to be out of the door very soon.
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