West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green says he’ll be closely watching Mexican teammate Guillermo Franco as his country kick-off the World Cup tomorrow night in the opening game against hosts South Africa. But, come Saturday night, the spotlight will be firmly focused on the 29-year-old goalkeeper, if of course he can retain his number one jersey.
The eyes of the nation will be watching and so will his potential suitors.
One half of the West Ham ownership, David Gold, has once again sounded the klaxon to prick up nearby ears. As if anyone could forget that a West Ham fire-sale is in the offing. In a statement in The Sun, Gold blatantly left the door ajar for their England international ‘keeper.
“World Cups change lives. It’s the global shop window and who knows what may happen. We could get amazing offers – offers you can’t refuse.
“What do you do if Manchester United or Real Madrid, for example, come in offering millions of pounds?
‘We have to see how Robert feels and consider the new manager’s view. He will take the squad on a pre-season tour and judge Robert with everybody else.”
Real Madrid, David? Maybe not. Nevertheless, Gold appears quite content to let the English international leave the Boleyn Ground after four seasons at the club.
His willingness to do business should interest quite a few clubs, none more so than Arsenal who are struggling to secure a quality goalkeeper after their proposed deal to take Mark Schwarzer to the Emirates was flatly rejected by Fulham.
Green has played 140 games for the Hammers since his move from Norwich City in 2006 but the likelihood of him winning his 150th appearance in the claret and blue is growing increasingly improbable. This statement’s release comes with the Englishman having only twelve months left on his contract and there has been no sign of an extension offer.
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