Robert Green is a free agent having left West Ham – but is he heading back to the Premier League anyway? Tottenham, QPR and West Brom are circling the England international.
Green has decided not to renew his contract at West Ham, confirmed by joint-chairman David Gold yesterday. West Ham have lined up Jussi Jaaskelainen to replace him, reuniting the Finnish goalkeeper with his former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce.
Despite leaving Premier League bound West Ham, Green appears to be going back to the top flight anyway – West Brom were seen as favourites for his signature after Ben Foster’s loan spell ended and he returned to Birmingham City, but as they are without a manager right now, it seems unlikely.
QPR are another team who have been credited with an interest in the former Norwich stopper, as current goalkeeper Paddy Kenny is being heavily linked with Leeds United, where his previous QPR and Sheffield United boss is currently managing. With the backing of Tony Fernandes, money would be no issue in their pursuit of Green and he would be the outright number one keeper in the squad, which is something that must be on Green’s mind right now.
But in today’s Mirror, they claim that Harry Redknapp wants to sign Green to challenge with Brad Friedel for the starting role. Whilst Tottenham are a prestigious club and Green would no doubt love a move there, I can’t see him displacing Friedel right now. Spurs will probably be in the market for another goalkeeper as Heurelho Gomes looks to be heading for the exit door. At Green’s age (32), first team football has to be his priority over money – he still has many years to earn that final pay check.
Green’s best fit right now should be QPR, but if Spurs are particularly enamoured with Green then he would be a fantastic backup and challenger to Friedel. His England career may have hit the buffers because of Joe Hart’s emergence, but Green is still a very able goalkeeper.
He shouldn’t be judged by the well publicised mistake at the 2010 World Cup, instead the great displays that earned him the spot in the first place.
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