We brought you a story a few days ago stating that Russian side CSKA Moscow were preparing a bid for out of favour Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
I suggested at the time that surely other clubs would be interested in the proven Premier League talent, and today it appears that indeed there is. It is reported that Sunderland and Everton are ready to launch a move for the player this Summer.
The Croatian who moved from Portsmouth to Tottenham in 2009, has spent 2 seasons with the club. In his first term he was used quite widely, but this season he has only managed 2 starts and a handful of substitute appearances. This morning The Sun brings us the following quotes from the frustrated star:
“This is the most frustrating situation I have had in my career. I need to find a football club where I can play regularly….I obviously miss playing football every week. I’m not in my best shape because I don’t play week in, week out….I’m ambitious, I want to play football. Especially in my best years. If I was a young lad obviously I would wait for my chance, especially being at a big club like Spurs….But 27, 28 and 29 are your best footballing years. Everyone knows I can play at the highest level.”.
Quite an outpouring really, and clearly a come and get me plea to other clubs. Everything that he says is entirely understandable, Kranjcar is entering the peak of his career, and he needs to be playing week in week out. The comments have alerted both Everton and Sunderland who view the player as a realistic target for this Summer.
He would be a fine player at either club, Everton may be forced to sell Mikel Arteta this Summer in order to drum up some funds and Kranjcar could be a fantastic replacement should they be able to find the money for the midfielder. He would fill that roll well, and if they could afford him without having to sell many players this Summer he could really help Everton push forward.
Sunderland are also building a strong team, and even though there have been suggestions lately that they may have to sell to continue to sign players, Kranjcar could offer them a lot. Numerous reports have claimed that Jordan Henderson may be on the move to Manchester United this Summer and that would free up funds for the Croatian.
It seems unlikely that he will remain at Spurs next season, unless Harry Redknapp receives a huge offer for Gareth Bale and or Luka Modric that they can’t afford to turn down. I am pretty sure he would prefer to stay in the Premier League where he is now settled, and interest from Everton or Sunderland would be a lot more desirable than the previous reported bid from CSKA Moscow. It still remains to be seen whether more clubs will come in for the player, but this is a story that will develop further as we get closer to the next transfer window.
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