Birmingham after Best, Gosling and Ben Arfa keen and Owen elicits responses
Posted on June 3rd, 2011 | 17 Comments |
Birmingham allegedly want Newcastle’s Leon Best. Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa gets in some early pre-season training. And Michael Owen seems to have upset a few people.
With all the speculation about who we might be buying, I’d quite forgotten that other teams might want some of our players other than Jose Enrique.
If you believe the Mail (no tittering), freshly relegated Birmingham are after Leon Best to replace Cameron Jerome who Alex McLeish seems resigned to losing. I actually thought Leon Best did a decent job for us last season, getting 6 goals in 12 games, and of all our current strikers he’s the one I’d most like to keep, but I guess it depends on who we bring in over the summer to enhance our goal-scoring capabilities.
How much do you think Best is worth anyway?
Both Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa have made an early return for pre-season training to ensure that they’re fully fit for next season.
Assistant Manager John Carver said:
“Both Dan and Hatem will be back and up to scratch for the new season.
“Dan is going to the US first to have a family holiday, then he’ll do some warm weather training before joining us for the games in the States.
“It’s the same for Hatem. Last season we knew there was no point in risking anybody once we were safe.
“Dan and Hatem looked really good in training.“
Midget striker Michael Owen caused quite a stir with his ‘poor team’ jibe at Newcastle, enlisting comments from more than just the fans. Derek Llambias had this to say:
“I’m very disappointed. Under Kevin Keegan’s management he was offered a one-year extension at £140K a week which he did not take. He was already on £133K. His time here cost £40-odd million, about £1.3M per goal.“
And ex-Chairman Freddie Shepherd said:
“We might have been a poor team but we made him a rich man. He spent more time ferrying between Cheshire and Tyneside in his £3.5M helicopter.“
Still, we can take solace in the fact that he’ll probably get his head chewed off by Sir Alex for his Twitty comments. Ferguson is no fan of players commenting on things like Twitter and Faceberk by all accounts.
Right, well I’ll go and challenge my linguistic skills on the foreign press and see if there any juicy rumours.
I do know that both Gameiro and Gervinho plan to announce their transfer ambitions over the next few weeks. Gervinho said:
“During the week I’ll announce my decision so that everyone knows.
“I love the Premier League, but I have interest from Spain and Germany as well, so let’s wait and see.“
And Gameiro said:
“I will decide on my future in one or two weeks.
“I already have an idea. I very much like Spain, but other clubs are following me.
“It is up to me to make a good choice, I will not go to a team where I’ll be on the bench all year. I want to play and it will be up to me to seize my chance.“
Alas I have my doubts that we’ll get either player.