Date:Thursday July 17 2008
Harry Redknapp has told The News that a £12m approach for Niko Kranjcar from Monaco has been rejected: 'Monaco have come in for Niko and offered around £12m for him. We wouldn't sell him and he didn't want to go anyway so that was the end of that one.
'No disrespect, but why would he want to go there anyway? They get 6,000 people watching them.
'You go there on a weekend and it's a unique experience, people aren't interested in the football. They all go out on the Saturday night and get dressed up for dinner, not to watch football.'
He also said that talk of Sulley Muntari leaving for Juventus was not true either and no bids have been received, nor are they welcomed for him, or anyone else: 'there's nothing with Sulley either, it's just paper talk about Juventus.
'We haven't spoken to anybody and I don't want to sell Sulley anyway.
'He's a top player - so is Niko.
'They are good young players, we don't have to let anyone leave and we definitely don't want to.
The cynical might think that by making this statement he is just offering bait to interested parties that £12m isn't enough, but something more might...
It's an interesting one, £12m is a lot of money to have rejected - but 'if' we have, and we will not sale then this is yet another clear statement of intent for our future plans.
Also, we all know that Redknapp is looking to sign a few more players before the season kicks off, and his admiration for Shaun Wright-Phillips is well known. But once again he explained this to sky sports news last night: 'at the moment we like him, he is a good player but he belongs to Chelsea.
'We have spent some money on Peter Crouch, so the situation is that we have two other options but Shaun Wright-Phillips is a terrific player.'
Any deal for him, should we do this, would probably be a loan I would suspect - but you never know...
He also spoke about strengthening others areas, but did not specify where, but I would think we know that defence would be one area he is looking at. He did say he expects another couple of signings before the season kicks off.
We did have a couple of people turn out for us on trial against Exeter, Omar Krumah or 'OJ' as he is know was one of them. He is a 19-year-old Gambian striker who had trained with 'the lot down the roads' academy side last season, and I thought the guy looked alright and would be worth another look at, Redknapp was happy enough too: 'I was pleased with how OJ played - I thought he did well, we'll see how we go with him.'
He seemed to get involved and played ok, and I think it was him that won us the penalty that Jermain Defoe scored. We usually sign at least one person we have on trial for pre-season, maybe he could be this summers one? Although most of them then usually end up doing nothing...
Another who got a run out as a trialist was Dominic Cervis, an American keeper who came on for David James at half time.
Going back to the transfer targets, there is a fair amount of 'talk' building that an offer for Nicky Shorey is being prepared, with it claimed that Wayne Bridge, who was said to be our number one priority and had moved ahead of him in our 'after them' stakes was never a transfer target anyway!
Yep, I would be happy if we could bring in Wright-Phillips and Shorey, although as I have said before I do not see the left back area as a high profile area to strengthen just yet, other areas need looking at first for me.
Your thoughts on all of the above are welcomed as ever please guys...
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Date:Thursday July 17 2008
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