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An exit, greed and a crock. What a miserable day!

An exit, greed and a crock. What a miserable day!

Greed is rife in football these days, we all know this, and we all know all too well that this greed has played a major role in our downfall as a club.

The attempts to 'try' and get ourselves back on our feet are seemingly continually hampered by this and that and the attempts to sell are being hampered by further greed of others!

Moves to offload Kevin-Prince Boateng, and other players, simply to bring in some capital to keep the club ticking over - remember bills and wages still need to be paid - are being held up by the greed of his agent.

This said agent or representative, call him what you will (I personally would have another name for him that I could not possible say), Christian Rapp, who by all accounts has only been 'acting for him' for a couple of months is demanding a commission fee of more than £1m to negotiate a deal from him transfer, greedy you know what!

Had he been working for him for long-term, whilst it would have been bad enough at least it would have been a little more 'acceptable', if that is the right word...

David Lampitt, speaking to The News, is not best pleased - understandably so - at this: 'the financial demands of the agent for his commission are making things very, very difficult.

'Boateng is in Italy. Lazio, Genoa and another Italian club are interested, while there are a couple more who have shown an interest as well.'

There is going to have to come a time, as much as we need to sell Boateng, when we have to say that if a deal cannot be done he has to come back to training as he is still being paid by the club to do what exactly - clearly we cannot afford to sell him, but judging on these sorts of fees we cannot afford to sell him either!

Add this to the news that David James is definitely off and that Tal Ben-Haim looks destined to return with his West Ham move falling through it has been a miserable day.

What a joke the Ben-Haim situation is though eh?

It appears that we have a crock on the books that we cannot shift as he cannot pass a medical, yet we cannot offload him as only he can trigger the 'relegation release clause!'

So, we face the prospect of having him contracted on wages of up to £50,000 per week for the next couple of years getting God only knows what sort of 'service' from him.

Oh, I wonder who the 'Storrieteller' was that did this amazing deal for us...

On the 'brighter side' of things Jamie Ashdown is closer to a return as a contract is/has been drawn up for him, 'word on the street' has it that his agent has confirmed this.


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Date:Wednesday July 21 2010
Time: 6:35PM


Boateng's agent? A million? He must C.Rapp...
scott mc
21/07/2010 18:58:00
OMG these greedy agents have done so much damage to the game, and they're still at it. C.Rapp indeed.
21/07/2010 19:21:00
agents are normally on a % so they try and get the best deal coz they want the most money .... 10% and he can have 1m if he sells for 10m
21/07/2010 20:31:00
James linked to Sunderland
21/07/2010 22:32:00
Although I do not like Ashdown, the prospect of having a goalkeeper that is eager to play (and who wouldn't at his age) is very encouraging. Regarding Ben Haim; I think he will be ok in the Championship, the problem are his wages. At least we can take out the best from Boateng and Ben Haim before January if that is going to be the case. Just imagine having Ben Haim, Mokoena, Rocha at the back, Wilson in fornt of them and Boateng in front of him. We would be a very strong side. Remember lads, everything happens for a reason!
Pompey Malta
22/07/2010 07:55:00
On the James thing we have all been a bit conned; James was clear he wanted a coaching role, what the club offered was reduced salary no coaching role. James was never going to plump for that one. Steve we now know doesn't see James as a coach- the arrogance; how the hell would Cotterille know??? The way i see it, it was a no brainer for James; why stay? If Tal wants to play he will have to drop his salary- end off. I m o the leagues need to get a grip on agents but no doubt the agent will claim it's a mistake that's all, a misunderstanding, then do the same next time.
22/07/2010 08:43:00
Boateng will go... even if the agent doesn't get his money. Can't see him wanting to play in the Championship and he will prob push his agent to get a transfer or tell his agent to **** off!
Vanilla Ice
25/07/2010 16:55:00
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