Date:Friday August 27 2010
According to sky sports news and what they 'understand' West Ham have joined the race to sign Marc Wilson.
West Brom have seen offers rejected, Fulham are 'keen' and Stoke 'appeared' to be in the driving seat although Uncle Avram is now looking to prise another body away from Pompey...
As a side issue, given West Ham's own highly publicised financial issues and debt - remember due to this their owners wanted players to take pay cuts not so long again! - I remain amazed at the amount of money they are being allowed to spend, on players and wages. Just you wait 'if' it all goes belly up the premier league to do a 'we did not see it coming' speech. Clearly the 'global brand', West Ham and basically football in general has not really gained anything from what has happened with us have they!
Anyway, moving on...
The problem that we may well face now, given the position that we are in, what is actually the best deal from a 'footballing' point of view may well not be the same as the best view from a 'financial' point of view.
As much as I like Wilson, and would be sad to see him leave, the offer of Liam Lawrence, Dave Kitson and some money is a cracking deal in reality isn't it?
So, upon reflection, this is a deal to bite their arm off for!
As said the problem is the money offered on top of the players from Stoke, which would not be much I doubt - certainly not the £3m plus these players. So, if a straight up offer of £4m or more came in from West Brom, West Ham or anyone else it is 'more likely' that this would be accept I suspect...
Providing we can bring in both those players, and at £10,000 per week maximum each, and they agreed to this, from that footballing point of view I would 'think' we could just about see a pair of players, decent players at that, earning what Wilson was alone?!
So, we not only increase the bodies we have in the squad the 'chances' are we would not actually be paying out any more wages wise - give the new contract that he signed back along it would not surprise me if we would actually save money given our track record of money we threw at players!
The certainty is Wilson WILL leave; we just have to hope that a balancing act between a deal in the best interests of the club all-round can be struck...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday August 27 2010
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