Manchester City defensive midfielder Gareth Barry admits to having no clue where his future lies with just one year remaining on his contract at the club.
The former Aston Villa man received assurances from new manager Manuel Pellegrini that he remains part of his plans for the forthcoming season, but an offer of a new deal has yet to emerge.
Barry, 32, wishes to stay at the Etihad Stadium and fight for a place in the side, but is already gearing himself up for the strong possibility he will be leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Whether any potential interest will come to the fore this transfer window remains to be seen, but Barry faces huge competition at City for a place in the team and may find he’s better served by seeking pastures new.
Pellegrini would undoubtedly prefer to keep the England man within his squad to provide him… Continue reading →
As more and more reports emerge that a deal has in fact been struck between Valencia and Tottenham Hotspur for Spanish striker Roberto Soldado I try to work out if it’s a good deal.
Now I don’t think many can argue that Valencia have done well to get the £26 million that the deal is apparently worth but what about Tottenham, does this represent a good deal for them?
I think anyone that thinks Spurs are spoilt for choice up front are kidding themselves, but I would hardly consider a team with Gareth Bale, Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor desperate for striking option either, in theory anyway. The much ridiculed Adebayor hardly had a sparkling season and the second half of the season saw an almost disappearance of Defoe, albeit partly due to injury. This left the pressure on Bale, who many forget wasn’t having his greatest spell… Continue reading →
Sunderland right-back Phil Bardsley could be set to cross the divide between arch-rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United having recently been frozen out of the first-team picture at the Stadium of Light.
Thanks to some unseemly shenanigans during a late-night casino visit, Bardsley fell foul of boss Paolo Di Canio’s zero-tolerance approach to discipline and is certain to leave the Black Cats this summer. Fulham appear the most likely suitors for his signature, with Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City also credited with an interest in the Salford-born 28-year-old.
Bardsley’s whole-hearted displays earned him the fans’ Player of the Year award back in 2011 while playing in an unfamiliar left-back role for Steve Bruce, but his form dipped alarmingly in recent months and he’s now considered surplus to requirements amid the revolution currently underway on Wearside.
A move up the road to Newcastle United would possibly appeal to Bardsley, allowing… Continue reading →
Tottenham continue to negotiate the signing of striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
The cash-strapped La Liga side appear to be holding out for Tottenham to meet the player’s £25m buy-out clause; a hefty fee for a 28 year old, especially considering Valencia manager Miroslav Djukic has publicly admitted Soldado is heading for the exit.
Tottenham find themselves short of firepower, with manager Andre Villas-Boas looking to recruit competition for Jermaine Defoe and the enigmatic Emmanuel Adebayor.
A return of 59 goals in 101 appearances for Valencia has earned the forward 11 caps for Spain; no mean feat in such a golden era for Spanish football.
However, the conclusion of the Luis Suarez transfer saga could still play a part in the striker’s future, as Liverpool may move to secure a replacement for the unsettled Uruguayan or Arsenal may be forced to turn their attention towards Spain… Continue reading →
Queens Park Rangers right-back Jose Bosingwa has left the club by mutual consent and now looks close to completing a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor.
The Portuguese defender joined QPR last summer after being released by Chelsea and was one of Mark Hughes’ marquee signings. But his status and high wages were not reflected in his performances and Rangers were relegated, with many feeling players like Bosingwa couldn’t care less just as long as they picked up their pay packet at the end of each week.
His reportedly astronomical wages and the disharmony he brought to the squad were the main reasons new manager Harry Redknapp wanted to offload the full-back as quickly as possible this summer and he can now build a squad that he feels can guide the club back to the Premier League.
Bosingwa played 24 times for the club last season but… Continue reading →