Newcastle are preparing to receive offers for Kieron Dyer this week from West Ham, Tottenham and perhaps Manchester City.
It is unlikely Newcastle would turn down an offer of Â£5M or more â€“ but with West Ham bidding silly money this summer – it could well be the offer is more than Â£5M.
Dyer is also on Â£80K/week wages at Newcastle and it looks like West Ham would be willing to match that â€“ since that’s the wage they are reportedly paying Craig Bellamy â€“ another former Newcastle player.
It appears that Dyer and Allardyce have both now reached the same conclusion over the last several days – that Dyer may be better off leaving the club he has been at since Ruud Gullit signed him for Â£6M in 1999.
On Sky Sports over the weekend Sam said he didn’t want to keep anybody at the club who didn’t want to fight for the shirt â€“ and we can only assume that was a reference to Dyer. What Allardyce did not say was that he was determined to hold on to the 28-year-old regardless.
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is obviously interested in Dyer and was quoted yesterday:
“We have not made any contact with Newcastle and I understand Sam has said, ‘There is no smoke without fire.’
“Perhaps he [Dyer] wants to leave. I would not rule out a move for him because I think he is a very exciting player.”
Sam has indicated that Dyer hasn’t said anything to him so at the moment it’s all rumor and innuendo â€“ which is never good. Much better to talk to each other and see where things stand. We would expect that to happen today or tomorrow and if Dyer is put up for sale we would expect Sam to put that news out.
This is difficult for Sam because we have just lost another midfielder – Joey Barton for 6 weeks – and Sam wanted to bring players into the club – not lose players. Sam needs a bigger squad to ensure injuries don’t decimate the team for a third season running. While he doesn’t want to lose any of his current squad – we just cannot have players at the club who don’t want to be here.