Sam Allardyce talked again about the Kieron Dyer situation yesterday and clarified what his family problem specifically is.
His two children live with his long term partner in Ipswich – and he would like to be closer to them.
The situation is difficult for Big Sam and he reiterated that while he would try to sort the situation out – Newcastle would not sell cheaply.
If things couldn’t be worked out for both the club and Dyer then Kieron would have to honor his contract at Newcastle.
Sam talked about the Dyer situation last night:
â€œThose discussions will continue over the period of time it takes to come to the decision, one way or the other.â€
â€œIf everything falls into place for both, for us and for him, then thatâ€™s fine; if it doesnâ€™t, then from my point of view, I have to protect the interests of Newcastle United.â€
Allardyce knows that Dyer arrived for Â£6M in July 1999 from Ipswich as a highly-rated youngster, and made it clear that Newcastle are not willing to sell cheaply.
Sam went on:
“If we don’t get the money we want he stays here and we will attempt to resolve the situation as best we can,”
“Just because there is this situation, we won’t let other clubs take advantage of it by thinking they can pinch him on the cheap.â€
“He might have to stay and play here because we have his contract and we pay him very well to perform to the best of his ability under that contract.â€
“I know how difficult the circumstances can be but playing the game of football is what his life’s all about.”
Dyer’s weekly wages of about Â£80K would put most clubs off – but not so in the case of West Ham.
Sam went on:
â€œItâ€™s obviously a shame, but when something like this crops up, it might be that the only way to resolve it is to allow him to leave.”
If and when the offers come in, we will have to consider them.”
â€œHis family is in the South. While itâ€™s not good for us, itâ€™s something you have to be sympathetic to.â€
â€œ You have to spend the money you get when you get it as quick as you can on someone else, if someone gives us the sort of money we would accept.â€
Newcastle will likely let Dyer, who has two years left on his contract, leave for around Â£5M at least – and it now looks like if West Ham United are willing to offer good money for Dyer and pay his wages – Newcastle may have to reluctantly accept the bid.
While Sam indicated there are no firm offers right now for Dyer, West Ham United are interested in the England midfield player. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are also reported admirers of the 28-year-old, but Manchester would not seem a viable geographic location for Kieron – given the family situation.
Speaking last night about the Dyer situation Alan Curbishley, West Ham’s manager said:
“I’m looking in all areas, and it’s not very often that a club says that a player is available.“
“You normally phone up and get told that people are not available, so it’s very difficult. But anything can still happen.
“The situation is that Kieron wants to leave the club, as I understand it, but I don’t know anything else.
“We get linked with a lot of players at the minute, and he’s one of them.
“We are actively looking to strengthen the squad and we have to replace those who have left.
“I have one eye on everything until that window closes – so we’ll have to see.”
Sam has suffered a double blow in his midfield in the last 5 days with Joey Barton ruled out with a foot injury for 6 weeks and now Kieron Dyer wanting to move. This is not ideal preparation for Newcastle – with just a little more than two weeks before the season kicks off at Bolton.
Sam has also indicated Newcastle have lost out on a number of their defensive targets and while they still have viable targets being pursued there is only limited quality available. It’s the quality and not the quantity of the squad that Sam wants to improve. Losing Dyer will not help that cause.
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