Luke Edwards of the Newcastle Journal is reporting that Kieron Dyerâ€™s transfer to West Ham United may be on the verge of collapseÂ after a last-minute change of heart by Newcastle.
We think Luke is a credible source so we’ll take a look at this story and see what we can make of it.
It certainly seems strange at first glance because we thought Alan Smith would only be signed if Kieron left the club and as we all know Alan is now a Newcastle player andÂ was only too happy to join the Tyneside club.
Kieron Dyer – mass confusion overÂ his transfer to West Ham
Dyer was to complete the Â£6M move to West Ham yesterday afterÂ passingÂ his medical in London, but then Luke Edwards reports the deal was delayed when Newcastle surprisingly informed the West Ham board they were increasing the fee to Â£8M for the England international.
The request was turned down (not surprisingly) and Kieron was informed the deal was off by West Ham officials. Dyer then headed back to the North-East. This seems so strange – what is going on here?
A source close the deal in London said last night:
â€œKieron was due to sign for West Ham on Friday but Newcastle suddenly increased the asking price, which West Ham refused to pay. As a result Newcastle have refused to sell the player and West Ham have reluctantly told Kieron that he would have to return to the North-East.â€
Where this leaves 28-year-old Dyer, who declined to comment for Luke’s story last night (don’t blame him), we have no idea.Â Â Add to this the fact that Kieron’s car and home were targeted by angry supporters last weekend (which we deplore) and we have a very confused situation.
Luke Edwards thinks the collapse of the transfer will be a major blow to manager Sam Allardyce, who has always sympathized with the playerâ€™s wish to move closer to his young family in Ipswich. That’s only because Sam is a good man manager and actually cares about his players â€“ what a concept. Sam’s always wanted to keep Dyer so he could coach him to his vast potential and is said to be one reason he took on the Newcastle job – by his own admission.
But this story doesn’tÂ make too much sense to us because the move was canceled from the Newcastle end – so it can hardly be a blow or a surprise to Big Sam. Allardyce mustÂ have been informed about why Newcastle’s strange and very late decision was being made.
Something else must have happened here. While we don’t know what’s happenedÂ here are a few possibilities:
- There were rumors the deal had been structured to be dependentÂ on Dyer’s appearances at West Ham â€“ â‚¤4M up front plus anotherÂ â‚¤3M based on appearances (may not be the exact figures). Newcastle may have decided they didn’t really like this after all.
- Kieron may have expressed some feelings to Sam that he would be willing to stay at Newcastle after all â€“ this would be amazing but still possible with all the tranfer activity at Newcastle.
- Newcastle may have thoughtÂ Kieron could now beÂ over his injuries and Â£6M was just notÂ enough sinceÂ the nightmare scenario for Newcastle â€“ though great for West Ham – was that he wouldÂ attain the form he has always threatened to play at but – never has â€“ at least not consistently. That concern has been expressed many times on our web site and it’s something we think could happen.
We think number 3 is likely with possibly a bit of 2 mixed in. We do know that what’s been put out by the press as an explanation makes no sense at all.
Let’sÂ know what you think may have happened â€“ something is going on here and we’reÂ not yet privy to it.
Comments always welcome â€“ but please keep them civil â€“ both about this story and also with Kieron â€“ many thanks.