As we know Kieron Dyer’s proposed Â£6M transfer to West Ham United collapsed on Friday night after sources close to the deal revealed that Newcastle inflated the fee to Â£8M at the last moment.
Why Newcastle did this is still mysterious because â‚¤6M (â‚¤5M up front and â‚¤1M based on performances) seemed a good deal for Newcastle in the circumstances. It also got a high wage-earner (â‚¤80K/week?) with poorÂ productivity off the books.
All good in our opinion.
Kieron Dyer – what now?
The resultant upset at Upton Park, which to be fair seems even justified to us given what we know – tended to put a damper on an otherwise wonderful day in the transfer market last Friday.
Dyer is said to have some undisclosed liver complaint and a history of hamstring and shin problems but still passed a day-long medical at a London hospital on Thursday. So all looked good for the deal and then Newcastle suddenly pulled the plug. West Ham then complained that Newcastle had gone backÂ on an agreement reached Wednesday by increasing Dyer’s price at the very last minute.
Sources close to Dyer are said to be pessimistic the deal can be revived and Alan Curbishley issued a statement yesterday essentially saying the deal was dead and cited the above information as to why the deal had broken down. This is what Curbishley said to Sky Sports News yesterday:
“We agreed a fee with Newcastle and we agreed personal terms with the player,”Â “The player passed a medical, but at the 11th hour, the 11th-and-a-half hour, it got pulled by Newcastle for their reasons.”
“There is not much we can do about it.”Â “The boy has been left in limbo, obviously. He was just about to come and train with us.”Â “It’s been pulled and the likelihood is it’s going to stay that way.
“It’s the first time I can remember anything like this happening. It’s happened and we have got to get on with it.”
Dyer’s people were adamant yesterday that Kieron will not be returning to Newcastle. Let’s just remind them politely that if Newcastle want Kieron back he still has two years left on his contract and would need to honor that â€“ so it doesn’t really matter what they think. Not that the scenario is particularly good for Newcastle.
It’s being reported that Mike Ashley got involved directly in the deal but we find that very surprising and probably not true. But something happened that we still don’t know about.
What Newcastle now do with Dyer is a great question. We think the best scenario is that he still leave before the end of August but the Barton situation has made things more complicated. Newcastle may now want to hold onto Dyer as cover in case Joey ends up in jail â€“ which we have to consider isÂ at least a possibility.
We only have about six months to cash in on Kieron if we want the full fee for his value since his contractÂ has just two more years to run. To think that Dyer can now reconcile with NewcastleÂ is probably a bridge too far given everything that’s happened.
What do you think happened last Friday and what should Newcastle now do with Dyer?
Comments very welcome.