Sam Allardyce hit back at Alan Curbishley on Sunday evening over the surprise breakdown of Kieron Dyer’s transferÂ to West Ham last Friday.
Curbishley had harshly criticized Newcastle management when the deal collapsed at the last moment onÂ Friday, saying he had never seen anything like it in football. The fee for the 28-year-old was increased by â‚¤2M late in the negotiations by the Magpies.
Let’s take a look andÂ see if we can decipher what really happened – and we think we’re getting closer to the real truth.
Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce
Newcastle’s English Billionaire owner Mike Ashley was reported to have increased the fee on Dyer at the last moment because he believed the player had spoken to West Ham before a fee had been agreed.
But Allardyce pointed the finger firmly at West Ham officials for the farce as heÂ talked to the official Newcastle web-site last night:
â€œIf Curbs started it, then we are more upset than they are, that is a fact,â€
“Why?Â That is confidential. He is not as upset as we are about West Ham. In the end, we decided he was undervalued. We escalated the valuation to what we thought was realistic and West Ham did not want to roll with it.â€
‘Kieron is back with us, a top player with a squad who are growing. Will it be difficult for Kieron? It’s life, isn’t it? He has got a contract.”
“You sign it. The length of the contract means you are employed by an employer, something happens, it doesn’t work, you come back and get on with it.â€
That last piece there by Sam is so accurate and of course if nothing trasnspires on this before the end of the transfer window Kieron is a Newcastle player whether he likes it or not.Â Â Sam went on:
â€œIf anything else happens in terms of West Ham increasing their offer, then great. If they don’t, then clearly they don’t value him as highly as we do.â€
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp last night revealed they may be interested in Kieron but no formal bid for the player has been submittedÂ for a player Newcastle now value at Â£8M.Â We think it’s very interesting timing that another club may be keen on Dyer only a couple of days after Newcastle pulled out of the West Ham negotiations.
This still doesn’t make much sense put let’s put two and two together and try to get four. We think Portsmouth probably let Newcastle know of their interest in Dyer late in the negotiations with West Ham and Harry probably hinted they may be willing to go as high asÂ â‚¤8M for him. When Allardcye heard this then Newcastle found a way (any way) to get out of the deal with West Ham.Â That seems the most likely explanation. If it’s true would mean Dyer could move to Portsmouth maybe even this week unless West Ham increase their bid.
One point that will be brought up immediately is that Portsmouth is more than 100 miles SW of London – which is the other side of London to Ipswich. Kieron’s stated reason forÂ leaving Newcastle is that he wants be closer to his kids and long term girlfriend who still live in Ipswich. We’re not sure if Kieron could move to Portsmouth and still be credible with his reason for wanting to leave Newcastle â€“ since it’s somewhat similar to the Manchester City situation lastÂ last week. Manchester isÂ no nearer Ipswich than Newcastle.
If we were betting men we think Kieron will still move to West Ham for a compromise Â£7M or Â£7.5M fee. Let’s see what transpires this week â€“ but that’s a good price to get for Dyer and would be excellent business conducted by Newcastle’s new management.
Comments always welcome but please keepÂ them civil and the language is decent – on both our story andÂ Kieron himself – thanks.