The People are reporting today, that Newcastle United are willing to offer Damien Duff to West Ham in a player-plus-cash deal for 23 year-old West Ham defender, Anton Ferdinand.
Anton Ferdinand – is Keegan really interested in 23 year-old
They must be kidding, and if they’re not, they must be smoking something not good for their health..
Since when did Anton Ferdinand become a better player than the 68 times capped Irishman?
And the new management at Newcastle is certainly not naive enough to execute a deal like that, which would not go over well with the fans, one little bit.
The People report that Kevin Keegan is still keen to get Ferdinand on Tyneside, and re-create his England Under-21 central defensive partnership with 22 year-old Steven Taylor.
However, we must say that the times we saw the two perform together for the England Under-21 side, they seemed to play extremely well and had a good understanding with each other, and looked a good twosome together.
It seems like Tottenham have also registered some interest in Ferdinand, but neither club has come close to the Hammers’ Â£6M valuation. The People are quoting that valuation at Â£10M, but we just don’t believe it, and even Â£6M seems too much.
Luis Boa Morte and Matty Etherington are both likely to leave Upton Park this summer, so West Ham manager Alan Curbishley would like to bring in a left winger, and he seems to like the look of 29 year-old Damien Duff, which doesn’t surprise us, because the Irishman is still a good player.
We think Duff may well leave Newcastle in the summer, but that depends on who else we can get into the club, but Newcastle would want, at the very least, the Â£5M they paid Chelsea for the player two seasons ago.Â It seems like a straight swap would be closer to the valuations of the two players right now.
Duff was signed by Chelsea for Â£17M, from Blackburn Rovers, in 2003 (another case of Chelsea way overpaying for a player), and then moved to Newcastle two years ago, but has surprisingly failed to hold down a regular first-team place.
We think Kevin will be bringing in a couple of wingers this summer, and has already signed Argentine International, Jonas Gutierrez, who operates on the right hand side.
If Charles N’Zogbia moves on, which now seems likely, given his pronouncements of last week, we expect Kevin to bring in a top class left winger too.