Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A done deal?

Despite no official announcement as yet, it appears that we are extremely close to confirming the signing of Georgis Samaras, the Greek striker currently at Dutch side Heerenveen. The M.E.N. Sport front page suggested it was a done deal and both Heerenveen and the the players father stated a deal was virtually agreed, for a fee believed to be £4.8 million.
Arsenal had also rumoured to be interested in Samaras before they signed Emmanuele Adebayor (also linked with City) earlier this week.

Although the club remain silent it does seem as if Samaras is headed to City and Pearce's tactic of keeping deals quiet seems to have paid off as Samaras does come with a good reputation and made his intentions to quit the Dutch side by the summer very clear.

Still, the fee is sizeable for a player who is still largely unproven (he has a record of seven goals in fifteen starts this season). It is also the first meaningful fee Pearce has sanctioned and of course the first chunk of the SWP 'exaggerated transfer fee' that we received, which, as I have written before will be the ultimate judge of whether the transfer was a mistake or not. A striker is one of the areas we do need strengthening and it may also now allow Bradley Wright-Phillips to go out on loan to a Championship side to get some meaningful action behind him rather than the ten minute cameos he is currently restricted to.

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1 comment:

BlueRooster said...

I will welcome a young striker like Samaras. The good reason is because we can give Andy Cole another year and let players like Bradley WP a longer time to mature but also give us more competition in the squad. True we have some other Youth players coming through but they have no experience in the first team just yet. But I guess Andy Cole will only play now and again for us, as he looks very tired at present.
If we want to progress in the Premiership, then we have to do what Chelsea do and thats to have a strong second squad of players to replace those who are not fit to play first team footy innit...
But lets hope we play as well as we did against them Rags again...Thats what we want and we can go on and win with such spirit in the side...Ask the players if they want to win the league and win in Europe, well please give us your best and lets have as many players who can do that as possible