Monday, December 29, 2008

Bid for Hammers pair?

West Ham United have rejected a £15m bid from Manchester City to sign both Craig Bellamy and Scott Parker. The Premier League club insist that neither player is for sale and have also moved to hold talks with Matthew Upson's representatives to spell out their intention to hold on to the England international who is also attracting intense interest with the transfer window set to open.

How reliable the story is we don't know, but the name of Bellamy is not a surprise given the speculation that has surrounded him. As one of the comments in the Blackburn thread mentioned, he was also left out of yesterdays victory over Stoke (after returning to goalscoring form the day before). UPDATE - He didn't play due to suspension.

I really don't see how Bellamy improves our line up. If Hughes continues with the 4-2-3-1 line-up I just don't see where he fits in. He cannot operate as a lone striker, but perhaps Hughes is looking at playing him in a wider role?

Something else to bear in mind is the return of Bojinov. Hopefully injury free, playing in a similar role to that of Bellamy, he is a far better option.

Parker is an interesting one. We do need to upgrade that defensive midfield area and Parker is a useful player. He gets the job done and appears to have rebuilt his career somewhat after spells at Chelsea and Newcastle. If we cannot grab Marcos Senna, then he may well be a useful pick up.

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Anonymous said...

bellamy was banned for yesterdays game so get your facts right !! mike essex

longwayfromhome said...

Although trying my best to keep my personal transfer wish list realistic, both players do not seem to fit in with an ethos of trying to seriously improve the quality of the squad. Scott Parker is certainly capable of a performance at this level but has never shown the consistency required. An interest in Craig Bellamy would just beggar belief!!! Temperamental journeyman at best :(

Danny Pugsley said...

Apologies for the Bellamy error. It was something I picked up from one of the comments on a previous post.

JYak said...

It was my mistake on the Bellamy error. Thanks for the correction!

GAGA said...

bellamy imnotsure on he has been so inconsistent in his career, scott parker however altho i suprise that we arelinked to him i think wudb a decent signin he is a nice tidy midfielder and is a good player to have in a squad.