Friday, August 11, 2006

Malbranque Almost Joins West Ham?

The Sun are reporting that Steed Malbranque "has seen a potential move to West Ham collapse in a row over a groin injury". There are rumours saying that Malbranque was close to moving to West Ham last night for a cut price £2.5 million, but the deal collapsed because Malbranque needs an operation. However I think the important word in The Sun quote is the word 'potential', and the paper are just trying to add more spice to the continuing saga between Coleman and Malbranque.

Apparently Chris Coleman is upset that Malbranque has refused a quick-fix operation that would keep the player out for three weeks. Instead he wants an operation that will keep him out for three months. Malbranque has said he wants to move to a club playing Champions League football. Barring that move, which seems unlikely, I reckon he will hold out for a big Bosman payout (hence the three month operation).

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