The Mail Campaign Against West Ham
It seems that West Ham have turned down a third offer from Man City for Craig Bellamy.
The Mail say that it is "understood" that City have had bids of £12million for Wales striker Bellamy and £10m for midfielder Parker turned down. Now rather than report that West Ham have continually insisted that the two players are not for sale The Mail are reporting this story as if West Ham have an obligation to sell their players to Man City and are now just being greedy.
They report that "Manchester City (are) losing patience", that "Manchester City could walk away ... as they become increasingly exasperated" and "they are not frightened to walk away from ludicrous demands."
I understand that the failure of West Ham to spontaneously combust causes no end of consternation at The Mail but where does it say we have to sell our players to other clubs.
If The Mail were not so biased against West Ham they might not have missed the real news story here. The real story isn't West Ham's greed but City's inability to sign quality players despite their apparent endless wealth.
To keep their fans happy the club made a ludicrous bid to sign Kaka for £100 million knowing full well the offer would fail or if it was successful the player would never agree to play for them. Now every other club in the world know that City are prepared to pay silly money.
So to sign players City are going to have pay silly money.
Perhaps The Mail are upset because when City had a £9.5 million offer rejected for Bellamy they ludicrously claimed the move would be "wrapped up soon for around £10 million." Don't they get bored with being endlessly proved wrong.