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Transfer news: The Gud, the bad boy and the ugly

31 August 2010

The transfer market cooled off around Schwarzer, who appears set to remain at Fulham, for now.

The latest news as the transfer window slams shut today is that Fulham is positioned to hijack a loan of Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen from Stoke. Fulham reportedly will pay 2 million pounds towards Gudjohnsen’s salary at Monaco, which has pleased the Ligue 1 side.

Gudjohnsen had some nice moments for Spurs on a loan last season, helping them toward their fourth-place finish that landed them in the Champions League. He’s not a true difference-maker at this stage of his career, and it’s unclear just how well he’d work if paired with Bobby Zamora, but any kind of legitimate striker depth is a good thing for the Cottagers at this point, especially with the thigh injury Zamora picked up at Blackpool.

In other news, Fulham and Stoke appear to be jousting over Royston Drenthe, the Dutch defensive mid/defender who currently is unsettled at Real Madrid. Casual soccer followers may recall Drenthe from his Nigel De Jong-style karate kick against the L.A. Galaxy in a friendly last month, but he’s a useful physical presence and can play multiple positions, which would make him a nice addition at the right price.

Elsewhere, Arsenal finally decided to up its offer for Mark Schwarzer to a reasonable level — 4 million pounds — but did they wait too long? Soccernet is reporting this morning that Schwarzer will be staying with the Cottagers after Fulham couldn’t find an adequate replacement.

It looked like Shay Given was the man that would trigger the goalkeeper carousel, but Given, um, “decided to stay” at Manchester City. That was either because he had a sudden epiphany about wanting to be a No. 2 goalkeeper condemned to some early Carling Cup and Europa League action, or because his shoulder isn’t fully healed and Fulham wouldn’t OK a transfer. You decide.

Now Schwarzer, who conveniently missed Fulham’s first three league matches with a “back injury” (despite playing in a friendly for Australia three days before the season opener and slated to appear in two more friendlies in Europe this week during the international break), will have to come to terms with his reinstallment as the Fulham No. 1. With David Stockdale rumors still swirling about his injured ankle, the Cottagers will need a focused Schwarzer to provide his standard level of play. I’d imagine there have been private discussions with Schwarzer about trying to move him in January, especially if the Cottagers are well-settled in mid-table position at that point, so it behooves Schwarzer to stop his protestations and play like a professional.

Anyway, with about four hours left until the transfer window closes until January, it will be interesting to see whether Fulham or any other Prem side makes a last minute deal or two.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    31 August 2010 1.20pm

    So, I’m no UK tax law expert, but will City and the Sheik get any deductions to the ole 2010 tax return thanks to the 20 million pound Robinho depreciation over the last two years? Hopefully they planned ahead a few years ago and took that 32 million transfer fee as a depreciating asset.

  2. 31 August 2010 2.08pm

    Another factor in Given’s decision: He reportedly was offered a significant pay raise if he agreed to stay and battle Hart for the No. 1 shirt.

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