Could Redknapp + Taylor + Kinnear + Remy = The Real Deal?
Rumours circulated at the weekend that Harry Redknapp was interested in signing Steven Taylor to replace Christopher Samba who has bizarrely ended up back at Anzhi after a very brief stay and relegation.
At the time I filed it as one of the stranger bits of rubbish transfer speculation we’d heard this summer.
However, the speculation is continuing and now there are added bits of flesh being put on the bones of this ‘deal’.
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A number of media outlets are claiming that this deal could now see Steven Taylor and £6m head off to West London’s Queens Park Rangers and Loic Remy move to Tyneside.
The sorry continues with claims that Taylor has been told by Alan Pardew that he won’t be first choice next season.
When extra ‘details’ are added to a transfer story then you are caught in a dilemma.
If you accept that these details are based in any kind of fact then it obviously would add massive weight to the piece. However, the flip side of that is journalists know fine well that if they add/invent extra information then it will get X more fans taking an interest as the story then appears to have substance.
One other element that would ‘fit’ with the claims is that it is widely accepted that Alan Pardew may have to generate the majority of any transfer spending this summer and sacrifices may very well be have to be made by the manager if he wants to bring key signings in. Doing part-ex using a player who the manager may not see as an automatic first choice would make some kind of sense.
Basically, we have one proven goalscorer and we have three reliable centre-backs, so the reasoning would be that we need two strikers on the pitch and we can only play two centre-backs at any one time…
As for the fact that Remy has off the pitch problems, Mike Ashley would likely need to smash his wage cap and Remy took the mick out of Newcastle could possibly be seen as just minor details to be sorted at this mad club in what is shaping up to be a very mad transfer window.
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