Kinnear Meeting With Bent & Agent Ends In Farce
Reports coming out of the Darren Bent camp say that a meeting with Joe Kinnear has ended in farce.
With Fulham having already made a number of bids for the Villa striker with a top bid of at least £4m widely reported, in the meeting with Kinnear it was made clear to Bent and his agent that Newcastle weren’t prepared to go beyond £2m.
The report in The Telegraph also said that while Fulham weren’t prepared to match Bent’s £65,000 a week Villa wages, they were willing to go a decent way towards that figure, on the other hand Kinnear made clear Newcastle wouldn’t pay anything near what Fulham were offering.
Hmmm. No doubt some of you will be cheering from the sidelines, shouting about typical greedy modern day footballers and Bent isn’t all that anyway.
Well both of those viewpoints have some validity but in the (mad) reality of football, or any other business, you usually have to pay the going rate (or close to it) in the end. As if you don’t pay the asking price (or close to it) one of your competitors will.
Going into the season without one other striker as at least back-up is taking a ridiculous risk, the manager can talk all he wants about how hard the players are working and playing well in friendlies against weak opposition. The truth is though that once that first whistle goes in the Premier League, if you don’t have a group of players capable of scoring goals and coping with a normal run of injuries, then you are living on borrowed time.
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