Well, now we are safe we can indulge in three months of wonderful transfer gossip. Here is my list of Upton Park INs and OUTs this summer.
1. Roy Carroll SELL £1 million
2. Lucas Neill KEEP
3. Paul Konchesky SELL £1 million
4. Danny Gabbidon KEEP
5. Anton Ferdinand SELL £6 million
6. George McCartney KEEP
7. Christian Dailly SELL Free
8. Teddy Sheringham SELL Free
9. Dean Ashton KEEP
10. Marlon Harewood SELL £3 million
11. Matthew Etherington SELL £1 million
12. Carlton Cole SELL £2 million
13. Luis Boa Morte SELL £3 million
14. John Paintsil SELL £50,000
15. Yossi Benayoun KEEP
17. Hayden Mullins SELL £1.5 million
18. Jonathan Spector KEEP
19. James Collins KEEP
20. Nigel Reo-Coker SELL £8 million
21. Robert Green KEEP
23. Jimy Walker KEEP
24. Mark Noble KEEP
25. Bobby Zamora KEEP
26. Shaun Newton SELL Free
27. Calum Davenport KEEP
28. Kyel Reid KEEP
29. Lee Bowyer SELL £1 million
32. Carlos Tevez KEEP!
33. Nigel Quashie SELL £1 million
35. Matthew Upson KEEP
37. Kepa Blanco SELL
So we get £29 million from that little fire sale! I would like to see us sign three world class players this summer. No more Mr Averages.
We need to buy a half decent replacement for Roy Carroll – someone like Dean Kiely.
I don’t think we need to buy any central defenders. Upson, Collins, Davenport and Gabbidon are all quality. We also have James Tomkins coming through. I’m also not sure that we need to replace Konchesky. Spector is capable of filling in at right or left back. It is midfield where we need to buy, and buy big. Reo-Coker will surely be on his way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Yossi joined him. I also do not see Etherington or Boa Morte as long term players for us. We should build the midfield around Mark Noble. So we need a top class left winger, and probably a right winger too, if Yossi goes.
Up front, we have to assume Ashton will be back firing on all cylinders and that Bobby Zamora should stay. I’d like to think that Carlos Tevez would also stay, but I suspect not. I think it’s also to say bye bye to Marlon. We should try to get Darren Bent but if Carlos goes we also need another top quality striker in addition to Bent.
What worries me is that Alan Curbishley has a track record of signing players who don’t exactly set the world alight. At Charlton that was fine, but at West Ham it isn’t. We don’t want players like Danny Shittu, for no other reason than he’s average. We’ve got to set our sights higher than that.