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Friday, June 29, 2007

Transfer market? Oh, you would have thought it was the rip-off market

Tottenham have signed England striker Darren Bent from new Championship outfit Charlton and have wildly overpaid. The final negotiated price was 16.5m pounds which is more than Barcelona paid for Thierry Henry. For the Premiership club, the price tag is a club record.

This clears the way for a Jermain Defoe exit at what will probably be a reasonable fee. If I were Charlton, I’d feel like someone forgot their bag of money on my seat at the ground. If I were Tottenham, I’d be opening my wallet, seeing the darkness and wonder where the hell the kitty is for a left sided winger.

Spurs had previously offered a reasonable 12m for Bent, even at that price he was full value but Charlton decided to treat the transfer as silly money and demand the 17m fee West Ham United offered until Bent refused to go. West Ham pulled a Chelsea, if that offer were never made you can rest assured that Charlton would have had very little reason to stick by their guns but being able to say “hey, West Ham thought it was fair value” they were able to keep the price tag on the table.

Bent’s deal is for up to 6 years. The 23-year-old passed a medical yesterday; the transfer fee will be paid in installments. Visa and MasterCard then, cha-ching.

On the bright side, this does give Dimetar Berbatov pause as they paid significantly less for him. He must wonder what he is really worth. If I were Spurs, break out the Visa again, give Dimetar a raise.

On the bright, bright side, this transfer fee will do nothing but stall the transfer market as prices across the board have just risen on the news that a player that has 3 caps could command such a fee.

On the positive side, Bent was in excellent form last season scoring 15 goals. That many goals means on a good team he would have scored 20+. If he can produce like that at Tottenham we will all look back and say wow… Jol has a vision. But, in my opinion there are too many like Angel, Barros and Shevchenko to warrant the risk. But Jermain Defoe scored 18 last season. Hmmmm.

On the positive, positive side, Charlton have just reaped a windfall profit of 15m pounds as they only paid 2.5m for Bent in 2005. They have to pay Ipswich 20% of that because of a sell on clause but are still 12+ million in the clear.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least its in installments

6/29/2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to practice your writing skills and check your spellings before you publish.

6/29/2007 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

The empty wallet? wondering where the kitty is? do your research mate. tottenham are a club rolling in money right now. we saw a player we wanted and we signed him. maybe it was too much for him but when you can afford that and much more. why not.

6/29/2007 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A rip off ? He is only 23 - if he continues to progress the way he has started (the leading English marksmen for the past 2 seasons) what will he be worth when he peaks at 27/28 ?
20% to Ipswich (£3 million) plus the £2.75 million originally outlayed for him, means just under £10 million profit not £12 million !

6/29/2007 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If his goals get us into Champions League then it's worth 5.5m a season. Plus he's signed for up to six years.

6/29/2007 1:56 PM  
Anonymous t said...

Doesn't look so bad when you see Liverpool about to splash £27M for Torres who is unproven in the prem, does it?

6/29/2007 1:57 PM  
Blogger Sidyid said...

What a stupid article, most of us trust the manager and boards judgement, they obviously feel that he is worth the money and the risk, things have moved on since the Rebrov era and Spurs are on the up, so we can ignore silly little articles trying to put the mighty Spurs down.

6/29/2007 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are idiots, look at the comments from the article in the link... everyone was lined up against the fee

now you lot are acting like a bunch of sheep, dont you know how to think for yourselves????

6/29/2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Football Commentator said...

In the last article I discussed this subject there were 20 comments all lined up against paying 17m for Bent. Why all of a sudden is everyone in support of this move?

Here are the comments

I tend to agree with the previous comment (not necessarily the wording), don't you know how to think for yourselves or do you just follow the club blindly no matter what?

6/29/2007 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Skilling SE said...

I'm getting tired of all those non-clue bloggers. We did sign the player we wanted to sign and had the muscles to do so (yup, money).

I rather pay a little to much and get the right player, than go for a cheap replacement. We're right on track.

I too want a left sided midfielder, but there aren´t too many of them that are good enough. So, Malbranque is still a better option than some bloke like Andy Reid, who we could sign just because he's a southpaw and not because he's a good football player.

Bent is a great signing. Will be good.

COYS

6/29/2007 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Eric said...

If it were Arsenal that paid this much we'd all be in here laughing our asses off at them over the fee.

Its 100% true, we paid this much because of W Ham.

6/29/2007 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bent is definitely worth tht, but henry went on the cheap..

6/29/2007 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL overpriced.... bit like Carrick moving from Spuds to Man Utd for 18m.

Bent is 23 and an England international. Jol wanted him badly and had to pay the price. For the record Bent has scored at least 15 Prem goals in both the last 2 seasons only English striker to have done that!

6/29/2007 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely overpriced

6/29/2007 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats with some people!!! When the initial story broke - we were told that it was 17Million up front out right!! That is definitely over the top in my opinion. The vital bit of information that has swayed peoples judgements is the way the deal has been arranged..... It isnt an initial outlay of 17M.It is a percentage up front - with built in performance related payments and installments!!

We also got him for 5 years and an extra add on 1year clause so that he cant walk for free on a bosman should the situation ever come about...

That my friends is the reason that people are now seeing the deal differently. (which is fully undestandable)

On another note:- I thought that he was a good option - 23 years of age and a different type of player to what we have - i realise people are harking on about defoe - and i do rate him, but its no secret that bent offers more .... Aerial ability!!!! speed!!!! non stop running and commitment!!!! Good link up play!!!! and he can also score goals - people keep saying that he only looked good because he was the star at charlton??? how is that!!!

I remeber a certain Mr bent looking pretty good when scoring 2 past us at the end of last season ?? dont you??

Also - look at the england options -

owen' past it and nowhere near as good as he was!!!

Andy Johnson' pace and an eye for goal yes - link up play/good in the air.... NO!!

Rooney - obviously. But not good in the air.

Defoe - too 1 dimensional - great snap shot and a good turn but in my opinion - thats all he offers!!

Crouch - good in the air - good link up play. goal scorer? arguable depending on club or england form, pace? NO

Nugent - Whats the point - now he is over rated.

Alan smith - jury is out at the mo

My clear point is that Bent is probably the most all round English forward we have - He has a bit of everything and does it all well, he's a sound invesment and in the long run an england regular as well as worth the money spent

Anyway - rant over - like to see pepoles opinions on my points - challenge away

6/29/2007 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Reg said...

I just dont see how the details of the deal make it really any different. We, in the end, are going to pay the 16.5 no matter what which is too much. If Bent does well he has pole position to play along side Rooney. Andy Johnson is the only real competition for the place.

6/29/2007 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are Spurs getting all their money from? They dont have the biggest fan base or a super rich owner?

It seems a lot of money however he is English and does score goals and is only 23.

6/29/2007 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2.29 summed it up perfectly tbh. Make him the writer for this load if shite.

6/29/2007 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Load if shite in here.

On the Spurs boards everyone said the price was too high, the comment above is right. You are a bunch of sheep and maaaa with whatever the club does.

We have 3 solid strikers. Dont need Bent, esp for this fee.

We need a left winger.

COYS

6/29/2007 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a fekin disgrace i feel like feeling sick to my stomach how the hell can this be possible. This is a joke and whoeva was fuuukin dumb enuff to see fit to spend this much on a player who is at best worth wt 8mill even tht is pushing it i wan this guy as my boss god knows the wages id be one wot bs if robbie keane was bort for 6mill and defor 7m how can this overated andy cole wannabe can be worth 17m is ne1s guess. Just a bag of wank i dnt even thnk he better thn diomansy kamara lol. Just a BIG joke i mean since wen did we need to improve the strike force 4 fuks sake other positions HAVE to be bigger priority surely.

6/29/2007 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a well reasoned piece...

6/29/2007 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darren Bent has been the highest scoring English player in the premiership for the last two seasons. Playing for Charlton. He's only 23. And he was out for 2 months injured last season. Everyone thought Lineker was a bit shit but Bent has similar attributes plus he can head a ball...

6/29/2007 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a spurs fan I initially thought he was overpriced. However, I am now thinking its a good transfer for Tottenham. The reasons are as follows;

1. Top scoring Englishman in EPL for 2 seasons in a poor Charlton side. Will get goals for spurs

2. If you consider what Liverpool (Torres) and Man U (Nani & Anderson) are coughing up for less proven EPL players, I think Darrens a bargain.

3. Defore appears to be playing silly buggers with a new contract. With Darrens arrival, the board now have a little more flexibility in allowing him to leave.

4. Looking at the top 4 I think Tottenham have made the best transfer moves so far.

Arsenal - oh dear
Liverpool - ?? Torres unproven in EPL
Chelsea - unusually low key
Manure - lots of money on potential but little EPL experience. Will take a while to bed in. May be expensive failures who fail to adjust.

5. We have kept him from signing for a competitor (dont underestimate this point)

6. Englishman should have high sell on value in age of mega TV deals

Darren will hit the ground running my fellow yids!

All we need now is Kaboul and a lefty!!

BARGAIN!!!

COYS.....

6/30/2007 11:26 PM  
Anonymous red addick said...

hi...im a long suffering charlton fan....bent is good trust me,does a lot of work off the ball that goes unoticed...but the price we got i honestly feel like all our xmas`s has come at once...lets hope it helps break into the top 4 at the expense of a northern team or ARSENAL lol...c u in season 2008/09...stuart...

7/01/2007 8:52 AM  

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