have signed England
striker Darren Bent
from new Championship
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
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
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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