According to numerous sources, newly-promoted Hull City won the race (read: beat out Stoke City) to sign out-of-favour centre-back Anthony Gardner from Spurs.
Premiership Latest reports:
Premier League debutantes Hull City have agreed a fee for Tottenham Hotspur Defender Anthony Gardner, as the exodus out of White Hart Lane continues under Spurs boss Juande Ramos.
Tigers manager Phil Brown has been tracking Gardner all summer, with it believed that a fee of £2.5million has been agreed with Tottenham to bring the 27-year-old to the KC Stadium.
At first, many sources reported that Gardner would leave on a one-year loan deal, but it seems that Ramos, Levy and company wanted to broker a permanent switch to bolster their transfer funds.
In this summer, marked by ridiculous rumours and even more ridiculous transfer fees, this seems to be an intelligent, fair deal for both sides.
For a club like Tottenham whose (alleged) goal is to break into the top four, Gardner simply does not have the class. For Hull City, whose goal is to stay out of the bottom three, Garnder will be a significant contributor to their back line. While he is not fleet of foot, Gardner does have Premier League experience, which will be at a premium at Hull.
Also, Hull City fans should be excited about this signing, because it shows that they are willing to spend some money to try to stay up next year. If they can build on this signing, it will certainly bolster their chances of not becoming the next Derby County.
The deal also makes sense from Tottenham’s perspective. If Gardner were to stay, he would not have gotten on the field. Though the transfer price was paltry, it helps boost their transfer funds to bring in names like Capel, Pavlyuchenko, and that English guy who gets compared (moronically) to David Beckham. With this transfer and the Sunderland four, Spurs have raised over £25 million without selling any members of the core (besides Steed). If you throw Robbo for £4 mil, then you’ve made a nice chunk of change without selling any of your true match-winners.
I like this deal from both sides. What do Tigers and Spurs fans think? Is Gardner the answer? Who are Spurs going to spend this money on?