Harry Redknapp appears truly confused by this potential White Hart Lane exchange.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp will have to part with Jermain Defoe if he wants to add Craig Bellamy to the ranks at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp has repeatedly been linked with a move for the feisty Welshman, and whispers of a move from Spurs re-surfaced heavily last week after an alleged bust-up between Bellamy and club manager Roberto Mancini.
The Manchester City striker only added to his value with a wonderful brace at Stamford Bridge as the Citizens produced a shock 4-2 victory against title-chasing Chelsea.
A cult hero with the blue half of Manchester, Mancini had reportedly told Bellamy to stay away from the club for the rest of the season after an internal row at the club’s training ground. Although the story was blown out of proportion, both parties have since admitted that there was a disagreement within the camp.
The People reports that the Eastlands side would only let Bellamy leave the club if England striker Defoe could make the switch the other way.
Spurs star Defoe has scored 16 goals for the White Hart Lane club, including five in one game against Wigan earlier in the season. Bellamy only has 8 league goals to his name so far this season, but when fit he has spent most of his time on the wing.
It’s predicted that City would have to make a player-plus-cash offer, something that wouldn’t be a problem for the super rich club. On paper an unlikely move, this could become the biggest transfer of the summer if City want to chase the highly-rated striker. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Oh sweet Jesus. If Roberto Mancini wanted Harry Redknapp to agree to this truly awful swap deal he would have to slip something into his drink first. Jermain Defoe is a White Hart Lane goal machine, in the form of his life and surely one player that Tottenham will not consider parting company with, so why the hell would we be tempted by Craig Bellamy?
The Welsh irritant may well be doing quite well at Eastlands and managing to keep his nose clean off the pitch but If we did this deal to bring in the former West Ham man I would swallow my own elbow. There isn’t a club that Bellamy has represented that he hasn’t had some sort of problem with. He has small man syndrome and his latest comments about John Terry, although pretty much spot on, were unwise coming from the crazy mouth of the striker.
With 22 goals in 31 starts this term it is safe to say that Defoe should be in Fabio Capello’s England World Cup squad and the 27 is approaching his peak and we would be mugs to consider selling and even if a swap deal actually involved a decent player in return its a deal that still wouldn’t happen.
With Robbie Keane away at Celtic we now have a more manageable selection of three frontmen battling for starting spots and hopefully they can lead us to a top four finish, at the expense of Man City and Craig Bellamy.