Carrick Done and Dusted at 14m?

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As we struggle to any worthwhile news outside of the World Cup, it seems that longstanding rumors of Alex Ferguson’s interest in Michael Carrick have come to a head with Tottenahm reportedly rejecting a 10m pound bid. With the John O’Shea and Ryan Giggs forming a rather ineffective central midfield pairing many of you already had the mulleted midfielder on your wishlist.

But rumors are also now abound across message boards that United have upped their offer to 14m, and that Spurs have accepted. Even a ‘mate of Carrick’s’ popped up on a United site to say that the deal was done before the World Cup, meaning that Spurs are managing information to the press to put the transfer in the best possible light. Carrick only has two years left on his contract and if he cannot agree a new one with Tottenham this summer, the club may be smart in cashing in before his transfer value drops.

It has been a long time since Tottenham has had a key player poached by a top team, partly because they haven’t actually had anyone worth looking at. But this could explain Tottenham’s interest in St. Etienne’s Didier Zokora not as a replacement for Edgar Davids, but rather Carrick.

So, is Michael Carrick the player to provide the calming presence to United’s play that has been lacking since the departure of Roy Keane, especially at 20m pounds?

Are Spurs fans happy to see him go at that price with a talent like Tom Huddlestone waiting in the wings, or has he managed to prove himself indispensible to Martin Jol’s revolution? Will he show a rare loyalty to his club that Thierry Henry displayed for Arsenal?

Answers on a postcard…if there was a postcard in the comments…or something.