There’s little doubt anymore that something dodgy is behind Tevezcherano. Arsenal and Manchester United turned down the loan deal because the terms were “not suitable” (i.e. insane) and now, apparently, even Alan Pardew knows it.
The Guardian features an interview in which the West Ham boss, while understandably excited, is also openly in denial about the terms of the deal and would rather not think about it. Because, you know, what has planning further ahead than one season ever done for anyone?
“It is intriguing, it’s intriguing to me, but to be honest I don’t care,” he said. “I’m so pleased they’re here, so pleased we’ve got two world-class players at West Ham. And our fans should rejoice, that’s my view.
“When it was put to me there was an opportunity they could seriously be coming, as a manager you don’t turn down that opportunity. As for the terms of the deal, I have to put that to the back of my mind.”
You know he’s not lying, either, because he seems to think that his new signings could actually be around for the duration of their contracts,
“You can argue that Rooney at Manchester United has signed a four or five-year contract and it’s the same proposition as we have here. That’s how I look at it as a manager, as Sir Alex Ferguson will look at Rooney’s contract.”
Pardew seems to be a relatively smart man and West Ham could well be the first lucky beneficiaries of a new wave of transfer deals.
But to purely embrace the positive aspects of it (having world class players for a season or two) and completely ignore the negatives (you’re only having world class stars for a season or two, planning on any longer in terms of squad or spending may not be wise) is probably the way to go down in a ball of flames.
And, yes, this is probably a load of PR schpeel and Pardew is bricking it. But it’s much more entertaining to imagine that he’s already cleared room in his trophy cabinet (currently barren) for a Champions League medal.