Anfield and White Hart Lane boss’s fight for Man City’s forgotten man.
Liverpool and Tottenham are both said to be in advanced talks with Man City’s Craig Bellamy after Etihad Stadium boss Roberto Mancini agreed to allow the Welsh international leave on a free transfer.
The 32 year old adaptable attacker spent last season on loan at hometown club Cardiff City and has returned to Man City to become their forgotten man. The experienced and determined Bellamy has been told that he will not play for the club but appears to have a number of options as the transfer window draws to a close.
A return to Anfield may appeal to the former Liverpool man who’s one season at the club resulted in a run to the Champions League Final, which Craig Bellamy sat out on the bench, and Kenny Dalglish sees the City man as an ideal back up man for his first choice strike pairing of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
The fact that Bellamy can effectively ply his trade out on the wings is an added bonus and whilst he may command high wages, said to be around £90k a week, the fact that he would cost nothing to sign would help make the deal something of a bargain. Clearly however the Merseyside club are suffering from bringing Joe Cole in on a similar deal and seem keen to rid themselves of the former England man as he has become a financial burden.
Clearly Dalglish feels the situation would be different with Bellamy and is prepared to offer a one year contract with an option for a second season.
Harry Redknapp also wants the Man City man and is could be that Bellamy would have more luck of clinching a first team spot at Tottenham given that their current crop of strikers is very much off form. Having sold Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy and reportedly considering selling Peter Crouch as well, the White Hart Lane side is left with Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko as their striking options, both of which failed to impress for large chunks of the last campaign.
Tottenham’s presence in the Europa League may also appeal to Bellamy but then Liverpool’s excellent start to the season could play a part, especially as Redknapp’s side finds themselves bottom of the table, albeit having played one fewer game than most of their opposition.
The likes of QPR and West Ham are also said to be interested in the Welshman but it seems his future will either on Merseyside or North London.