Monday, January 29, 2007

Hammer Hermann Hreidarsson?

I really hope this rumour is pure conjecture and not for real, because otherwise I would seriously question the club's rationale. In short, both BBC Radio and Sky Sports are reporting that Charlton have turned down a £2.5m bid from West Ham for Hermann Hreidarsson.

I like Hreidarsson; I admire his complete commitment and his leadership qualities. However he has become worryingly error-prone, is losing his pace, will be 33-years old in July and despite being our main target at set-pieces, has not scored since the Everton home game in Dec 2004. In other words, even if the £2.5m allegedly offered was not all cash up front, this is an extraordinarily generous bid for an ageing and increasingly average player, and one we should thus accept unquestionably.

Moreover, coming in the same week as the Bougherra deal for the same price, it would seem to be fabulous business to replace Hreidarsson with a far younger propsect, and all for a zero cash outlay. Pards has already publicly emphasised how highly he rates the Icelander, but even so this has 'Jason Euell' (Palace once bid £2.5m you will recall) written all over it. Perhaps Eggert Magnusson just wants a few more natives around the place; if so, we should allow them to go and eat puffin together down the Barking Road.

If true, I would also seriously question Alan Curbishley's judgment. Interestingly the BBC Radio report from West Ham's FA Cup defeat suggested fans were asking "where's Alan Pardew?", and mediocre signings like Boa Morte, Davenport, Neill and Quashie are hardly endearing Curbs to the already doubting Hammers fans. His penchant meanwhile for 'flexible players' (the Herminator fits this bill nicely too) is also frankly becoming a bit long-in-the-tooth (I'm increasingly convinced he bid £2.3m for Marcus Bent because he can also play right-wing). Bent-aside, at least, all of this bodes very well for Charlton as we approach the final straight of this relegation battle.


At 12:57 AM, Blogger Ken J said...

If the 2.5m is accurate, I would have made the HH trade in a heartbeat. And I would have wished him well.

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Tillers said...

For £2.5m I would have driven him round there myself. I fear, though, that it might have been a part of the Darren Bent deal, under which circumstances I would have told Curbishley where to go. He must realise now that we are genuine contenders for that 4th from bottom sopt that he is craving, so it might just have been done to unsettle us. However, either way I trust Pardew's judgement, so I am going to assume that it is not quite as reported.

Can anyone confirm if HH's contract expires in the summer?

At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only reason i can see we didn;'t take it is we need cover at left back. Even then its still a ridiculous offer

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say it reminds you of when Palace offered £2.5m for Jason Euell.

The outcome there was that we didn't sell, we stayed up, Palace went down.

Can you see any parallels with our current position?

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous newyorkaddick said...

We were offered £2.75m (sorry thought it was £2.5m) for Euell in Jan 2005 - he went on to score one more goal for us and only started five times last season. We were also safely in the upper part of midtable at the time so relegation was hardly an issue. So in short, the only parallel I see is that it was an awful mistake not to have sold him because we only got £400k for him in the summer.

Based upon the number of mistakes HH has made this season that have led directly to goals ('Boro home, Fulham home and Villa away spring to mind) then I'd have thought it might actually aid our relegation battle to flog him to one of our rivals, and leave enough money to sort out a last-minute central midfielder.


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