Trans­fer win­dow haunts man­agers

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — With just over a week to go un­til the Bri­tish trans­fer win­dow closes for four months, sev­eral Premier League clubs are steel­ing them­selves to re­sist raids on their young stars from big­ger ri­vals.

The man­agers of West Bromwich Al­bion, Ever­ton and Southamp­ton, to name but three, fear new bids for play­ers they have in­sisted they want to keep.

And all three have crit­i­cisedsed the way the win­dow will still be open four matches into the newew Premier League sea­son, whichich started a week ear­lier than usu­alual be­cause of next sum­mer’s Euro­ro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nals.

Southamp­ton’s man­ager Ronon­ald Koe­man de­scribed the 1 Sepeptem­ber dead­line as “crazy” andnd said it should be on 1 Au­gust be­fore any matches are played.

He is con­cerned about spec­u­lala­tion link­ing his Sene­galese wingnger Sa­dio Mane to Manchesterter United and Kenyan mid­field­erder Vic­tor Wanyama to Tot­ten­ham.m. Af­ter Southamp­ton’s 0-0 draw at Wat­ford on Sun­day he in­sist­edted “no­body is for sale”.

One of the prob­lems has bee­neen that play­ing three or four gamesmes while the win­dow is still open en­ables rich clubs to iden­tify weakak­nesses in their squad, some­timesmes caused by ad­di­tional in­juries or sus­pen­sions.

Tot­ten­ham fall into that catee­gory and man­ager Mauri­cio Po- chet­tino, who was in charge at Southamp­ton be­fore leav­ing last year, is re­ported likely to be re­united with Wanyama.

The first three games have also ex­posed his team’s over-de­pen­dence on striker Harry Kane and Po­chet­tino con­firmed last week he wanted another for­ward.

With­out nam­ing West Bromwich’s Eng­land Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional Saido Ber­ahino, who is widely be­lieved to be the main tar­get, the Spurs man­ager said at the week­end that “maybe in the next few days we can strengthen the team a lit­tle bit more”.

Tot­ten­ham’s chair­man Daniel Levy has a rep­u­ta­tion for leav­ing deals un­til the last minute and the selling club has lit­tle or no time to find a re­place­ment.

Al­bion have al­ready paid a club record fee for a new striker of their own in Salomon Ron­don from Zenit St Peters­burg.

The con­tin­u­ing ru­mours about Ber­ahino, how­ever, have an­noyed man- ager Tony Pulis, who left him out of Sun­day’s home de­feat by Chelsea.

“Saido’s a great lad but this can be dis­rup­tive,” he said. “There’s loads of things go­ing on and there’s peo­ple say­ing things and do­ing things.

“It’s the trans­fer win­dow that causes the prob­lem. There are still seven days to go. The kid shouldn’t have this prob­lem. No­body should. The sea­son has started.”

Ever­ton have been aware for some time of Chelsea’s in­ter­est in young Eng­land de­fender John Stones, which is likely to have in­creased af­ter the cham­pi­ons con­ceded seven goals in their first three games and now have cap­tain and cen­tre-half John Terry sus­pended fol­low­ing his send­ing-off at West Bromwich.

Ever­ton’s cap­tain Phil Jagielka, who plays along­side the 21-year-old Stones, said in in­ter­views be­fore Sun­day’s de­feat by Manch­ester City that the present sys­tem led to un­cer­tainty and “un­set­tles peo­ple”.

“I can­not get my head round why it works the way it does,” he added.

Ever­ton man­ager Roberto Martinez re­it­er­ated af­ter the match how keen the club were to keep Stones. But like Pulis, Koe­man and oth­ers, he faces an un­com­fort­able wait un­til 7pm next Tues­day. — Reuters

Southamp­ton midfielder Vic­tor Wanyama. West Bromwich for­ward Saido Ber­ahino.

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