Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Euell transfer now in jeopardy

The £1.5 million transfer of out of favour Addick Jason Euell to Birmingham City is now in jeopardy following a change of policy at the Midlands club according to Alan Curbishley. However, there are rumours that another club in trouble, Middlesbrough, have also expressed an interest in Euell, so, who knows, a bidding war could develop!Indeed, Pompey were in the frame at an earlier stage.

Blues had agreed a £1.5m fee for Euell - a substantial amount of which was raised by the sale of Walter Pandiani to Espanyol - although personal terms were still to be discussed (including an appropriate parking space for Jase's car).

However, manager Steve Bruce in reality has little money to spend during the January transfer window with the free transfer signing of Chris Sutton his only acquisition to date.

And following a knee injury suffered by striker Emile Heskey, ironically against the Addicks last weekend, Bruce may have to look for a proven goalscorer instead of moving for the attacking midfielder, who has fallen out of favour at The Valley.

Curbishley said: 'As far as I was aware, Birmingham had agreed a fee, and I thought it was going through. However, I think Birmingham now as a club have changed their policy a bit in terms of the transfer market, which has affected the move.

'It is nothing to do with Jason, nothing to do with the fee or the terms, I just think at the club itself they have had a change of policy. I think the transfer now is in danger, but that is not from our end or from Jason's end.'

Like many of the Addickted, I think that Euell has had a bit of a raw deal at Charlton since his return from injury and not enough use has been made of his versatility, even though the composition and shape of the side has changed a lot since he was a key member. But surely he offers more as a late substitute than Lisbie?


Blogger beauzo said...

On the evidence of 3 or 4 seasons; I would dispute that Jason Euell has ever offered anything off the bench as a substitute other than petulance. Whether this might be improved by his presence in the shop window is a risk our esteemed manager will have to assess.In this regard though I think we have often seen how long Curbs sticks with his incumbents.

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