Two Minute Warning
QPR close on Dawson, Spurs eye Pjanic, Eduardo to Fulham?
Tick tock, tick tock. That’s the sound of the transfer window clock winding its way ever closer to midnight, 31 August. Otherwise known as a week on Friday. Clubs are starting to panic about bringing players in. The latest transfer rumours include QPR’s move for Tottenham stopper Michael Dawson, while Spurs in turn fancy Roma’s Miralem Pjanic and Fulham want to bring former Arsenal forward Eduardo back to the capital. But how much truth is there to these rumours? The Life’s a Pitch team delves deeper.
“I think QPR are in the driving seat because they’ve made the first moves for him,” says the People’s Janine Self on reports that QPR have agreed a fee of around £7.5m for Dawson. ”It’s funny: he’s not wanted by Tottenham, but he’s wanted by everyone else. Both Stoke and Sunderland are also interested. If it comes down to wages and the fact that QPR are based in London, I would say probably QPR [will get him]. Eight out of 10.”
Another shrewd bit of business from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. And could the north Londoners be about to spend some of the proceeds on Bosnian midfielder Pjanic? “There’s a logic in Spurs being interested in him,” points out the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield. ”He’s 22 and would be a natural replacement for Luka Modric when he finally leaves for Real Madrid. He’s a player of real quality, has only been in Roma a year and the fact that Daniele Di Rossi is staying there means that if Roma want to bring other players in, they’re going to have to sell. They might get £8m-£10m for him, which is a good price for Spurs to pay for a 22-year-old. Certainly the interest would be there, so seven out of 10. Whether it actually happens, we’ll have to wait and see.”
But what of Eduardo? Is a return to London on the cards? “I would give it six out of 10,” says the Daily Mirror’s John Cross. ”Fulham are obviously in the market for a striker, particularly if [Clint] Dempsey goes as well. Eduardo maybe feels he’s got unfinished business in the Premier League. He’s claiming that he knows nothing about the Fulham interest. I just think if the right offer was there and the opportunity were to arise for him to leave Shakhtar Donetsk and come back to the Premier League, I think he’d take that. He is an absolute born goalscorer, he has fantastic instinct and so much to offer.”
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