Mido & Ghaly
Posted on July 28, 2007
Filed Under Blues News
Is anyone else’s head spinning at just what’s happening with these two deals? The sheer amount of articles and rumours floating around various websites is too much to take in. When such things happen, I tend to stick with Tatts in the Mail. He’s usually closer to the mark than off it and so it seems in this deal.
A few nights ago, a story claimed that both deals had broken down. The story included quotes directly from Mido saying that he – and Ghaly – had had problems with certain clauses that Blues wanted to insert into the contracts.
I sat down with Birmingham to discuss the new contract. I totally rejected some clauses which were included.
Ghaly’s situation is just like me, his negotiations with the club have stalled for the same reasons. I don’t know what will happen next.
I won’t go to Birmingham unless these clauses are changed, otherwise I will return to Tottenham and wait for another offer or remain at Spurs.
It doesn’t exactly sound like someone who wants to play for Blues, does it?
Since then, we know that the issue is not wages. And we also know that Mido wasn’t speaking for Ghaly since Blues hadn’t even met with the midfielder when Mido released these quotes!
The story’s become somewhat clearer over the last 24 hours or so and there’s lots of stories currently doing the rounds that Ghaly has signed for Blues. Ghaly will be a good signing if it’s true. At the time of writing, it hasn’t been announced on the official Blues site which leads me to believe that it’s a) not true or b) Blues are desperately trying to wrap up the Mido deal to announce both together. I can’t see what good it would do either Ghaly or Blues to announce a signing before it happened.
The story regarding Blues and Mido being a “million miles” away from happening doesn’t bode well, does it? It’s made a lot of people quite angry and there seems to be a lot of people going to extremes.
There’s those that blame Mido. He’s a trouble-maker, arrogant and they do not want him. And those who blame Blues for making grand statements and making big bids for players like Mido knowing that they wouldn’t sign him in the first place due to ridiculous clauses that the club’s going to install.
I’m in between. Mido’s a difficult player to handle. We’ve known this from the start. But are we able to sign someone with his ability – or should that be potential ability? – who hasn’t got lots of baggage with them? I’d say no. If Mido plays to what he’s capable of and didn’t have such a chequered history in the game, we probably wouldn’t be in the running to sign him in the first place.
As far as I’m aware, all the stories of Blues being interested in Mido were announced by him. Bruce has only spoken about him when called upon it after Mido told journalists. Blues have tried to treat this transfer like any other. However, it seems to have gotten out and now certain Blues fans are blaming the club for it. I don’t see it that way. After all, our other transfer have been done very professionally this time around.
Stories have done the rounds that Middlesbrough are now interested in the player. Yeah, a lot of people have their noses out of joint about that one! After all, ‘Boro seemed to be linked with every single player that we are, albeit a couple of days later. I don’t think there’s anything particularly sinister. I’d just like to believe that we’re competing at a similar level, despite this only being our first season back after a brief absence.
Initially, it wouldn’t have been beyond reason to think that they were perhaps interested in taking Mido from Tottenham Hotspur due to them selling one of their striker – Yakubu, perhaps? However, Gareth Southgate has dashed such hopes and so we’ll have to look elsewhere if the Mido thing doesn’t come off.
Time’s getting on and we’re still a left back, a centre half and a striker light. The Mido thing – up until a few days ago – was done and dusted. Now, it’s looking decidedly dodgy and I’m not comfortable with us scratching around for a striker with so little time left. Certain sites have made a simple leap and suggested that we’ll resign Andrew Cole from Portsmouth. I can’t see that happening. £6m transfer of Mido from Spurs turned into a potential freebie for a 35/36 year old from Pompey. The Blues board surely know better…
Part of me still thinks we’ll tie Mido up. It’ll take a few days but usually we get our man. All this has made me more dubious of the man though. Announcing the potential transfer and then the contract problems like he did and then going on to suggest that he’d be perfectly happy to stay at Spurs and wait for another club isn’t exactly inspiring or making the fans believe that this is where he wants to be.
Regardless, he can be a quality striker and a quality striker, as we all know, can be the difference between staying up and going down at this level. As usual, it’s going to be an interesting time…