Klose, but no cigar . . .

David Sullivan has told ESPN Soccernet’s Harry Harris that prior to the World Cup, West Ham had a deal in place to sign Bayern Munich forward Miroslav Klose.  In a scenario typical for West Ham, Klose has proceeded to score four goals in four games for Germany, causing Bayern to rethink the deal.  Sullivan was quoted as saying,

“We had a deal in place before the World Cup, after he had a bad season in Germany. However, as a result of what he has done at the World Cup, it’s unlikely to happen.”

Soccernet reports that the deal would have resulted in Klose joining West Ham on a free transfer, with West Ham paying half of his £140,000 per week wage rate.  Leave it to a West Ham deal to be scuppered by a target playing too well.  Supporters can at least be buoyed by the club’s ambitions, as in theory this would have been another shrewd move by the management team.  Klose can obviously still perform, even at age 32, and kudos to the Davids and Avram Grant for keeping their eyes open to a potential deal for him.  Hopefully there will be more of the same regarding transfer dealings during this window.  The same being smart, effective transfers, not more cases of “almosts.”


~ by ar_sage on July 7, 2010.

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