Date:Thursday March 4 2010
Now I know it is international week and all and the hacks have to focus on something to meet their quotas but this story really is beginning to grow old.
According to many of the usual suspects, used car salesman 'Arry Redknapp is trying to wheel and deal his squad away in an attempt to deflect blame away from his aesthetically pleasing but predictable managerial style of 'Attack!'
Last season he tried to sign Craig Bellamy from West Ham but lost out to the deep pockets of Abu Dhabi's Man City owners and this year he has shown no signs of letting up in his pursuit of the pocket dynamo.
Now, according to the red tops, 'Ol' Nick Nack Paddy Wack' has been lurking in the shadows waiting for his moment to pounce and offer the Blues something they actually might deem worth having from White Hart Lane in Jermaine Defoe.
The story goes that he is willing to offer Defoe in part exchange for the flying Welshman and believes now is the time to pour oil on the fire that has risen after the training ground bust-ups between new boss Roberto Mancini and the Welshman.
So lets just consider that this story has an inkling of truth in it. Besides the fact that he's already bought and sold Defoe quite a few times, just why would Ol' Del Boy go to all that trouble bringing Defoe back just to swap him for a thirty year old dodgy-kneed trouble maker even if the Welshman is the better man on his day?
Defoe is explosive, quick and a good finisher as his tally of 16 this year goes to prove, yet he is still not a crowd favourite with the Spurs faithful.
Spurs fans have complained at Defoe's one-dimensional game, lack of strength and stamina as well as his selfishness in front of goal. He is also not a big game player which could probably be the real reason for this rumour.
Bellamy may well have a reputation for being a 'Big Time Charlie' with the ability to start a fight in an empty room, according to Sir Bobby, but he still remains a fans favourite at every club he goes to.
Like it or not he is a leader, with a warrior heart and has proven he can play up front or on either side of a front three equally as well.
The real root of the mater might come down to who is the big game player and who can take the team to the next level?
Bellamy has this season alone scored multiple goals against each of United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool proving himself indispensable to the Blues top four challenge.
He has already fought off competition from Robinho, Petrov, Weiss, Bojinov and Shaun Wright Phillips to be the first name on the team sheet along with Tevez.
So maybe Redknapp sees him as a short term solution after seeing the younger England striker flatter to deceive with a third of his goals coming against Wigan Athletic this season.
On the other hand, maybe there is a more sinister plot line to this persistent rumour. After all, Bellamy has humiliated his nephew's Chelsea side on two occasions already this year and given the proverbial finger to Frankie's best mate the Chav King that is Mr Chelsea himself.
Could it be that Ol' Arry is thinking of buying another forward and leaving him on the bench until he has to loan him out? Do City fans really care and more importantly would any Blue swap Bellamy for Defoe anyway? Probably not.
Its more likely that the Spurs boss is looking for battle hardened yeomen in his attempt to toughen the obvious soft belly that Spurs have and Bellamy, love him or loathe him, is exactly the sort of player you want with you in the trenches.
With the resources on offer to City and with Tevez, Santa Cruz and Adebayor already at the club, do City really need Defoe?
You would think that it would be more likely 'The Citizens' would be interested in a world class finisher and all round footballer a la Torres, Villa or Fabiano to compliment our existing strike force.
You could argue that they don't even play in the same position as Bellamy has played wide right or left since his move to City and from that position is quite prolific in scoring 8 and providing 11 assists to Defoe's 16 and 2 as a striker.
One things for sure, City fans wouldn't swap Bellamy for ten Robinhos or five Petrovs, so why would they even think about swapping him for one measly Jermaine Defoe.
After all, if Bellamy was English I know who I'd rather have giving his all at the world cup this summer and he doesn't wear a diamond earring the size of walnut.
No he's the Welsh dragon with a chip on his shoulder the size of John Terry's black book and City fans love him all the same.
Date:Thursday March 4 2010
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