Transfer Speculation: Robert Green (West Ham United)
Never quite sure what to make of speculation where a paper like The Mirror simply reports that West Ham want to sell their keeper for £5m. This is scandalous under-selling.
Surely a sub-editor could spin this a little better? 'Robert Green to Tottenham' as a replacement for the injured Carlo Cudicini has something to it. Of course why Green would decide to kill off his only shot at a World Cup finals by becoming Heurelho Gomes's understudy may be difficult to fathom.
Or even 'Robert Green to Manchester United', as United seem to be auditioning for a new goalkeeper having played all three of their keepers in the last week. But again, Green needs guaranteed football.
If Portsmouth sell David James to Spurs then Green could go to Pompey - but he'd probably have to be knocked unconscious first and carried there in a sack.
Even if West Ham bagged £5m for Robert Green in January it may well be a real signal of a team about to be relegated. Like Newcastle found last season when they sold Shay Given, the loss of a top goalkeeper can cost far more than his transfer value. For West Ham's sake let's hope there is nothing in this one because with the club dallying with relegation already a firesale of the better players will send the club down. And down there there will be no cushion for the debt mountain.
*Is there anything is this speculation? Can West Ham afford to sell Green?