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Jul 092010
 

Uruguay world cup star reopens door back to the Premiership but could it be career over for Spurs’ England defender?

Change of heart? Forlan refuses to rule out move back to England.

Supposed Redknapp target Diego Forlan has refused to rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid this summer.

The Uruguayan striker is chasing the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa having already scored four goals in his country’s route to Saturday’s third place play off against the Germans.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been open when speaking of his admiration of Forlan, but the former Man Utd man has previously ruled out a return to the Premier League.

The striker struggled during his spellat Old Trafford, however, he has since flourished with more than 100 goals in Spain for Villareal and Atletico to draw the attention of a number of top clubs around Europe.

And Forlan admits that he would consider a summer move, telling Sky Sports News: “They have to be a good offer and we have to see.

“I am very happy in Madrid and the way the city and the team are always with me.

“(But) you never know. If it is a good offer we have to see if the team wants me to leave or not and then we have to sit and talk.”

End of the Road? Woody suffers yet more injury woe!

Meanwhile one player for whom the future does not look quite so bright is our injury jinxed England centre half Jonathon Woodgate.

Woodgate is running out of time to save his Spurs career, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Woodgate played the disappointing total of only three games last season and failed to manage a single appearence from November onwards.

Redknapp has now warned the 30 year-old he will have ‘big problems’ if a persistent groin injury is not cured soon.

“We’ve really got to monitor him and see where he’s at because it’s been a year now for Jonathan and he’s really got to be coming back and playing now” said Redknapp.

“If he doesn’t, if he’s not going to be back pretty soon, he’s got big problems, so it is an area we’re looking at. Sebastien Bassong did well for us last year so we’ll see how we go.”

Woody will always be remembered by Spurs fans for his winner against Chelsea in the League Cup final, but sentiment can only take you so far and if he fails to recover soon we won’t be too disappointed to see him removed from the payroll. For a player once considered to be Englands’s best centre half, it could be a very sad end to what could have been such a great career!

Jun 202010
 

Diego Forlan is wanted by Tottenham.

The 31-year-old Uruguayan striker has been one of the stars of the World Cup in South Africa and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp rates him highly.

Atletico Madrid relied heavily on Forlan in their Europa League triumph and he scored twice in the final as they beat Fulham.

But the stumbling block could be Forlan’s age – and the price that Atletico will demand.

They will want in excess of £12million, while Spurs would not be prepared to go higher than £8.5m.

But Redknapp feels a player of his experience will be vital as Spurs go for the Champions League.

Now forgive me here but when Harry said he wanted that 1 special player this summer I really pray to god he didn’t mean Diego Forlan. I can’t deny that Forlan in Spain is not the same Forlan that played in England but I remember Savo Milosovic in the 90s going to Spain and being top scorer after not really impressing in England, so what makes Forlan any different?.

My personal opinion on this subject is that I hope Harry is having a laugh here, I just think the style of Spanish football helps Forlan and his game. I think if he were to come back to the Premiership he would not be as deadly but go back to being that donkey we all remember from his Man Utd days.

We then move on to the price, £12mil for a player of 31 and which in 2 years will be worthless. It will be a pricey gamble because if he does flop at Spurs then nobody in their right minds is going to stump up anywhere near that amount for a 31 year old flop. The one thing I admire about Daniel Levy is that he is a good business man when it comes to deals and usually buys players of younger age who can be sold on in the future. My only worry here is the persuasive power of Harry, especially now we have secured 4th place in the Premier League.

I really hope this is a nasty rumor that just won’t go away because for £12millon we could get so much more for our money than Diego Forlan, however this is just my opinion on Forlan and I will not start doutbing Harry after what he has done for the club, so god forbid if he really wants to sign Diego Forlan then as much as that pains me, he has my full support.