Said Benramha’s move to West Ham in jeopardy
Championship chat with Ben Fisher …
“Plenty going on across the Championship and it is a particularly busy day in south Wales with Tottenham Hotspur hopeful of tying up a deal for Swansea’s Joe Rodon, though Spurs will have to offer at least £15m between now and 5pm to land the Wales defender. Joel Latibeaudiere and Kasey Palmer are likely incomings at the Liberty Stadium, on loan from Manchester City and Bristol City respectively, while free agent Fabio Borini could return, although that deal can happen after the deadline. Swansea have lost the race to sign Liverpool’s Harry Wilson, however, with the winger set to join rivals Cardiff on loan.
Elsewhere, Everton are among a clutch of top-flight teams thought to be keen on Joshua King but Bournemouth’s valuation in excess of £17m has put off suitors given the Norway striker is out of contract next summer. A scenario whereby King stays put and signs a pre-contract agreement with a European club in January looks increasingly likely.
Meanwhile, Said Benrahma is set to cross the dot the i’s and cross the t’s on a £30m deal to West Ham and the Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is set to join Barnsleyon a permanent deal, for a fee in the region of £1.25m.
Steve Bruce has revealed that Newcastle United employ a player bill-payer. “We’ve even got someone behind the scenes who pays all their bills,” said the manager. “It’s a fact of being a modern footballer; everything is done for you. Players today expect it.”
Although this is now standard practise at Premier League clubs it was not always so. “I’ve certainly never had anyone pay my gas bill,” said Bruce, a former Manchester United captain, before letting slip that he had, however, had “parking fines” taken care of in the past.
Player liaison officers have long been ubiquitous at top tier clubs. A favourite anecdote at Middlesbrough centres around the Steve McClaren managerial era when one was woken in the early hours by an urgent phone call from a striker pleading to be released from the car wash he had become trapped in at a deserted petrol station.
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