Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Real deal

As mentioned in the comments below, we've apparently now agreed a fee with Real Madrid for the permanent signing of Michael Owen. Reports from the club suggest it is in excess of the £15 million club record we paid for Alan Shearer.

That strikes me as the easy part.

The much harder task will be convincing Michael Owen that he not only wants to come here (because we're currently the only viable option for first team football in World Cup year) but that he wants to stick around for more than one season.

I suspect that it'll be a lot harder to persuade him of that.

Still, unlike our previous attempts to sign strikers this season it's nice to see we've agreed a fee with the club first, rather than agreeing a big fat contract with a player only to then fail to meet their club's asking price.


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