Monday, 31 August 2009

Petrov to Spurs?

In The Times today:

Tottenham have had a longstanding interest in the Bulgaria winger, but have pulled out of previous moves because of concerns about his knee injury and age.

Petrov has been an unused substitute for City’s three league matches this season and his chances of starting have been adversely affected by the high-profile arrivals. At 30, his signing would highlight Tottenham’s change in transfer strategy under Redknapp, who is less concerned about buying players with a sell-on value than Daniel Levy, his chairman.

This one seems quite likely. Redknapp has been interested in Petrov for a while, and even before Luka Modrić's injury they looked like they could do with a conventional outside-left option - hence their interest in Ashley Young. But with Modrić injued this must be a key priority for Redknapp.

And, as Henry Winter twittered earlier, Petrov is 'too good to languish in City reserves.' The fact that Mark Hughes wanted a quicker and more direct alternative to Robinho on the left yesterday - and that that player was not Petrov but Craig Bellamy - suggests that his future may not be at City. I wouldn't be too thrilled at seeing him at Spurs though: they look like they're going to be our closest rivals this season. Can't we sell him abroad?


Tom said...

As a Tottenham fan I'd welcome Petrov at the Lane. Especially as we can probably get him for cheap i.e. under £5mil. I suppose you're going to have to get used to making players unhappy due to the size of your squad, attack-minded players in particular.

Bernie said...

I would be sad to see him go but I thought it looked nailed on when we scored on the palace game....vlad et al on the bench were celebrating and rigsby looked like he'd lost his gran. Against Portsmouth sparky could have achieved a better balance ( theoretically) by playing him instead of bellamy but opted for one of his men instead. Am I right in thinking that garrido apart that will be all sven's signings gone or on loan?

Anonymous said...

Dont even entertain these stupid stories, Petrov is happy at City and Hughes has told Petrov he is still valued.

Spurs are not worth the value of a door mat.

Anonymous said...

There will only be four more departures.

Tal Ben Haim

Tom said...

Cityblue - I admire your (misplaced) confidence.

alenty said...

It might just be me, but does anyone else think there is one last signing before the transfer window closes. I would love to think that it'll be Ribery. Petrov goes to Spurs
and Bayern have brought in Robben - as they knew they couldn't turn down a sum for Ribery that City are more than capable of offering.
I know my arguement is based on only two factors...but I can dream!!!