Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Ain't it grand?

Just a quick Charlie Davies transfer update: contrary to French reports claiming this deal would be announced 'by the end of the week' and a curious statement from Sochaux president Alexandre Lacombe that implied the American was already in their corral, I have been told by Hammarby this afternoon that no transfer fee agreements have taken place yet.

As it stands they at least have sitting offers from Sochaux and Croatian power Hajduk Split (of under €2 million I've been told), plus interest from several other clubs in France and Germany. My sources tell me it's going to take upwards of €2.5 million to land Davies.

Last Thursday night, his agent told me they were 'hoping to have this done in the next five days'. It looks as though they will not make that timeline, but the forward's involvement in Gold Cup as Hammarby resumes their campaign certainly suggests it won't be much longer until he has a new club shirt to sport.

Just another day in the silly season - for your sanity, please keep all brains inside the car until the ride has come to a complete stop.

Side note: It looks as though Oguchi Onyewu's Rossoneri presentation will be Monday at the absolute earliest. "Gooch is delighted to be joining AC Milan," agent Lyle Yorks told NSC. "We are flying over next week for his medical."


- Greg Seltzer

25 comments:

jason said...

so i guess the next question is will gooch join milan in the u.s. for the friendlies?

jason said...

my bad, they're not friendlies. it's the "world football challenge".

Greg Seltzer said...

LOL

I can't imagine a reason why he wouldn't.

Jason said...

Two things:
1) This is quickly becoming my favorite soccer blog. All your entries are quick to the point and usually more accurate than everyone else. Great job!

2) I don't know much about Ligue 1. Is it a decent fit for Davies? Does he look set to get a decent amount of playing time for any of the French clubs involved?

(this is a different jason than the first 2 entries)

Greg Seltzer said...

We appreciate both your time and kind words, Jason.

To answer your second point, Ligue 1 is very tactical in a "good defense leads to good offense" sort of way, which makes sense with all the crafty ballhandlers/passers. The pace of play can be deliberate at times and counterattacks are big, especially for teams like Sochaux.

With Sochaux, he would likely start very quickly and pair very nicely with very active bigger forward Vaclav Sverkos. With Saint-Etienne, he looks like battling for 3rd choice, but that could change because some of their strikers are getting light transfer attention themselves. The third outed French suitor is Rennes, but they just signed a similar speedy forward, so I'm guessing they are out of the picture now.

Bottom line: I think Charlie would continue his growth and goalscoring nicely in Ligue 1.

KO said...

I second the first thing that the second Jason said in the 4th comment on this blog. Your website is the first one I check, and if I see "news" on another site, I don't believe until I have checked here, too. Ok, enough of the brown-nosing...

What's your opinion on Davies moving to a situation where he would not slide right into the starting XI? I think about Dempsey and rumors of a transfer to Everton, etc., but then I remember that Dempsey didn't even start consistently for Fulham until the winter of last year. Is it all a matter of how big a battle it will be for a starting spot? Is a bigger club always a better thing, if the club will purchase you?

iscius said...

Davies to Germany makes the most sense. They play to his strengths and will teach him to be very strong on the ball and in the air.

Greg Seltzer said...

I disagree. I think France is his logical next step.

iscius said...

wow, logical next step. wow. logic. had you said anything else, but had to go with logic. as if it were a pattern for ionic bonding or a clever syllogism.

Lets see: can run fast, control ball and shoot. Might even pass sometimes. Sounds like German football to me. I cant really think of a 'french' style other than pass it to Zidane.
But that is besides the point, to disagree and site logic as your basis is total nonsense.
If we are lucky he will turn into our very own Podolski, who is himself no better than a dog with a left foot.

Love The Smell Of Burning Vuvuzela said...

I was just getting ready to chime in with, "I second Jason's comment about this site," when I came upon KO's post doing just that. So this is me thirding the sentiment.

You guys deserve far heavier traffic. The word needs to get out. Every U.S. soccer fan should have this blog bookmarked.

I was going to add some clever remark about dogs, two left feet, etc., but I can't really string together anything solid at the moment.

Max Zeger said...

Speaking of... What is your traffic like?

AdamTheRed said...

I disagree I think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.

Greg Seltzer said...

@ iscius: Erm... okay then.

@ Love The Smell: Thanks to you as well, sir, and may your vuvuzelas burn with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.

@ Max: We get about 1500-2000 readers every weekday. Obviously, weekends are a little lighter.

@ Adam: I dig Asteroids. I can destroy that game.

bhamhawker said...

Really? Donkey Kong and Asteroids over Tecmo freakin Super Bowl?

I feel like I don't even know you guys...

AdamTheRed said...

My mention was just a reference to Billy Madison...

but gun to my head.... game that brought me the most joy....Metal Gear Solid!

Max Zeger said...

Oh please...

I know you all play FIFA way too much, myself included.

Greg Seltzer said...

I don't own any gaming systems, haven't for 7-8 years. I will play a little Pro Evo 6 when I hang out with one of my friends.

But yeah, I was an EA FIFA and NHL nut for a time.

Tee said...

Okay, I haven't done it before so I have to say I agree with all the comments about NSC being a great site. I do check it every day and feel deprived when there isn't something new. Keep up the good work! (I know, what a suck up!)

Denny said...

@iscius: haha I lol'd

And no! Keep this place hush hush. It's like my little secret source of information on American players. I really like the openness and honesty of this blog, and part of that is because it's a humble blog run by two guys.

Oh whatever, fine. I guess it would be better if more people were being educated by Greg and Sean than by Lalalalas.

The Clueless Yank said...

Greg -- love the blog.

All signs to me seem to point to Davies to Sochaux. I dont see a reason why their man in charge would lie about that knowing the reprecussions if they didn't get him. On top of that I can see Hammarby saying that no fee has been agreed b/c of they do and said it was for 2.5m when it ended out to be 2.0m then they look like they got punked. Simply put, I don't see Hammarby making any comment until all things are signed sealed and delivered, while Sochaux is trying to appease fans after selling their best striker and is letting cats out of the bag to accomplish this.

just my take

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Tee & Denny: Thanks for the props, makes it all worthwhile.

@ Clueless Yank: Yeah, I think it will get done too, but Hammarby people have always been very honest with me and I really do think they are trying to use the other suitors to bump the fee as high as they can. Though I think they will take 2.5M if they have to, the idea may be to push that up near 3.

Selling Charlie will obviously be something the fans won't like, but if they can say they got top dollar the grumbling will pass more quickly and they'll be able to then go out and get a better player to replace him.

Bajen supporters are already a little on edge as several stars have been sold in the last year or so and left back sensation Emil Johansson also has everyone and his mother prowling around.

The Clueless Yank said...

thanks for the response Greg, really appreciate it -- if you have any sources could you also please look and post something about Gooch's contract details. Bigsoccer is going nuts with a 700k euro figure (after tax we're told) -- is that accurate? how much incentives/bonuses are built in? how will that contract compare to Milans other centerhalves? Did he accept less to play at Milan? etc...

that would be aweomse but i'd love the blog anyways if you didn't :)

Sean Heffernan said...

Ives is saying a French paper is saying the Davies deal to Sochaux is done.

Sean Heffernan said...

But Charlie's Twitter says
"Going to my favorite resturaunt Fire and Ice in Boston. I have not signed with Sochaux. I'm still with Hammarby as of now"

jason said...

@sean: i hope that's a different fire and ice from the place in birmingham, because that place sucks.