The transfer frenzy continues! In just a few days since Part 1 of our goalkeeping transfer round up we’ve seen several more exciting transfer developments…
The big news of the weekend was Paul Robinson’s £3.5 million move from White Hart Lane to Ewood Park, as the under fire keeper looks to reignite his career with Blackburn. Paul Ince told the Rovers website
“Paul is a fantastic goalkeeper he is an England international with over 40 odd caps”. Robinson will be a replacement for Brad Friedel, who completed the signing of a 3 year deal with Aston Villa the day after Robinson’s arrival, for around £2.5million. Friedel will link up with fellow American Brad Guzan, who Villa look finally to bring to Villa Park from Chivas U.S.A. of the Major Soccer League, if a work permit is granted.
Blackburn boss Paul Ince said he was “very disappointed” to lose Friedel, but so too apparently was new Manchester City boss Mark Hughes. Hughes, according to reports, is looking to bring in a goalkeeper of experience, to work with City’s two young keepers, England Under-21 Joe Hart and Denmark Under-21 Kasper Schmeichel. With Hart’s outstanding performances in the 2007-2008 season, this seems a bit like ageism to us. In recent weeks, City have also been linked with Turkish international Volkan, who had an outstanding Euro 2008 tournament for the semi finalists.
In perhaps the most interesting transfer news of the summer, former Aston Villa, Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich announced his return to the game at the age of 36, after a 6 year absence. Bosnich retired from football after being ejected by Chelsea when his cocaine habit was discovered. Bosnich later confessed his addiction had cost him £5,000 a week at one point. Expensive. So expensive in fact that Bosnich was officially declared bankrupt by a UK court this week.
At one time a hugely promising goalkeeper, Bosnich’s premature retirement was seen as a great loss for goalkeeping by many in the game, except perhaps Spurs fans, to whom Bosnich famously gave the Nazi salute during a match.
Bosnich has returned for the Australian League side Central Coast Mariners, and has his sights set high, reported to be hoping to regain his place in goal for the Australian national side. We would love to see a return to the Premiership, which for a 36 year old goalkeeper is unlikely but by no means impossible. Villa have just paid up over £2million for 37 year old Friedel!
In other big transfer news, which has already been well reported, Brazil international and PSV’s Heurelho Gomes was snapped up by Spurs for £7 million. The 27-year old has a huge following in Holland after his consistently outstanding performances over 4 seasons for PSV, and will be a much needed addition to the Spurs backline.
Other goalkeeper transfers: round up
Everton: OUT Stefan Wessels, free transfer
IN (potential) Vladimir Stojkovic, from Sporting Lisbon
Hull City: IN Tony Warner, from Fulham, free transfer.
Middlesbrough: OUT Mark Schwarzer, to Fulham, free transfer. Schwarzer turned down the chances to move to Bayern Munich and Juventus to move to Craven Cottage
Stoke City: IN (potential) Thomas Sorensen, free transfer. Sorensen is reportedly training with Stoke and could join on a free transfer after finishing his contract with Aston Villa.
Sunderland: OUT (potential) Marton Fulop to Stoke City
IN Nick Colgan, from Ipswich, free transfer
Tottenham Hotspur: IN (potential) Johan Wiland, from IF Elfsborg
West Ham United: OUT Richard Wright, to Ipswich, £500,000. Wright links up with Jim Magilton and joins the hometown club he left 7 years ago. Still only 30, the former England international still has potentially a decade of football ahead of him, and has spoken of his wish to bring Ipswich to the Premiership and even win back his England place.
IN (potential) Jan Lastuvka, from Shaktar Donetsk