We’ve had our say – click here – about how to keep the grasping hands of the “big club” Brands off Jordan Henderson.
In Fleet Street and at Murdoch Sky Towers, the football hacks are drumming up speculation about interest from the fading bigwigs of English football. Chelsea are said to have been tracking the lad for months.
If he really is tied to us by contract, it should be relatively simple.
We tell these moneyed oafs, who want him as benchwarmer/prospect, where to go. Or we tell them our price (since everyone has one).
And in the case of young Jordan, that price has just gone up a bit.
Surely a £100m tag would send even Roman Abramovich scurrying off back to his superyacht in the Med. How many trainloads of diesel would that take?
And we’d want a couple of Chelsea players – of our choice, not theirs – in part-exchange.
This transfer business is quite a doddle, really, provided you know how to play it and have certain red lines you won’t allow Chelsea, Man United, Citeh or Arsenal to cross (forget the others; why would he even think of going to any of them?).
Ignore the tawdry allure of the Stamford Bridge/Old Trafford subs’ bench, Jordan. Stay with us and you can still be a real star, playing for a real team in front of real fans.
This is what Steve Bruce is quoted- by the Mail – as saying: “I think we’ve given him two contract extensions already and he can have 32 if he wants. I’ve read that Fabio Capello is going to bring one forward for the France game and apparently the London boys are saying it’s him. I don’t know if that’s true, but it wouldn’t surprise me.
It’s quite refreshing in this day and age to find a young kid who wants to train and play, and who thinks properly. From the moment I clapped eyes on him he jumped out like no other player here.
He’s absolutely, completely devoted to football and I hope he stays that way. If he does he’s got the world at his feet and I don’t often say that about a young player. I’m very, very confident of that because of the way he is.
When I walked through the door, more than any player he grabbed me within two training sessions. I had more conversations when I first got the job about Jordan than any other player.”
Let’s make that £150m plus Lampard, who might just make our bench some weeks.