Friday, August 26, 2005


Pardew Goes After Benni

FC Porto have knocked back a £4.5 million bid from West Ham for South African striker Benni McCarthy. His agent Rob Moore offered to forfeit his commission in order to sweeten the deal for the Portuguese club but Porto wouldn't budge. "It is really sad that FC Porto insists on not letting him leave. For purely sports-related reasons, he would like to have the chance to play in a better league, but FC Porto wants to keep him despite these two offers. The deal [from West Ham] was much better than the one put forward by Blackburn," said Moore. "How can they let Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira pursue their careers in better leagues while at the same time they place barriers in Benni's path?"

It is believed that McCarthy has a £6 million buy-out clause in his contract, and it is possible Pardew could go that high for the South African.

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