Friday, October 28, 2005
Hartson, Bowditch and.... Johnson
According to recent rumours Alan Pardew has been keeping his eye on John Hartson, Dean Bowditch and a chap called Glen Johnson.
Hartson I'm sure we all know about so I won't go into it. Apparently Johnson has got into Mourinho's bad books by having a bit of a tantrum and hurting his hand, and Jose has decided to get rid of the young right-back. Rumours have it that Pardew is interested in bringing the Academy graduate back to Upton Park in January, but he will first have to fend off Southampton who want to take Johnson on loan.
Pardew is also interested in Ipswich's highly rated teen striker Dean Bowditch, but Joe Royle wants to boost his midfield so Carl Fletcher and Gavin Williams could be used as part of a swap-and-cash deal. To be honest I can't see Fletcher leaving the club just yet as we would have too little cover for Mullins and Reo-Coker, but on the other hand Fletcher hasn't played for the Irons yet this season and has only just returned from loan.