Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Young and Spector
It appears that West Ham have all but secured the signature of Charlton right-back Luke Young for a reported £3.2 million fee, potentially rising to £3.6 million depending on appearances.
Young, who turns 27 this year, is unhappy with his contract at West Ham's neighbour club. "I've grown increasingly frustrated with the way contract negotiations have been conducted by Charlton. I appreciate there has been a change in management but this does not account for the club overlooking contractual obligations to review my contract and allowing three separate deadlines to pass. I can only assume they do not want to extend therefore I have handed in a transfer request."
Alan Pardew is reportedly eyeing another defender, Jonathan Spector. The 20-year-old American is currently signed with Manchester United and has made 8 appearances, and last season went on loan spell to Charlton where he made 16 starts. Unfortunately for him a dislocated shoulder has kept him out of the USA squad for the World Cup although he has won 3 caps in the past. The 6'1" (or 6'0" depending on who you ask) Chicago kid can play anywhere across a back four, as Alan Curbishley has said: "He made his debut for Man United at left-back, and like a lot of defenders sees himself as centre back. He can play right back as well. That's what I like about him, his versatility. He's very quick, is two-footed and can pass the ball very well. He gets tight to forwards and is a very good athlete." Manchester United youth director Jimmy Ryan agrees. "He's a very strong defensive player who knows how to keep it simple very well. He's also a powerful player - one that we definitely think will develop into a very good player." No price for the youngster has yet been reported.