No progress in the transfer market

Last updated : 02 June 2003 By Martyn Elliott

It’s been a very quiet week for transfer rumours, despite the re-opening of the transfer window.

Full backs Paul Konchesky of Charlton and Stephen Carr of Spurs have been dominating the headlines.

Konchesky is rumoured to be keen to leave the Valley because Chris Powell has been keeping him out of the team, and Hermann Hreidarsson has also arrived to add greater competition at left back.

Call me cynical, but do we really need a player who can’t dislodge Powell from the Charlton team?

The Evening Chronicle and The Journal have both been insisting that Carr tops Sir Bobby’s wanted list, but only if Spurs will accept Carl Cort in part-exchange. Nobody has yet managed to explain just why Glenn Hoddle would want the unfortunate striker though.

Chelsea are reported to be waiting in the wings to sign Carr if our bid fails.

Southampton boss Gordon Strachan has ruled out selling either Wayne Bridge or James Beattie for at least another year, which will either see Beattie’s value rocket or a return to the form of his earlier career.

Chief Scout Charlie Woods has reportedly been in Norway watching young midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen of Tromso, while Ajax striker Mido’s agent has claimed that his client will move to the Premiership but not to Newcastle.

And in the old favourites category:

1) Ipswich Town’s Darren Bent has claimed that he knows nothing of Sir Bobby’s reported interest.

2) Boro boss Steve McClaren has said Gareth Southgate isn’t for sale.

3) Brett Emerton is reported to have told Feyenoord that he wants to leave.

4) Patrick Kluivert is waiting on the results of Barcelona’s presidential elections before making any decisions about his future.