Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that a bid for Brad Friedel has been accepted, and a move to bring in Paul Robinson in as his replacement is also understood to be close to completion.
A bid that hasn't been revealed in terms of an amount or from whom but is understood to have been as much as £2.75 million from Aston Villa (no real secret!) for Friedel was accepted on Wednesday evening. Once an offer Rovers have placed for a goalkeeper (Robinson) to replace the 37-year-old is accepted his move to Villa Park will be completed.
A statement on the Official Blackburn Rovers Website read: "Blackburn Rovers have accepted a bid from a Premier League club for goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
"The transfer is conditional to Rovers having a bid for a goalkeeper at another club accepted."
Tottenham Hotspur's Robinson has been the man mooted as Bradders' replacement, but a move to get him as part of David Bentley's switch to Tottenham was proving troublesome. But reports now say that an offer of around £3.5 million for the England International has been accepted and he will be moving to Ewood Park to take over the number one jersey.
It'll be a VERY sad day when Friedel does leave Rovers, but we will ALL wish him well. We're all gutted by this but there isn't a lot we can do and the money on offer isn't bad for a 37-year-old (despite the fact that he is still one of the best around!!!) As far as Robinson goes, he has had a tough time over the past year or so for club and country but he is still a superb goalkeeper, who will benefit from the change of clubs. So to have gotten him (almost 10-years Friedel's junior) for a fee that isn't a great deal more to pay out than what we will receive for the American is good business, and he will prove a very good replacement.
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Date:Thursday July 24 2008
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