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Friedel Bid Accepted. Robinson To Replace Him

Friedel Bid Accepted. Robinson To Replace Him

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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Writer:Walker
Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Time: 9:51AM

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It's just about the end of the line for Bradders now. I'm gutted but we must move on, and although Robinson has had some problems I personally think he will prove a superb signing and an able deputy for Brad.
Walker
24/07/2008 09:54:00
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I think you boys have done well there. We (Villa) we linked with Robbo a few weeks ago and the majority of us thought he would be a good signing and that was when the fee was around £5mil so if you get him for that price its a good deal indeed. Best of luck with the upcoming season lads.
Tez86
24/07/2008 10:06:00
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Gutted Brad has plenty left in him, he does extra training on his flexibility agility all the time. He will still be at the top of his game in 3 years time wait and see. The shining light for me with Robbo coming in is our new GK coach Steele he made Robbo when they where together at leeds and is the reason Robbo wanted only to come here. Hopefully Steele can get him back to where he was, here's hoping!
MajiRovers
24/07/2008 10:34:00
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Sad to see Brad go!! but it leaves another bitter taste of footballers signing contracts to suit them one minute and just walking away the next, it would be good to know why things have changed so quickly, it surely can't be money as none of them are short of a bob or two? Robinson will be a good replacement lets move on?
Fellrunner
24/07/2008 10:35:00
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I think Robinson will be back to a decent keeper at Rovers, should we get him, I dont htink he's Englands answer but i do think he's a great keeper. Any money for Brad is good when u take in his age, gutted to see him go but we would have had to some time, may as well get money for him now! Brad has a couple of good years left but we have the chance to get money ( depending on the deal with Spurs ) and a keeper for the next 10 yrs
Clint
24/07/2008 10:36:00
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I think RObinson will be good with a change of scenary. Nice point Maji about the Steele as coach and beign his coach at Leeds. I think bit of a bargain 12 months ago Robinson would have been worth at least double this amount. I think he could easily fill Brads posts, and don't see why England couldn't be on the cards again.
roverjoy
24/07/2008 11:00:00
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England will always be on the cards for Robinson, cos no offense but England dont really have much other option in that position. So Robinson must be looking forward to, hopefully, getting in a team, playing reg football and proving to the likes of Bentley that u dont have to play for the Top4, or if all else Spurs! kinda contradicts wot i said about the lack of keepers but after all, u have to be playing and playing well to get a look in, so why not
Clint
24/07/2008 15:03:00
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I'll be gutted once this goes through cos we won't get a real chance to say goodbye to bradders who has been immense for rovers.
dunne deal
24/07/2008 16:30:00
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I think that you must look for better than Robinson to replace one of the outstanding keepers in the top flight.
Dean1
24/07/2008 18:05:00
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I think that Robinson is a good GK but there are better players: Muller (who's currently injured, Murray, Hennessey ....).
IsraeliRover
24/07/2008 19:39:00
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