Lucas Neill Move Nearing Completion
Reports are saying that Lucas Neill's long awaited move away from Blackburn Rovers is finally nearing is conclusion.
If reports are true Neill could soon be turning his attentions away from the race for a top six finish and UEFA Cup football to a relegation battle with West Ham United as they are now favourites to land the Australian International according to Skysports.com.
Liverpool have been the favourites to land the Aussie since the summer but with it reported that a deal had been arranged with Stephen Warnock probably going in the other direction the deal has stalled with Neill thus far being unable to agree terms. This has prompted Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to hint that a deal may be scrapped, he said:
"We are continuing working on these things but we will not wait. If a player wants to come to play for Liverpool, he must say yes quickly.
"If he thinks about it for too long, maybe it's a signal it's time for us to look for other players. We have alternatives."
Talks have been held with West Ham and Alan Curbishley now seems set to add Neill to his January captures already.
Although any real judgement I may well have on such a move will be reserved until such a time comes when Neill does sign for he Hammers, if indeed he does I don't think that I would be alone in being more than a little disgruntled (to put it mildly!) that this would be seen (and I mean this with the greatest of respect to West Ham) as "a step forward to further his career." Such a move would suggest that the opinion voiced by so many that the money factor is the key issue behind any move could be right...
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