Hughes Set To Block Neill Move
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes is set to block the proposed move of Lucas Neill to West Ham United and play him against Manchester City tomorrow.
The long running transfer saga surrounding the Australian finally appeared to be coming to an end as Neill rejected Liverpool's bid opting to accepted West Ham's bigger money offer (thought to be £50,000-£60,000 per week!) but still a deal hasn't been concluded, and won't until Hughes gets a replacement.
Sparky had hoped to get Stephen Warnock in a swap deal with Liverpool but after Neill's rejection that deal was ruined, although we are reported to still be interested in doing a deal for Warnock for around £1.5 million? But until a replacement is found (with another triallist also set to arrive next week) or an acceptable deal agree Sparky insists Neill will be going nowhere. He said:
"We have not had an acceptable deal and he can't go until there is a deal on the table that I find acceptable."
It is now likely that Neill will play against Manchester City tomorrow. I wouldn't want to be in his shirt as I'm sure he'll get a bit of grief…
Until Neill goes he's still a Rovers player so you get behind him but I implore Sparky take the armband away from him, I've never been keen on a player so determined to move away being captain, even less so that his move forward (which we had accepted as being fair enough) will not even be so if he signs for West Ham!
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