Date:Wednesday March 16 2011
Its been reported in the Daily Mail that Steve Bruce was close to signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle whilst he was Latics boss, in typical Mail style they have emphasised the fact that he was far too expensive for us even though he would have cost just £4.5 million, now this story didn`t ring true with me and neither did it with Vital Latics member loudmouthblue, who, after a little research soon picked some holes in the story, over to you loudmouth:
The headline might suggest that the Latics were close to signing Andy Carroll a couple of years ago, but a close look at the details and the story is soon easily picked full of holes.
You`d be right to not believe what Bruce is saying and you would think that the idiots that write the reports would take 5 minutes (that`s all it took me) to do a bit of research and get the TRUE facts -
Carroll was an unused sub against us on Saturday November 15th 2008 the game was a 2-2 draw, Owen and Martins scored for Newcastle - Ryan Taylor and Titus Bramble scored for us - Carroll was substitute again on Boxing Day 2008 and came on for Mark Viduka in the 68th min - Ryan Taylor again scored for us and a 73rd minute penalty from Amr Zaki proved to be the winner -Guthrie scored a late consolation penalty for Newcastle although it was Kirkland climbing all over Carroll that won the penalty, Carroll has never scored against us.
Now the interesting bit -
The article claims Bruce made an inquiry the following Monday for Carroll and was quoted 4.5 mill - but we only wanted to pay 2.5 mill - the mail goes on to say we could not afford him - now that was just 2 weeks or so before we broke our transfer record to sign N`Zogbia from for over 6.5 million that was also at a time when we knew Valencia was going to Manchester United in the summer(in fact we turned down Real Madrid`s millions) - Heskey went for 3 mill to villa and Palacios was sold to Spurs for a reported 12 to 14 million.
So whatever the reason we didn`t sign him, it was more likely Bruce thought is value was 2.5 not 4.5 million, it certainly was not shortage of money.
I think Bruce could be genuine in how he thought it happened and is slightly mistaken with his version but the reporter who wrote the thing definitely needs to research before putting out such drivel.
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Date:Wednesday March 16 2011
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