|Ferdinand Turns Down Town|
Friday, 12th Aug 2011 08:22
Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand is reported to have turned down the chance to join the Blues. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is understood to have been willing to allow the former West Ham man to move on but the player is keen to fight for his place at the Stadium of Light.
Ferdinand would appear to have dropped down the pecking order on Wearside after the summer signings of John O’Shea and Wes Brown.
Yesterday, Town boss Paul Jewell revealed that he had approached out-of-contract duo Matthew Upson and Jonathan Woodgate earlier in the summer as he looks to add to his central defensive ranks.
Last night, former Stoke and Reading man Ibrahima Sonko tweeted that he could be in line to join the Blues.
Elsewhere, Town are claimed to be one of a number of clubs to have shown interested in Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton. Burnley are believed to have offered a six-figure sum for the 22-year-old, while Derby are also mentioned in connection with the right-back or centre-half.
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|Vic added 08:32 - Aug 12|
Liking the quality of the players PJ is after. It's always going to be a longshot to such such players, but if just a couple bite then others will follow. I think he's done a fantastic job this summer, with just about every signing being better than those who've moved on. (Yes, I do think Chops is better for us at this time than Connor!)
|groovyASH added 08:33 - Aug 12|
Never really thought him good, but then again he has spent most of his career in the Premiership; nice try, and we move onto the next target.
|FrimleyBlue added 08:38 - Aug 12|
typical money grabber
rather sit on the bench - he'll never get back into the sunderland side
|timmy2guns added 08:38 - Aug 12|
Good ambition, right sort of player, shame on no deal, on to the next one!
|brogansnose added 08:40 - Aug 12|
Read " fight for my place" as " I don't want a drop in wages".
|bluesnightorg added 08:54 - Aug 12|
I saw Anton driving up Peckham Rye a few weeks back. I don't mean to sound like a snob, but I'd rather not see that kind of Bentley in the car park at Portman Road.
|bluewein added 08:57 - Aug 12|
Good, dont want him, overated just cos he's Rio's brother...Who's also cack!!!
|randomblue added 08:57 - Aug 12|
Aiming high PJ - I like it!!!!
|ArnieMsBigToe added 09:13 - Aug 12|
Vic: Couldn't agree more. Admittedly CW scored the wonder goal against Sheffield Utd last season, but he also missed a hatful of better chances from closer in. Chops on the other hand, is deadly in front of goal.
As far as central defenders are concerned, I agree that this is still a cause for concern. Maybe PJ may have to get ME to dig deep in his pockets for that position.
PJ may have a few more bob to play with if Leadbitter is sold. Once again, I don't think that this would be much of a loss. Just another one of Keane's unfortunate buys!!
|TractorMan added 09:15 - Aug 12|
One of the Baby Bentley brigade Curbishleyor Pardew referred to at West Ham, so not surprised he's sitting on his money rather than play.
Also makes Titus look like a concentrating genius!
|StowTractorBoy added 09:26 - Aug 12|
Lucky escape far too casual - we want hungry players not prima donnas.
|jas0999 added 09:32 - Aug 12|
A lucky escape - also not good enough.
|Jack_hughes2 added 10:08 - Aug 12|
Ambition being shown by paul jewell is awesome, bringing the likes of bowyer and andrews to the team, and aiming for players like this is such a breath of fresh air! Start doing well in the league and these sorts of players may be tempted!
|Suzanna_Gekkaloys added 10:48 - Aug 12|
Just seen Wayne Brown having breakfast/brunch (?) outside Isaac's with his wife/girlfriend. Free agent after being released by Preston NE. Surely we're not going to...
|arc added 13:12 - Aug 12|
I thought we were trying to clear out the ex-Sunderland players.
|DiamondGezzer added 14:20 - Aug 12|
Anton ' big time Charlie ' Ferdinand, do what you've become best at, sit on your harris and collect your wages. Another score point for Keith Andrews, could have done the same thing but wants to play rather than warm a bench !
|robdaful added 15:45 - Aug 12|
Would have been an alright signing.
|mugsykets added 19:48 - Aug 12|
Not good enough. (actually makes Rio look like Brad Pitt!)
|Hanno13579 added 23:46 - Aug 12|
Shame decent player if he would have wanted to come although if hes happier sat on the bench then this is not the type of player we would want at all why couldnt he just have loved his football :( I wonder what Bullard will do now I can really imagine him going to Norwich sadly and they got bloody Ayala such a good buy :(:(:( 800K!!!
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