After snaring the sneering Ravel Morrison from Manchester United in the winter window, Sam Allardyce is back in for another United player.
According to the London Evening Standard Fergie’s good friend is after the magician with the broken wand, Dimitar Berbatov, to bolster his attacking options ahead of West Ham’s return to the big time.
The bemusing Bulgarian’s stock has fallen so dramatically since his £31m move to Manchester United in 2008, that he may struggle to find a top club to take him – even for a reported fee of just £5m. He has already expressed his desire to leave United due to a lack of playing time but it seems that all the big Premier League clubs agree with SAF’s apparent assessment that Dimitar is just too slow for a modern, counter attacking side. Berbatov seems to spend more time throwing his head up to the gods, imploring them for better luck, than he does playing the game.
Is Berbatov skillful? Yes. But does he have the temperament for Manchester United? Perhaps not. To truly make the grade at United you have to take all the knocks and just keep coming back relentlessly until you get where you want to be. Resolute. Resilient. Redoubtable. Berbatov doesn’t always have those qualities.
The brooding Bulgarian needs a renaissance and why not at West Ham, where he will once again be the main man?
We think that a bigger club has nothing to lose by taking a punt on Berbatov. He has undoubted talent and, combined with an obvious mission to prove United wrong next season, he could be an excellent buy at £5m.
Watch this space…