Hull bid for Campbell hinges on Berbatov
Sunday 31 August 2008
Hull City have made a £7 million bid for Manchester United's Fraizer Campbell. The 20-year-old striker spent seven months on loan at the KC Stadium last season, helping the club into the Premier League with 15 goals. The Yorkshire club's chairman, Paul Duffen, yesterday admitted that he had made an offer to Old Trafford.
"We've put a £7m bid on the table to Manchester United," said Duffen, before admitting that the deal may hinge on the proposed transfer of Tottenham Hotspur's Dimitar Berbatov to United. "The complexities of their situation are that it depends on them getting one in; that one might well be Bulgarian.
"If they do bring someone in I want to be at the front of the queue and I will do whatever it takes to bring him [Campbell] to the football club."
Tottenham might have to settle for a single Russian import in the transfer window after the Zenit St Petersburg manager, Dick Advocaat, said the London club had come "nowhere near" Zenit's valuation of Andrei Arshavin. Spurs yesterday completed the signing of Roman Pavlyuchenko from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee, but Advocaat appears to have closed the book on Arshavin.
"They [Tottenham] had several weeks to buy him and they offered just £16m," said the former Rangers and Holland coach. "I think that Arshavin costs more than £16m."
One good bit of news for the Spurs manager, Juande Ramos, is the new contract which has been signed by the defender Didier Zokora. The Ivory Coast international has signed to stay at White Hart Lane until 2012.
Spurs' opponents today are engaged in a transfer saga of their own. The Chelsea target Robinho was left out of Real Madrid's squad for their La Liga opener at Deportivo La Coruña. "I would like [it] to be wrapped up, but it isn't," said the Real manager, Bernd Schuster.
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