Looks like Ramsey has chosen Arsenal - and fair play to him. Amidst claims and counter-claims about media bias against Everton, there's a nice little reference to our club on the BBC website ...
"Aaron Ramsey is to join Arsenal from FA Cup finalists Cardiff City in a £5m deal, BBC Sport understands.
Champions League winners Manchester United and Premier League giants Everton were also fighting to sign the 17-year-old Welsh wonderkid."
Brian Richardson, Posted 10/06/2008 at 09:07:57
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1 Posted 10/06/2008 at 10:16:40
2 Posted 10/06/2008 at 08:51:52
A little honesty would be nice.
3 Posted 10/06/2008 at 13:53:11
4 Posted 10/06/2008 at 14:06:25
5 Posted 10/06/2008 at 14:04:43
Also, Utd announced that Ramsey was theirs pending terms & personals last week when this was not the case. Yet Utd are still whinging that Real Madrid have engineered Ronaldo's move!
Is the signing official yet ? as the Guardian reckon we (and ManU) will try again.
6 Posted 10/06/2008 at 14:51:43
7 Posted 10/06/2008 at 14:58:46
However I dont think for one minute our bid was a piece of spin, its not like he’s an international superstar we had no chance of landing or that the fee was exorbitant. Moyes no doubt sensibly explained to him that at Everton, form permitting, he’d be a first team regular and get the chance to play in Europe. He could also point to the development of other young British players at the club. I am biased but maybe Everton would have been the best choice for him - making an impact at Arsenal (or Man Utd) and becoming a regular will be extremely competitive and he may end up being sold off in a few years.
8 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:14:46
To say its spin is pure fantasy.
9 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:09:33
10 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:28:02
Oh and by the way, its pounds in Britain.
11 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:27:28
12 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:48:24
13 Posted 10/06/2008 at 15:50:45
14 Posted 10/06/2008 at 16:02:12
Fair play to him in this instance - theres nothing wrong with a bit of mutual back slapping. DM has a good relationship with Alex Ferguson, which is a good thing to my mind.
15 Posted 10/06/2008 at 16:15:13
16 Posted 10/06/2008 at 16:20:49
17 Posted 10/06/2008 at 17:19:11
18 Posted 10/06/2008 at 17:20:23
Do you know what is getting really, really tedious ?
Naysayers like you accusing the club of making publicity stunts every time we go in for a player. We had it over Johnson two years ago and we had it over Yakubu last summer. When will the likes of you ever learn ?
The Alan Smith bid was genuine (it was accepted for christs sake!) and the lad chose to go to Man Utd (whose bid was placed AFTER ours). Michael Owen was the subject of an enquiry from Everton (not a bid).
If you’re going to spend time moaning about something, why not make a bit of an effort to avail yourself of the facts?
Are you seriously suggesting that David Moyes would be party to an elaborate scam to try to convince people we were trying to sign a player we had no chance of getting.
Do me a favour !!
19 Posted 10/06/2008 at 17:52:07
Still I suppose this view goes with many others on this website -- 100% negative after a record Premier Lague points total and about to smash our transfer record again.
20 Posted 10/06/2008 at 18:39:41
21 Posted 10/06/2008 at 18:50:41
It seems to me that the race is now on for British talent ahead of the cap on foreign footballers. Liverpool after Barry and Downing; Utd after Ramsay and there are many others like this that I can't be arsed to list.
It's important to buy 'em now as the closer we get to the new rule, the more their price will inflate.
22 Posted 10/06/2008 at 23:04:07
23 Posted 10/06/2008 at 23:26:45
Onward to Kirkby.. Welcome to Knowsley, The New Home of Everton Football Club, The Pride of Merseyside since 1878.
24 Posted 10/06/2008 at 23:58:15
Don’n want to sound negative but here is a quote from a BBC webpage
"Cardiff have confirmed Arsenal’s bid for their highly-rated youth academy graduate was the "best cash offer" for the young star." Can’t understand this if all three interested clubs bid £5m. Were we going to pay on the never never?
25 Posted 11/06/2008 at 03:16:49
26 Posted 11/06/2008 at 03:12:34
I know there’s no footie on at the moment (although someone mentioned some Euro thing going on somewhere) so we’re all bored and have nothing better to do apart from moan, but I’d be far more dissappointed if we didn’t at least try and go up against the likes of Arsenal and Man Utd for the signature of one of the best youngsters in the country. If we didn’t bother placing a bid coz we thought "what’s the point" then even more people would be on here moaning about a lack of ambition!
I’m sure we signed "wonder kid"John Oster when Man Utd were also reported to be interested. Of course, this example would be better if he had turned out to be any good!
27 Posted 11/06/2008 at 09:36:20
28 Posted 11/06/2008 at 10:02:28
If we were and made him an offer I’m very surprised that he’s chosen Fulham over us unless he fancies relegation again next year.
29 Posted 11/06/2008 at 12:29:06
30 Posted 11/06/2008 at 12:21:04
I would have chosen Arsenal over Everton if I didn’t support us as well.
Sod him - let get on with signing another 8 players.......
31 Posted 14/06/2008 at 10:12:37
Just had a quick browse through the BBC Sport footy gossip and news, when I stumbled across this article about Ramsey going to Arsenal. It's nice to see that the BBC are "bigging us up" for a change! I'd love to know when the last time we were referred to as "Giants" was!