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Di Canio set to steal McManaman for £7m

30/06/2013 | Comments (48)
Sunderland are prepared to bid £7m to beat Everton and Roberto Martinez to the signing of Callum McManaman, says Alan Nixon in the Sunday People.

Paolo Di Canio has apparently started official moves for the speedy and skillful Scouser, who hit the headlines last season in his breakthrough campaign. The Black Cats are willing to splash out big money on him in an attempt to take him out of Martinez's range.

Everton chief Martinez likes McManaman, 22, but will have to outbid Di Canio to land him — and that may put the move to the Toffees off.

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Ross Edwards
986 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:10:58
I wouldn't want to play for that basket case. Anyway, I can see Di Canio throwing a strop and quitting by Christmas when they languish in the bottom 3.
Mark Frere
989 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:13:37
To be honest McManaman is one player I would love to see at our club, because I've seen him on a few occasions and looked very impressive. I'm not sure he's worth getting in a bidding war with Sunderland for a over-inflated price though.

I haven't seen anything of this Redmond who we are rumoured to be spending £2 million on. Just wondering if anyone's seen him play before and if he's anywhere as good as McManaman?

Al Reddish
991 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:28:09
Redmond looks like he could be a class player. We played Brum a couple of pre-seasons ago and I thought then when I saw him he was going to be a big star. He ran rings around anyone near him. The only other young players that have made me want to watch them were Paul Parker (QPR before being sold to Man Utd.

I remember Gwladys Street giving him a standing ovation after pretty much the best display from a defender I ever witnessed), and some lad called Wayne who came from our youth system. (Ironically another one that ended up at Man Utd!)

Phil Sammon
002 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:44:19
McManaman looked fantastic last year but could well succumb to James McClean syndrome this term. That's 'being found out' rather than 'being a tosser'.

Only time will tell of course and I'd want a lot more for £7 million. I won't list the players we've picked up for less than that figure – because it's our entire squad, bar Fellaini.

Redmond at £2 million offers better value and similar potential. Incidentally, a relegated club, an unproven but promising midfielder – I reckon McManaman will go for nearer £4 million.

Mark Frere
008 Posted 30/06/2013 at 15:50:18
If you're right Al, £2 million for Redmond would make much more sense than spending £7-8 million on McManaman. Its hard to know which players would be best suited at which ever price.

I'm sure Martinez and his scouts will know considerably more than any of us fans pretend to know. All us fans can do is see these guys in a few games or so, we can watch them on YouTube, look at their stats and read a few quotes from managers and journalists. It's always fun to play Fantasy Manager though...

Sam Hoare
011 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:05:55
I agree that £2m for Redmond looks much better value than £7m for Macca based mainly around a few great performances in the cup.
Alan Baillie
014 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:20:31
I think that £7M for someone who has only had a few good games in one season is not for us. We need to spend £7M on someone who has proven themselves a lot more.

The kid from Brum would be less of a gamble. Buy him for £2M and put him into the team. Don't do a Moyes and leave him to rot on the bench or in the reserves.

Ian Bennett
016 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:37:09
For £7M, you can get Nacer Chadli, an established international rather than a kid who has played a couple of games. Move on.
Patrick Murphy
018 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:37:58
If it was a straight choice between the two, I would plump for Redmond; he seems to have more in his locker than the Wigan lad, but he hasn't done it at PL level on a regular basis yet. I watched him for Birmingham last season, I can't remember if it was Palace or Watford away, but he consistently tore their defence inside out; his end product is sometimes wayward, but that's not unusual for a winger. Even Chris Waddle seems like a world-beater nowadays.
Jamie Barlow
019 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:41:18
McManaman... nah. 6-month wonder. Nothing special for a lot of money, based on a few good games. We shouldn't be going back to Wigan for anyone. There's surely better players abroad and for cheaper... both transfer fee and wages.
Jim Knightley
023 Posted 30/06/2013 at 16:51:36
Personally, I disbelieve this story. Sunderland have Adam Johnson for the right hand side of midfield... and he was probably their best attacker last season. They also still have N'Diaye who can operate wide, and McClean.

I'd like to see him at this club, and personally, think we could get for nearer £5M than £7M.

Tim O'Connell
024 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:03:32
Some Birmingham City season ticket holders I know say that Redmond is very talented but inconsistent, but put that down to his age. They are resigned to losing him and think it would be good business for us if we get him, but one for a couple of seasons' time rather than next season and the difficulty is he would need games.
Harold Matthews
026 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:14:45
I don't want either of them.
Anthony Flack
027 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:13:16
This Wigan chap would be a huge risk; never £7M. His best bet is to set the Championship alight next year then see what turns up. Sunderland is a graveyard for talent.
Barry Rathbone
029 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:02:48
Just after the FA Cup Final, Roberto made a pointed remark about McManaman saying how the boy needed "development" — then he emphasised the phrase "I mean proper development". Considering the lad originally came from us, it speaks volumes.

I'm not worried who Roberto brings in; he obviously knows his onions re creative players but, for my money, Macca is the trickiest most direct winger in the division. I'd be delighted to get him.

I reckon we have potentially the best manager in Europe...

Counting the days.

Gavin Ramejkis
032 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:21:04
I think it's about time we got some pace in the team, we've been sleepwalking with the dull, dull, dull, overly "defend at all costs" stuff for over a decade.

McManaman was released from the same batch that produced Rodwell with words to the effect of "too small, never going to make it". Not every player needs to be a Harlem bleeding globe trotter unless you want a yard dog outfit like Stoke.

He's a decent player with pace and the price is about right for those attributes unless you scout foreign leagues and unearth a gem, even the lower league prices in the UK are high these days... It's not as if any of this should be a surprise to anyone.

Mark Frere
033 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:15:16
Tim, if Redmond is the only winger we buy, I can see him getting plenty of game time because we only really have Mirallas and Pienaar. Mirallas could well be playing CF next season so Redmond could well be an integral part of our starting 11. I can't see RM playing Naismith out on the right like DM did, I sincerely hope not anyway. I'm not forgetting Oviedo either, I hope he will get more opportunities this season either at LB or LW.
Ray Roche
034 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:31:22

"Not every player needs to be a Harlem bleeding globe trotter"

Good shout, I seem to remember Alan Ball being told he wasn't big enough..

Raymond Fox
036 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:22:40
Agree with Barry, Roberto will know what McManaman can do, if you want outstanding players you have to pay for them.

At our ground in the cup he ran rings round us, and didn't do too bad in the final either, did he.

One players £2m & the others £7m! he may not be twice as good, but if he has that certain something that's the difference between being good & being brilliant he will be worth it.

Michael McGann
037 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:29:35
I read previously online that EFC have a sell on clause for McManaman of around 20%. If £7m is true figure quoted, we would (a) be getting £1.4m or (b) we would have to pay approx £5.6m to "match" the bid.

I'd prefer option (a) then we have signed Redmond for £600k – which does make I worth a punt.

Ian Glassey
043 Posted 30/06/2013 at 17:38:07
Redmond would fit in ok, but like, Ian (#016) said, you could get Nacer Chadli for £7M to £10M and this boy is the bizz...

Big mates with Kevin, the two of them would cause havoc; some shit-hot players in Belgium at the moment...

Al Reddish
050 Posted 30/06/2013 at 18:29:06
The worrying thing with McManaman is he always seems to come inside instead of mixing it up a bit. Saying that, though, he is very direct and does cause problems. He would need to find new tricks quite soon though as he would easily be found out.

With Redmond, you just never know which direction he is going to go, and again has pace and directness. I wouldn't be unhappy if we signed either of these as they would certainly create chances for our forward(s).

Guy Hastings
062 Posted 30/06/2013 at 19:03:50
Sunderland also in for Huddlestone for around £5mill. I wouldn't be unhappy having him turn out for us. And when's Martinez going to put a £12mill bid in for Rooney?
Jack Cross
065 Posted 30/06/2013 at 19:01:29
McManaman. From what I saw of him in PL he looked ordinary. It was only in the FA Cup rounds that he was like a world beater. Week-in & week-out in the Premier League... I'm not so sure. And no way for £7 mil. Redmond is a better prospect and for £2 mil, well, it's a chance you'd have to be daft to over look.

I think we have good young lads who were not given the chance on a regular basis last season, to prove their worth without buying anyone that we're not 100% sure of, just to make our squad bigger.

Alan Humphreys
078 Posted 30/06/2013 at 20:59:38
That'll be summer holidays Paul. Lot of kids leaving school this time of year....
Mat Fearon
080 Posted 30/06/2013 at 21:03:43
Barry, "we potentially have the best manager in Europe".
WTF? I am all for optimism but lets be realistic otherwise he has no chance.
Paul Andrews
081 Posted 30/06/2013 at 21:46:15
Paul Rimmer,

Have a look at a map for how close Formby is to Carrington.

Mike Allison
085 Posted 30/06/2013 at 22:35:43
I just don't see it with McManaman. He's fast, that's about it.
Steven Telford
088 Posted 30/06/2013 at 22:34:11
I can see Di Canio possibly doing a bit of an O'Leary in terms of team finances.
Treating the pot like its infiniteunles unless his board have the balls to stand up to him - que his big strop
On that note, while I would like to see Macmanaman "come home"" I would not like to see us be foolish enough to enter a bidding war with a psychopath.

James Stewart
100 Posted 30/06/2013 at 23:27:42
I hope we get him. How on earth is Redmond better value? Mcmanaman has proven it against the best of them. He tore City apart. I'm not saying he's not worth bring in but if given the choice it has to be Mcmanaman.

Pace to burn and he can finish. You can never have too many players like that.

Noel Early
112 Posted 01/07/2013 at 00:44:46
£7m – are you having a laugh? Martinez only deemed him good enough to play for Wigan since Xmas. I'm sure I heard the boy really suffers from pre-match nerves as well. No, I definitely don't think we should even consider it.
Brian Wilkinson
148 Posted 01/07/2013 at 08:46:46
£7 Million would be better spent on Darren Bent and I think a bid of £7 million would be accepted.
James Stewart
168 Posted 01/07/2013 at 11:26:46
7m better spent on Bent christ the silly season has well & truly started!
Iain Thomson
182 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:18:08
Insane price for what he is... I rate him and think he has potential but you can't tell me there aren't players in other leagues with that talent level who would cost far less... Gary Makay Steven for example would be £1.5 mil max, I'd have thought.

Karl Meighan
183 Posted 01/07/2013 at 12:11:52
I 'me with Brian @148 Bent means goals and 20 a season year in year out, other players that are capable of this come at a starting price of about 25m which ends any interest we may have. Signing Bent would also mean Mirrales could stay out wide although him in the hole behind Bent would be a exciting prospect.

The 2 wide players are both worth taking a look at but goals are vital and I don't see Anichebe getting enough regardless of how many chances are created and there is a big question mark over Jelavic.

James Stewart
255 Posted 01/07/2013 at 15:10:32
Darren Bent has scored over 20 goals once in the premier league and that was back in 2009! He is now 29. Last season he scored 3. The season before that 9. I think he days of hitting 20 are well and truly over
Andrew Ellams
261 Posted 01/07/2013 at 15:21:26
The lad has talent but a higher price than Miralles and the same amount that Chelsea paid for Demba Ba is crazy. This is why you can't criticise clubs for buying foreign.

And on the subject of Ba, I read somewhere that WBA are looking to try and take him on loan this season, a must surely. Born to play the central striker position and proved he can do it in the premier league.

James Stewart
266 Posted 01/07/2013 at 15:25:57
Ba would be a top signing I always thought we should have got him when he left West Ham. Chelsea would be idiots to let him go.

I think McManaman would more likely be available around the 5m mark.

Steve Jones
317 Posted 01/07/2013 at 17:22:28
£7m or £5m its too much for McManaman when you look at the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum at PSV.

They picked him up for 5mn Euro two years ago so he only has 2yrs left on his deal. Dual footed, fast and can play either wing or the central playmaker role. Scored 19 goals in all competitions for PSV last season and made another 5!. £8mn offer for him (or maybe Heits plus a few quid?) and we've got cover for Fellaini, Pienaar, or Mirallas and probably Pienaars eventual replacement.

...or we can have McManaman!

Harold Matthews
338 Posted 01/07/2013 at 18:19:07
Steve. This guy sounds handy. How old is he?

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel. £8.5 million to Norwich who will also get Redmond.
The money is flying about but Martinez will probably need to take stock before he moves for anyone.

Steve Jones
345 Posted 01/07/2013 at 18:52:40
Wijnaldum is 22... and there is a link to Goodison with the lad albeit a tenuous one! He's the nephew of one Mr Royston Drenthe! By all accounts he's from the branch of the family that doesnt turn up to training rat arsed though!.
Paul Andrews
352 Posted 01/07/2013 at 19:15:21
Bent holds the Premier League record I believe for the least touches of the ball in games. He does not get involved in build up play.

Saying that, in the season where he got the record I think I am right in saying he scored around 20 league goals. So I suppose it depends on what you are looking for.

Rick Pattinson
375 Posted 01/07/2013 at 20:36:59
Try getting Steven Ireland for next to nothing, if Martinez can get the best out of him then all good, wasnt he a one season wonder too?
Kevin Rowlands
384 Posted 01/07/2013 at 20:50:51
Didn't he crock his knee at the end of last season? He did play well in the Cup Final but £7M is way too steep for paupers like us. At that price, no way it's going to happen.
Kevin Rowlands
412 Posted 01/07/2013 at 22:21:15
Didn't he do his knee in badly at the end of the season? £7 mill is way too much; if that is the price, no thanks.

Clive Lewis
451 Posted 01/07/2013 at 23:59:08
7m for this guy, 5 million for Kone something wrong here.
James Marshall
545 Posted 02/07/2013 at 11:09:49
I don't buy into the Mcmanaman thing - he played about 5 good games in their cup run last year and all of a sudden a totally unproven 22 yr old is worth £7m?

These figures are pure fantasy.

He seemed like a one-trick-pony to me - albeit he gave us the runaround, and did for Clichy in the cup final. A handful of good games doesn't prove it for me, and just having loads of pace and the ability to drop your shoulder and go past people isn't enough to convince me that he has the ability to make it in the Premier League.

The kid needs a full season of league football to really convince that he's worth a punt.

Jack Cross
936 Posted 03/07/2013 at 01:47:53
It's a pity we can't get Macmanaman on loan for a season, just to see if he's up to the premier. Martinez is supposed to be thick as thieves with Whelan is old boss. Think they could have worked something there.

What did they buy him for any idea?

I know Everton let him go. But that don't mean much.

No way he's worth 7 million. Just by looking good in a few cup games. He as pace but I didn't see much else.

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