Is Kieron Dyer worth £8million?


6th, August 2007


kierondyer8mil.jpgNewcastle gaffer Sam Allardyce has revealed that Kieron Dyer’s move to West Ham collapsed after the Hammers refused to pay an “escalated” fee of £8m. You read that correctly. EIGHT. MILLION. QUID. Apparently, The Magpies had accepted a bid of £6m but increased the amount they wanted to £8m.
Dyer had agreed personal terms and passed a medical at the London club but West Ham boss Alan Curbishley said on Saturday that the deal “was pulled at the 11th hour by Newcastle and there’s not much we can do about that”. This last minute re-evaluation of Dyer angered Curbishley, who said on Saturday that the transfer was “definitely off”. On form, Dyer is a fine player, but for me, his attitude leaves much to be desired. Taking on Dyer has its own drawbacks… namely squad morale. Teaming up with his old sparring partner Lee Bowyer would also carry its own risks.

Of the turnaround, Allardyce stated “Will it be difficult for Kieron? It’s life, isn’t it? He has got a contract. You sign it. The length of the contract means you are employed by an employer, something happens, it doesn’t work, you come back and get on with it.” Fair words from the former Bolton manager, but will Dyer give 100% effort to a club that clearly want to offload him?
West Ham are the only club I can see signing him. They’re throwing their money around wildly at the moment and I can’t see anyone else willing to spend £6million+ on Dyer. He is a gamble for any manager to take on. Allardyce is probably the best manager in the country at getting the most out of ‘troubled’ players, but there will surely be a rift between him and the England midfielder.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Is Dyer over valued? Can he still cut it at Newcastle or will he find himself becoming a fringe player at St James’ Park?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    what price for dyer & barton having some kind of ruck?!

  2. Joel says:

    I’d have soon sold Dyer for that much money – He’s just another one of the players who doesn’t care about the shirt and is all about the money and the bling. Big Sam might be good at helping ‘troubled’ players but I don’t rate Dyer at all and I’d have soon got rid of him and his wages.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Promising Youngster though……

  4. Anonymous says:

    He needs a right good kick up the ass!

  5. Phanton Pain says:

    He needs a right good kick up the ass! The way he acts these days he isn’t worth anymore than 6million but he could still be a good player if got stuck in.

  6. ILuvNUFC says:

    I reckon that Dyer should have been kicked out of our club when he refused to play in a different position when Bobby Robson was the manager all those years ago never his scrap with Bowyer.
    I’d have let him go for nout!
    Apparently his “family problems” are down to him shagging a local gangsters wife so I reckon he might be fished out of the river Tyne anyday soon, with a bit luck.

  7. Matt says:

    Dyer is completely over-valued. A hyped-up, injury prone, whinging, has been! Should never have left Ipswich as a Championship player (a good one…i’ll give him that) is about all he’ll ever be.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Promising Youngster though…..