RUMOUR - Harper to Middlesborough

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RUMOUR - Harper to Middlesborough

by UpNorth » 25 May 2008 22:24

Yet another of our long standing stars is attracting interest from a Premiership club. Southgate wants Harper and Sidwell apparently.

Harper has been at the heart of the team for so long but a decent offer would surely see him leave. If offered Premiership football I doubt that Coppell would stand in his way assuming we got £2m - £3m for him (is he worth more?).

Time to rebuild around matey boy and an opportunity to bring in a ''box to box' type midfielder like Sidwell.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by winchester_royal » 25 May 2008 22:53

UpNorth £2m - £3m for him (is he worth more?).


no

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Ian Royal » 25 May 2008 23:35

He is worth more than that to us. We already need to bring in at least one central midfielder if not two. Let Harps go and it goes up to 2 or 3.

He is still in contract to the best of my knowledge and is one of the few players to aquit himself well over the majority of both seasons. He is still relatively young, we should be looking for £3m+ maybe 4 or 5 given his importance to us IMO.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Geekins » 25 May 2008 23:52

Where did you get your information?

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by The 17 Bus » 26 May 2008 08:21

Was on Teamtalk , then copied in a few other placees, google you lazy bugger.

As for him leaving, 6 Prem goals last season in a poor team, thats not bad for a midfielder, anything less tha £4m and we should say no.


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Row Z Royal » 26 May 2008 11:15

The 17 Bus Was on Teamtalk , then copied in a few other placees, google you lazy bugger.

As for him leaving, 6 Prem goals last season in a poor team, thats not bad for a midfielder, anything less tha £4m and we should say no.


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by JimmytheJim » 26 May 2008 12:31

I had a dream that we beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the first day of the season, and Alan Partridge, whom I've never met in my life, punched me for arguing that Harper was a classy midfielder.

We don't need to sell, so we won't unless a big offer comes in. There is no way Harper is leaving for £2-3m, no matter how much some of you may will it. He might not be worth more than that in objective terms, but he is not a player we can afford to lose without a ready-made replacement lined up, and as such is worth a lot more to us than a couple of million.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Row Z Royal » 26 May 2008 16:48

JimmytheJim I had a dream that we beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on the first day of the season, and Alan Partridge, whom I've never met in my life, punched me for arguing that Harper was a classy midfielder.


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by RG30 » 27 May 2008 02:58

Harper to Stoke is a rumour I've heard mentioned from 2 seperate sources, both who are well connected to the club.


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Fezza » 27 May 2008 08:32

Glad to see our players are attracting interest. I all truth I'd bite Boro or Stoke's hand off if they wanted to pay £3 million for Harps. Perhaps we could then get a midfielder who will tackle!

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Hoop Blah » 27 May 2008 08:59

I'm not surprised Harper is attracting some early interest from Premiership teams.

He's one player in our squad who performed consistently during both seasons. Some might argue he was consistently poor but he did the job he was asked to and thats what a lot of managers will be impressed by.

£3m is probably about a fair price, but if he wanted to stay and put last seasons wrongs right then I think I'd turn it down and try and keep him. Losing him wouldn't be too bad if Matejovsky stays and delivers next season (alongside a more physical presence in the middle) but long term the pair of them don't strike me as a solution to finding a solid midfield partnership.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by g » 27 May 2008 09:10

The Reading way...

sell a starting 11 player for a couple million
state in press you can't find replacement
buy an african for a few grand who fails
give a youth kid a professional contract so squad looks deeper
Madejski loving it

I'd make sure to hold onto these players as they might have their faults, they will never be replaced with someone better.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by readingbedding » 27 May 2008 12:52

g The Reading way...

sell a starting 11 player for a couple million
state in press you can't find replacement
buy an african for a few grand who fails
give a youth kid a professional contract so squad looks deeper
Madejski loving it

I'd make sure to hold onto these players as they might have their faults, they will never be replaced with someone better.


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Sing when your winning » 27 May 2008 13:46

I thought I read somewhere that Harps had a relegation clause allowing him to leave for a Prem club

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Hoop Blah » 27 May 2008 14:50

Sing when your winning I thought I read somewhere that Harps had a relegation clause allowing him to leave for a Prem club


They will still have to pay for him though. If he does have some sort of clause in his contract allowing him to speak to Prem clubs then there will be a fee that they have to offer to tirgger it....unless we just want to give away our players that is!

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Royal Rother » 27 May 2008 14:58

Sing when your winning I thought I read somewhere that Harps had a relegation clause allowing him to leave for a Prem club


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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by IMAMATEOFJOVSKY » 27 May 2008 15:08

Probably one of the best things that could happen, Harper going - he was an ever present in midfield last season - a midfield that rolled over and died too many times - hopefully Bikey or another "strong" presence in midfield complemented by Marek, will do the trick.

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by Ian Royal » 27 May 2008 18:21

IMAMATEOFJOVSKY Probably one of the best things that could happen, Harper going - he was an ever present in midfield last season - a midfield that rolled over and died too many times - hopefully Bikey or another "strong" presence in midfield complemented by Marek, will do the trick.


And who do we play if Marek &/or Bikey get injured?

We need 4 central midfielders who are good enough. Not 1.5

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by mini _dariusz » 27 May 2008 21:05

Sing when your winning I thought I read somewhere that Harps had a relegation clause allowing him to leave for a Prem club


When you come on here, make one post, and can't even spell your name correct you can oxf*rd OFF

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Re: Speculation - Harper to Middlesborough

by brendywendy » 28 May 2008 10:11

mini _dariusz
Sing when your winning I thought I read somewhere that Harps had a relegation clause allowing him to leave for a Prem club


When you come on here, make one post, and can't even spell your name correct you can oxf*rd OFF


having a user name with a grammatical error in it is not a good start young man
write out "sing when your winning" doesnt even make sense, and offends the grammar fascists" 1000 times

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