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Barnes no show for Rams

Barnes no show for Rams

The Rams went six points clear at the top of the Championship last night and 18-year-old Giles Barnes was nowhere to be seen. Speculation is rife in the media, and reports are heightening that Tottenham Hotspur will today complete the signing of Barnes from the Rams ahead of the closure of the January transfer window.

Sources from the North London club this morning claim the finishing touches are being agreed on a deal worth around £2.5 million that will see the promising Barnes move to White Hart Lane, and it`s reported the deal will be announced later today after the young midfielder has travelled to London for a medical.

Rams coach Billy Davies has said he doesn`t want to sell his young charger, but if the price was right for Derby County then we will have to consider it. Is the Spurs bid right for Derby?
The club has brought heavily in the transfer market over the past month and the transfer fee reported will balance the Rams books and move the club forward into the final run to the Premiership.

Rams first team Coach Julian Darby was asked in a post match press conference if we should read anything into Barnes` non-inclusion. After a slight hesitation he said: "I`m the wrong person to talk too regarding that, I`m here to talk about the football."

The right person to ask is the Rams managing director Mike Horton, and he said prior to the Burnley game: 'If the number of people who have been reported as being interested in Giles phoned me, I would be a very busy man. We have still not had any serious phone calls about him.'
Horton also said he did not expect 'fireworks' on the final day of transfer business.

He suggested one or two may come in and one or two could leave, adding: 'I can't see there being any huge revelations but the window means one phone call could change all that.
'If the price is right and the opportunity is there, we will always look to take advantage of it.'

Spurs boss Martin Jol sees Barnes as the ideal solution to the club's well documented left sided midfield problems. This was made even more prevalent after Edgar Davids completed his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Dutch side Ajax yesterday.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Peter Simcox
Date:Wednesday January 31 2007
Time: 10:36AM


Come on Derby fans, whats this guy really like?
31/01/2007 10:52:00
Good piece. I think he's coming over to us, but as they say, until he's holding up a shirt with his name on it on the official site...
31/01/2007 10:53:00
i know sod all about this guy sorry, is he a left sided player or does jol just wanna playhim there?
31/01/2007 10:59:00
Yeah is he any good?
31/01/2007 10:59:00
i'd heard before that he was more of a central player who gets forwards & gets goals. versatile enough to play up front (or rather off a front player) but haven't really heard of him as a leftie...wouldn't be sad to be wrong though!
31/01/2007 11:02:00
Well thats encouraging!
31/01/2007 11:03:00
i watched him play against cardiff recently and he scored a great goal, think he's right sided though.
31/01/2007 11:04:00
are there any Derby fans on vital Derby??? Can anyone tell us what you think of him?
Dan Mac
31/01/2007 11:06:00
i think he is right sided too.. looks like Jol is going to get the skills coach to work with him and switch him and Lennon from right to left during games etc as he is doing with Lennon now..
The Tailor
31/01/2007 11:08:00
looks like this site is closed to derby fans!
31/01/2007 11:20:00
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