Mark Noble comments and what we are offering players….and mahrez.

I always like a player who gives an honest and fair assessment of things. when asked where we should aim to finish next season, he replied it all depends on who we bring in. he identified the striker issue, saying we've got andy and sakho but then no one. with this in mind, whats the hold up? from what I've heard hernandez is happy to come and has asked for 140 k a week. lets face it, he would be a great addition, he's got prem experience and has done the business in the bundesliga too. whats the prob? are we doing an arsenal of a few years ago and pricing ourselves out of deals due to a 'wage structure ceiling'? if so then look at what it did to arsenal. in modern football you can't move forward if you limit yourself. its all about money for players, then club position etc. in the case of hernandez if he can make 140k somewhere else, why would he come to us for 100k? people say we are not a good 'option' for players, we can't attract anyone….but i think its far more to do with what we are offering players. people are moaning about Hart and his fee etc. Why? if the club are finally prepared to stump up some big dough to get a quality keeper then why are we moaning? because we can spend it on a striker? surely the aim of the game is to get as many quality players as possible? i can't see why we can't afford to do so, we're not back in the billy bonds days of having no funds. for me its not a case of not being able to afford the players or not being able to attract them, its more that we're limiting our chances by stalling on players wages. i even believe we could sign mahrez if we were serious. bigger clubs are avoiding him now because he had a rubbish season last year. he could have gone for 50 mill when they won the league. now roma offerering 20 mill for him….30 mill would prob get him if he began rocking the boat for a move. wouldn't he be a good replacement for Payet? its all gone a bit quiet about that….if we had held onto him like people had said and sold him for the same 25 mill, right now we'd be looking for a replacement no? so why aren't we doing so now? snodgrass is his replacement? hmm. something doesnt sound right. i'd say Mahrez could be looking for a fresh club to revive his form. i also think he could play up front in a di canio type role. but if we're not prepared to pay players big wages (as much as i think they don't deserve them) then we're not going to get anyway. we're in mid july now and we've made one signing, a free one. yes theres time left, but so far we've passed on defoe, iheanancho, given up on giroud…..sound like the bacca, lacazzete of last season?

Dicks is the man's picture

remy is available and prob cheap. had a couple of rubbish seasons tho. any takers?

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ANTKB's picture

and as sugeested last night, why are we willing to pay over £20m for Arnautovic when Mahrez is available for £30m? Both attacking midfielders but Mahrez the better option.

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TimmyD's picture

Now that sounds good, what a great addition that would be.. Joe Hart, Hernandez as well? too bloody right. We have the massive fan-base, the big Stadium, now lets get the big players. This really does need to happen, we can't go on and on being average, I'm so tired of it, we all are. SUGO keep well away from that bargain bucket.

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Dicks is the man's picture

looks like Mahrez has gone to Roma. can't help thinking we could have been in with a chance. people will shout me down, Oh Roma are massively bigger than us blah blah….however i think he'd have stayed in the prem given the right deal. he's one of those players who fell off of the big clubs radar because of his inconsistency. just think like you that its time we started seeing ourselves as a bigger club, and started acting like one and promoting ourselves as one. it would help if we had a higher profile manager, but we have what we have. i do wonder about Bilic's 'pulling power' though. if Hart comes then great, the profile gets raised a little higher. but we need more. and its no good linking ourselves to high profile players and then having no intention of paying them what they will demand….at some point you have to take the plunge and recruit big names. or you stay where you are and risk going backwards. i checked and our 66,000 is currently to 2nd biggest stadium in the prem. its more than Newcastle pack in, more than arsenal etc and man city. we have to look at that as massive progress and hence sell the club to better players…sell them the project and ambition of champs league football etc.

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asheshammer's picture

At least I didn't have time to get excited about it! But the general point is sound: Why pay £22.5M for Arnautovic if you could get Mahrez for £30M. I think WHUFC have started around £15M for Arnie, and have come back twice, and may go the full monty to get him, when if they had stuck their neck out a bit they might have had someone of FAR superior quality for only a little more. Ah well, there's always Joe Hart! Has he signed yet??? ....

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Dicks is the man's picture

I think the plan is to get hart and play adrian and randolph up front in a deadly strike partnership

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