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Any Old Irons

by | 7th, August 2003

‘BEFORE we get to the serious stuff, here’s a question for you. After Chelsea, which football club has spent the most money on new players this summer?

Harry Redknapp claims to have found a surviving West Ham player

The answer is Tottenham. And the Telegraph was there to see one of the club’s new players, Freddie Kanoute, make his debut for the Lilywhites.

And it was a start worthy of Jamie Redknapp and Darren Anderton as Kanoute broke down in a training session.

The paper raises a laugh by repeating what Kanoute said on his signing for the North London club:

‘I was very relieved to pass the medical,’ he said. ‘Despite what people might think, I’m not injury prone.’ Just ‘relieved’.

As for the team that Kanoute left, the Telegraph says that West Ham fans are in uproar.

There have been 15 departures from Upton Park since the team were relegated last term, but it’s the sale of the brightest stars, like Glen Johnson and Joe Cole, that has upset the supporters.

And what bigger supporter of the club is there than Harry Redknapp? Over to you, Harry.

‘It’s a sad, sad day for West Ham and their fans,’ says Harry on the eve of Cole’s move to Chelsea.

‘They deserve better. It hurts me to see what’s happening. They’ve sold Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Glen Johnson, Trevor Sinclair and Freddie Kanoute – where are they going and what are they doing?’

It’s unlikely they are going anywhere upwards. And what the Hammers are doing only the bank manger can tell.

The main beneficiaries of the Hammers’ tragic policy have been Chelsea. And now the Blues, as the Independent says, have bought Italian striker Christian Vieri for £20m.

The paper lines up the team that could open what promises to be an exciting campaign for the Blues this season, finding places for six new signings.

From a neutral’s viewpoint, the best thing about the Chelsea revolution is that Manchester United will have a team other than Arsenal to fear.

And so to that club in the grim north, and the news that Jermain Defoe is a target. There are, sadly, no prizes for guessing which club Defoe currently plays for.

You can hear the sighs all over East London…

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