Friday, January 13, 2006
Birmingham deal for Euell far from done - Curbs
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley has told Birmingham they must try harder if they are to take want-away striker Jason Euell off his hands.
The 28-year-old, who was once a club record signing when he was recruited from
Wimbledon, is on the transfer list having become frustrated at a lack of
first-team football over the past 18 months.
Birmingham - the Addicks' opponents at The Valley tomorrow - are keen to sign
him but not keen enough for Curbishley's liking.
He said: 'Birmingham are sniffing around but they are not doing enough. In
this window everyone is jostling around trying to do things and we are no
different, but they are not doing enough at the moment.
'Jason has made his feelings known and whoever is interested has a couple of
weeks to do something about it. If acceptable bids come along we will have to
think about it but at the moment none has.'
Euell has recovered from a shoulder injury but is unlikely even to make the
Curbishley said: 'Jason had a very disappointing year last year. It wasn't
all his fault, it wasn't all my fault. Obviously he wants to play, like they all
'His beef with me was that when we were not doing so well I still didn't put
him in. We put him on the list and during the summer he had a move to Birmingham
that looked like being a go-er until he hurt his shoulder, which was no-one's
'I can understand his frustration as he hasn't played for the first team in
over a year but once that window closes, if no business is done he has got to
get on with it.
'I have got a big squad but I have said to them that if anyone wants to go
then we will try to do something about it.'
One deal Curbishley does not expect to go through is a swap with Newcastle for
Lee Bowyer, the former Charlton midfielder who is keen to return to London.
The Magpies want to exchange him for Danny Murphy, who is fit again following
a hamstring problem, but Curbishley insisted the England international was going
He said: 'I have not spoken to Graeme Souness since I signed Darren Ambrose.
There is no swap deal with Bowyer.
'Danny has been unsettled by it all but speculation is part of football,
especially in this month when it is so intense.
'It is no secret that Lee Bowyer wants to come back to London but at the
moment I am looking at other areas.'
Charlton have also been linked with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Middlesbrough
and a loan arrangement with Millwall to give out-of-favour striker Jonatan
Johansson some first-team action but Curbishley was adamant that neither deal
Norway international Thomas Myhre keeps his place in goal tomorrow, which will
only intensify the frustration of former number one Dean Kiely, who now wants to
Curbishley said: 'Dean has never been second choice before and I have had
chats with him.
'He feels he should be our number one but I have said to him I am happy with
having three 'keepers so we will have to see how that develops.'
Birmingham are likely to hand a debut to new signing Chris Sutton as Emile
Heskey's strike partner, although the former Celtic man's versatility means that
is by no means certain.
Curbishley said: 'We will have to see where he (Sutton) is playing because
obviously he can play at the back as well as up front. But to be fair to
Birmingham, they have done a bit of business there when not many clubs have.
'We have all been talking and jostling around but they have actually gone and
done something and that will improve them tomorrow.'