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Boro confirm bid for Hoyte

Boro confirm bid for Hoyte

Steve Gibson, Chairman of Middlesborough FC, has announced on the clubs website that he has faxed an offer to Arsenal for the transfer of Justin Hoyte.

"We have made Arsenal an offer which we feel is fair. We're not negotiating and we're not falling out with Arsenal if they don't accept the bid," Gibson claimed.

"Arsenal are a good club to deal with and we're both doing business the right way, if they accept the bid then great, if not then we move on."

So does 'doing business the right way' include going public with your offer before you have had the response? What is that meant to do? Reassure 'boro supporters or apply pressure to those you are dealing with?

On the surface it seems straightforward enough but Justin Hoyte has often repeated his desire to stay at the club and fight for a place.

In the last week he has said "I just want to play for Arsenal, the club is fantastic, we`ve got a great manager in Arsène Wenger, and it`s just a great atmosphere. The fans are fantastic whatever we are going through. It`s a great club to be at. Why would anybody want to go anywhere else? I know there is a lot of speculation but you can see the way we play together."

I can't help feeling that Gibson would have shown greater courtesy to both club and player if he had kept his counsel at least until he had had a reply to his offer. That would be 'doing business the right way'.

If he chooses to go that's fine. Few would begrudge Hoyte a move given his position in the squad but he should be allowed to come to a decision in his own time and in his own way without any media pressure appearing to be applied.

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Date:Tuesday August 12 2008
Time: 10:25PM

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This is something for him too really think about. Boro are on the up in my opinion and I just cant see him displacing Sagna as RB. Whether he decides to go or stay, I will back him 100%.
12/08/2008 22:47:00
Yeah, funny that he mentioned they're doing things the proper way. I'd personally rather keep everyone, even though Hoyte isn't a key player. You know our luck with injuries and especially when Eboue's needed in midfield where the an average age is like 19, 20 years (that's ridiculously unfortunate). We do need Hoyte as a backup RB.
Lou the Gunneress
12/08/2008 22:52:00
I agree Amos, this is not an example of 'doing business the right way'. I also don't want Justin to go, because we need players who are prepared to work hard to improve and are also prepared to wait their turn on the bench. He will never replace Sagna as first choice, but he is young, fast and athletic and could improve enough to be a reliable deputy. We cannot complain about lack of depth on the one hand and then get rid of a willing squad player for a few million pounds when there is no obvious replacement within the squad, unless Eboue is going back to right back?
12/08/2008 23:01:00
I hope Justin stays as like mention above, Justin is a very dependable player, he may not be able to displace Sagna as RB, but he's a squad players and we need squad players as last season shown. Also he a young English players, who does get to play in the 1st Team. So Please Stay Justin, but if you decide to go, then All the Best to you.
13/08/2008 05:05:00
I think it is actually about time Justin went. Not, you understand, because I don't rate him, or dislike him in anyway. It's just he is no longer particularly young (nearly 24), and is still not close to being 'first choice'! If he decides to stay.... fine, but on a personal level, he must be thinking about playing regular first team football. Whatever happens, good luck to him!
13/08/2008 09:32:00
I think a loan move would be best for him, it's no use to keep bringing kids up and then selling them, always keeping the club in short supply, always counting on another promising youngster. Who can provide back-up in his position if he leaves? I think he should either stay, or opt for a loan move.
13/08/2008 09:52:00
We need him and every other body we can get our hands on currently. We have 7 players out injured (8 if you include Bischoff) and the season's not even started yet FFS! We lose more playing hours to injury than almost any other club, why? Is it the training, poor medical, poor physio, what???
13/08/2008 09:57:00
Why can't we keep him - he's our O'Shea, Fletcher, etc. All title-winning teams need a squad and he's a good squad player. It doesn't matter if he'd never displace Sagna - as long as he's ok with playing a bit-part role. And as an Arsenal lad through and through, he might very well just be happy with that. So why not?
Lou the Gunneress
13/08/2008 10:02:00
Fair points! Let's keep him. I'd have problem with that... It'll be his choice at the end of the day! What are the bets for captain of the CC team?
13/08/2008 10:06:00
I meant I'd have NO problem with that! :-)
13/08/2008 10:20:00
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