Here’s an interesting threesome – or something like that.
Carson wants his future settled, and he’s said several times already this season that he’d rather be playing at Aston Villa than sitting on the bench at Liverpool. Liverpool have so far been reluctant to let Carson go, and it’s rumoured that if Benitez cannot convince Carson to stay at Anfield, he would then ask for around 10m (recent rumours put it at 9m).
So far, this matter seemed to be something to be decided in the summer – but the latest transfer rumours suggest that Aston Villa will not match Liverpool’s valuation and if Carson was to return from Aston Villa to Liverpool, a host of other clubs (Arsenal?) would be interested, with Tottenham being the obvious choice given their much-talked about goalkeeping troubles.
Tottenham will do well to capture Carson – he’s consistent and reliable, two attributes you cannot apply to current Tottenham keeper Paul Robinson. He’s also young and a potential England #1, so if anything else this is a keeper who is only going to go up in the Premier League and Tottenham will be better off with Carson manning the goal as compared to Robinson.
The big question is – why aren’t Villa biting? They have the money and Randy Lerner has backed Martin O’Neill to the hilt before with his transfer buys, so spending 10m on a keeper who has been such an integral part of their revival makes good business sense – Villa will need someone like Carson in their team if they want to push on and qualify for Europe. At this point there’s no reason why Villa wouldn’t buy, unless they’re making a play for Brad Guzan who will cost them less than half of what Carson would, but work permit problems put an end to that move and at any rate Guzan would be a roll of the die whereas Carson is a proven performer.
If Villa do get Guzan and he turns out to be as good as the hype around him suggests, Carson moving to Tottenham may turn out to be good for all 3 clubs involved.