Date: 31st January 2007 at 10:37am
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The Rams went six points clear at the top of the Championship last night and 18-year-old Giles Barnes was nowhere to be seen. Speculation is rife in the media, and reports are heightening that Tottenham Hotspur will today complete the signing of Barnes from the Rams ahead of the closure of the January transfer window.

Sources from the North London club this morning claim the finishing touches are being agreed on a deal worth around £2.5 million that will see the promising Barnes move to White Hart Lane, and it`s reported the deal will be announced later today after the young midfielder has travelled to London for a medical.

Rams coach Billy Davies has said he doesn`t want to sell his young charger, but if the price was right for Derby County then we will have to consider it. Is the Spurs bid right for Derby?
The club has brought heavily in the transfer market over the past month and the transfer fee reported will balance the Rams books and move the club forward into the final run to the Premiership.

Rams first team Coach Julian Darby was asked in a post match press conference if we should read anything into Barnes` non-inclusion. After a slight hesitation he said: “I`m the wrong person to talk too regarding that, I`m here to talk about the football.”

The right person to ask is the Rams managing director Mike Horton, and he said prior to the Burnley game: ‘If the number of people who have been reported as being interested in Giles phoned me, I would be a very busy man. We have still not had any serious phone calls about him.’
Horton also said he did not expect ‘fireworks’ on the final day of transfer business.

He suggested one or two may come in and one or two could leave, adding: ‘I can’t see there being any huge revelations but the window means one phone call could change all that.
‘If the price is right and the opportunity is there, we will always look to take advantage of it.’

Spurs boss Martin Jol sees Barnes as the ideal solution to the club’s well documented left sided midfield problems. This was made even more prevalent after Edgar Davids completed his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Dutch side Ajax yesterday.


19 Replies to “Barnes no show for Rams”

  • Good piece. I think he’s coming over to us, but as they say, until he’s holding up a shirt with his name on it on the official site…

  • i’d heard before that he was more of a central player who gets forwards & gets goals. versatile enough to play up front (or rather off a front player) but haven’t really heard of him as a leftie…wouldn’t be sad to be wrong though!

  • i think he is right sided too.. looks like Jol is going to get the skills coach to work with him and switch him and Lennon from right to left during games etc as he is doing with Lennon now..

  • He’s young quick and very skilful. He has good eye for goal and has scored a number of quality goals this season. Spurs have stolen one of our young players in Huddlestone, so if he does go the price looks about right. I wish him good luck!!!!

  • hey a derby fan!! Good oh sounds like a good prospect for a cpl of mill. Derby is our new west ham! Any other promising youngsters, perhaps a left back?

  • Right here we go from a Rams Season Ticket Holder.1. He ain’t a left sided mid player. More right sided but will end up central mis attaking. 2. He ain’t no Tom Huddlestone. Not in the same league and remember Tom played nearly one hundred games for us before he was 18. PS when can we have our £150K. Any who had a verbal agreement re. the loan of Hong Kong Phoey (or whatever that dodgy strikers name was) with our ex Director of Football wants their head looking at. 3. We would sell Barnes today if it meant we could get another stiker. We get bored winning every week 1-0. 4. See you next season, or in the next round of the cup if you get through.

  • Yes I agree he’s no Huddlestone. But the boy is talented and we should keep our talented players. But remember Spurs – “Show me the money!!!!!”

  • wish we just gave them huddlestone back in exchange for barnes. huddlestone is a piece of poo and doesnt fit into the spurs team who are aimed at pace with skill. huddlestone has neither.

  • If anyone’s a piece of poo it aint Tom Huddlestone. He’s 19 years of age, still growing into his skin and I for one am convinced he’ll play an integral part in our future. Failing that he’llmore than balance the books in any future transfer. When all this comes to pass, SonicBorg, I hope you’ll front up and volunteer to eat yours somewhere public!

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