A twist in the tale for Baptiste
The former Blackpool defender, Alex Baptiste, I`m told with great authority, is a Bolton Wanderers player. His contract with our club has been written up, agreed upon and signed by both parties. As much as a football team can own a player, Bolton Wanderers owns Alex Baptiste.
Still yet to be unveiled by the club- not even made stud marks at Euxton- our new full-back is the transfer target for Crystal Palace. If reports are to be believed, Ian Holloway is trying to convince Baptiste to turn his back on Bolton and the promise he made and join him at Selhurst Park to play in the Premier League for a season.
Remember the Didi Hamann debacle? It`s like that, but this is for a player we want, need and is in the prime of his career. Sam Alladyce called the Didi Hamann sale, the best bit of business he`d ever done. 50% of that statement may have been true, having made £400,000 for a player he never really had, but the other 50% of that statement I`m sure was sour grapes. If Alex Baptiste is adamant his immediate future remains to be with Bolton, Dougie Freedman will have to be 100% convinced Alex Baptiste is the answer to his right-back conundrum. If he is, then Freedman`s job is simply to hold onto the player and make him feel as welcome as possible. If he`s not, then Dougie will have to negotiate a deal for the most sought after full-back in the Championship, in the prime of his life, to a club with new-found millions to burn…£2.5, maybe £3 million?
What would you do? Deal or no deal?