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Halford Worth £7 million?

If Rip Van Winkle had fallen asleep on Monday, to re-awake next morning, it would have been possible for him to believe that several months had passed, and not just one day.

What madness is this, he might think, where Easter eggs adorn the shop window, and Colchester`s Greg Halford is suddenly worth an amazing £7 million pounds? No, it`s not April. It`s still January, where the start of another silly season in the transfer window has apparently trebled the value of the U`s right-back. This website might be a haven for poetic licence, but nobody here would dare to dream up that kind of a price tag.

Competition for the utility-man will obviously drive up his worth, whose admirers are said to include Sheffield United, Manchester City, Portsmouth and West Ham. Last week, Reading were added to that lengthy list. Soon, half of the Premiership will join a crazy bidding war, while a few hacks predicted yesterday that Charlton Athletic could also be after the 22-year-old, thanks to the advice of Alan Pardew`s new number two, Phil Parkinson.

Memo to Geraint Williams: snap their hands off - take the money. If the offer does come in at " £7 million plus," as the Daily Mail printed on Tuesday, then Colchester will have financial security for quite a while, or at least gain the ability to compete on the transfer front. Receiving that sort of a fee would probably also bring a smile to the face of new owner Robbie Cowling, who would, presumably, not have to spend quite as much of his own cash during the January Sales.

The projected fee for Halford stood at £2.5 million until the emergence of yesterday`s tabloids and, at the rate the national press are producing news on the U`s, the media team of Dave Gregory and Matt Hudson will soon be out of a job.

Another intriguing East Anglian transfer saga surrounds fellow Essex boy, Freddy Eastwood. Unlike Halford, however, the Southend striker will be going back to the Premiership - as opposed to playing there for the first time - having formally been a youth player at West Ham.

Still, it will be interesting to see where Halford actually goes, and exactly how much George Williams accepts for him. The only obstacle to Colchester`s search for the largest fee possible is that, by all accounts, his contract is up in the summer.

This column`s advice to fans is: just go with the speculation. Next thing you know, Colchester will be sitting at sixth place in the League, and competing successfully for the play-offs, in their first season in football`s second tier…




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Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 3 2007

Time: 2:33PM

Your Comments

He's a very good player, but worth 7 million No
Tigerphil
We're rumoured to have offered £2.5M but is he even worth that?
Blade1889
I doubt if anyone would pay £M7 for any full back.
miked_joker
With Sheffield Utd taking the mickey with a valuation of 1.25m I believe this is justy upping the price. £3M would be a fair price IMHO!
ED_CUFC
you are joking! hes out of contract come the end of the season, i reckon sheffield would pay over odds but 7m is jokes!! reckon 2 - 3 is the most. if you take the p*ss reckon you'll see him leave on a michael ballack! - more money for the player that way too...
link201
Does he come with Juan Roman Riquelme strapped to him or something? I could see him being bought for £7million then.
Rogue
LOL, good comments fellas, however he is not just a fullback! If it was Cricket? Allrounder would be the Title!
ED_CUFC
Great player, commitment 100% but i don't feel he's worth 7m. I would pay 3-3.25m For him at the maximum.
T6 Supremo
 

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