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West Brom's Gera to make a bizarre move to Fulham

West Brom's Gera to make a bizarre move to Fulham

In a bizarre twist it appears that Zoltan Gera will leave the Hawthorns. Not to play in the UEFA cup with FA Cup holders Portsmouth or fifth placed Everton, not to play in the Champions League with Scottish giants Celtic but to Fulham.

Reports in today's Birmingham Evening Mail suggest that Gera will announce the deal next week when a management restructuring is completed at Fulham.

This news will surely disappoint Albion fans because Fulham are widely expected to be struggling at the bottom of the table again next year. It would be so much easier to take if the club where Gera eventually goes were a top six club or playing in Europe but Fulham.

Not that I mind Fulham but they are not the most ambitious choice for a player to make. It is very unlikely that Fulham will ever make it in to Europe and the fan base isn't massive, (remember they have a dedicated area for neutral fans) so why should Gera choose them?

I am afraid the answer has to be money despite mutterings from Gera's agent earlier in the season that he would only move to a top six club or top European club.

Zoltan you have made the wrong choice. As Baggies fans will know an unhappy Gera is worthless to the team and for his sake I hope that he is happy with the decision that he, or his advisers, have made.

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Writer:Lord Shepherd
Date:Thursday June 5 2008
Time: 11:00AM

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I mentioned this yesterday but he is a player who is all about the money. No offence but he is not good enough to get into a top 6 side, and it does not look as if any of the mid-table teams are that bothered by him either. I think to be honest he would be better staying with you Baggies than go to Fulham but money talks!
05/06/2008 11:43:00
Bizarre is an understatement.
05/06/2008 11:53:00
I'd be very suprised if this happens. The places Zoltan is linked are getting stranger and stranger - and it wouldn't be the first time the Evening Mail had a howler!
Alex Humpage
05/06/2008 13:26:00
Alex this is 99% sorted. Chris Lepkowski at the Evening Mail is a very reliable source.
Lord Shepherd
05/06/2008 13:39:00
Fulham fan here. I'm glad to hear that we might be signing Gera, as I hear he's quite good. Never seen him play myself, so cannot comment on that aspect, but he must be decent to have the likes of Pompey, Everton and Celtic after him. Obviously, as a Fulham fan, I disagree with the statement that he'd be joining Fulham just for the money. First and foremost, Fulham are one of the clubs who pay least in wages (*cough* Unlike West Ham *cough*) so we wouldn't be blasting out 50k - a - week on an ex. Championship player (no offense or anything) just like that. I'd imagine he'd be given something like 25k/week. Now as for my opinion to why he would join Fulham (will probably be biased :p)... hmmm... Well firstly I think we've got a very good manager, who would have played a huge part in convincing him to join, secondly we're a stable Premier League team, albeit fighting for relegation in the past couple of seasons, thirdly we have ambitions - which in my opinion we will reach next season (mid-table), fourthly this Gera guy seems clever >> He knows he wouldn't be anything more than a rotational player at P'mouth/Everton/Celtic, so decided to build his top level career up slowly by signing for a less quoted side. This just goes to show Fulham fans that we are aiming high, and we can beat off the more quoted teams of this world when it comes to signings, which is a positive thing. Hodgson is probably the best manager we've had since the Tigana era, which is a nice feeling. Anyway, that's it from me :p Good luck for the new season, and let's hope Gera actually does sign for the Mighty Whites :D :D
05/06/2008 15:30:00
Good to hear from you Bobo but I think you may be wrong on the wages. If it was just £25k/week that would not be out of West Brom's price range. Haven't you just signed Schwarzer on big money too?
Lord Shepherd
05/06/2008 15:42:00
Yeah we have signed Schwarzer. I don't expect a player of his level to be on peanuts (having rejected Juve and Bayern for us) so I'd assume he's on about 40k a week on a 2 year contract. It doesn't get higher than 40k a week at Fulham. However again, the main reason why Mark joined us was for first team football, which, in my opinion is why Gera would join, but I stress out again, Hodgson must be doing some kind of magic behind the scenes to beat off interest from Bayern + Juve (Schwarzer) and P'Mouth + Everton + Celtic (Gera, if he joins). I am sure that Gera would not be on anything close to what Mark is on, for reasons such as: 1) Mark was a free transfer (or is Gera too? lol), 2) Gera hardly has any top level experience, 3) Gera is considered to be a very average player (for the top flight). I'd say he'd be on 25-30k a week Max. Quite sure Roy would not go higher for a player with hardly any top flight experience. I think the main reason for him deciding to join FFC is a place in the first team :)
05/06/2008 16:08:00
Gera has had two seasons in the Prem as well as experiencing European football at Ferencvaros and he is the captain of Hungary. However, he wasn't guaranteed a first team spot at West Brom last season and I guess wouldn't be this coming season.
Lord Shepherd
05/06/2008 16:13:00
Not guaranteed his first team spot at WBA? I think that sums it up then really. No offense, but if he can't guarantee a first team spot at a newly promoted side then how can he do so at a top 8 club? This is why he's off to Fulham then - he's got a better chance of playing, no? :)
05/06/2008 16:20:00
I think it is all down to money at the end of the day. When Zolly is on form he is a great player to have in the team but his off days are truly bad. The trouble is you never know what you are going to get with him. I seriously doubt he will be consistently in your first 11 all season. Although with 7 players permitted on the bench now he should always make your match day squad as he would ours.
Lord Shepherd
05/06/2008 16:32:00
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