columnist Steven Woodgate wonders if Ferrie Bodde will be able to
resist the lure of the Premier League.
It is always good to see some morality in the championship.
Swansea's manager Roberto Martinez is convinced that his star midfielder Ferrie
Bodde would reject a move to a Premier League club.
This is a bold statement, the lure of top flight has not
been rejected by many.
Bodde's agent has simply been putting the feeders out to
clubs, claiming that his client and the agent have a gentlemen's agreement
regarding a possible move if a Premier League club came in for him.
This just shows the Dutch midfielder have had a productive
time this season as he is currently Swansea's joint-top goal scorer with six
goals, all being in the Championship.
His value has considerably increased. Swansea paid a mere
£85,000 for Bodde back in 2007 and in the current climate his value has
rocketed to somewhere in the region of £4 million.
Swansea have an agreement that half of the sell-on fee will
go to his previous club ADO Den Haag. Therefore, they want to get as much as
possible if he would to leave.
His general all round play has been effective as two of his
goals has come from 30 plus yards out. He has been ever-present in producing
defence-splitting passes, causing havoc against any time he has played.
Producing a flurry of interest as clubs touted for his signature.
It seemed he was heading for the exit door in the summer as
he handed in a transfer request after initial interest from Derby County.
A change of heart was evident as he rescinded it and agreed
a new deal. It was then his agent Sjaron Vink claims the gentlemen's agreement
was reached with chairman Huw Jenkins.
Swansea currently sits in a healthy ninth position after
being promoted last season and only a point of the play off places.