Frazier Campbell turned out to be the key link in organising the Dimitar Berbatov deal to United. Once the price had been agreed upon, Daniel Levy was determined to see Campbell, who Hull had previously bid £7 million for, went to White Hart Lane as a part of the deal.
It has emerged since that Steve Bruce showed up at Campbell’s hotel where he was staying with the England Under 21 team, in a last ditch bid to lure the player to Wigan.
However, as soon as Ferguson learned Campbell could clinch the Berbatov deal, he ensured our 20-year-old striker was moving down south.
“I was up since half past seven and had so many calls,” Campbell said. “At one point it was looking like I was going to one place and then things would change and then I would be going somewhere else. But I’m really excited to be going to Tottenham. They are a big club, with a good manager and they are building a really good team. It’s disappointing to leave United but when you get a chance to play for a club like Tottenham you have to take it. I would have liked to stay at United but with Berbatov coming in the gaffer felt I might be better served going somewhere else to get some games.”
Whilst collecting £7 million for the player could have proved to be good business, this is a better scenario for United if the player does have what it takes, which his stint at Spurs should certainly prove one way or another. If he is good enough, then he will have a year’s Premiership experience under his belt.
In the poll on RoM yesterday, less than 10% voted they thought it would have been in our best interests to keep the player at Old Trafford, giving us a 4th (5th, including Manucho) striking option. So we’re happy, I imagine Spurs fans are happy, but Daniel Levy isn’t. Shame.