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Waiting Game Went Sadly Wrong

Long term target, Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt, has gone to Liverpool for a reported 11m, when all Shepherd was prepared to put up was 5m. Which must have left poor Roeder rather embarrassed.

Officially it comes down to the price of the player, but was Roeder totally satisfied with what he saw? If he was going to make a move, it had to be straight after the World Cup, because the Dutchman had a poor competition and his price was at rock bottom.

Since then his form has improved, but as Roeder became more impressed by what he saw, the price went through the roof. Liverpool, too, weren't too keen back in June when he was struggling to find form in Germany. And even last week, they seemed well short of 100% commitment to the deal. As for Fat Fred and Roeder, there was even talk that Kuyt was coming back to Tyneside on United's private plane - and some television stations planned to be at Newcastle airport when it landed just before midnight.

But this was never going to be the case, as Liverpool finally made a move and Kuyt insisted Liverpool was his dream move.

Liverpool have taken a risk on him, but with four class strikers already at the club, it is a risk they can afford. Unlike Newcastle, who don't have the financial clout of the Scousers, and the next man they bring in MUST be worth the money.

Is Kuyt worth the money? Who knows. But I'll tell you one thing ... Craig Bellamy is the bargain of the close-season. Mark my words!

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Date:Thursday August 17 2006

Time: 3:53PM

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Have to say Geordies even though I'm a Liverpool fan besides ourselves i have never come across good fans like Geordies. Although we beat you guys to the signing of Kuyt, your comment on Bellamy is quite right he will be a bargain. With all that went on up at Newcastle with him and souness been honest it was souness's fault look at what he did to us in the early 90's. Wish you guys the best of luck this season to your Toon Army... YNWA
hi barcodes...really hope owen is not out for the season...really sad to see him out even tho he left us..i still wish him a fast recovery...Dirk Kuyt only cost 9 million...hope you have a good season
thats what i like to see. compassion from other supporters. not wa*k*rs like andy ferguson. always puttin us down. if i could id stick my foot so far up his a$$ . Grr
thats a man u fan for you need to say any more about them lol..think the toon army are as nuts as us when it comes to it when you play us..still say the greatest premiership game ever was april 1996 4-3 to us...brill game...that will take some betting but ive i rember rite did the same thing happen the following year??may have got that wrong tho
Good luck to the toon this season. We may have beaten you to Kuyt, but you guys got a bargain in Duff too. He's been the best player for Ireland for a while now ( even though we didn't qualify for the world cup and the euro championship is gonna be even harder :( ). YNWA
Well Kuyt went to Liverpool and it was expected really, Liverpool will be the team to beat this season especially with Bellamy in the team, I would rather have Liverpool at the top of the premiership than luck you guys!
What's this football 'love-in' all about? I feel somewhat queezy!
..this season is game over for us .wait wait wait to look at the player than dont buy him... wast so many time to check on a player and dont buy or let other buy him. pls Shepherd get loss..we r not just see the player for 1 or 2 month we look at him for 2 year i think still want to wait wait wait .
geordie boys
thay is why not even bid for him still use so many time to look at him..f>>>>>

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