King told he can find new club

BY foxsports • January 21, 2013

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has praised goalkeeper Julio Cesar for his performance in Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham at Upton Park.

The Brazil international, who arrived at Loftus Road from Inter Milan on a four-year deal in August, made a number of crucial saves in the London derby.

The 33-year-old twice denied Marouane Chamakh, with the Rs having to battle hard to secure a share of the spoils against the club where Redknapp began his playing career and managed.

"He's a world-class keeper. I'm lucky here, because I've got two top class keepers," Redknapp told the club's official website.

"Rob (Green) was fantastic for us at West Brom in the cup and Cesar, again, on Saturday was brilliant. You look at his CV and it's absolutely remarkable.

"He's won absolutely everything there is to win in the game and he's still relatively young for a keeper. He's world-class - a top, top goalkeeper."

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Moyes said: "Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

"Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

"Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so."

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: "I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

"I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

"We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can."

Nick Grant, the owner of SaintsWeb, Southampton's biggest internet forum, says new manager Mauricio Pochettino will have a hard task to win over some fans angry at Adkins' departure.

Fans plan to wave white handkerchiefs to indicate their displeasure during the St Mary's clash, in which Saints will bid to move further clear of the relegation zone by extending a run of just two defeats in their last 12 games.

Grant said: "As far as I am concerned he (Pochettino) will have my support, but there will be a lot of fans who will take the view that he has got to earn their support. It is going to be difficult given the run of games we have coming up.

"Nicola Cortese (Southampton's executive chairman) has obviously earned himself quite a reputation for having a bit of a trigger finger.

"But for it to come at this point after a good run of form is bad timing. For him (Adkins) to be treated in this way is pretty disgraceful really."

Saints hero Matt Le Tissier went further, accusing chairman Cortese of having "a bit of an ego problem" and for acting in a cowardly manner by failing to explain his decision at the press conference to announce Pochettino's arrival.

Le Tissier said: "I don't know if Nigel was becoming too popular and the chairman didn't like it - he does appear to have a bit of an ego problem.

"The strangest thing about it all for me was he brings the new manager in about a minute after he sacked Nigel and then he hangs the new manager out to dry at a press conference on his own, which I thought was an incredibly cowardly thing to do.

"If he's going to make those decisions surely he owes it to the fans to sit there and explain his decision, but he wasn't brave enough to do that."

The 32-year-old joined Birmingham in 2011 from Midlands rivals Coventry City and has scored over 30 goals since arriving - and is currently top-scorer for the club.

But Birmingham are struggling hugely financially, and are understood to have told a number of players that if they find a new club - they would be able to leave.

Indeed Sky Sports understands that King could leave on a free transfer, despite have 18-months left on his current deal.

Whilst King is settled at St Andrews and is happy, a host of clubs have been alerted to the fact he could be an option.

Former club Wigan, Norwich, Cardiff, Blackburn, Bolton and Nottingham Forest are thought to be monitoring his situation.

Along with King is it thought that the futures of big names such as Jack Butland, Nathan Redmond, Chris Burke and Nikola Zigic are very much up in the air.


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