SPORT TALK: Transfer fee madness

Big move: Jordan Henderson (right) is the latest English player to move for big money. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Big move: Jordan Henderson (right) is the latest English player to move for big money. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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SO Jordan Henderson has become the latest big money signing from an English Premier League team.

If reports are to be believed, Liverpool will pay Sunderland around £13million plus inept striker David Ngog for the 20-year-old Englishman, who has one cap for his country.

With Ngog somehow valued at £7m, we’re looking at £20m overall. Henderson is clearly a talented youngster, but his impending move to Anfield is further evidence of transfer madness in our fine league.

Having been to Wembley for England’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland on Saturday, I saw £24million signing James Milner deliver a typically average performance, while £24million striker Darren Bent missed a chance worthy of Harry Redknapp’s “my missus could have scored that” jibe.

Cast your mind back to January and Liverpool splashed £35million on Andy Carroll, who had only six months of top flight football under his belt.

When you consider that Manchester United signed Javier Hernandez – arguably the top Premier League striker last season – for £6million and Real Madrid got classy German duo Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira for £12million each, it appears the problem is with English players.

I’m as patriotic as any Englishman when it comes to supporting my country. But we clearly aren’t producing enough top players, which is driving up the asking price for youngsters that show any kind of promise – which brings me back to Henderson.

Even as an Evertonian I admire Kenny Dalglish’s policy of trying to buy young English players at Liverpool.

But surely there’s better value out there?

•TO the Manchester United fan who ‘politely’ told me to move to Spain and ‘watch my back’ after suggesting (correctly) that Barcelona would outclass you at Wembley.

If you’re such a big fan, why don’t you move up to Manchester and follow United? Perhaps London is a safer bet, the majority of you glory hunters have never been within 100 miles of Old Trafford anyway.

As for your threat, perhaps you’d be better off watching United’s back. With the legendary Edwin van der Sar retired and Rio Ferdinand way past his best, your backline is looking very weak just now.

•HAS there ever been a better generation of tennis players in the men’s game?

As Wimbledon approaches, the terrific trio of Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will take some beating.

Had Andy Murray been born five years earlier he’d surely have won a few majors by now.