Rodgers hopes to keep stars
Watford manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the club can keep hold of their star performers in the transfer window.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 28/01/09 4:39pm
Watford manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the club can keep hold of their star performers, such as Tommy Smith and John-Joe O'Toole, but understands that money talks in football, especially in the current financial climate.
Both Smith, who is in his second stint at Vicarage Road, and goalscoring midfielder O'Toole have been linked with moves away from the club, but Rodgers told skysports.com that he is confident they will remain with the Hornets.
A number of players have been linked with moves away from Watford as the club look to balance their books and Rodgers admits they would have to consider cashing in on some players if they receive suitable bids.
"From my perspective I would love to work with these players throughout my time at the club, but obviously if an opportunity presents itself to the club which will benefit it we will have to assess it," said Rodgers.
"Everyone is well aware that the club are financially not in a strong position, so if there is something that comes in for our players we will have to look at it. In the climate that we are currently in everything needs to be considered by the club.
"There is always going to be interest in players like Tommy Smith and John-Joe O'Toole because they are good players, so there has been interest shown in some of my players, but no official offers have been received as yet in this window."
Another player linked with a move is Sierra Leone international midfielder Al Bangura and Rodgers has revealed a loan move away from Vicarage Road could be an option to allow him to get some matches under his belt, having not featured since Rodgers took the reins.
"I spoke with Al in relation to why he hasn't featured for the club under my management and he is a good guy who works well, but needs to play, so the possibility of sending him out on loan could be good for him if the right club came in for him," added Rodgers.
"He knows that it is a possibility, but it needs to be the right club for him to help him with his development at this stage."