Fiorentina silent over Alonso link

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

FIORENTINA have given no indication that they will make a second bid for defender Marcos Alonso before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

The Serie A club had a verbal bid turned down for Alonso last week but have not followed up their interest.

The Spanish full-back has rejected the offer of a new contract at the Reebok and a transfer fee would be set by tribunal if he moved on in the summer – although part of that fee would also be passed on to Real Madrid.

Alonso produced a man-of-the-match performance against Everton at the weekend, and Dougie Freedman does not expect him, Stuart Holden or Kevin Davies, who also find themselves coming to the end of their current deals, to allow their situation to affect their performances on the pitch.

“They signed the contract, they know the deal,” he said.

“Is it unsettling? I wouldn’t say that. When you are working in this fabulous job I don’t think any situation should be unsettling.”

Speculation over Alonso, Holden and Davies has increased over the last week after Freedman said that renewing contracts was not a matter of priority at present.

“We are not at 17th in the league, concentrating on individuals, I think we should be concentrating on what the club should be doing,” he added.

“As a club we are trying to go forward.”

It is understood that the club have not ruled out offering Davies and Holden new deals, although any offer would be in keeping with the current financial situation at the club.

In Holden’s case in particular, Freedman is keen for the American to concentrate only on making a full recovery from his long-term injury issues.

“I can't be too emotional because everyone is so emotional towards him,” he said. “He's a great fella and I wish him all the luck in the world.

“Yes he is out of contract in the summer but that’s the least of his concerns.

“He has gone through a career-threatening major knee operation so that’s far from his thinking, his contract situation. Just getting back playing football is a delight for him.

“I don’t think he needs that sort of pressure from me to sign, or not to sign, a contract. I think he needs all the support he can get to play football. Let’s strip it all down and remember the days when he used to play in the streets. That’s what he needs to remember.”

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