[quote user="Jim Smith"]I would add that if we can get good money I can see the rationale for selling Howson, provided that we can use the money to bring in a couple of decent defenders. he''s a great player but not as consistently influential as he should be and goes missing in games too often. What I object to here is the spin from the club again, really worries me that this is a massive downsizing exercise being spun as rebuilding.[/quote] Sorry Jim your points don''t make sense. Downsizing is rebuilding surely? The whole point is the club cannot afford the lucrative deal Howson is on for another 2/3 years, likewise, I would assume JH is looking for one last hurrah as he''s heading into his 30''s. If he knows a lower end Prem team is in for him, keen to pay him at least what he is on now, it makes sense for him and us. In 2 years time, his market value will be nowhere near the value now, in fact, next season with only one year will be greatly reduced. Even if the club have spun this as you state, it makes sense all round to me.