Lewis Grabban has reportedly thrown his toys out of the pram and walked out of the team hotel prior to the Rotherham Capital One Cup game tonight, after being told he would not start the cup tie.
The Daily Mail are reporting in great detail a story about Grabban wanting to return to Bournemouth and the Mail say that the Cherries submitted a new £5.2m offer with £1m in add ons linked to Bournemouth staying up, on Tuesday morning.
There was much surprise at the team news at 6.45pm when only one striker was in the squad – Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who started the game. Gary Hooper is believed to be on the verge of a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday and Grabban is suggested to have left the hotel prior to the team meeting at 4.15pm.
Apparently he was reported to have attempted to call Alex Neil at 3.45pm in an attempt to force through a move to his former club but the manager didn’t answer the call, and half an hour later it became apparent that Grabban was missing when his name was called out (do we really call people’s names out?!) at the meeting.
The Mail go on to say that a search was carried out for the player but ‘he could not be found anywhere in Rotherham.’ Blimey, sounds like an exhaustive search.
The Mail finish their story by reporting that Grabban took himself to the train station and is still ‘heading south.’
‘Still heading south?!’ It sounds like he’ll turn up at Bournemouth’s training ground tonight (ala Peter Odimwingie) clutching his Louis Vuitton wash bag under his arm and give an interview to Sky Sports.
If true and the level of detail, coupled with only one striker being in the City squad tonight, suggests it could well be, Grabban is in a whole heap of trouble with Alex Neil. He will also have destroyed his relationship with the City faithful who have been chanting ‘F@CK OFF BACK TO BOURNEMOUTH’ during the game.
I expect we’ll learn more imminently.