Niemi Dismisses Transfer Rumours

Last updated : 10 January 2005 By Sam
Media reports had suggested that Niemi was on his way to Manchester Utd during this January's transfer window, rumours that have upset the Finland international stopper.

"Quite honestly I feel like refusing to talk to the press ever again now," he said.

"But what concerns me most is what Sir Alex would think of me. I must apologise to him."

"A reporter spoke to me for 30 minutes and during that time I was asked what would happen if Manchester United or Arsenal came in. I said I would at least talk to them because they are massive clubs who win trophies.

"So if Southampton agreed a price and wanted to sell me I would at least talk to them. That's all there was to it. I did not say I was looking for a move or wanted to go to these clubs. It was just a comment in response to a leading question.

"I couldn't believe it when I looked in the newspaper and saw only that comment, out of context. I'm very upset. It is just ridiculous. I like reading these newspapers but don't want to see myself misrepresented."