Pete Barrow: Cheeky Dr Marwan Koukash aims to flash the cash for Salford

YOU HAVE got to admire the cheek of some people.

YOU HAVE got to admire the cheek of some people.

And the cheeky person I am particularly enamoured with at the moment is new Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash.

Salford had been in danger of going out of business with reported debts of around £600,000 before the Kuwaiti-born businessman and racehorse owner came to their aid.

Now he is plainly determined to put his new plaything firmly on the map as a Super League force – sadly some of the first steps are a little more in the area of farce.

This week Koukash has made an audacious move to sign Wigan Warriors and England star Sam Tomkins.

And Koukash was not about to hide his brazen bid and stated: “I have contacted Wigan to tell them I am interested in signing Sam and would be prepared to pay a transfer fee for him. That’s all I can say at this stage. We’ll see what happens.”

To be fair, just about every coach in Super League and the majority of those in the NRL would also be interested in signing the 23-year-old – but it would seem just about all of them seem to accept the fact that the current Man of Steel is contracted at the DW Stadium until 2016 and is not likely to be leaving the club he has played since 2007 after signing from Wigan St. Patrick’s any time soon.

To use a soccer analogy this is tantamount to QPR deciding that they are going to make a serious bid to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona.

It is not so much that I don’t want Salford to prosper, but perhaps more realistic steps forward would make followers of the game view the City Reds as an emerging threat – rather than sniggering as they make themselves look like a load of wide boys flashing the cash.

Koukash’s actions smack a little bit of when neighbours footballing Manchester City came into money.

It was burning such a hole in their pocket that they spent £32,500,000 to buy Robinho from Spanish giants Real Madrid – but you would have to go a long way to find any City fan who would say their club got value for money.

However, the player City had initially wanted to sign was Kaka, and you have to feel Salford will get the same brush off that Mark Hughes did in trying to buy his most wanted star attraction.

Certainly Koukash is well within his rights to try and grab attention for his club and promote them.

However, it might be that the City Reds reported interest in the 2011 Man of Steel, Castleford half-back Rangi Chase, is a little more realistic and could prove a genuine step in the right direction.

 
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