Titus Bramble to sign for Crvena Zvezda?

According to Serbian news agency B92, there is a possibility that Titus Bramble could be on his way to Belgrade. As noted on the aforementioned agency’s site, Red Star are suffering a pretty gaping lack of central defenders, especially since the departures of Uroš Ćosić and Srđan Mijailović. All things considered though, this would be a pretty regressive step for Zvezda, given their normal focus on youth development (though not to the same extent/success as Partizan) and the age of the player in question.

Much-maligned Titus is not actually as bad a footballer as he’s made out to be, and would probably be one of the best centre-backs in the Serbian league if he did join, but is this a direction in which the club really wants to go? I’m pretty certain that Titus’ wages would be vastly in excess of the average salary in the league, and might be better invested in facilities or an increased youth drive. Considering the nature of Serbian football, Zvezda need to think more about catching Partizan in those departments. In this country, youth development and the reselling of players is the key to financial/footballing success, not the costly import of half-decent defenders in their fourth decade of life.

This would be an expensive and short-sighted fix for a bigger problem, but I wouldn’t put it past the club’s management to use it. That said, it’s more than likely that nothing will come of this, so I should probably stop writing now.

Source: http://www.b92.net/sport/fudbal/vesti.php?yyyy=2013&mm=07&dd=07&nav_id=730110