Why stand on ceremony seems to be the motto of Crystal Palace, as their manager seems to have been impressed by perenial Football League transfer target Danny Ings. Apparently he was so impressed by his form during their friendly, that he simply offered to buy him during the match.
Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell was quoted in the Daily Echo, a local paper, as saying:
“We had some verbal offers for Danny from Crystal Palace and they were all turned down. I had one phone call before the game, one at half-time and another one following the final whistle.
“The figure went up as the game progressed and was £500,000 in the end. It had started a lot lower than £500,000, but I told them he would cost at least £1 million and said he would not be going for anything less.
“I am standing firm on this one and there is no room for manoeuvre.”
Strange way to make an offer, but so long as it was all on the up and up I don;t have a problem with some good old fashioned hand ringing on the sidelines.
Written by: Matthew Wall, editor, soccerprose.com
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