Date:Tuesday June 5 2007
Last week Mohammed Al Fayed declared, 'I haven`t hesitated in making significant funds available to our new Manager, Lawrie Sanchez. I want him to invest on the pitch, and build a team that can take us to further heights.' Well the Egyptian might not be regretting that statement but Sanchez certainly is.
Sanchez has seen his targets value rocket since Al Fayeds comment with an unproven, Championship player, Lee Cook, having his club, QPR declare his value at nothing less than £5,000,000 and Steven Davis of Aston Villa, who couldn't even make it into the first team last season, also has a set value of £5,000,000. Even David Healy will fetch £1,000,000 for his league one club leeeds United when he is sold.
Of course there was always going to be inflated prices due to the massive increase in television revenue but £1,000,000 for a league one player whose club is hugely in debt is ridiculous and with the likes of this happening it makes you wonder how a club like Fulham survive.
Today Sanchez is quoted as saying; 'Some prices quoted come on to our radar, while some are too much.' This was inlight of Southamptons manager, George Burley snobishley claiming that Fulhams £2,500,000 for defender Chris Baird as 'derisory and ridiculous.' Now bear in mind Baird is a Championship defender and has only two years left in his contract.
I know it seems like I'm saying that Premiership clubs should be able to buy lower league players for knock off prices but I'm saying that Premiership clubs should not have to be ripped off themselves to buy their man.
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