As Expected – Nottingham Forest Turn Down Derisory Newcastle Bid


It was revealed only last night by the Evening Chronicle,  that we had bid for the player, and today Bill Davis, the Nottingham Forest manager has confirmed that Newcastle’s bid for their midfielder James Perch, has been turned down.

James Perch – not coming to Newcastle it seems

It would have taken a big bid to persuade the Forest club to part with one of its players to its promotion rivals, and it looks like the bid, as half expected, wasn’t up to their valuation.

Forest manager Billy Davies said today:

“We must be doing something right if other teams in our division want our players.”

“But we are looking to build a squad at the City Ground rather than dismantle one, and James is not leaving.”

“Newcastle’s offer for someone we value so highly as a player and an individual was derisory and I’m disappointed it made it into the public domain.”

“That’s not our way of doing business.”

As we suspected the offer was a “derisory” one, and in some cases that’s an insult to a club, but no doubt Nottingham Forest will be pleased that Newcastle think one of their players is one the famous Newcastle club would like on Tyneside.

We didn’t think the bid would be successful, and unless Newcastle raise their bid significantly we can consider this one dead and burried.

Comments welcome.



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4 comments so far

  • kevo175

    Jan 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #1

    same old same old lets see what we can buy for peanuts well you know what you get if you pay peanuts!!

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  • Thump

    Jan 20, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #2

    What was the bid? I heard it was about 1-1.5m, and if they think we can pick up players like that we’re having a laugh.

    Open up your wallet, Ash. We need to buy playing staff, not a bleeding pick and mix!

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  • Whumpie

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t rule out this being Forest just setting out their stall to get as much as they can. It’s the kind of quote that is often put out there in the same sort of way a market trader in the middle-east starts at 10 times what he’ll take, just to set the expected final price in his favour.

    Alternatively, it really could have been a daft offer, in which case we’re not doing ourselves any favours in the reputation stakes…

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  • Jezza

    Jan 20, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Totally pathetic and predictable. Making deliberately low bids that they know will be rejected out of hand. It’s the same tired old trick Fat Fred used to use all the time and Ashley has followed suit. It’s just a feeble attempt to cover their backs when the recriminations set in after another disastrous transfer window. Just so that on the 1st February the apologists at Thompson House can write something like “United would never have sold Steven Taylor had they not genuinely believed thay had James Perch in the bag but unfortunately Forest moved the goal posts at the last minute”.

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