More words from Vernun Anita’s agent Harry Lulofs today.
Vernun Anita – looks like an initial £4M bid – if that
Over the weekend he said Newcastle had put in a bid of between £5M and £10M for his client, and that seems to have been off the mark.
And this is what Harry had to say today about Newcastle’s initial bid, for the 23 year-old Ajax Dutch International:
“I won’t reveal the amount of money offered.” “But I understand why Ajax have turned down this initial offer. It was not exactly irresistible.”
Translation of those remarks – Newcastle went in with a low bid, said to be £4M – and not between £5M and £10M as Harry had said over the weekend.
That’s probably the figure Lulofs was hoping for, because of course he will get a cut of the transfer fee, as his compensation for helping to sell his client to another club.
Harry is batting zero for one on the transfer fee at the moment, which is probably why he doesn’t want to mention what the bid was, and it could even have been less than £4M.
But Newcastle usually go in with a low bid initially for any player, but they will not raise that initial bid by too much, and if the selling club are asking too much for their player – Newcastle will walk away.
We do expect Newcastle to go in with an improved bid for Anita, but they may go back only once, before looking at other players who could be better bargains in the summer.
What do you think about this?