Demba Ba’s agents were not exactly professional in the way they tried to sell Demba Ba last summer and this month, when his release clause became active – so they could give themselves a good pay-day – for the third time in two years, after they were paid fees for his transfer to West Ham from Hoffenheim, then to Newcastle and now Chelsea – wonder how long it will be before they try to move him on from Chelsea?
Alan Pardew – new process could cut agents out of transfers
And it seems like Loic Remy representatives were not exactly above board with Newcastle, as they quietly talked to QPR without letting Newcastle know what was going on.
Football agents do not have a good name these days, and they are one reason that transfers have become just one of the dark sides of football.
This is what Alan said of transfers – and about trying to keep them secret:
“There’s no chance of keeping a secret, trust me. The way transfers are geared is that you’re not allowed to approach players, you have to go through an agent. Then it’s never secret.”
“I actually read that they’re trying to put a process together where clubs can have an internet system where it’s secure. You can put players who are available on there and talk to clubs directly. I think that’s a good idea, it would be nice to see that implemented.”
“Even in the summer I can’t remember too many transfers that don’t get bashed around every other club when you get near the end.” “Trust me, these agents – some of them – don’t really care too much about distributing that information. They’re always looking for the best deal.”
That seems a good idea to have some confidentiality on transfers, and it would put an end to football agents – which would be a very good thing for the game – and money would be saved by clubs that they have to pay out to agents these days, for rather dubious work.
We’d like to see that implemented or at least given a try – to see how it works.
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