We were favorites to sign Tottenham forward Deli Alli two years ago last January, and the deal was all ready to go through with his club MK Dons.
But Newcastle balked at the fees his agents wanted, and Tottenham came in at the end of that month and signed him for £5M and paid the agents fees and agreed on the deal very quickly.
Deli is now on of the best young players in the world and the 21-year-old 19 times capped England International will be playing at St. James’ Park this afternoon when we play Spurs.
How much is he worth now?
Deal for Tammy Abraham all agreed but Newcastle balked – again
But we balked because we wouldn’t pay up to £1M (20%) more for him in January 2015.
And according to a report in the Mail today Newcastle are still penny-pinching, and Rafa Benitez doesn’t like it.
Apparently, Tammy Abraham had agreed to join Newcastle after Rafa had talked to him at St. George’s and he even told friends he was excited to be joining Rafa at Newcastle.
But Newcastle balked (again) because of extra demands from this agent, and eventually weeks later Swansea snapped him up when they agreed immediately to all of the demands.
That was one of the long-running sagas this summer for Newcastle when we were supposed to be ready to sign him imminently every day for about three weeks.
One Newcastle insider told the Mail:
“We lost to a club that wasn’t even in the race when he first agreed to come to us.”
When Rafa says he is frustrated and not happy with the transfer window this summer that has to be one of the reasons – he thought he had Abraham all tied up early in the summer.
Newcastle will have to cut this penny-pinching nonsense out if we are ever to become a big club again and if we are to keep Rafa as our manager.
We agree the agents are greedy and their payments will only increase in the years ahead and it’s unfair and greedy and all that stuff.
But that’s how it is – and other big clubs pay out the money and get their men.
Newcastle needs to have a different outlook going forward – one of a big and ambitious club.
Not Newcastle it seems.