Friday, February 01, 2013

Clearing up the myths of deadline day

leedsunited.com 1/2/13
United boss on final day activity...
United boss Neil Warnock has moved to clear up some of the speculation which surrounded potential player moves during the January transfer window.
The boss confirmed that the club made "a substantial bid" for the services of Birmingham wide man Chris Burke, spoke with West Brom winger JeromeThomas on deadline day, and dismissed suggestions of firm interest in Peterborough's George Boyd.
The club were heavily linked with Birmingham winger Burke during the 48 hours leading up to the transfer window closing, but the boss says City's valuation of a player who is out of contract at the end of the season was simply too high.
"We did make a substantial offer for Chris," he confirmed. "I believe that both us and Forest offered the same amount, but I thought that Birmingham's valuation was very high for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season.
"They also sold Jack Butland to Stoke as well on Thursday which meant they were in a slightly different position as well.
"I spoke with Jerome Thomas on deadline day as well. He's gone to Blackburn and fair play to him. They've paid a good fee for him and he's on good Premier League wages there. He's probably on more than he was at West Brom.
"I had said that I was looking to bring a wide man in, and we'll have a look when the loan market re-opens and see where we are and what we need."