The war of words that are still coming from the ‘Hawthorns’ continue with West Bromwich Albion chief Richard Garlick gave an interview with the ‘Albion Assembly Fan Group’ who’s transcript was reported in the ‘Birmingham Mail’, and his anger at tottenham and the very ‘undervalued bids’ for Sadio Berahino in three different bid attempts neither times coming close to the valuation Wet Brom wanted for the player and that they had stated throughout – it looks like Tottenham wanted to get him on a real cut price deal, that Albion were not playing ball with.
Richard Garlick, West Brom chief had this to say in regards to the bids by Spurs:
“There’s a lot of media speculation surrounding it because of the way in which it’s ended rather than the way in which it’s kind of being conducted.
“The club’s position is that it didn’t want to sell Saido.
“He’s got two years left on his contract.
“He’s scored a lot of goals for us in the last two years. Certainly last season his goals helped to keep us where we are in the Premier League.
“He’s a young player that’s been at the club probably around 12 years. We’ve put a lot of time and effort and investment into him. Saido’s an ambitious man who wants to push on and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
“He came back from England under-21s and the Euros with an injury.
“He missed the first part of the pre-season and didn’t go out to Austria and therefore had been working his way back to fitness and had got himself back in there.
“We had… there was a lot of press speculation a lot of rumours about what was going to happen, somebody was going to come in this club was going to come in that club was going to come in.
“I had one enquiry from a club who I won’t name right at the start of June, just generally asking what the plans were with him, but no offers just a general chit chat like often happens and that was it.
“Then around mid August the chairman was speaking to Tottenham about (Federico) Fazio about that deal which had been ongoing for about two weeks and had been progressing.
“And there was a question asked about Berahino about his availability to which the chairman said that we weren’t interested in selling him.
“Three days later there was an official offer from Tottenham which was not acceptable was way off the mark was just rejected out of hand. At the same time that that offer came in there was a transfer request put in by the player.
“I suppose you can read into the timing what you want in relation to the bid coming in and the transfer request on the same day.
“Again that was rejected and Saido was told that he wouldn’t be leaving. There was then a further offer a week later which again was way way off the mark, not only in terms of the amount but also in terms of the payment structure.
“Then that was it there was lots of too-ing and fro-ing conversations taking place and then it wasn’t until deadline day that we received a third offer in the morning and then a final offer in the mid afternoon.
“By which stage nether was the offer or the structure acceptable and we were completely left without being able to get a replacement in for a player. That was it really as far as the club was concerned.
“Obviously Saido spoke to me, he spoke to the chairman. Made it quite… as it got towards the end was asking what was happening. He hasn’t got, at the moment, a representative as such that is acting on his behalf.
“You don’t know behind the scenes but his official representative was no longer acting for him. There was just direct conversations with ourselves.
“At the end of the day Saido’s got two years left. We all know that every player in the world has a price, but if you don’t want to sell something you don’t necessarily put a price on it.
“If you want to sell your house, you’d say what the price is because you want people to buy it.
“If you don’t want to sell your house then someone’s got to make you an offer that you think… ‘Oh, I’m interested, but that didn’t happen.’
“In a nutshell, that’s it. Obviously then Saido tweeted what he tweeted and he was given an extended leave of absence just for things to settle down and for everybody to reflect where we are.
“There were no replacements available, there were other players…
“Listen we weren’t sat there…. we were preparing for different possible eventualities because it would be remiss of us not to do that.
“But as it clocked down and got to the final day your hands are tied and then you start doing deals that aren’t right for the club.
“Every player’s got a price and if the price is right then you can use that money but you can’t do it with six hours to go. We didn’t ever want to be in the situation like we have in the past where we’ve done deals on the last day because it’s not good for the club.
“Players do have to go out to fund them coming in and, if Saido had gone out, there would have been some surplus cash.
“But when you’re being offered two pound fifty (payment structure) in a year you can’t spend it because another club down the road who you’re trying to buy their best player won’t do it, the same deal.
“So they have to match up. It’s not simply going into a shop and going I’ve got some money in my pocket I’ll have that one and getting it off the shelf because it just doesn’t work like that”.
This war of words between both clubs refuses to just go away, were West Brom within their rights to keep hold of a much valued player for them, and one still under contract for the club – in my mind yes they were, have Tottenham made a lot of unethical bids for player’s they had been told were ‘not for sale’ at the start and disrupting the player – yes, I do believe that totteham have behaved disgustingly throughout this ordeal.