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I think we paid more than that for Reach and I thought lee cost us a fee

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Pretty sure lees and maybe also lee cost a small fee 

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1 minute ago, bladeshater said:

I think we paid more than that for Reach and I thought lee cost us a fee

 

£5m was reported for Reach but Chansiri said it was much less at the AGM. 

 

Lee was a Free after his contract expired at Oldham. 

 

Lees was a transfer from L**ds but no transfer fee involved. 

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Depends what you need.

 

Sometimes you can’t afford to wait for the “right” free to come along.

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8 minutes ago, Bez said:

Is it better, in the world of FFP, to stick to free agents rather than spending cash?

 

Over the last few years, most of our best players have been free agents with a bunch of expensive transfers flopping. 

 

Is it better to spend money on wages and ignore spending money?

 

Evidence:

 

Reading line up:

 

Westwood (Free)

 

Odubajo (Free)

Lees (Free)

Borner (Free)

Palmer (Youth)

 

Hutchinson (Free)

Bannan (Free)

Lee (Free)

 

Reach (£3m)

Fletcher (Free)

Harris (Free)

The problem with big long contracts is it makes a player virtually impossible to sell... interesting post tho .

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I suspect that chances of many quality frees for this season has gone now.

 

That's part of the problem with the soft embargoes. They hold up clubs building their team, at least to a full extent and when they come out the decent frees are gone.

 

Couple of loans maybe.

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2019:

3x free transfers 

- Harris

- Borner

- Odubajo

 

2018:

1x fee paid

- Iorfa (£300k)

 

2017:

3x fees paid

- Rhodes (£10m)

- Van Aken (£2.5m)

- Pelupessy (£500k)

1x Free transfer

- Boyd 

 

2016:

4 fees paid

- Reach (£3m)

- Abdi (£2m)

- Fox (£750k)

- Winnall (£500k)

6 free agents

- Pudil

- Thorniley

- Kean

- Sasso

- Jones

- Fletcher

 

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Lots of good free agents around the problem with DC is, he leaves everything until the last minute and we end up paying over the odds for players.

 

we should have had all players in by now instead we go into the last 4 days of window still needing a left back, centre back, centre midfield and right sided midfielder. So we will once again pay over the odds for players we could have got a lot cheaper or even on frees.

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1 minute ago, Bez said:

2017:

3x fees paid

- Rhodes (£10m)

- Van Aken (£2.5m)

- Pelupessy (£500k)

1x Free transfer

- Boyd 

 

 

 

2017 was a bad year for us wasn’t it!? 

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19 minutes ago, Bez said:

Is it better, in the world of FFP, to stick to free agents rather than spending cash?

 

Over the last few years, most of our best players have been free agents with a bunch of expensive transfers flopping. 

 

Is it better to spend money on wages and ignore spending money?

 

Evidence:

 

Reading line up:

 

Westwood (Free)

 

Odubajo (Free)

Lees (Free)

Borner (Free)

Palmer (Youth)

 

Hutchinson (Free)

Bannan (Free)

Lee (Free)

 

Reach (£3m)

Fletcher (Free)

Harris (Free)

It's always got to be about value for money, for me.

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2 minutes ago, Bez said:

2019:

3x free transfers 

- Harris

- Borner

- Odubajo

 

2018:

1x fee paid

- Iorfa (£300k)

 

2017:

3x fees paid

- Rhodes (£10m)

- Van Aken (£2.5m)

- Pelupessy (£500k)

1x Free transfer

- Boyd 

 

2016:

4 fees paid

- Reach (£3m)

- Abdi (£2m)

- Fox (£750k)

- Winnall (£500k)

6 free agents

- Pudil

- Thorniley

- Kean

- Sasso

- Jones

- Fletcher

 

Pretty sure we paid a fee for Pudil after having him on loan, and we also bought Jones for a reported £2m. Plus the Reach, Abdi and Van Aken fees were all reported to be higher than what you've listed here.

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2 minutes ago, LondonOwl313 said:

Pretty sure we paid a fee for Pudil after having him on loan, and we also bought Jones for a reported £2m. Plus the Reach, Abdi and Van Aken fees were all reported to be higher than what you've listed here.

No it wasn't.

It's always been about £2.5m for van Aken.

The £4m was made up on Owlstalk, circulated, and has become a myth that everyone thinks is true. 

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3 minutes ago, StudentOwl said:

No it wasn't.

It's always been about £2.5m for van Aken.

The £4m was made up on Owlstalk, circulated, and has become a myth that everyone thinks is true. 

Fair enough, still a rip off for how poor he is. But Reach and Abdi were more like £5m and £4m if reports were true at the time? Also seem to remember Pudil being £2m.

 

Not easy to know exactly how much as there's probably some add ons in there, just as the Rhodes fee is probably less than £10m total given he's not delivered for us

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26 minutes ago, Thai_Owl said:

Pretty sure lees and maybe also lee cost a small fee 

350k

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We got Bannan on a free

 

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What about having a good set of scouts ,Who can spot prospects sign them at a modest price and sell for big profit ,Rotherham do it ,Barnsley do it ,We have not done it for years ,Players coming through the Academy ,Where are they ?.Dawson and Wildsmith and Palmer excluded.

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