The transfer saga surrounding Saido Berahino took a new twist this evening with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy describing his current club West Brom as “wholly disrespectful”.
Spurs failed in their attempts to sign the promising England under-21 striker after West Brom rejected all of their bids outright, with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace labelling Tottenham’s behaviour as “antics”, and “cheap”.
But now Levy has hit back, giving his own version of events, saying:
We have never, as a club, spoken about another team’s players and I am not about to do so now. However, I do want to make a few general points regarding transfers.
Firstly, there is hardly a transfer concluded across Europe which doesn’t include staged payments.
This is particularly so when significant amounts, such as £20m-£30m, are involved – players don’t come cheaply these days.
Secondly, we do not make anything personal.
None of the proposals, discussions or negotiations we undertake involve any personal elements or ego – everything we do is in the interest of what is best for our club.
Thirdly, we never make anything public, particularly in the best interests of the players involved.
Making aspects such as transfer requests public is wholly disrespectful to a player.
Berahino tweeted last night that he wouldn’t play for West Brom again, but reports on wednesday night suggested he had softened his stance in the cold light of day.