Fulham chief Tony Khan has lifted the lid on just how hard it was to negotiate with Daniel Levy and Tottenham over Ryan Sessegnon, as per Fulham’s official website.
Khan has said that he was prepared for Sessegnon to remain at the club going into deadline day and Levy’s refusal to make a serious offer until late on hampered his own side’s business.
He said: “We heard from them for the first time two weeks before the close of the window. It turned out we were not able to buy any players because this transaction had been held up. And when I finally got an offer it was so ridiculously low that I had to make it super clear that we were not going to take a penny less our asking price.
“We were so far apart that 24 hours before the deadline I was prepared for Ryan to stay at Fulham this year. There were multiple breakdown in the closing days.”
TBR’s View – Tough to see what Levy gained
Sessegnon’s move to Spurs was on the cards for the entire transfer window and if Levy had done the deal sooner, it would have been better for all parties.
Sessegnon’s injury might have stopped him training, but Mauricio Pochettino could have got him used to what he expects tactically, Sessegnon could have got to know his new team-mates and it would have been Tottenham’s medical staff working on his recovery.
But as it turned out, Levy delayed the deal and didn’t get a cheaper deal – according to Khan – so it’s tough to see what was gained from being such awkward customers over a player who plainly wanted a move all summer long.