The first is to sell their asset for the best possible price involving financial gain, not only for the club but for the player and his agent. The alternative is to leave the player's contract to run its course giving any interested club a freer hand in a potential purchase. To allow a contract to expire will leave a football club with little option but to accept a transfer tribunal valuation, in the likely event of a failure to agree terms with the purchasing club. Recent publicity of the workings of this particular system need no expansion.
It is no surprise that Southampton should prefer the former course of action. It is my contention that short of attempting to offer a more lucrative contract, Southampton took the only option. For Mr Holmes to imply Tim Flowers has been an unwitting and reluctant party in his own transfer is in my opinion laughable.
B S TRATT