Don't you hate undisclosed transfers? In this microscopic world of celebrity, why all the secrets? My assumption has always been that one party is far too embarrassed with the size of the fee, high or low. Hull finally bowed to pressure to allow ex-Addick Michael Turner to leave the KC Stadium today
for an "undisclosed amount."
Liverpool were waving £6m notes over the Humber Bridge a month ago but Turner has chosen Sunderland to join Andy Reid and Darren Bent. The fee? Undisclosed but rumoured to be £12m, which includes either Black Cats defender Nyron Nosworthy or George McCartney. Phil permatan Brown described the offer as "crazy money."
Crazy indeed Mr Brown. Hull signed Turner from Brentford for £350,000, perhaps that bloke Phil Parkinson wasn't so rubbish after all? He was sacked 6 months later of course, but Brentford installed a sell-on agreement into the transfer deal with Hull and they will be rubbing their hands after signing him from us for a bloody undisclosed fee (thought to be around £30,000). We also inserted a sell-on clause in the 2004 transfer contract but at the time Turner moved to Hull, our respective clubs were light years apart financially and it is widely agreed that Charlton allowed Brentford to transfer our sell-on clause with the player as opposed to coughing up then.
The burning question however is do we still have that arrangement with Brentford in place? And will we ever find out? The board in it's current financial climate may well have recently 'sold' the sell-on clause and taken a lump sum from Brentford, in much better shape now under the ownership of a Supporters Trust than they were when Turner was sold to Hull in mid-2006.
Any amount of money due to us will of course be very welcome, and this already on the back off a sell-on windfall from Souleymane Diawara's €6m summer move to Marseille from Bordeaux.
Anyway, another day closer to the transfer deadline and no movement. Sky Sports are reporting tonight
that we are about to sign Rhyl left-sided winger Luke Holden. A fee of £10,000 has been mentioned elsewhere. Coventry's Leon McKenzie has also been mentioned in dispatches, perhaps as a replacement for Chris Dickson, who I reckon will be a Gillingham player by tomorrow night. Meanwhile no public sign of a centre half. I wonder if Parkinson is talking to Jon Fortune, who is still without a club?