RUFC - Douglas talks about the Alfie situation
Rotherham United Chief Operating Officer, Paul Douglas has spoken to MillersPlayer today regarding the situation with striker, Adam Le Fondre.
'We`ve received several offers for Adam,` Mr Douglas said, 'none of which, as yet, have reached our valuation and, therefore as we speak, Adam is still our player.
'Being realistic, the way things have moved on in the last few days, it`s possible that, by the end of this transfer window, we`ll have received an offer that we believe is acceptable.`
Asked if he would confirm that Sheffield Wednesday had made several bids for the Millers striker, Mr Douglas replied, 'I`m not confirming that but I think it`s been made public knowledge but yes, we`ve received bids from Sheffield Wednesday.` Mr Douglas also confirmed that there had been bids from Championship clubs but none of them were close enough to the figure the club want for Alfie.
'Adam wasn`t bought as an investment for the club, he wasn`t bought as a re-saleable asset, he was bought to score goals for Rotherham United and he`s done that and exceeded all expectations, so any money we receive for Adam will be used to replace him. So, it`s not just about 'what` the clubs are offering, it`s about 'how` they are offering it to us. It`s no good with clubs coming to us with deals that they re-pay us over two or three years because we need to replace Adam, if he goes, now.
'Fundamentally, we`ve got a player who has scored fifty-six goals in one hundred and two appearances which is an incredible goal scoring record and we want to make sure if and when he goes that we can replace him with a player who can get near that.
'Like any player Adam has got ambitions to play as high as he can, but he understands that we would be happy for him to see out his contract with Rotherham United. He is also aware that we need to look our fans in the eye and say 'look, this is the deal we`ve done, it`s a good deal and we`ve been able to replace Adam with this individual` if it happens.`
Asked if the valuation would change, if he is still with the Millers, when the transfer window re-opens, Mr Douglas said, 'Well, it depends how you look at it. Clearly from a clubs bidding point of view they will be thinking, if we buy Adam Le Fondre in August then we get him a year earlier than if we waited for him to be on a free transfer. We are four or five months away from January so that will obviously affect the whole price mechanism. But, from our point of view, if we are in a situation in January where this situation arises again we will be looking to receive value for money. We don`t live in a bubble, we work in the football industry and we are aware that as time goes by his value to us will diminish but, at the same time, it won`t diminish to the point where he will go for nothing with us leaving ourselves unable to replace him.
'We sat down with Adam just under a year ago to talk to him about trying to extend his contract. At the time he made it clear to us that he felt he could go on to do bigger and better things and he didn`t want to inhibit those opportunities by signing a contract that extended his time with us. We were disappointed with that but the reality is there was no animosity about that situation and Adam has gone on to continue doing the business for us so has held up his part of the bargain and we are happy with that. I believe you are never going to attract players to your club if they believe that you are literally chaining them to the club irrespective of how well they do. On the other hand we didn`t sign a contract with Adam that said if you do really well you can go wherever you want for nothing and he knows that.`
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