Duchâtelet playing the wages game
The official Charlton Athletic courier, also known as the South London Press has said that Chris O’Grady’s move to The Valley is in jeopardy, if ever it wasn’t, due to Charlton failing to get anywhere near his wage demands. I am all for not paying over the top, but Barnsley had the second lowest wage bill in The Championship last season and potentially O’Grady will be forced to take a cut at Oakwell following relegation.
Many other clubs are in the hunt, including Millwall, for the 15-goal striker and £500,000 appears to be a decent fee for the 28-year old, when compared to what others of a similar ilk would cost. Although Sky Sports have also reported that the proposed structure of our fee has also frustrated the Tykes.
Whispers also say that Michael Morrison’s negotiations with the club are at a snails pace because of a paltry first offer from Duchâtelet.
Duchâtelet openly thinks he can beat the market, and by utilising his network, can make a profit on players. A noble cause, but sometimes negotiation needs some enterprise, otherwise you never win. Not that I’m saying we should necessary push the boat out for O’Grady, but Morrison is a known quantity and frankly I have no idea of the sort of player Duchâtelet will replace him with.
Meanwhile far more up Duchâtelet’s strasse is that the Belgium press are reporting that we are signing Standard Liege midfielder Yoni Buyens (photo), in fact the report said that Bob Peeters was going to sign him, which reminds me, anyone seen our Bob?