Ex-United chief: Spurs a ‘nightmare’ with transfers

Date published: Thursday 17th September 2015 11:46 - Matthew Stead

David Gill: Says Spurs were 'a nightmare' to deal with when selling Dimitar Berbatov (r)

Daniel Levy and Tottenham have been branded “a nightmare” to deal with in the transfer market by former Manchester United chief David Gill.

Spurs chairman Levy has a reputation as something of a tough negotiator in the transfer window, with the club notorious for completing deals and sales on transfer deadline day in particular.

This summer saw the north London club pursue a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, culminating in two bids being rejected within two hours of the deadline as Spurs sought to seal a deal late on.

Former Man United chief executive Gill has recalled his difficult dealings with the White Hart Lane outfit, describing the last-minute deal for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 as “a nightmare”.

“I don’t know (why they do it so late). It is very difficult,” Gill told Manchester Evening News. “With Tottenham, I’m not speaking out of turn, and Daniel Levy, he would like to do that.”

“In 2008, when we won the Champions League, we decided that we couldn’t rely on Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo to score all the goals so went for another forward and that was Berbatov. I spoke to Daniel Levy in June that year, made an offer, and it went on for the whole summer.

“It was a nightmare. In the end I felt it affected Spurs because we did the deal in the end, at midnight on deadline day, so Tottenham couldn’t get a replacement in. The way the deal got done was that Daniel needed a striker and asked about Fraizer Campbell. So Alex had to phone up Fraizer and say ‘by the way Fraizer, do me a favour, you’re going to Tottenham now’. And that’s how it happened.

“What I’m saying is that Daniel probably squeezed an extra million pounds out of us, but he probably could have got £29m or so two weeks earlier and allowed time to get a different striker and spend that money wisely.”

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