Date: 30th July 2013 at 1:41pm
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Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has confirmed a fee has been agreed with Villa for wee midfielder Barry Bannan, but he won’t guarantee that a move will happen.

The fee is rumoured to be £750,000 for the now out of favour Scottish international, and there are various quotes doing the rounds at the moment:

‘It’s still ongoing. These things take a little bit longer than managers want. We’ve just got to keep working hard at it and try to get things over the line. If it doesn’t happen then we’ve got other targets that we can certainly aim for.’

Another quote doing the rounds says:

‘We had a bid and that was accepted, but we’ve not continued talks at this present moment in time. We’ve exploring all options, there might be a chance it might happen, if not we have to be prepared for it not happening.’

Seems sensible for everyone to part on good terms and move on now as clearly, if shirt numbers are anything to go off, I’m more likely to get game time this season than wee Bazza.

In other transfer news the saga that is Darren Bent continues with the press suggesting that Fulham and Newcastle are close to meeting our vastly reduced valuation for the former England striker.

The press speculate that Fulham have had two bids of under £5million rejected recently and with the London club opening bids, it’s expected Newcastle will soon show their hand.

In the final transfer news of the day that I can see so far, Alan Hutton’s move to Mallorca has also stalled.

The media are carrying quotes from coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer who apparently told Spanish media:

‘Today I am pessimistic. Everything had gone well, starting talks with Aston Villa, which was the most difficult and complicated because they introduced illogical clauses. We had also done well with the finances, because we could not pick up the entire tab for Hutton. But it has become complicated because the player is now asking for other things and that cannot be. It has to stop.’

Now I won’t proffer what personal terms Hutton might be asking for in the deal, but it seems a bit childish for Mallorca to claim we introduced ‘illogical clauses’ whilst also saying they couldn’t pick up the whole tab.

Clearly it means we wanted future based clauses to offset any ‘help’ we gave them in terms of picking up the whole tab. Seems perfectly logical to me – why should we lose out.

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