Moyes predicting end of big-money transfer fees
Published 27/01/2010 | 05:00
EVERTON manager David Moyes has suggested that big-money transfer fees may be a "thing of the past" as clubs who spent wildly during football's boom years begin to adapt to life during straitened times.
The Scot, like many of his competitors, has been restricted to the loan and free-transfer market this month, bringing in just two players -- Landon Donovan and Philippe Senderos --both on temporary moves. Only a handful of clubs have been able to afford significant fees.
One of those are tonight's visitors Sunderland, who were yesterday close to completing an £8m deal for Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul. Moyes, though believes that caution in the transfer market will continue.
"If you see some of the debts the really big clubs have," said the Everton manager, "(you can imagine) what it is like for those who do not have the same revenues.
"Maybe transfer fees are going to be a thing of the past. I am sure there will be bits and pieces but I am not sure the figures will be quite as big as they were, and there are maybe not going to be as many of them in seasons to come."
Moyes has "one or two" more loan targets lined up, but, in Donovan and Senderos, who have joined until the end of the season, he has players eager to prove themselves.
Six long months on the fringes at Arsenal, making just two starts, were not supposed to be a feature of Senderos' World Cup year.
"I have worked really hard to stay fit and concentrate on my goal of playing for a team that wanted me," said the defender. (Switzerland manager) Ottmar Hitzfeld told me I needed to play, for him to pick me. I had to go somewhere to get an opportunity."(© Daily Telegraph, London)
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