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Blackpool Boss: Town Couldn't Agree Tilt Fee
Thursday, 9th Aug 2018 16:10

Interim Blackpool manager Terry McPhillips has confirmed that Town were unable to agree a fee with his club for long-time target Curtis Tilt.

“The latest that I know is that they couldn’t agree a fee," he told the Blackpool Gazette, who say the Blues’ final offer for 27-year-old Tilt, who handed in a transfer request last week, reached £850,000.

"That’s all I know, I might get to find out more but I don’t know of any other clubs interested.

“Curtis is a fantastic lad. He’s a terrific pro. He’s only been in league football for one season. He had a year at Wrexham in the Conference and before that he was playing further down in the non-league pyramid. So to come in and do what he did last year is nothing short of outstanding.

“The lad obviously wants to better himself and play at a higher level, but I can’t speak any higher of Tilty.

“My only surprise is that more clubs haven’t come in from the Championship. It’s really surprised me.

“If you’re any good at scouting, there’s an obvious one at the pitch at Bloomfield Road. “He’s as quick as Des Walker, he’s really competitive and he’s got better and better with the football. He’s a winner.”

Blues boss Paul Hurst confirmed that another central defender remains top of his wish-list at his press conference with Luke Woolfenden set for a spell on the sidelines with a knee problem.

“I think that’s an obvious position,” he said. “Luke went for a scan, with knees you’re always thinking the worst but he could be out for six weeks, so we’re realistically back to the position we were in with two recognised centre-backs.

“I know I didn’t start Luke last week and we have got one or two ways around it, but it’s not ideal and I would certainly prefer a more specialist person to create competition with Luke and Toto.”

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toxtethblue added 16:13 - Aug 9
Missed out for the sake of 150k when we have it in the bank from recent sales. Where's the ambition ME? Same old same old...

TheTrueBlue1878 added 16:14 - Aug 9
If Town offered £850,000 for a 1m valued player, and there was no negotiation from Blackpool end, I don't blame Town for walking away from the deal. Combination of stubborn and silly from Oysten and co. considering 12 months left on his contract.

He'll either join in January for significantly less than £1m, or see out his contract. 27 years old in the prime of his career and ready to step up to ITFC on a free.

Bizarre from Blackpool.

Len_Brennan added 16:14 - Aug 9
Come & get him plea?

ottovonbismark added 16:14 - Aug 9
A real shame we didn’t manage to sign him. Hope we don’t end up regretting it.

BigAlsMate added 16:15 - Aug 9
Very disappointed we couldn't make this one happen. Hey ho, onwards and upwards and hope for the best I guess. Otherwise been a very interesting summer and hoping for better than recent seasons

beornioblue added 16:16 - Aug 9
If they're asking for £1mill and were now down another CB surely the extra £150.000 is worth it? On the player we've wanted all window seems a bit odd to miss out for that ?

jimmyjames added 16:17 - Aug 9
Have to wait until Jan and possibly for less with 6 months on his contract then... good to keep an eye on him. Not end of the world.

WirralBlue added 16:18 - Aug 9
Karl Oyston is so money oriented it is untrue. I don't blame Town not being held to ransom. Let them keep an uphappy player in the last year of his contract.

Other clubs - Shrewsbury, Peterborough, Accrington etc have been prepared to negotiate, just not Blackpool.

Palestine added 16:22 - Aug 9
Personally I think it is short-sighted to not pay the 150k extra and get him signed up - we clearly need another CB, and he looks quality.

It is all very well saying he will have a lower value come January, but if he has a good 5 months then his value could rise, and his stature - meaning that many more clubs come in for him, so even if we can afford him, we might not be his first choice, whilst currently we are.

Maybe not the end of the world, but I possibly think little things like this are indicators of how high the club is aiming...

BlueBlood90 added 16:23 - Aug 9
Either way it seems a really strange one. If Hurst doesn't value him higher than £850k then chances are he's probably not even up to this standard in the first place.

Otherwise, we're going to miss out on a potentially very good signing for the sake of an extra £150k? Seems like we're more annoyed by Blackpool not negotiating more than we want to get the deal done.

davetheblue added 16:24 - Aug 9
You have to feel sorry for tilt in all this ,bad handling of a player from blackpool

Global_Blue added 16:27 - Aug 9
Being from Blackpool and having seen what the Oyston's have done to that club I am not surprised at their stubborn and unrealistic behaviour. It's a shame for the player, for us and for the Blackpool team (although I guess it's unlikely that any funds paid would not be reinvested). As much as we need a new CB, I'm glad on one thing, our money isn't going to flow into Oyston's pocket. Let's wait a few months, get him on the cheap or on a free.

westernblue added 16:32 - Aug 9
I too feel sorry for Tilt in all this (and both his outgoing and his new manager have been very complimentary about how he has conducted himself). But Blackpool must be a very difficult club to deal with. Who knows, assuming Blackpool are willing to negotiate at all, perhaps a loan might still be possible?!

Ipswichbusiness added 16:35 - Aug 9
I, for one, am glad that we are not overpaying. It's a bad reputation to get.

It's a shame about Luke Woolfenden as this would have been an opportunity to show what he can do.

BobbyBell added 16:37 - Aug 9
We can use the loan system for cover and then get him on a free next year. We may even stumble on a gem through a loan signing. I am glad that we didn't buckle and Blackpool are probably kicking themselves now as his value will be much less in January and nothing next summer. Can they afford that?

planetblue_2011 added 16:37 - Aug 9
Pathetic Ipswich just sign him up. 150k more surely isn’t gonna break the bank!
Just hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us as we are another defender down with Woolfenden out for 6 weeks.

itfctim added 16:41 - Aug 9
With Woolfie out for 6 weeks, how on earth does that not justify the extra 150k? Having adapted our attacking shape to PH's style, if he was the top defender on the wish list, go back in and get him!..we are not gonna win every game 6-5!

Barty added 16:42 - Aug 9
Shame but it would appear that the Blackpool directors are a bunch of cretins

therein61 added 16:43 - Aug 9
I just have a feeling that had we offered the £1 million Oyston would have moved the goal posts yet again!!! he is just a power p1ssed excuse for a humanbeing.

Global_Blue added 16:44 - Aug 9
Toxtethblue - upmarked you by mistake. This isn't a question of us not being willing to pay, it's a question of a club being unrealistic and stubborn and standing in the way of a great opportunity for a player. It's sad and must be immensely disappointing for Tilt. Oyston has obviously over valued his player to try and squeeze more money from buyers, fair enough. But £1m on a player who's only had one good season and to refuse to even negotiate on the price is just greedy and pig headed, especially when the player only has a year left on his contract.

Muncher added 16:50 - Aug 9
He's not worth £1m if no other club offered more than £850k for him!

beornioblue added 16:52 - Aug 9
Especially when the way that Blackpool have dealt with him, there's no way he will sign another contract with them and they'll get nothing...stupid way of conducting business.

keighleyblue added 16:57 - Aug 9
pleased that no ITFC money is going to that club.

afcfee added 17:18 - Aug 9
And now you'll lose him for nothing when he signs for free in January

jas0999 added 17:39 - Aug 9
I don’t blame Blackpool for holding firm for a key asset. They are entitled to. Equally I don’t blame ITFC for walking away if there was no negotiation and more importantly felt they’d reached the upper limit. Seems a shame for £150K, but both clubs stood their ground.

Must now sign a CB.

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