Burley on Bid
Thursday, 11th Jan 2001 12:21
George Burley is being quoted in reports this afternoon as saying that Forest's new offerfor David Johnson, now thought to be around the £2.75 million mark, has been turned down as being "unrealistic".
The Town manager apparently said: "David Platt spoke to the chairman David Sheepshanks on Tuesday and there is no agreement. We consider the money offered by Nottingham Forest to be unrealistic. If he is going to leave Ipswich, he will have to go for a more realistic fee. I feel very sympathetic for David Johnson because he is desperate for first team football. But I have the interests of the club to consider and he will not be leaving for the fee that Nottingham Forest have offered."
Perhaps one of the more interesting elements of the quote is the suggestion that David Johnson is "desperate" for first team football. Also there was not the blunt 'no-one is leaving the club' line parrotted throughout the season by Town.
It seems that contrary to statements made previously by both David Sheepshanks and George Burley it is only a matter of time, and the right offer, before David Johnson leaves Town.
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