Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan has heavily criticised Tottenham for their approach to signing teenage attacker Ryan Sessegnon.
Speaking the club’s official website via the Evening Standard, the 36-year-old businessman claimed that Spurs were difficult to deal with in the transfer of Sessegnon as the club were not willing to pay the asking price for the winger.
Khan said: “We heard from them (Tottenham) for the first time two weeks before the close of the window. We had been making all our deals under the assumption that Ryan could wind the contract down and they were not going to offer us anything. I was totally prepared for that.”
Fulham’s vice-chairman continued by saying: “It turned out we were not able to buy any players because this transaction had been held up. And when I finally got an offer it was so ridiculously low that I had to make it super clear that we were not going to take a penny less our asking price, which is exactly what we got.
“We were so far apart that 24 hours before the deadline I was prepared for Ryan to stay at Fulham this year. We were going to get every penny that we asked for, and we got every penny we asked for. I wish it had not taken so long. People have said ‘you knew you were going to get the money, why did you not go out and spend it?’ No, until we had every penny in hand I was not going to go out and spend it.”
Spurs were eventually able to reach an agreement with Fulham for Sessegnon despite multiple breakdowns in talks for the teenager, with England youth international joining for a reported £25m according to BBC Sport on deadline day alongside Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, who joined Tottenham on loan for the season.