Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has once again proven he can stick to his guns when it comes down to it, and rejected an offer of a rumoured Ã‚Â£6m from Everton for striker Andy Johnson.
“What does Everton chairman Bill Kenwright think he will get for Ã‚Â£6m? Andy Johnson’s trainers,” Jordan told the News of the World, that well known bastian of all things good on a Sunday.
“Andy will be starting the season with Crystal Palace. Apart from anything else, it makes sound business sense.
“Why even accept Ã‚Â£10m for him if the club can benefit to the tune of Ã‚Â£25m by getting back in the Premiership.”
Jordan is doing what he thinks is best for his club, and what many Evertonians actually think is best for ours as well. With 11 of Johnson’s 21 league goals last season coming from the penalty spot, there is little doubt that he would have struggled to get into double figures in the Everton team, with Everton only being awarded a whopping TWO penalties in the whole of last season.
Last season Simon Jordan famously stood up in the face of greedy football agents, and refused to pay the Ã‚Â£125k necessary to secure the services of Tim Cahill from Millwall. Everton paid that fee, and secured the best signing of the season – but how many clubs paid agents for players which weren’t all they were hyped up to be?
Manchester United paid over Ã‚Â£1m to Paul Stretford, for a striker who scored as many in that team as Tim Cahill, a midfielder, scored in ours.