It's all very well saying put a deal on the table, and if it's not accepted within 24 hours, crack on with summat else, but that's not remotely realistic in a lot of transfers. You do have to play the game. Not just us, everyone. Utd are doing it with their pursuit of various CBs, Spurs are always doing it etc.
Yes, some deals can be done pretty quickly, if all parties are aligned, but for in demand players in key positions where there aren't loads of options, you often to have to play the waiting game with agents and clubs, and of course you line up some different backup options.
This perception that we're the only ones and that we're getting mugged off somehow is completely skewed and misguided.