The thing is the players “on the list” that aren’t willing to come or are to expensive will surely have already been crossed out? There’s no point in still considering them as an alternative to Gomes is there?
I’d expect conversations have already taken place between Brands and lots of agents of players we’d like and we know who attainable and who’s not, and the ones who aren’t will have been crossed off. I like to think we’re a bit more professional now than the days of Steve Walsh meandering around Italy with a briefcase full of cash and a copy of football manager.
Not sure it always works that neatly, mate.
We courted Mina for the whole window, and it looked hopeless; and yet he signed for us at the last minute.
We did the same with Giroud previously; he jilted us.