Crystal Palace boss Simon Jordon slams Spurs' John Bostock fee
Published 10:28 09/07/08 By By Mirror.co.uk
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan reacted furiously to a Football League tribunal's decision that Tottenham should pay just an initial £700,000 for the club's youngest ever player, John Bostock.
The fee could eventually rise to £1.25m, but Jordan wanted £5million for the player who made his first team debut aged just 15 years-old last season.
Jordan said: "I feel mugged and brutalised, it is scandalous, and this sends a message to smaller clubs.
"Why bother to bring players through if tribunals cannot reflect the work that has gone in?"
He added: "You get players like Aaron Ramsey, who has gone for £5million from Cardiff to Arsenal because that is the UK transfer market.
"The tribunal, in my view, are supposed to reflect the conditions of the transfer market place. And they came up with a figure of £700,000 for a player who has captained his country at under-17 level, who is perceived to be one of the best youngsters in the country and is being chased by Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea.
"We had a £900,000 offer from Chelsea when he was 14 which we turned down. It's beyond me and it makes me question why I bother with football.
"I have an academy who have produced a world-class footballer for someone else and got paid two-and-sixpence for it."
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