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Bidding wars

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Anyone got any ideas why we have a[[arently not got into any bidding wars so far (touch wood). Usually in this situation a play is made to sign a player others are alerted and then a bidding war ensues amongst 2-3 clubs of similar stature. Apart from West Brom for Johnson I can''t think of any other club coming in for Lambert''s targets and it is just a question of meeting a valuation and agreeing terms (also a formality it seems). Has Lambert and McNally mastered the Jedi mind trick or something? We seem to have some proper operators working at the club for a change.

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I personally believe the reason to be that prospective deals have been in discussion since we beat Portsmouth to go up, and that it''s only now with the football season being completed that Clubs are looking at their lists for next season and are now in a position to decide about who to keep, and who to let go, and at what price to sell.

Bidding wars only really come about when two Clubs start bidding around the same time - McNally and Lambert have probably already laid the ground work for most of the deals they hope to conclude this pre-season, and in doing so have stolen a march on other Club''s managers/Chief Executives.

An example would be the proposed Elliott Bennett deal - it wouldn''t surprise me if discussions concluded in January with a gentleman''s agreement to leave it until the Summer, with City given first refusal, as a softener for not signing him in January, allowing Bennett to stay and help Brighton get promoted.

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Because Mr T is our negiator and he won''t take no crap from no fools!

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whats interesting is that in the case of Morison and Bennet (in January), both went a far as even handing in transfer requests with their clubs when our initial interest was turned down. Even Makail-Smith went public with his desire to join us back in March when Peterbro turned down out transfer offer.

If nothing else this shows that we would seem a club that players want to join.

However it will interesting to see if we are succesful in signing a player when another club is known to be actively interested!

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