Date published: Wednesday 14th August 2019 4:09
Fulham chairman Tony Khan has hit out at Tottenham over their negotiations for Ryan Sessegnon over the weeks leading up to Deadline Day.
Spurs completed a £25m deal for Sessegnon late on Deadline Day but Khan revealed that the Premier League club’s delay in closing down the deal affected his plans of signing a new defender – rumoured to have been Chelsea’s Michael Hector.
Khan also claimed that the Cottagers had done all their summer business with the thought that Sessegnon was going to stay at the club, as Tottenham had not made any contact until two weeks before the deadline.
In an interview on Fulham’s official website, Khan said: “We heard from them [Tottenham] for the first time two weeks before the close of the window. We had been making all our deals under the assumption that Ryan could wind the contract down and they were not going to offer us anything. I was totally prepared for that.
“It seemed like it might be a likely scenario when he still had not heard from them a couple of weeks out, which is why I was doing loan deals where we knew the club would compliant with Financial Fair Play [FFP] rules.
“When I finally got an offer it was so ridiculously low that I had to make it super clear that we were not going to take a penny less our asking price, which is exactly what we got.”
Sessegnon is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury he suffered at the European Under-21 Championships over the summer and will more than likely have to wait to make his Tottenham debut until next month.
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