Liverpool have recently completed their first signing of the summer: Kostas Tsimikas. The Greek full back completed an £11.7m move to Merseyside this week just days after he was strongly linked with the club. Before the Reds completed the signing they publically pursued another full back and have apparently angered some people in the process. Paddy Davitt at the Eastern Daily Press has slammed Liverpool for their conduct in their pursuit of Jamal Lewis.
Liverpool chased Lewis
The Reds were always going to be after a left back this summer, it was just about the only position on the pitch without any cover at all.
Liverpool were public in their pursuit of Jamal Lewis with reliable journalists, such as James Pearce, reporting that they had bit £10m for the Northern Irishman.
The bid was swiftly rejected and just days later Kostas Tsimikas was pictured in the famous Red kit.
According to Paddy Davitt at the Eastern Daily Press the conduct of Liverpool during their pursuit of Jamal Lewis has left a ‘sour taste’ at Norwich City.
The article claims that Lewis cut short a holiday to seal his dream move. Davitt also reports that the Reds offered less than £10m for the youngster with what are described as ‘very ambitious’ clauses added on.
The offer was swiftly rejected with Norwich allegedly expecting the cubs to enter into negotiations, optimistic that a deal could be struck.
Apparently there was silence from Anfield and Norwich were left scratching their heads when Tsimikas was unveiled days later.
There is now a supposedly ‘sour taste’ in East Anglia with the club irked by the paltry opening offer and wondering whether Lewis was just a ‘bargaining chip’ in the Reds’ pursuit of Kostas Tsimikas.
What RTK has to say
Business is business.
The Reds pulled off a masterstroke with their signing of Kostas Tsimikas. They refused to be held to ransom by Norwich City and in turn showed the rest of the market that they won’t be drawn into prolonged negotiations.
The club probably should have extended the Canaries the courtesy of formally withdrawing from talks but if they still weren’t sure whether or not the Tsimi deal was wrapped up then why should they?