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Town Set for Windfall as Clarke's Brighton Move Confirmed
Friday, 21st Jun 2019 17:46

Town are set to receive a not insignificant windfall with Portsmouth having confirmed that former defender Matt Clarke has joined Premier League Brighton on a four-year deal.

The fee is officially undisclosed but earlier in the week was reported to be £3.9 million with further top-ups believed to eventually take it up to £5 million.

Town are due 20 per cent of the profit Pompey make on Clarke, who is believed to have been valued at £50,000 when he joined them as a makeweight in the £750,000 deal which saw Adam Webster sign for the Blues in the summer of 2016.

That will see Town receive a much-needed boost of £770,000 - in addition to the £450,000 fee received from Portsmouth for Ellis Harrison earlier this afternoon - at a time when the club is facing a £9 million loss of revenue due to relegation to League One.

Barham-born Clarke came through the academy and made one start and four sub appearances for the Blues before signing for Portsmouth, with whom he spent 2015/16 on loan.

Town could also receive further financial boosts via sell-ons this summer with Webster, currently with Bristol City, understood to be interesting Aston Villa, Leicester, Southampton and a number of others and with a valuation of £12 million having been reported.

Webster, 24, joined the Robins from Town for an initial £3.5 million last summer with the fee potentially rising to £8 million.

The Blues are likely to have a sell-on of 10 per cent included in that deal which, depending on how many top-ups have been paid already, could bring in up to £850,000, although Portsmouth would be due 20 per cent of anything the Blues receive as a result of their sell-on from the 2016 move.

Meanwhile former left-back Tyrone Mings is expected to move on from AFC Bournemouth with his former loan club Aston Villa the favourites to sign him with a fee of £15 million - potentially yielding Town up to another £700,000 via a 10-per-cent-of-profit sell-on - having been widely reported.

Ex-striker Kieffer Moore, now with Barnsley, is also believed to be interesting Bristol City with a 10-per-cent-of-profit sell-on also understood to have been part of the deal which saw the 26-year-old move to Oakwell for £750,000 in January 2018.

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blues1 added 21:53 - Jun 22
Itfcsince73. So u putting all the blame for us losing fanes and getting relegated on the captain. Theres snotherx10 players plus dibs who are every bit as responsible as him. And if you think what he does off the pitch is irrelevant, then ur sompkycwtlrong. Its all part of the job of the club captain. As to ur point point about liverpool. They may have made a profit for that year but that doesnt mean they're in the black. Man utd regularly announce a profit each year but they're still massively in debt.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 22:02 - Jun 22
Good god . How some people on here manage to get dressed every day amazes me .

Northstandveteran added 22:03 - Jun 22

Carberry added 22:28 - Jun 22
blues1, I'm using google translate but not getting much joy with your posts.
You believe Evans do you?
He will want a premium on the club's value if he sells to get some kind of return on his value.
If there is no buyer willing to pay then according to you all he has written off his losses anyway so why wouldn't he walk away?
Does he own the training ground?
Hey Dozzell - who dresses you?

Bluearmy_81 added 23:04 - Jun 22
Yeah if he's losing 7m a year as you say and he doesn't want the debt repaid why not just sell the club for a quid and walk?! Saving 7m a year from the get go seems a no brainer. He must be staying out of the goodness of his heart!! What a guy!! 😂

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 23:16 - Jun 22
Hmm maybe because he enjoys owning a football club . Which is probably why he brought one. But of course when he hears your advice I'm sure he'll stick it on eBay .
What a moron

Carberry added 01:20 - Jun 23
Hey Dozzell, how naïve can you be?

Bluearmy_81 added 06:51 - Jun 23
Bless him he's got Stockholm syndrome Carberry! 😂 Can only imagine how sycophantic these dolts would be if they met the man.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 07:46 - Jun 23
You two enjoy your little conspiracy theories. One thing Evans isn't doing is making money out of it.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 07:48 - Jun 23
If you read my posts Bluearmy you will see i said I have no affinity with the bloke, I just get fed up with u and your cronies turning every post into an anti Evans post.
If that makes me a sycophant so be it.

blues1 added 08:55 - Jun 23
Carberry. Yes, he owns the training ground, but in ur point u also said about him selling the ground, not just the training ground. And that was why my reply was about the fact,that he cannot sell the ground. Of course he wont just write off the debt and walk away. Because he wants £35m for the club. Hed have to be a pretty poor businessman to go for nothing rather than recoup £35m of the vast amount he has put into the club over his time here. I know you'll just come back with some insult of me being naive or gullible, or criticism of any mistypes because my post is based on facts rather than opinion. Unlike yours or bluearmy. I'm neither naive or gullible, and dont just accept everything he does or says as sacrosanct. But I dont, like you, because of some unfounded opinion of the guy, just slag him off for the sake of it. This will be my last word on this subject, as frankly I'm bored of 2 people just using every post to slag the guy off. Honestly, I dont care one way or the other, if he is the owner, or a new owner comes in. Makes no difference to me. Just as I had nothing against sheepshanks, despite the fact it was him who got us in a mess in the 1st place. Yet the likes of you think he was a god. And how much did he spend on players in his time? Far, far less than Evans has, I can assure you. In fact, I'd suggest Evans spent more in his 1st 4 seasons, than he did in his whole tenure at the club.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 09:35 - Jun 23
Blues - you can lead a horse to water ....

Carberry added 12:59 - Jun 23
And that's the problem, people either don't care or he is above criticism. No more to be said.

blues1 added 15:01 - Jun 23
Carberry. Despite I said I wouldnt comment again. No1 has said hes above criticism. But theres a difference between criticising when it's due, and indeed on a story involving him directly, and just slagging him off on every story that appears on twtd, which is what the likes of you and bluearmy do. Maybe, taking into account what this story is about, you should be giving Evan's some credit for negotiating the sell on clause that has got us this extra money in the 1st place. But you wont as that would be posting on the facts of the story, rather than ur personal opinion of him. And that's the issue some of us have with you. You dont let get facts get in the way of an opinion you've got of Evans without even knowing the guy. You've made ur mind up of him and his intentions with no real certainty as to the facts.

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 16:16 - Jun 23
Carberry - you really don't read posts do you . No one has said he's the perfect owner or hasn't made mistakes. I'm sure he would admit that too.
None of his managerial choices have really worked have they . Like Blues1 I just find it really annoying that some criticise him for every little thing and consistenly hey the facts wrong. You for instance called him a liar when it wasn't even him that had made the comment. Give your opinion by all means but try and be accurate.

Carberry added 19:48 - Jun 23
blues & dozzell the problem for me is that the management of the club since Evans took over has been really poor because I don't believe Evans understood what he was taking on. Poor choice of managers, hopeless executives, a crumbling stadium and a drop to the third tier of football are all the direct result of the owner's policies or lack of them. So far from wishing to congratulate him for having a sell on clause in a player's transfer agreement (something every club will do) I'm looking at the bigger picture which is that our club is teetering on the brink. Anyone who buys a Championship club knows that they will have to put significant money into it on a regular basis, that's a given. He thought he could get promotion quickly and failure to do so has meant he has pretty much given up on that aim and is treading water, unsuccessfully. I do believe he is being economical with the truth, just look at the constant message about his constant investment when our transfer income is what's supporting the club's finances and our wage bill is nowhere near the top or middle teams. This is the overarching situation that taints everything that goes on at our club. You can believe what you like and I will see what I see. Are there any positives other than we still exist?

blues1 added 20:16 - Jun 23
Carberry. And there you go again basing ur post on ur opinion , not on fact. He invests £7m every year just to sustain the debt. Thats why we still have a club. Yes, of course the transfer fees that come in help to keep us within the ffp rules but then, he does spend on signing players too. Even last season we spent just over £5m just in transfer fees, plus loan fees, signing on fees for the so called "free" transfers, agents fees and wages. No, it's not a massive amount compared to some clubs . But whether we like it or not, that's all we could afford. You're absolutely right about his choices of manager, in general, tho he always takes advice on that. I don't actually think Hurst was the wrong choice. Just think he was wrong to allow hurst to gamble on so many lower lge players at one time. And yes, while I don't believe either Clegg or Milne were as bad as some made out(at the end of the day they were just spokesmen for Evans), I fo believe he should have had a football man in between him and the manager, taking into account his inexperience of running a football club. Something he has now finally sorted. What I will say, which may surprise you, is that if he doesn't get things right this coming year and we have another poor season, then I think it would be time for him to sell.

Carberry added 20:59 - Jun 23
blues, my opinion is that there 's a difference between the story being told and the reality. All the time we hear about how he is personally keeping it afloat with his own money but as you must know we were the biggest selling club in the Championship to subsidise losses and we will soon become the biggest selling club in League 1. We may have a football man between him and the manager but not an administrator, not a Chief Executive - that's madness, but of course may be because Evans wants to make all the management decisions now, I suspect. That's a recipe for failure. He has been trying to sell for a while but there aren't any buyers so I'm not sure where you get the view that he will decide to next year if we have a poor season? Listen blues, you have your view of what's real and I will have mine and we will agree to disagree. I don't think this is meant to be a forum for a dialogue between people but hey I hope you have seen my point of view and considered it, as I have yours. Everyone on here has one thing in common (we hope) to see our club succeed but I am not willing to blindly follow.

blues1 added 21:08 - Jun 23
Carberry. I totally agree with the final part of that post. We all want to see our club succeed. But when did I say I think he will decide to sell if we have a poor season? Maybe you should read my post properly. What I said was that if he doesnt get things right and we have a poor season, I think it would be time for him to sell.

Carberry added 21:33 - Jun 23
blues, I really don't care when you think he should sell - I was stating a fact that he has been trying to do just that already. Your statement about selling in your previous post was rather ambiguous so don't try to wind me up with your pompous accusation - no wonder there's so much animosity on here.

ITFCsince73 added 09:10 - Jun 24
Blues1 Man utd massively in debt Lol.
Think you'll find it's the owners who are in debt not the club.
In the last 5 seasons theve spent around a Billion on bringing players in to the club.
Not bad going for a club in debt.
Along with 4 other premier league clubs.
All in the top 10 richest clubs in the world.

blues1 added 09:24 - Jun 24
Itfcsince73. Just shows ur ignorance of the facts. Man utd are massively in debt. As are most of the clubs in the pl. (Only arsenal and man city are in the black).It's due to the assets of the club that they are still able to go out and spend millions on players plus the fact that also sell players for millions too. Also, take Barcelona. They are over £300m in debt. The only reason they survive is because they are funded by the banks.

jayessess added 09:25 - Jun 24
Christ, I hate to think what some of you lot would be like if our club actually had to survive solely on its revenues (not a wildly unlikely outcome if Evans sold up).


blues1 added 09:38 - Jun 24
Itfc73. Just to be sure I wasnt mistaken in my comments on man utd , I've just checked on the net. And I can see why u think i was talking crap. They did, indeed, achieve revenue, in the year up to 2018, of £578m, making them the highest earning club that season. But they still have debt of £487m. A bit like the debt here is due to Evan's, that debt is due to the Glazers, who bought the debt when they bought the club. Again, like Evan's did here.

blues1 added 09:46 - Jun 24
Gonna have to admit tho that I somewhat wrong about Barcelona debt. Much more than I thought. Actually €157m.

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