Fulham chairman Tony Khan has blasted Tottenham for the way they conducted their business over the transfer of Ryan Sessegnon.
Sessegnon, 19, had been with the Cottagers since the age of eight and made 120 appearances in all competitions but has now moved the Tottenham Stadium on a five-year deal. The England Under-21 ace had been linked with Spurs for some time but it seemed as though their interest had cooled with no apparent offer during the summer.
However, things started to happen towards the latter end of the window before the young left-back made his move, although it was far from a smooth transition. The north Londoners made a bid way below the asking price but finally paid the club what they wanted, with Sessegnon leaving for £25m.
It meant the Cottagers had little time to try and find a replacement and Khan admitted his frustration about the way the deal played out. “We heard from them for the first time two weeks before the close of the window,” he told the club’s website.
“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.”
Fulham have started their season with a defeat and a win, taking care of Blackburn Rovers 2-0 last time out to get their first points on the board. While Leeds United are 3.60 favourites to win the division, Scott Parker’s side can backed at 6.50 to go up as champions next May.