Stewart Gilmore (ex St. Mirren Chairman) has stated that the fee they (St.M) received for the SJM transfer was the highest transfer fee St Mirren have ever received. Remember, St Mirren sold Iain Ferguson to Rangers for £1m in the Souness era so based on the widely quoted 30% - 33% “sell on” clause, I think it’s fair to assume the total initial fee paid by AV was between £3.5m - £4m.
I can fully understand why all clubs involved (us, St.M & AV) would prefer to stick to the “undisclosed fee” arrangement and whilst we fans would prefer to know exactly how the deal was done and how much we received, the more important thing for us is how the funds are spent once received.
If they disappear into an accounts black hole and we never really see an obvious benefit to the playing side of the club then we would be rightly p****d off. however, if we sign one or two quality players for decent fees and see the new indoor pitch created at East Mains then I’m sure none of us will be particularly concerned with the exact details of the amount received for SJM.
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For the type of player we are competition go for it probably puts an extra 50k to 100k on the price if they knew we got 4m as poised to letting people think it was under 3m. The type of clubs we are competing with Aberdeen,Hearts and League 1 England can up their bids by 5ok to 100k quite easily. Higher transfer fees push the general market up us we have seen in England. This filters down to all levels. The clubs we are competing with are not awash with money. Why at our level not a good idea to disclose fees and keep a lid on the prices of players at our level.
Again the market we deal in all clubs we wish to buy from know we got a fee for SJM. They will know it was over £1m. If they want 200k for a player they might now want £250k from us as they know we have money knowing it is £1m or £100m will not IMO change how much a club might try to add on. W
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It's far more likely you'll find the correct fee on twitter. The newspaper hacks don't get told anything these days so likely that it's been quietly released on twitter by someone without the fanfare. Hibs wanted a set fee and my guess would be £2.5m after St Mirrens cut. That would tie in with sjm getting a £350,000 signing on fee, which would be paid by Aston villa as part of his wages as 10% of the transfer fee. So lennys saying it was between £3-4 m is correct. The fee was £3.5m and we got £2.5m.Also ties in with us flatly rejecting celtic offer of £2m which was £1.5m below our valuation. Lawell played a blinder btw. Lol. 10% sell on fee seems to standard now and isn't a charge to villa at the moment. There you are. Sorted. We'll almost. Lol.
As a fan I'm curious to know what fee we got for McGinn.
As a shareholder I'm fully in agreement with the club not making the fee public.
There's plenty of speculation out there, so some rumours will be closer to the mark than others. But I won't be relying on any of them to be right because it is all speculation unless it comes from either Hibs or Villa.
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Can someone explain why the JM fee was undisclosed (and why any transfer fee is noted as undisclosed?)
Personally I would like to know the outcome of this particular transfer deal. It would be good to know, what transfer fee will be recieved, what add ons may fall due to Hibs (sell on fees, promotion bonuses etc) and how much will go to St Mirren.
I'd also like to know, how much the manager may expect to receive toward the player budget.
I feel a bit in the dark with this one.
I'm delighted it's undisclosed.
Too many folk on here obsessed over it and the potential for meltdown was huge - people with unrealistic ambitions and a lot of false comparisons using overly inflated markets like the EPL.
Assuming the club isn't put in financial difficulties the only thing anyone on here should be concerned about is what players we have to put out on the park.