Swans have striker bid rejected – we need to be aiming higher

It’s difficult to say what was the most intense feeling yesterday. The emotion of astonishment that we had actually made a bid for a striker, or sadness when it was revealed that the purported deal was for Adama Sidibeh, as reported by the Evening Courier.

It was first reported early last month that the striker, who reportedly has a fixed price of £500k, was being pursued by the Swans. As we previously reported, Sidibeh, who signed on in Scotland at the start of the year, played in only fifteen games last season and was also admitted to hospital at the end of February after collapsing at the end of a game against St Mirren.

Sidibeh was released from the hospital shortly after, according to St Johnstone manager Craig Levein. “The doctor said he had low blood pressure.”He did get a knock on the head, but he was well when the physio came in; there were no signs of trouble.
“He remained on the park. We had an opportunity late on, and perhaps the custodian caught him. I’m not sure if that led to him lying on the ground. We need further checks for peace of mind.”

In a week when Macaular Langstaff moved to Millwall, the Courier writes on the bid: “The offer is a long way short of the Saints’ valuation of the player, and there was no thought of entertaining it or entering into negotiations, Courier Sport understands.”

“Sidibeh is under contract for two more seasons and is set to return to McDiarmid Park on Wednesday after manager Craig Levein allowed him to spend a week at home.

“The Perth boss believed he was starting to show signs of tiredness, having not long become a full-time footballer and gone through the experience of his first international camp.”

For me, there are so many red flags in this specific transfer tale, and if this is the level of our objectives for the rest of this window, we are in for a long and difficult season. A player who has not wowed the world in a division that is generally poorer in most places than the Championship should tell you a lot about his ability, and we had enough problems last season buying forwards who do not fit into our group.

The worst part is that, if the original rumour was correct and the set cost was £500k, how we were able to underbid speaks volumes about the negotiation abilities of those making movements in the transfer market. We have a lengthy history of terrible negotiations on numerous deals, yet the lessons we are constantly assured are learned appear to be everything but.
As stated in the original post, I still hope that this is a non-story; if not, we should be more concerned about what the following few weeks contain!



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