Liverpool have failed in an audacious attempt to land England international right-back Nathaniel Clyne for a knockdown price after Southampton rejected a £10m offer.
Quite how the famed Anfield transfer committee thought they were ever going to get a player of such calibre for so a small outlay is uncertain.
Southampton bled them dry just a summer earlier and Manchester United are also understood to be interested in the player.
The footballing cliché ‘derisory’ has yet uttered in relation to the gambit, but in the fullness of time it is expected to join the below bids in the pantheon of its most laughable and insulting propositions.
Manchester United bid £28m for Everton’s Leighton Baines AND Marouane Felliani
David Moyes showed very little in the way of sensitivity when attempting to take the Michael along two of his former club’s best players in 2013/14.
The Toffees were sufficiently infuriated to release the following statement:
“Everton can confirm that it has received bids from Manchester United for two players.
“Those bids were immediately rejected out of hand as derisory and insulting.”
Vindication arrived a fortnight later when the Red Devils shelled out £27.5m to sign the Belgian alone.
Arsenal bid £10.2m for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye
Coming on the day the two sides were due to meet, the Gunners’ skinflint offering seemed like quite some length to go to to unsettle their opponents’ star turn ahead of the fixture.
The Magpies boss Alan Pardew was left fuming after his side, shorn of the Frenchman lost 4-0, saying:
“Why it couldn’t have waited until tomorrow I don’t know. The result wouldn’t have been the same if he’d played in my view.”
“I think it is just a very difficult situation when a player gets news like that, and it wasn’t us who gave him the news. It is very hard to get your head around to play a game of this magnitude.”
Cabaye moved to Paris Saint-Germain for just short of double the Londoners’ offer in the following transfer window.
Chelsea bid £25m for Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney
‘The thing that makes me laugh is I’ve been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?’
‘What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I’m amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney’, was how Reds legend Bryan Robson saw it.
Tottenham bid £250,000 for Everton’s Phil Neville
David Moyes may have gotten the idea for his ‘insulting’ Baines/Fellaini bid, from Harry Redknapp’s naughty offer for his Everton skipper back in 2011.
At the time the Scot had reacted with utter disbelief:
“I just think an offer like that for Everton’s captain is a disrespectful offer to the club and I think it is a disrespectful offer for a player of Phil’s qualities.
“I could understand it if he had six months to go on his contract, but he has 18 months left, he is our captain and leader and he has played more or less every game for Everton.
“I can only say it is as surprising an offer as I have known in my career, and it simply doesn’t recognise how important a player he is.”
West Ham bid £4m for Reading’s Nicky Shorey
Proof positive that not all derisory bids, turn out to have been as ridiculous as the seemed Reading gave the Irons short shrift back in 2007, with Steve Coppell summing up their feelings:
“Given the price of players today we thought it was nigh on a derisory offer. We turned it down immediately and we have had no contact since.”
Bizarrely, the Royals were proved correct, copping more than £5m for the flash in the pan England full-back from Aston Villa a year later.