10 Jan 2018 17:16:29
I did hear a tale once of sharp trader, Head of Recruitment who earned himself a few bob on the side through buying certain players who had an agent who paid a percentage of his fee into a company whose Director was the said HoR. The player never quite made it in his new team and was quietly sold on (again with the requisite cut) some time later.

1.) 10 Jan 2018
10 Jan 2018 17:37:54
A lot of that goes on in stockbroking and merchant banking and other high paid jobs. I suspect that you are correct to suspect it in football.

2.) 10 Jan 2018
10 Jan 2018 18:09:47
A respected journalist friend in the north east predicted exactly where a former Leeds manager would acquire his next signings. He'd done the same with his previous employer, via the same agent. He was proved correct and we were relegated. Been happening for a long time. It's just got more global

3.) 10 Jan 2018
10 Jan 2018 18:52:57
Funny that you should say that, these agents would poach the stockbroker from the bank that they had introduces them ti8 and move them to another bank, after 2-3 years and one get a fee and the other get another signing on fee. Also, if the stockbroker "underperformed", the broker would be their to "reverse recruit" the stockbroker and be paid a fee to get him a job elsewhere. The agent would get a fee for taking them away and a fee from the new employer, who had been led to believe that they were top drawer. The stockbroker would get a golden handshake to fuk off and one to sign for the other bank. Everyone won, if you were the agent or the "player", but if you were the new employer, you were shafted, often sold crap for two huge signing on fees. I suspect that this is the same in football, but I might be just cynical, as we have bought our fair share of poop, that we were told would be superb.

4.) 10 Jan 2018
10 Jan 2018 21:14:48
All that is what's happening at Wolves, all them expensive players have the same agent as the manager . must be a coincidence eh? :)

5.) 10 Jan 2018
10 Jan 2018 21:28:21
£7m to the agent of one Ross Barkley. nice work . presumably as he got the fee down from £40m (? ) to £15 in 6 months