BRADFORD CITY joint-chairman Mark Lawn has revealed his disappointment after Tom Cleverley failed to secure a big-money permanent move to Aston Villa on deadline day – but insists there is no need for supporters to panic.
The Bantams inserted a 10 per cent sell-on clause in the deal which saw ex-Valley Parade junior Cleverley switch to Manchester United at the age of 12 and they would have been entitled to an £800,000 windfall if the England international had completed his mooted £8m move to Villa on Monday.
But that did not transpire, with the club now seeking clarity to see if they are entitled to a loan fee after Cleverley moved on a season-long loan to Villa Park instead.
Cleverley could still yet move permanently to Villa in January – but equally he could run down his contract and leave United for free next summer, which would represent the most unfortunate of scenarios for City.
Lawn, who watched events unfold with a fair degree of frustration, said: “I was shouting at the telly a bit!”
On missing out on a big-money windfall on Monday night, which would have helped wipe out the £1m seasonal deifict that the club have budgeted for in 2014-15, Lawn added: “We are just trying to find out all the details, which are a bit sketchy, to be fair.
“It has spoiled things a little bit. But we will just keep going. We are not too downhearted about it. It is something we need to look it, but not one we are panicking about.
“We have got a deficit this season and need somewhere through the season to sort that out and we will do.
“But there are other things we have got in mind and we are still not out of two cups and if we get a decent cup run, it will help us and you never know what will happen with Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield Town’s former City striker). So there are other options that may happen.
“The Leeds game in the Capital One Cup was worth £200,000 to £250,000 and that helps go towards what we need.
“We decided we were going to have a bigger budget to compete this time. It is not as much as last season, although last season was a very large budget.
“But we still have nearly double the budgets of Rochdale and Oldham. It is a good budget.”