Barnsley have forcibly denied claims made by David Moyes that Everton were able to purchase John Stones from the then-Championship club for just £1.25million back in February of 2013.
Moyes said as much while making an appearance on Goals on Sunday at the weekend, despite the fee being widely reported at the time as being up around the £3million-mark.
Anyway, Barnsley have seen fit to refute Moyes’ “unequivocally wrong” take on the transfer in a strongly-worded club statement:
Barnsley FC has been asked by a significant number of fans to clarify the situation regarding the recent comments made by David Moyes on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday and attributed to him on the Mirror website on 14 February 2016 and elsewhere, regarding the fee paid by Everton for the transfer of John Stones from our club.
Ordinarily, we would not comment on matters of speculation, but the article on the Mirror website carries the headline, “David Moyes reveals Everton paid just £1.25million to sign John Stones from Barnsley.”
The amount paid by Everton to Barnsley is Commercial in Confidence, and we would have expected that David Moyes would be bound by that obligation of confidentiality to his former employer.
However, given the categoric nature of the assertion made, it is incumbent on Barnsley FC to correct such a statement when it is markedly and unequivocally wrong and yet is made by someone that the public might think is authoritative on the subject.
This is particularly the case since he has cited the same erroneous fee on previous occasions also. David Moyes played no part in any negotiation with Barnsley FC concerning the transfer of John Stones, which may explain why he is mistaken as to the fee paid.
Given the ferocity of their response, we’re inclined to believe them – though quite why publicly quibbling over another £1.5million or so matters so much to Barnsley, we’re not entirely sure.
Surely they’ve kept the receipt anyway?