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AFC Bournemouth: Eddie Mitchell insists Tokelo Rantie deal is good business
Mitchell was responding after some supporters raised concerns at the reported transfer fee – with figures having ranged from £1.5million to £3.5m.
Cherries saw off strong competition from a host of clubs to secure Rantie’s services after finally reaching agreement with Swedish club Malmo.
And while the fee was undisclosed, it significantly eclipsed the club’s previous record of £525,000 paid to Crawley for Matt Tubbs, a figure which could still rise to £800,000.
When contacted by the Daily Echo, Mitchell, who jointly owns the club with Maxim Demin, politely declined to reveal the finer details of the deal.
Asked whether the deal was sustainable or a go-for-broke move, Mitchell replied: “It certainly isn’t go for broke, that’s for sure. That would be a silly policy to take, not knowing each week’s results. It would be a big gamble, too big.
“You have to work within the rules and the Football League is trying to make everything sustainable. There has to be a long-term plan and ours is to make it sustainable.
“We have to look carefully at what we are doing and have to make plans for the future months of this season. That is what we have done and it has allowed us to progress in this way.
“We are aiming to progress and, to do that, you have to keep searching for improvements, both on and off the field. It is definitely a statement of intent and I think he will turn out to be a successful signing.”
Asked why the club could not have used the funds to buy back Dean Court, Mitchell replied: “That is something which is very close to me and I think, one day, we will. But it is like buying a player. You have to get it at the right price and, at this moment in time, what is being asked is over the top. I think it would be silly to go down that road at this moment in time.”
Mitchell added: “From what I know about the history of this football club over the past 20 or 30 years, it has never been in a better position than it is now and that is the making of what I have brought to it.
“Our aim is to sustain the club and keep it moving forward. The club has a fantastic work-ethic and professionalism and I would like to think I have helped guide it in that way.
“It takes time to develop a club. It has to be a sensible aim to play in this division for as long as possible. You won’t just do that with on-field activity, you have to build your club gradually and increase your attendances gradually and that is what we will continue to strive to do.”
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