Transfer fees received for players who have come up from the Academy ranks are the lifeblood of many smaller clubs. One sale can keep a club afloat for a very long time and, although such deals are generally unliked by supporters it is the harsh reality of lower league football.
Bearing in mind that almost anything Abdallah Lemsagam does at the moment is viewed as wrong. His doubling of the supposed value of George Edmundson to £1 million has raised a few eyebrows, and possibly increased what we might have got for him from Rangers if we had accepted their first offer.
If that works then it must be regarded as good business, whatever your view is of the Oldham owner.
There are a good number of players who would gladly jump at the chance to join the Ibrox club, but those sort of opportunities don’t come along every day and no one can blame George for wanting to further his career. Putting in a transfer request is often the best way to get talks moving but, Latics are right to dig in their heels.
A club with a huge fan base however and income to match, must pay the right price if they want to poach players from the lower divisions and Lemsagam is playing the right game by insisting on a reasonable figure for the highly rated defender.
It would not be the first time that a club has had to dig deep to get their man. Swansea City paid Exeter £2.2m for the services of Matt Grimes in 2015 when he was a League Two player.
It is unlikely that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be persuaded to part with the full asking price for Edmundson. However, a figure nearer £600,000 with add-ons would represent a decent bit of business for Latics and perhaps give out a signal to any potential future coach at Boundary Park, that we might have funds available to build a decent side for next season.