QPR are set to launch a bid for Blackpool’s Wes Hoolahan with their shiny new money, according to the EDP website.
The news won’t come as a major surprise to many as the R’s have certainly been one of the most active players in the transfer market this summer, but I was hoping my updated shopping list would throw them off the scent – alas it looks as though I have failed.
What might cause a problem is the complexities surrounding the Irishman’s move to Bloomfield Park last summer from Livingston. I’ll let the Pink’un take up the story:
Hoolahan was on loan at Blackpool from Livi for the 2006/7 season, making 42 league appearances and scoring eight goals, but allegedly, during this time, the Seasiders were late with several loan payments.
At the end of the 2006/7 season Blackpool decided they wanted to take up the option of signing Hoolahan, whose stock had risen massively since he left Scotland for the north west, on a permanent basis for the bargain price of £75,000, but Livingstone tried to block this claiming the Bloomfield Road club had been in breach of the loan agreement.
In June 2007, Hoolahan signed a two-year contract with Blackpool. Livingston, however, refused to sign the documentation sanctioning the move, stating that Blackpool had repeatedly breached the terms of the loan agreement, which meant that they had lost the right to activate a £75,000 release clause.
Blackpool denied any such default, and referred the matter to the Football Association. With Livingston being backed by the Scottish Football Association the matter was passed to Fifa for a decision to be made on the player’s future.
In August last year Fifa ruled in Blackpool’s favour, thus confirming Hoolahan as a Blackpool player, although Fifa are still to decide the fee to be paid, or if Livingston are entitled to any compensation and while this is still on-going Blackpool cannot sell Hoolahan.
So that’s nice and simple isn’t it? If it is true that Hoolahan has a £250k release clause then the most likely solution is that either Blackpool are ordered by Fifa to cough up a percentage of that, or Livingston are told politely to go away.
If money-bags QPR are indeed to offer £375k then that could appeal to the Seasiders as they’ll obviously be covered regardless of what Fifa eventually rule.
Again, we wait…