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Blackpool boss Paul Ince has claimed that the club didn’t follow through on a deal for Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt because of his ‘outrageous demands’, Sky Sports reports.
Ince had been keen to add the former Wolves winger to his ranks after the 32-year-old a few days training with the Seasiders.
However, though he had impressed, and Ince felt that he would have made a handy addition to the side’s promotion push, the player’s wage demands were far to high and the club were not willing to meet them.
“The demands which he made were ridiculous for someone who’d only played the last 10 games at Wolves,” Ince told The Gazette.
“He doesn’t have a contract anywhere and has been training alone in Ireland, so the demands were ridiculous so we left it.
“I spoke to the chairman and we decided we didn’t want to pay that sort of money. His agent was speaking to our chairman. I spoke to the player and next thing I knew he wasn’t here.
“We could have done this deal four or five weeks ago, and this is what annoys me. If they weren’t asking for so much it would have been done weeks ago.
“We thought Stephen Hunt would be a good addition to the club. Don’t get me wrong, he is a lovely lad. If the demands would have been lower we’d have done the deal.”