Freedman happy with fee for 'great potential' Hall
WANDERERS have been told they must pay West Ham £450,000 for wing whiz Rob Hall – and Dougie Freedman believes he has got a fair deal.
An independent tribunal set the fee in London on Wednesday afternoon and also set in stone a series of bonuses that could eventually see the price rise to £1million if the club make the Premier League.
And though the amount up front is more than Wanderers were hoping to pay, Freedman is content that landing the 19-year-old England youth international is sound business.
“Young Rob has got great potential,” he said. “At the end of the day West Ham would have liked more up front and we’d like to have paid less, but I’m happy.
“I thought the panel came up with the right amount of money bearing in mind that he would out of contract.”
Hall has featured four times for Wanderers this season, scoring once, but Freedman has warned the Aylesbury-born youngster that he still has a lot of work to do before he will be considered a first team regular.
“We haven’t brought him here to be a regular week-in, week-out, and that is indicated in the price,” he said. “We have all seen in glimpses – 20 minutes here and there – that he has certainly got it in him.
“He has had a little run more because of the injury situation. We are where we are with the financial situation and these are the type of players I think we should be bringing in. Players for the future at the right price – that’s where the club is right now.”