Laws jab at selfish Bougherra

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws has expressed his disappointment in the manner in which defender Madjid Bougherra forced a move away from the club.


Bougherra looks set to leave Hillsborough after Charlton had a bid accepted for the Algerian on Friday.


According to Laws, Bougherra threatened not play if he did not get a move to Charlton, forcing the Owls boss to accept a bid of around two-and-a-half million for the player, who was also targeted by Everton boss David Moyes.


"We didn't want to sell him," Laws told the Sheffield Star. "This move has been forced by him, his agents and Charlton more than anything.


"The whole saga has been a mess. Charlton have never had the decency to give me a call," he said.


Speaking of the approach by Everton, Laws added: "Everton were ultra-professional, and David Moyes spoke to me first because he wanted to speak to the player.


"But when you hear the words coming from the player that he doesn't want to be at Sheffield Wednesday, then he shouldn't be here.


"We don't want any player who doesn't want to play for us. Madjid told the chairman, that he would not play for us again if he did not get his move.


"He wanted to go, he begged to go. It put us in a difficult position. We could have made him see out his contract. But we had a value, and we made Charlton pay that value if they wanted him that badly.


Despite the dramatic exit, Laws says he wishes Bougherra every success in the future.


"Good luck to Madjid. I wished him all the best, but I think he's made the wrong choice," added Laws.


"Charlton rather than Everton is a no-brainer - a player should be prepared to play anywhere.


"Now we can move on and work with the players who want to be at Sheffield Wednesday."