Sanchez: Brown bid too good
Lawrie Sanchez admits Wigan's offer for Michael Brown could not be turned down.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 30/07/07 2:20pm
Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez has admitted Wigan's offer for Michael Brown could not have been ignored.
Brown, who is the current Cottagers captain, is in personal negotiations with Wigan after Fulham accepted a reported £2million offer for the midfielder.
The former Tottenham and Manchester City player did not travel to Asia with the rest of the Fulham squad as they continue their pre-season warm-up so that he could carry out talks at the JJB Stadium.
However, Sanchez insists that Brown will retain his role as Fulham skipper until any move is finalised.
"There are still ongoing discussions with Wigan," said Sanchez.
"Brownie's the club captain and still is at this moment in time.
"The fact that we had an offer that we felt was a good offer, and for the player, what he could get somewhere else professionally at this moment of his career, came into consideration.
"All those factors came together and we said we would be willing to accept that money if he wanted to go, so the ball's very much in his court."
Sanchez also refused to confirm or deny reports linking Fulham with a move for Cork City striker Roy O'Donovan.
"Until players are signed, we don't like to talk about them," Sanchez concluded.