Exclusive: Top pundit suggests real reason Liverpool failed to sign Jamal Lewis
Paul Robinson has claimed that Norwich’s lack of spending last summer gave them a strong hand in transfer talks with Liverpool regarding Jamal Lewis.
The former Spurs and Leeds United shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the Canaries would have made it clear to Reds sporting director Michael Edwards that their price tag for the 22-year-old was non-negotiable.
The Premier League champions confirmed the signing of Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos yesterday to provide cover for Andy Robertson.
Welcome to Liverpool, Kostas Tsimikas! 🔴✍️
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 10, 2020
Jamal Lewis appeared to be the Reds primary target but the club was unwilling to match Norwich’s £20million valuation for the player after a £10million bid was rejected.
Daniel Farke’s side spent less than £5million on transfers last summer despite their promotion to the English top flight and were relegated last month.
Robinson is adamant that the lack of spending coupled with the TV rights money earned from a season in the Premier League allowed the Canaries to dig their heels in over Lewis.
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“Every club has a price for a player,” he told Football Insider.
“If Norwich feel that their valuation has not been met and they are financially able to keep him then the player will stay.
“Norwich have taken the Premier League money and not spent so financially they are on a brilliant footing. They do not have to sell the player which I am sure was a point they are making.
“It is also nice to see Liverpool say, “£20million, that is us done now.” Rather than throw millions and millions at it because they can. It is a realistic valuation that they have kept to and they have walked away because they think he is overpriced. You do not often see that.”
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