Ipswich Town have reported Swansea City to the Premier League on non-payment of invoices relating to Tamas Priskin's loan to the Swans towards the end of last season.
Ipswich believe that Swansea have reneged on the deal struck between Town's Chief Executive Simon Clegg and Swan's Chairman Huw Jenkins relating to payment of Priskin's wages and in particular to sums due as a result of Swansea's success in the Play Off competition.
The loan agreement made provision for Swansea City to pay for Priskin's wages up to 31st May 2011 even though he became injured whilst at Swansea on 22nd April. Furthermore, the contract provided for cumulative payments for each stage of the Play Off competition.
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Commenting on the situation, Simon Clegg Town's Chief Executive said; "I am hugely disappointed that a legally binding agreement reached in good faith by both clubs as part of Swansea's final push for promotion is now being disputed. I am genuinely delighted for Swansea City and their fans but the attempted re-negotiation and deliberate misinterpretation of agreed terms by their chairman is not fitting for a club which has just secured the ultimate prize in Championship football and with it a £90million windfall.
"Tamas arrived in Swansea fit and became injured whilst under their care. That's football, but contracts have to be honoured and I have absolutely no interest in re-negotiating the agreement.
"As a result of Swansea refusing to pay our invoices, I have reported them to the Premier League, sought an immediate transfer embargo and am now seeking full payment of all outstanding sums with the agreed contractual interest rate of 5% above base."
not saying for one moment that it would change the graham transfer, bit tongue in cheek really, but why would ipswich ask for a transfer ban if they didn't want it done now? Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has responded to Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg's decision to report the club to the Premier League over payments regarding the loan of Tamas Priskin.
Priskin joined the Swans in March until the end of the season, but a knee injury picked up in training on April 22 saw the Hungarian striker return early to Portman Road.
Clegg has claimed in a statement that Swansea have reneged on the deal struck between the clubs for the 24-year-old, who scored once in five games for Brendan Rodgers' side, and has asked the Premier League to impose a transfer embargo on the club.
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But Swans chairman Jenkins replied: "In response to Ipswich Town's statement, as a club we are completely unaware of any dispute with Ipswich.
"Myself and Simon Clegg talked a few weeks ago regarding the situation of Tamas Priskin returning early from his loan spell, but there has been no correspondence since.
"While we are surprised and disappointed with Simon's statement, we will address the situation and speak to him and Ipswich early next week."
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Ipswich Town have reported Swansea City to the Premier League and asked for a transfer embargo to be placed on the top-flight newcomers for alleged non-payment of invoices.
Ipswich's chief executive, Simon Clegg, claims Swansea have reneged on a deal relating to the payment of Tamas Priskin's wages while he was on loan last season and subsequent add-ons as a result of their promotion. Clegg said: "I am hugely disappointed a legally binding agreement reached in good faith by both clubs as part of Swansea's final push for promotion is now being disputed."
Ipswich claim the loan agreement made provision for Swansea to pay for the Hungarian striker's wages up to 31 May even though he was injured on April 22. They also say the contract provided for "cumulative payments for each stage of the play-off competition".
Clegg added: "I am genuinely delighted for Swansea and their fans but the attempted renegotiation and deliberate misinterpretation of agreed terms by their chairman [Huw Jenkins] is not fitting for a club which has just secured the ultimate prize in Championship football and its £90m windfall. Tamas arrived in Swansea fit and became injured while under their care – that's football but contracts have to be honoured and I have absolutely no interest in renegotiating this agreement.
"As a result of Swansea refusing to pay our invoices I have reported them to the Premier League, sought an immediate transfer embargo and am now seeking full payment of all outstanding sums with the agreed contractual interest rate of 5% above base."
Swansea responded by saying they were "completely unaware of any dispute with Ipswich". Jenkins said: "In response to Ipswich Town's statement, as a club we are completely unaware of any dispute with Ipswich. Myself and Simon Clegg talked a few weeks ago regarding the situation of Tamas Priskin returning early from his loan spell but there has been no correspondence since. While we are surprised and disappointed with Simon's statement, we will address the situation and speak to him and Ipswich early next week."
The Premier League confirmed Ipswich had registered their complaint and said: "We will refer this to our board at the first opportunity."
Jenkins in talks to head off a Swansea transfer embargo by Our Correspondent, Western Mail Jun 27 2011 ShareAdd a commentRecommend SWANSEA CITY chairman Huw Jenkins flies back from holiday today for crunch talks which he hopes will stop the Premier League slapping a transfer embargo upon the Welsh club.
Ipswich chairman Simon Clegg has called for the sanction after claiming the Swans have been trying to renegotiate the terms of Tamas Priskin’s loan deal at the Liberty Stadium in March.
Ipswich claim the Swans have failed to pay wages plus a bonus due after their promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.
The figure is reported to be in excess of £300,000 and Clegg said: “I am absolutely fuming – this is no way to do business.
“Mr Jenkins has been trying to renegotiate this deal virtually from the moment he signed it.
“There is no room for misinterpretation – the contract is completely unambiguous.”
Priskin was injured while on Swans duty, but Clegg continued: “Tamas went there a perfectly fit player and was injured while under their care. That’s football, but contracts must be honoured.
“There is a considerable sum of money involved but they are refusing to pay our invoices and have left me with no alternative but to report them.
“I expect the Premier League to move very quickly on this and instruct Swansea to pay up.”
Ipswich claim the loan agreement made provision for Swansea to pay for Priskin’s wages up to May 31 even though he was injured on April 22.
“I am genuinely delighted for Swansea and their fans but the attempted re-negotiation is not fitting for a club which has just secured the ultimate prize in Championship football and its £90million windfall,” continued Clegg.
“As a result of Swansea refusing to pay our invoices I have reported them to the Premier League, sought an immediate transfer embargo and am seeking full payment of all outstanding sums with the agreed contractual interest rate of five per cent above base.”
Jenkins will talk to Clegg today to try to resolve the matter and privately the Swans believe a mountain has been made out of a molehill.
They are confident they will avoid any transfer embargo, enabling Brendan Rodgers to continue bolstering his squad for the coming campaign.
Part of that looks like the need for a new left-back, with Newcastle expecting to capture Wales star Neil Taylor in the next few days.
Taylor is believed to have agreed terms on a five-year contract at St James’ Park, but there are still formalities to resolve.
There have been rumours that Everton have made an 11thhour bid to land Taylor, promising him first-team football if their England left-back Leighton Baines moves on.
But Newcastle are believed to still be red-hot favourites for Taylor’s signature – and a deal is close to completion.
SWANSEA City look like avoiding a transfer embargo that would have thrown their pre-season plans into chaos.
Swansea were reported to the Premier League by Ipswich on Friday, claiming they had not been paid in full for the loan deal that took Tamas Priskin to the Liberty Stadium in March.
Priskin's time in Swansea was cut short by injury — he made just four substitute appearances before heading back to Portman Road —but Ipswich claim they are still owed money from the deal.
A statement from the Premier League said: "We will refer this to our board at the first opportunity."
But there is doubt as to whether the matter falls under the Premier League's jurisdiction as both Swansea and Ipswich were Championship clubs at the time of the Priskin loan deal.
And even if the two clubs cannot resolve their differences — Swans chairman Huw Jenkins plans to talk to Ipswich supremo Simon Clegg this week — it is thought likely Swansea would be told to settle any debt rather than be hit with an embargo.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to add new faces to his squad in the coming weeks as Swansea prepare for their Premier League debut.
A goalkeeper is the top priority after Dorus de Vries's decision to join Wolves, but Rodgers will also be concerned that Angel Rangel has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract.
Rodgers is facing a four-way fight for Ryan Bertrand as new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas prepares to make a decision on the left-back's future.
Rodgers is keen to bring the England Under-21 defender to the Liberty, with Neil Taylor close to a move to Newcastle.
But Queens Park Rangers, Wolves and Fulham are also in the running to sign the 21-year-old on a season-long loan deal.
The interested clubs are now waiting to discover if Bertrand figures in Villas-Boas's plans, with the Portuguese soon to decide where the player will spend next season.
The Evening Post understands West Brom and Bolton are not in the hunt for the former Gillingham man.
It is believed Wolves have first refusal on the player who featured for Stuart Pearce's Under-21 side at this summer's European Championships.
Molineux boss Mick McCarthy is thought to be considering whether to go for Bertrand or more experienced Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky.
In Swansea's favour is the fact he is likely to have plenty of first-team opportunities in South Wales as Taylor heads for the Liberty exit.
If the Welsh international leaves, as now seems certain, Alan Tate would be the only senior left-back on Swansea's books, though youngster Jazz Richards has played there in the past.
Taylor's situation took a new twist yesterday, with reports suggesting he is considering legal action against Swansea over a contract dispute.
Newcastle claim their £1 million pound bid triggers a release clause in Taylor's contract.
Swansea reckon an offer of that size allows Taylor to talk to the interested club, but they do not have to sell.
I am afraid this will just all go away. This was a 3 month loan deal by the looks of it. Let's say Priskin was on £10k a week, we are talking about £120k plus a bonus. Surely they are not risking a transfer ban for that amount of money while there is £45m in TV and Premiership money waiting for them next season?
What is funny though that this is again about Priskin, who in my humble opinion was utterly useless for us.