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Agent Played Big Role In Hammond Saints Switch

Steve Bradshaw revealed last night how Dean Hammond`s agent left Colchester with "no alternative" but to yield as Southampton started chasing the former Brighton man.

Hammond`s surprising move back to the coast came as a complete shock to U`s fans on Tuesday when, during a morning of apparent meltdown beginning with an exit from Paul Lambert.

"We`d resisted an offer for Dean for something like two-and-a-half weeks. They`d made an offer, which we turned down, then another offer - we also turned that down."

The U`s received a combined total of four bids - some written, some verbal.

Although Southampton say the actual transfer fee remains undisclosed, United told the local media they received 400,000 for his services - a significant profit on the 250,000 paid to his previous club after he was acquired in almost identical contract-dispute circumstances last time around.

"The agent was telling us that the player no longer wanted to be at the club because he couldn`t get his head right and therefore we felt at that stage we had no option," added Bradshaw, talking to Dream 100 FM.

Several supporters initially questioned the Essex club`s conduct in selling their captain so easily but have since, it appear, reluctantly accepted that United had minimal bargaining power.

"Dean was out-of-contract in May and unfortunately we would have then lost his services for nothing because we`d offered to extend his contract [by two years] and he`d turned it down.

His agent said he was now so unsettled that he couldn`t perform, anyway. Once you`re in that position - when somebody`s heart is elsewhere - it`s very difficult not to take action."

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Writer: Matt_Us Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 21 2009

Time: 10:13PM

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Well if, like said, he didn't want to be here, we had no alternative. Up the U's!
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21/08/2009 22:35:00

Another example of agents ruining the game - still, a good bit of business for 18 odd months at the club
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22/08/2009 14:15:00


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