Tuesday, July 20 – 1993
Nigel Clough was yesterday valued at £2,275 million for the “perfect move” to Liverpool he hopes will secure his England future. His old club Nottingham Forest and Graeme Souness at Liverpool were happy with the compromise transfer fee decided by a tribunal.
Forest boss Frank Clark said: «I think it’s the perfect move for Nigel. We fought tooth and nail to keep him, but if I’d just been a friend I would have said it was the right time to leave us. Nigel is 27, and he needs to be playing at the correct club, one where players will pass the ball to feet. Liverpool are right for him, and I’m sure he’ll respond to the new challenge.”
Clough played in all three England matches on their summer tour to the USA, and an impressive start at Liverpool would bolster his claim to earn a regular international spot.
Souness said: “If Nigel performs for us as he has done for Forest in recent seasons then this will be a good value deal.
“The fee could have been better, but it could have been worse.”
Forest wanted £3m. Liverpool offered £1,5m.
Forest chairman Fred Reacher said: “We can’t complain and we certainly wish Nigel all the best because he’s been a great servant to our club.
“I think he’s got a great future in the game when he stops playing, too, and I wonder if he might come back to Forest as Frank Clark’s assistant.”
(Copyright: Daily Express, 21-07-1993)