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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Burnley's Scorer Jonah Jones - Reminder How Dario Gradi Thwarted Holloway's Transfer Effort

Jonah price doubled for QPR boss Feb 1 2006

Crewe Chronicle

DARIO Gradi is still seething at QPR's public interest in Steve Jones, and insists they would have pay double the price.

Ian Holloway went public about his admiration for the Northern Ireland international, but Gradi raged: 'I wasn't happy with the way Holloway blurted everything out the way he did. Therefore, I wouldn't do business with QPR if I could possibly avoid it.

'They usually do their business through the papers. Whatever cash we would accept from other clubs, I would want double from them.'

He added: 'I expect Steve to be here until the end of the season. But we can't better the contract we offered him, so he will go where he wants in the summer.'

Stoke City are one of a number of clubs who have enquired about the 29-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, but no bids have been received.


Gradi slams Holloway
Sky Sports - By Lewis Rutledge - Created on 19 Jan 2006

Crewe boss Dario Gradi has slammed QPR manager Ian Holloway for discussing the future of one of his players with the media.

Holloway has claimed that Crewe are asking too much money for striker Steve Jones, whose contract expires in June.

"There are just some situations where players are out of contract in the summer and at the moment their clubs are asking for ridiculous fees," Holloway commented.

"We spoke to Crewe about the possibility of signing Steve Jones and they were asking for £300,000 when he is out of contract in six months time, on a free. That is just bad business."

The outspoken Gradi has hit back strongly though, telling Holloway that he has no right to talk about Jones.

"He is out of order to be speaking about my players because it is none of his business," Gradi told Crewe's official website.

"A few people have spoken to me about Steve Jones but it's ridiculous what some clubs are trying to do."

See ALso: http://www.qpr-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=262963

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