Former English Premier League striker Les Ferdinand was wanted by Aston Villa in the 90s and the team offered him “ridiculous money” to join them.
English striker Les Ferdinand played with Queens Park Rangers from 1987 to 1995.
And while there, he was wanted by many different clubs in the English First Division.
“Come the end of the season Aston Villa were the first team to make a bid,” Ferdinand said to Sky Sports.
“I remember traveling up to Birmingham and going to see Sir Doug in his box. He had his little dog in there and he offered me everything I asked for.”
“At the time, they had a policy that all the players had to live within a five-mile radius of the ground and the training ground, but he said he would allow me to live in St Albans, where I lived,” he added.
“He said ‘look, we are giving you everything you want’, so I asked for a ridiculous wage thinking he would just throw me out of his office, but he looked at me and said ‘if I give that to you, then you have to sign today’.”
“My agent looked at me, we went into another box, and he looked at me and said ‘did you hear what he just said?'” he commented.
“It wasn’t about the money for me, I needed a move that was going to accelerate my career, but at the time, with all due respect, I saw the move to Aston Villa as more of a sideways step rather than upwards – they had finished behind us in the league that season and were very much in the rebuilding program.”