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Flushed out - Fleet boss: Akinde cash headlines cost me two players

PUBLISHED: 12:24 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish has revealed that John Akinde s high-profile move to Bristol City priced him out of bringing in two transfer targets of his own on Monday. Akinde, 20, completed the paperwork on a £140,000 switch to Ashton Gate following the consent of 82.3 pe

LIAM Daish has revealed that John Akinde's high-profile move to Bristol City priced him out of bringing in two transfer targets of his own on Monday.

Akinde, 20, completed the paperwork on a £140,000 switch to Ashton Gate following the consent of 82.3 per cent of 7,542 MyFootballClub board members - a unique move that made headline news around the world.

The Ebbsfleet United boss, in turn, tried to bring in new recruits of his own on a permanent basis, but his efforts were scuppered by selling clubs all too aware that the Fleet were flush with cash.

"I tried to bring a couple of players in, but they know we've got some money now so prices escalate and we have not got that much money," the 39-year-old admitted.

"People know how much money we've got because that's one of the tough things when you explain to everyone that we've arranged a £140,000 transfer.

"It was put out nationwide and then the money went up for the two players I went for some reason. It can cause problems getting players in at the right price, but there you go!"

He added: "Fair play to him. The club and John have done well out of the deal and we still don't look too bad."

Ebbsfleet certainly did not look as if they were still pining after their departed star on Tuesday evening as they held Cambridge to a 1-1 draw and Daish was pleased with his players' courage and tenacious approach.

"We played excellently," he enthused. "After the disappointment of Saturday, where we conceded very late, and then having all of the play in the first half on Tuesday, only to let in a goal in the 47th minute, the lads showed a lot of character.

"It was a good match all-round and I thought we'd done enough, but we'll take a lot of positives out of that performance even though we did not get the three points."

A full debriefing is expected to take place today on Saturday's opponents Forest Green Rovers with yet another tough test expected in Gloucestershire. "Every side in this league gives who they are playing something to think about," Daish added. "We'll be looking to study the report on them because they will be dangerous.

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