|TYSON DEPARTURE REACTION
(Tuesday 15th November 2005)
It was just when most people thought the Nathan Tyson saga had died down until the January transfer window, that news came in of the striker's transfer to Nottingham Forest. The transfer, officially described as a "loan with a view to a permanent move", was revealed at around 3pm on Friday 11th November with Manager John Gorman later claiming that the first time the move had come to light had been the previous day. The Wycombe boss explained to BBC 3 Counties Radio, "It all came up very quickly and obviously for me it's a hard one because my preparations have been interrupted and I had to sit the boys down this afternoon and tell them the reasons that Nathan is not here."
Initial reports on the respective official sites of each Club reveal no financial details other than to say a loan had been agreed until 3rd January 2006. Manager John Gorman added to the Wanderers official website "Although we didn't want to lose him, this is a financial move that everyone has to understand."
Not surprisingly, speculation on the eventual transfer fee has been rife in the press. Figures quoted have ranged from £625,000 to £750,000 but official confirmation is unlikely to come until the transfer window officially opens in January 2006. But supporters hoping for an increased playing budget for John Gorman shouldn't get too excited. Wycombe will have to pay 25% of the profit from the sale of Tyson back to his former club Reading. The agreement was part of a sell on clause from his original transfer to Wycombe in March 2004 that is now understood to be have been in the order £145,000. The fee that Forest pay to Wycombe is also likely to paid in installments, meaning that Wycombe could see as little as £150,000 before the end of the current campaign. Gorman added to BBC 3 Counties, "The figures have to be worked out with the club's. He's only on loan at this time and obviously he'll be a permanent transfer in January."
It's been the flaky comments over the loan deal becoming permanent that has been of concern for many Wycombe followers who feel that Forest could back out of the deal come January. The lack of clarity continued on Wanderers official website with Managing Director Steve Hayes quoted as saying, "Should a permanent deal go ahead we must account for some of the money going to Reading and so we're not yet interested in a massive money transfer and we won't make a knee jerk reaction." Despite the semantics, chairboys.co.uk understands that a permanent deal has already been agreed and Tyson will officially join Forest on 3rd January 2006 no matter what circumstances should arise in the mean time. And Hayes continued by preparing supporters for a measured response for a replacement, adding "At the start of the season we didn't know whether Nathan would be leaving at the end of August or not and therefore we bolstered our squad with the addition of Tommy Mooney and Charlie Griffin. We also signed Sergio Torres after that and so took a gamble to strengthen the side."
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Tyson's move to Forest was the fact that less than two weeks previous he had publically stated he had no interest of joining Forest. Shortly before that he turned down a £750,000 move to 'Championship' strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, where a similar loan then permanent deal had been agreed between officials of each Club. Tyson was quoted in the Bucks Free Press on 28th October 2005 as saying "Forest are not for me at the moment. I will wait until January and hope that a Championship side comes in for me. If Forest were in the Championship, I would probably go up there and speak to them. I'm flattered at their interest because they've won the European Cup and have a great history but they are in League One at the moment and I see Wycombe being in that League next year." The player tried to explain his change of heart when speaking to The League Paper published on Sunday 13th November, saying, "They (Forest) sold the club more than anyone else. Gary Megson reallypromoted them, saying they're ambitious and want to get back to the Championship and eventually to the Premiership." Tyson bagged 44 goals in 87 appearances for Wycombe and will be hoping he can continue his scoring record at Forest, adding "I'm really looking forward to scoring goals for them. They are still a big club in my eyes, despite what has happened recently"
Meanwhile, Forest boss Gary Megson is delighted to have tempted the 23 year old to join Forest, commenting, "Nathan's obviously had the chance to play at a higher level than League One but it says a lot about him that he's come to us. His goals record is something that has caught the eye of many clubs."
Tyson, who made public his intentions to leave Wycombe earlier this season, paid tribute to the Club who had provided the platform for his rise from relative obscurity at Reading, commenting "Wycombe didn't stand in my way. They agreed the fee and that was it." He also praised his now former Manager and the fans at the Club, "John Gorman is a real gentleman in the way he has dealt with this. He's definitely a special person and I'll be keeping in tounch with him. I'd also like to say thank you to the Wycombe fans for being patient with me."
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