‘Weird’ – EFL chairman lifts lid on botched Sunderland transfer for Championship defender


Posh had allowed Siriki Dembele to join Bournemouth meaning they hated letting other players leave Darren Ferguson’s side.

Beevers, 32, has made 13 appearances this season and won three League One promotions.

Sunderland had shown an interest in Beevers earlier in the window when the defender was available, but the decision makers decided against signing him due to his age and salary.

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Peterborough United’s Mark Beevers.

On deadline day, however, Sunderland’s stance changed, with the club having just lost 6-0 in League One to Bolton Wanderers.

The beating also led to the sacking of Lee Johnson, who reportedly wanted to sign Beevers.

“Three weeks prior, we made Beeves available to potentially release and get games.

“He was not in our team and he was coming back from an injury. So we thought maybe he was going out?

“He has a good salary, it would free up space to do business ourselves.

“Again, when you’re working within a budget and it’s tight, you’re trying to rob Peter to pay Paul.”

“He continued, ‘Beevers. If he’s not playing and he’s not involved and he’s injured. If we could get him out, his salary might free us up to bring someone in.

“We approached clubs earlier in the window and one of them was Sunderland. I know Lee Johnson wanted it. Sunderland at the time decided they didn’t like his age and salary.

“And then, on deadline day, we get phone calls from them asking to bring in Beevers. I think they had just lost 6-0.

“I’m not looking to dig in Sunderland but by this stage we had made the decision.

“Me Barry [Fry] and the manager had decided that no one was stopping Dembele from leaving on deadline day.

“Beeves is our club captain and the manager has brought him back in and around the team. We don’t want to lose him now because we can’t replace him.”

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