MK Dons confirmed on Monday that they had accepted a bid – believed to be in the region of £400k from Swansea for goalkeeper Andy Fisher but it is clear that they are far from happy in the way the transfer has developed.
Fisher has been a target for the Swans almost since Russell Martin first walked through the doors at the Swansea.com stadium and he was made a clear target for the Swans in this January window as soon as the manager decided that neither Ben Hamer or Steven Benda were ideal candidates to be his first choice goalkeeper.
And after weeks of speculation, the agreement of a fee yesterday was the final green light for the Swans to formally agree terms with Fisher and bring him to the club, ideally ahead of the weekend trip to Huddersfield.
But whilst MK Dons finally accepted the offer from the Swans they did it with some level of frustration over the way the transfer has played out as was explained by manager Liam Manning who was clear in his view.
“There has been a lot of talking in the last few days but we’ve got to this stage where we’ve accepted a bid from Swansea,” he said.
“It’s not ideal timing and there has been a lot of frustration with how it’s been handled and the noise that has been created. We’re ready to move on.
“We need to put out energy into tomorrow. Franco (Ravizzoli) did well against Charlton (Athletic) and (Leyton) Orient – it’s important we get behind him and support him.”
Manning’s words – whilst relating to this particular transfer – will not have been helped by further speculation that has linked the Swans to Scott Twine, Matt O’Riley and Harry Darling each of which has generated plenty of column inches in recent weeks.
Whether the reaction to the Fisher transfer will have a bearing on any future transfer dealings with MK Dons remains to be seen but Manning’s words are interesting and do make you wonder.