Tribunal orders Everton to pay Leeds £1million for teenager Luke Garbutt

07 September 2009 07:59
Highly-rated: Garbutt

Evertonwill have to pay up to £1million for untried 16-year old Luke Garbuttafter being stunned by the findings of a tribunal into his recent movefrom Leeds United to Goodison Park.

A Football Association hearing was set up to determine how much Everton should pay for the Leeds left-back after an initial £200,000 offer was not only rejected but described by Elland Road chairman Ken Bates as 'paltry'.

The panel appeared to side with Bates after ruling that Everton must stump up an initial amount of over £500,000 that could almost double with add-ons to cover appearances, international caps and overall achievements.

Everton are committed to footing the bill, after Garbutt turned down a scholarship at Leeds to sign on at Goodison Park, but are unhappy at a judgement they feel may have been influenced by the recent furore over talented young players being lured away by bigger clubs.

        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Has a youngster at your club been lured away by a Premier League side? It's the hot topic in football at the moment - Premier League giants snapping up all the best young talent. Have you seen a talented teenager leave your beloved team for one of the big boys? Or has the board at your club heroically managed to hold on to its best youth players? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK Highly rated though Garbutt may be, he was still some way short of being ready to challenge for a first-team place and will continue his development at Everton's Academy before even being considered for David Moyes' senior squad.

Everton bosses sense the timing of today's tribunal may have counted against them and that they have been forced to pay over the odds for a player who only turned 16 in May. I'm delighted Chelsea were hammered over Gael Kakuta, admits Dario Gradi as Crewe report Premier League club for illegal approachLeeds demand compensation after Everton sign starletLeeds chief Bates demands big payout from Everton for taking GarbuttEVERTON FC

Source: Daily_Mail