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The stark realisation for Manchester United fans is that their Everton counterparts seem much happier without David Moyes. Even more so after their 1-0 win...
Premier League clubs have suffered much embarrassment this week - and indeed over the course of the summer - as the strain of transfer window desperation begins to take its toll.
It's accepted practice that toe-in-the-water bids may be some way below a selling club's valuation of a player, but Manchester United's 'derisory and insulting' offer of £28million for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines values the former at less than Everton have invested over his five years at Goodison and the latter at roughly the same price as the champions' original offer back in June.
As Mediawatch pointed out on Monday, David Moyes has quickly abandoned the principles he championed at Everton, where he said of Manchester City's interest in Joleon Lescott in 2009: "The way it has been handled is disgusting and all it has done is disrupted our club." Moyes may not have been the person to submit Monday's joint bid, but it wasn't long ago that he would have snarled at such a ludicrous offer for his two best players.
Meanwhile, it seems Arsenal have some work to do in their pursuit of Yohan Cabaye after Alan Pardew reacted angrily to the Gunners' bid following Newcastle's heavy defeat to Man City. "We've prepared with the lad for three days and then for him to have his head turned by this bid from Arsenal on the eve of the game is just disrespectful," said the irate Toon manager. It's another public spat that both clubs could do without at the end of a window in which neither has strengthened sufficiently.
There is a point to be made here. The problem for Arsenal is not the embarrassment caused by Pardew's barbs, but the fact that they style themselves as a club with morals in the immoral world of the transfer market. There will always come a time when clubs are forced to eschew the standards by which they proclaim to operate and this hypocrisy only serves to make them appear more ridiculous and desperate.
With regard to his interest in Luis Suarez, Arsene Wenger said at the start of August: "If it will be done, it will be done in a respectful and amicable way with Liverpool. I didn't read (John Henry's) statements but we'll be faithful to the way we want to behave."
Wenger's sentiment could not appear more hollow after Arsenal acted on the misinformation of a clause in Suarez's contract when they offered £40,000,001 for the striker. Of course, if the Gunners had concrete evidence that such a clause existed, then there was no reason to pay any more than the trigger fee, but bidding on the worthless information provided by Suarez's representatives merely undermined Wenger's intention of a 'respectful and amicable' resolution.
But what of Liverpool? Brendan Rodgers' response to Arsenal's bid was to accuse the Gunners of 'lacking class' - another cheap and meaningless sentiment in the often shady world of transfer dealings. "I was surprised," said Rodgers. "I've got to say I've always associated Arsenal as a club with class and so there was a wee bit of a game there."
There was also a 'bit of a game' when Liverpool tried to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham last summer, which saw the Cottagers report the Reds to the Premier League over their conduct. Liverpool not only missed out on Dempsey as the forward joined Spurs, but they were forced into an embarrassing climbdown as chairman Tom Werner and managing director Ian Ayre offered their humble apologies to Mohamed Fayed. Ayre's letter to the Fulham owner acknowledged that Liverpool's behaviour was "wrong", "should simply never have occurred", and expressed "sincere regret and apology". It should come as no surprise to Rodgers that clubs don't always act with 'class' in negotiations.
It seems that Pardew requires the same reminder. If the Daily Mirror is to be believed, then Arsenal's bid for Cabaye was actually submitted on Friday following the news of Mikel Arteta's injury, leaving the Newcastle manager even more deserving of ridicule. It's not the first time this summer that Pardew has been irked by interest in Cabaye and he criticised PSG boss Laurent Blanc for speaking publicly about the midfielder in July before informing reporters of how he hoped to sign Darren Bent and Bafetimbi Gomis.
It all reeks of double standards. The situation would be a lot more bearable if clubs didn't take such empty offence at the conduct of their rivals when it's rightly expected that they have either previously acted in the same manner or will tread on someone else's toes in the near future. There are exceptions, of course, but on the whole the wailing over 'derisory' offers and a 'lack of class' is nothing more than pathetic posturing which is of no benefit to anyone.
Matthew Stanger - follow him on Twitter.