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Everton & Leeds learn Garbutt fee

Luke Garbutt
Garbutt shone for England Under-17s in the European Championship in May

Everton have been ordered to pay Leeds an initial compensation fee of £600,000 for 16-year-old defender Luke Garbutt.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates accused the Toffees of "nicking" the England youth international when the player joined the Premier League club in the summer.

Monday's tribunal set the fee, which could rise to over £1.5m because of various add-ons, including appearances, honours and international caps.

Everton academy boss Ray Hall described Garbutt as an "excellent prospect".

The Toffees are believed to have initially offered £200,000 for the former Leeds academy product but Bates was unhappy with the transfer and contacted the Football League and Premier League seeking "substantial compensation".

"Everton nicked him from us. We are dissatisfied," Bates said before the ruling.

"The days of nicking Leeds players and paying peanuts are over. We are determined to be adequately compensated for the work we are doing in our academy.

"I hope the ruling that has been handed down from [world governing body] Fifa on Chelsea will set the scene. It certainly sends a message to the Football League tribunal about compensation."

However, Everton chief executive Robert Elstone insisted the club had not acted improperly and stated: "We are very comfortable we have played by the rules and we are very comfortable the club elected to go to a tribunal to establish a fair value."

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Both clubs agreed that a figure would be set by a tribunal of the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee (PFCC), which is made up of representatives from the Football League, Premier League, Professional Footballers' Association and Football Association.

The initial fee of £600,000 could rise by an additional £750,000, depending on appearances, and there would be a further payment of £200,000 if the player makes a senior international appearance.

League One side Leeds will also receive 20% of any profit if Garbutt is sold on.

The Harrogate-born left-back is currently part of Everton's Under-18 set-up and has England Under-17 honours as well as reserve team experience for the Toffees already this season.

Academy manager Hall, who has been at Everton since 1991, said: "This is very much a transfer for the future for Everton. It's not an uncommon move to make - many Premier League clubs invest in young talent with a view to nurturing and developing them.

"I know the manager David Moyes will be keeping an eye on his progress, as he does with all our boys, and if he looks ready to make the next step up then he may get his chance.

"We have shown as a club on a regular basis that we are prepared to give youngsters an opportunity at Everton."

A statement from the PFCC explained how the compensation fee had been decided by taking into account the costs of training and development, the player's age and playing record.

Other factors considered were the length of time Garbutt had been registered with his former club, the terms offered by both clubs, the status of the two clubs, previous committee decisions and the interest shown by other clubs in acquiring the registration of the player.



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