Brighton vow to be more 'flexible' to try to allow Matt Sparrow to rejoin Scunthorpe United
HE MAY not be Father Christmas, but Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet seems willing to grant former Scunthorpe United midfielder Matt Sparrow a belated Christmas wish.
The Seagulls boss has hinted his side will do more to try to broker a deal for the 29-year-old to return to Glanford Park when the transfer window re-opens in January.
As reported by the Scunthorpe Telegraph last week, Iron boss Brian Laws had strongly suggested he would go back to the Championship club to try to re-sign Sparrow in the New Year, having seen their attempts in the last few weeks rebuffed because a financial package to pay the players' wages could not be agreed.
"All clubs are crying wolf at the minute because finances are tight, but if Matt came back into the equation, of course I'd be interested," Laws said previously.
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Poyet's stance on funding the deal seems to have mellowed with Sparrow frozen out at the Amex Stadium.
"I think we are coming to a point where everyone is losing and we need to be more flexible, Matt, us and them (Scunthorpe)," he told the Brighton Argus.
"We are losing because we have a player we are paying week in and week out and not using. He is losing because even if he is getting paid he is not playing football and any other team, including Scunthorpe, are losing because they don't have the player.
"I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let's hope we can do it in January."