We seem to be trying to bid for their asking price, but make the fulfillment of that asking price dependant on a promotion that may or may not happen. So I can understand why Birmingham would be unhappy with that.
One more bid for Gray apparently- can see this one happening by the end of the day. A lot of money but as Mark said in one of the threads, only a small proportion will be up front money, the rest will be performance & clause related no doubt. Either way though it's a hell of a lot on an 18 year old, as good as he looks.