An­gry agent to sue Tal

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY ANDREW PENTOL

IS­RAELI agent David Abou is tak­ing le­gal ac­tion against Bolton Wan­der­ers mid­fielder Idan Tal af­ter the player re­fused to pay him for his part in the trans­fer to the Lan­cashire club.

The 31-year-old Is­raeli in­ter­na­tional, who scored his first goal for the club in the re­cent FA cup win over Don­caster Rovers, is at the cen­tre of an­other le­gal wran­gle in­volv­ing for­mer agent Ro­nen Katzav who claims he was left out of the Bolton deal — which was bro­kered by the un­li­censed Abou — and failed to re­ceive a fee from the player.

A dis­grun­tled Abou, who was ex­pect­ing 10 per cent of the three-year con­tract, told JC Sport: “Tal knew Bolton were not go­ing to pay me so agreed a fig­ure be­fore we left Is­rael. I have been friends with him for five years and a friend’s word is usu­ally good enough for me.

“He re­cently said I do not need the money as I have re­ceived enough pub­lic­ity from the trans­fer. He should con­sider the fact that it is not easy to get a player of his age a con­tract at a Premiership club af­ter a pre­vi­ously un­suc­cess­ful spell.”

De­spite plac­ing the mat­ter in the hands of his lawyers, Abou is will­ing to settle out of court.

“The pri­or­ity is get­ting my money, but if he is will­ing to pay me for the right rea­sons we may be able to sort some­thing out.”

Tal de­clined to com­ment.

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