Latics sign Hill, Cas move collapses
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hill becomes The Latics first summer signing after the club agreed to pay Rovers £225,000 over a period of nine months for the defender.
Despite the Merseyside club offering the 23-year-old a record contract to stay at the club, the Prenton Park reluctantly accepted the bid for the out-of-contract star.
"We have to be realistic as we offered Clint (Hill) as much as we could, but he just did not want to stay with us," said Rovers' club secretary Mick Horton to Rovers' official website.
"Oldham were the only club to make an offer and the transfer market has plummeted to a point where very few deals are taking place. In the circumstances, it's a good deal for Tranmere."
Meanwhile, the club have opted against making a double swoop, after pulling out of the deal to sign County's Dutch defender Marcel Cas.
Oldham had their original bid of £150,000 rejected by the financially-troubled club, however The Magpies returned and accepted the offer.
The Boundary Park then began negotiating with the former RBS Roosendaal star, but have been deterred by his excessively high wage demands.
"The player's wage demand were unacceptable to the club in terms of the framework that we have for players at Boundary Park," said the club's manager Iain Dowie.
"We have a good squad, but are still looking for players to improve it, if the right player comes along we will certainly do our best to get them."