Football: Steve Claridge's Column: Clubs Look through the Wrong Window

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Byline: Steve Claridge, PETE JENSON

THE transfer window slams shut on Friday. Whatever will Nationwide clubs do without all the Premiership money that's flooded into the lower divisions this past month?

I remember the good old days when top clubs used to sign players from small clubs. It made the small clubs richer and the top clubs better - good enough to conquer Europe every season.

Things have changed for the worse.

Liverpool need a winger but they'd rather chop and change their Senegaleezers than have a look at Sheffield United's Michael Tonge or Millwall's Steven Reid.

Fulham can't buy a goal, yet they're more interested in trying to sign Spurs' Ukrainian misfit Rebrov than take a look at Brighton's Bobby Zamora.

Glenn Roeder is desperate for a defender but West Ham are too busy trawling the Belgian leagues to enquire about Nottingham Forest's Michael Dawson.

I can't understand why there's so little business between the Nationwide and the Premiership during the transfer window. …