A quick guide to very effective methods I use that not everybody may be aware of.
First one is all about the Transfer Rumours tab - those tabloids come in useful!
So this is the first step - bringing up the Transfer Rumour screen.
Now I'm a high quality team, so I look to see who other high quality teams are interested in. If I was a lower team, I'd be looking at bargains; teams looking to snap someone up on a free transfer etc.
In this instance, Atletico Madrid are interested in a player I've never heard of. So I check him out.
And voila! I've found a Wonderkid.
This isn't a cheat or a underhanded way of transfer dealing. As the title says, Redknapp does it constantly; most recently with Eidur Gudjohnsen.
You can do this with foreign leagues that you aren't managing in too. To do so, go to the league table, click the News tab, then click Transfer Rumours.
Here I've looked in England. At the top, Jorge Rebola is targeted by Chelsea and is a top quality player. But the interesting one if you're a lesser club is Wolves looking at Gustav Svensson on a free. These are the bargains you'll look to nick in and snatch from Wolves to boost your squads quality if he's good enough.
You may have known this, you may not - if you didn't, this gives you a definite advantage in the transfer market.
Poaching Method Number Two!
This should be used exclusively during the transfer windows.
You can keep a track on who your rivals are interested in and hijack their deals if you feel the player is worth it.
Go to the opposition team screen, then click "Transfers". It will show all active negotiations.
You can check the failed negotiations if you wish, but the urgent ones are the ones with "Contract" - indicated they are in advanced discussion and the fee has been accepted.
Check the player - if you want to, you can make a bid, knowing the exact price it will take.
NOTE: DO NOT CHECK THIS if you're worried about possibly "cheating". It's a grey area in my opinion but still, just to make you aware.
There's an even more underhanded way to use this function.
Say you spot a player the opposition are trying to buy, but you can't afford him.
Just make phantom £100m bids and then withdraw the contract when it is accepted. The opposition won't match it.
This means you can stop an opposing side buying anyone for an entire transfer window if you wished!!!
Yes, I'm a sneaky, sneaky man ^^
Yeah, another one!
This one is fairly well known, but I may as well make this comprehensive.
Squad Screen > Assistant Advice > Get Team Report.
Usually, this will show your assistant recommending three players that will improve your team. A massive help - I think the skill of your Asst. Manager increases the quality of these "scouted" players, but it essentially makes your Asst. Manager a "super scout" for you.
Again, common way of approaching players.
Whenever your Assistant asks you to hold a backroom advice meeting in the news screen, there's a possibility your scouts/coaches will recommend players (both potential and of current ability) that can improve your squad.
With the promising players, this can be hit and miss - but scout them and see.
But usually, the players that could walk into your team are of decent quality. Again, very easy player scouting.
International Management/Assistant Manager
When you manage a club and a nation concurrently, you will get player reports from your national team Asst. Manager.
This is very, very useful later in the game when the regens pop up. You get reports on players you've never heard of!
QUICK TIP: Especially useful in Spain. You get player reports on young prospects, and they have minimum fee release clauses.
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