I consider the following as sharp practice by me. You may want to look away now.
January transfer window. Six days to go and my board (not me) accepts an offer on Stark from Bayern Munich as they deem it too good to refuse (in actual fact the deal is a steaming turd).
Don't panic. Here's what I did, Second chance to look away now.
I waited 3 days for Munich to offer their contract. Can not afford to gamble on a longer time frame or the deal will be done. After 3 days I offer the player to all clubs for 'zero' fee. Zero is important as it invites offers and leaves a lot of room for wages and player/agent fees.
I accept all offers on zero.
A day or two later Stark accepts Liverpool's offer. They've clearly made a more lucrative package by negotiating after Munich's bid and unencumbered by a transfer fee,
However the board don't just accept Liverpool's 'nil' offer as it something that isn't too good to refuse. So with it back to me, I delay my decision.
The delay takes me all the way to deadline day. At the eleventh hour the deal comes up for final completion and I cancel the deal. The board can't stop me and its too late in the day for Munich or anyone else to buy their way back in. Dirty, dirty black market tactics by me. As I said, I know this game of old notwithstanding the occasional recent nightmare tactically. Anyway Stark stays put.
You can take your hand away from your eyes again now.