Date:Monday June 23 2008
Martin Paterson has today agreed terms with Burnley FC and has now officially signed for the club in a four-year deal.
Paterson is the first permanent player that gaffer, Owen Coyle has brought to the club and the deal agreed with Scunthorpe is a club record.
Burnley have agreed a £1m deal with the Iron for the Northern Ireland international plus a further £300,000 based on appearances.
The extra amount would take the transfer above the previous record of the £1 million fee paid for Robbie Blake in 2002 and Ian Moore in 2000.A sell-on clause for the 21-year old has also been included in the deal, with Scunthorpe receiving 20 per cent of any future profit made by Burnley
'He's a player I like. He's at a very good age and he's proved at this level that he can score goals,' said Coyle at the time he was putting in earlier bids for the player.
A rather bizarre twist to the deal was revealed today when it turned out that news that Scunthorpe United had reached an agreement with Burnley came as something of a shock to Martin Paterson.
He actually found out via the Scunthorpe Telegraph with no word being given to his agent, so Paterson was unaware of the £1.3-million fee offered by Burnley although of course he was aware of our interest. On hearing the news, Paterson said:
'For people to pay that kind of money for me is great,' said Paterson. 'I came out and said that I wanted to leave, I'm just glad that all parties are happy with the deal.'
The former Stoke striker scored 13 goals in 34 Championship starts and six substitute appearances last season with Scunthorpe but it was not enough to help the club avoid relegation in their first season in the Championship. It was clearly the relegation that ensured that Martin Paterson would be unsettled and once he knew of other Championship sides interested in his services it came as no surprise that he handed in a transfer request.
Initially Scunthorpe refused the transfer request but it was only a matter of time before they would have to buckle when the right offer came in. Burnley always seemed favourites to sign the player, despite interest from Norwich, Cardiff and Ipswich. There were also strong rumours that the player wanted to come to Turf Moor. Two bids were initially refused by the Iron and it was also known that Norwich had a £850,000 bid turned down for the player in the January 2008 transfer window.
There is some debate as to whether we may have paid slightly over the odds for the player but either way we got our man and only time will tell if we have a bargain.
The transfer has clearly upset Scunthorpe gaffer, Nigel Adkins annoyed that 'player power' has seen him lose his leading goal scorer
'I am bitterly, bitterly disappointed, first and foremost with the way Martin has conducted himself' said the Iron boss.
'He is a young boy with a lot of ability, but with still a heck of a lot to learn.
'We wanted to have him at this club to give ourselves the best opportunity of success next season.
'But the way it has been driven has left this club with no alternative but to accept this offer.'
You do have to sympathise with Adkins but that`s football these days and gawd knows we have fallen victim to it ourselves with Andy Gray and most recently Kyle Lafferty at the back of our minds.
Martin Paterson started his professional career with his local side Stoke City and spent three years with the club between 2004-2007. During this time he had a loan spell with Grimsby Town during the 2006-7 season.
Paterson was signed by Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins as a replacement for the departed Billy Sharp in the summer of 2007.
He scored on his full debut for the Iron giving the side 1-0 lead against League One side Hartlepool United in the League Cup before his side eventually lost the game 2-1.
Paterson scored 7 goals in 11 starts and this impressive statistic led to the player being called up for the Northern Ireland squad.
Welcome aboard Martin!
Date:Monday June 23 2008
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