Date:Tuesday June 24 2008
Kevin McDonald is now a Clarets player after today signing for Burnley for a package worth £500,000 in a three year deal. He will take up the Number 7 shirt.
Coyle has been a busy bee this week, now signing his second player in two days with a futher signing agreed subject to a work permit appeal(Diego Penny)
So we now have both a new Number 10,Martin Paterson and a new Number 7, Kevin McDonald
'I have known Kevin since he made his debut at 16, when he played against my team, St Johnstone,said Coyle
'I couldn't have been any more impressed by a young man who has developed each year into a fine footballer.
'He has progressed to such an extent that we felt we wouldn't get him at one point.
'There were some big, big clubs courting his services, with Celtic and Everton among them, which Dundee had turned down offers at various stages.
'Again last year he took his game on and scored plenty of goals from midfield.
'He is 6ft 3in, mobile, has a great physique and we feel we can make him even better in a good Burnley team for years to come.'
'I have to say he had other offers, but I sat down with Kevin, his parents and representative and they were very much on board that Burnley is the right club for him'
Rather unfortunate that Dundee manager Alex Rae told BBC Sport.
'It's always important for a club like us to generate revenue but in terms of the playing side it's a big loss,'
'Last year he was the driving force for us and I think he's a fantastic talent who can go the whole way.'
'I was getting phone calls from bigger clubs than Burnley and it's disappointing that the agent doesn't even bother weighing up all the options,' added Rae.
'I think it's a bit naive. I think the guy got a little star-struck and he's not doing his client any justice.
'I tried to explain that to Kevin's family but I think hands have already been shaken on the decision.'
Sour Grapes, Rae and yah boo sucks!!
Date:Tuesday June 24 2008
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