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New Nest for Eagles at Turf Moor

The Eagles has landed at Turf Moor after weeks of speculation that the Manchester United winger, could soon be a Claret.

A Press Conference at the club today at 4pm confirmed that 22 year old, Chris Eagles signed a contract with the Clarets for three years for an undisclosed fee.

Owen Coyle was delighted with his new signing and gave some background about the deal thanking Sir Alex Ferguson in particular for facilitating the move.

"It's a substantial sum of money, with adds-ons included, but I think it is fair to say that we have finally landed one of our major targets, stressed Coyle

"I have watched Chris for years and he has always impressed me. He is just a really gifted footballer, so I asked the question a few times and the answer was no all the time!

"I just kept going back and in the end that has paid off because we have undoubtedly signed a quality player, as he showed recently with Manchester United in South Africa.

"He is still only 22 and I am sure he has a big future ahead of him.

"I have to say that Sir Alex Ferguson has been absolutely fantastic. He has helped us to facilitate the move and I would like to go on record to thank him and Manchester United Football Club for the way they have helped us to seal the deal."

"We sat down with Chris and his representative and I think it is fair to say they were impressed with what we are trying to do," continued Coyle

"I am not saying we will achieve it overnight but we have set our stall out to try to bring younger footballers to the club and develop the team to build it year on year."

The 22-year-old Eagles was born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and is generally an attacking right-sided winger but he can also play on the left wing.

Eagles came through the youth system at Watford. He then left to join the Manchester United academy at the tender age of 14!

He made his first team debut for the Red Devils in October 2003 coming on as a substitute at Leeds in the League Cup.

He returned to Watford on loan in January 2005.

Sheffield Wednesday then also signed the player on loan for the first half of the 2005-06 season.

Eagles returned to Vicarage Road yet again on loan in January 2006, before agreeing to a spell with Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in August 2006.

Returning to Old Trafford, Chris Eagles has since struggled to break into the first team sixteen at Manchester United but when he was taken on the recent Red Devils tour of South Africa and Nigeria, scoring against Kaizer Chiefs and Portsmouth, a lot of Clarets fans began to fear that the potential signing had slipped away and could still be in Ferguson's plans for 2008-9! How wrong they were!

Welcome aboard, Chris what a quality signing!

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Date:Tuesday July 29 2008

Time: 4:54PM

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Wahey just confirmed on 2br
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29/07/2008 16:57:00

About *****ing time :) Going up, going up, going up.
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29/07/2008 17:01:00

It's alright for the information lads, don't mention it :P
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29/07/2008 17:12:00

Good deal for you guys, he played aloit in our pre-season.
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29/07/2008 17:12:00

good buy, yal seem to be having a good off season
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29/07/2008 17:13:00

I'm sure he'll definitely be a success at Burnley. Loves going forward and a great finisher
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29/07/2008 17:21:00

Don't play him against us on opening day will you? :P
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29/07/2008 17:23:00

NicNac, now there is a thing, 2-1 Clarets, Eagles brace and James O'Connor gets yours!1 ;-)
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29/07/2008 17:39:00

Just noticed he gets shirt number 33!!
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29/07/2008 18:11:00

quality player shame we didnt go in for him. really dissapointing as our top priority is an attacking winger. shame on you blackwell!! surely he would have chosen us easilly over you guys.
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30/07/2008 00:24:00

What like Akinbiyi did the first time we signed him ya mean ? i'm sure many a skiiled footballer would jump at the chance to play for Blackwell !!
Bernie Lee
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30/07/2008 01:29:00

Well on the face of it,Eagles would probably have chosen Sheffield Wednesday over the Blades having played for them on loan!! lol ;-) Luton Shelton would not have had his career ruined either had be been allowed to sign for the Clarets in the first place. Only the lottery of the work permit laws at Appeal in the UK,prevented that!
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30/07/2008 07:02:00

"NicNac, now there is a thing, 2-1 Clarets, Eagles brace and James O'Connor gets yours!1 ;-)" More like the other way round TMP :P
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30/07/2008 10:17:00

And yes, Eagles would've chosen us over the piggies, anyone in their right mind would! :D No offence BFL :P
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30/07/2008 10:18:00

Other way round? Oh you mean now there is a thing, 1-2 Clarets, James O'Connor gets yours and Eagles brace? hohoho
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30/07/2008 10:45:00

We are told he can play anywhere in midfield, left or right wing or even in centre but question for Man U, Watford or Owls fans, where does he play best?
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30/07/2008 10:47:00

if we had gone in fr eagles he would have signed for us easilly before you and wendy. wendy are the poor relations and lets be fair no offence guys but wouldnt you rather play in front of a big crowd of 27,000 at bramall lane week in week out than a poor 11,000 gate at burnley??
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31/07/2008 13:55:00

I think we can safely assume that average will now improve with Eagles & the other signings on board. Two record transfer deals for the Clarets in a few weeks proves we have an ambitious board aiming high and they are also ploughing 30 million into a new Turf Moor refurbishment including more comfortable seating for the way fans. The future is bright, the future is Claret!
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31/07/2008 19:18:00

Interesting: Watford received an unexpected windfall this week when Chris Eagles, the Hemel Hempstead-born former Watford schoolboy, joined Burnley from Manchester United for an undisclosed seven-figure fee. As part of the deal that took the winger to Old Trafford as a teenager, the Hornets will receive 12.5 per cent of any fee over and above 200,000. Maybe thats why they are being coy about the transfer fee!
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31/07/2008 19:19:00


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