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It's the Old Ade-age,Gills!

It's the Old Ade-age,Gills!

34 year old Ade Akinbiyi, very much a fringe player these days for the Clarets is continuually being linked with a move away from Turf Moor. In the January transfer window there was talk that Ipswich might have been interested although this was generally dismissed by the Tractor Boys fans and in the end nothing materialised.

The window is now of course closed, but the loan market open ups next week on Tuesday the 10th February and now one of Ade's former clubs, Gillingham are reported by the local Kent media to be considering an offer.

Gillingham gaffer Mark Stimson would like to bring Ade back to the Priestfield Stadium and is quoted as saying:

'I would welcome someone like him with open arms because he's a fantastic footballer. You don't know. When the window opens for a loan deal for four weeks we would love to take him.'

The Gills could be boosted financially by the dosh they got from their game against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and might be looking to pay Ade accordingly for his services.

Stimson continued:

'Financially it would be way, way out of our bracket but if the chairman could pull something like that off for a month or two, then it would definitely be worth it.We haven't used a lot of the money from the Aston Villa (FA Cup) game so we are just waiting around for a crazy deal like that to happen'

The well-travelled journeyman, made his name with Gillingham scoring 29 goals in 68 appearances for the club between 1997-98. He had been signed from Norwich for a club record fee at the time of £250,000 in 1997 before moving onto newly-promoted Division One side Bristol City for £1.2m in 1998.

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Date:Friday February 6 2009
Time: 9:33PM


He has to go sometime and this would be a good move for him before retirement but having said that it would reduce our squad to 21 players and can our knackered old nosebags last much longer at this rate?
06/02/2009 21:37:00
He has been some journey man and commanded some big fees if we could get somebody else in for cover elsewhere i can see this happening,I don't think he is in Coyle's plans now?
07/02/2009 12:12:00
Yep,tend to agree, only makes it now on bench for Cup games when we can name 18. Mind you we have to remember Chelsea and his equaliser. If he goes and Coyle brings 1-2 more loans in, it will be a little better. Dont think we need cover in attack at moment to be honest with Paterson, Blake, Thompson and Rodriguez potentially up there
07/02/2009 13:55:00
I cant see the Gills being able to afford anywhyere near his wages - Which would still mean we are paying a high proportion of them. If the gills can afford 2-3k, and we can get someone in from the prem paying a percentage which makes a similar amount - it could be useful!
08/02/2009 12:17:00
If it's Ade out then who is likely to come in? Must be a defender but O'Dea still seems unlikely, the Neville rumour has seemingly gone away and I can't find any speculative suggestions anywhere. I would have hoped Sunderland and Man U might be ready to help us out but now Roy Keane has gone and a number of Man U players already loaned that doesn't seem likely. Scotland may again provide the answer but I haven't heard anything on the grapevine. Any suggestions anyone?
08/02/2009 19:54:00
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