Rumour Mill-Eagles for Everton? Moyes the Pity!
Everton gaffer,David Moyes, according to media speculation is prepared to bid £4 million to bring Clarets midfileder Chris Eagles to the Mereseyside club in the Summer.
Chris is still in his first season for the Clarets after signing from Manchester United last Summer for a fee believed to be in excess of £1 million. He signed a three-year contract and has so far played only 29 games for Burnley.
Speculation that Eagles would be leaving Burnley is not new and there were many links to supposedly interested clubs in the January transfer window this year.
There is no doubt Eagles will again fuel rumour mongering in the months ahead before the new season starts. The outcome could well depend on whether the Clarets are successful in reaching the Premier League or not. They first though have to be certain of qualifying for the play-offs by securing a victory against Bristol City at home in our final fixture on Sunday 3rd May.
If we remain in the Championship,in these difficult financial times made worse by the worldwide recession, an offer of £4 million for a player could be just too much to turn down.
Chris Eagles can of course on his day be a classy player although maybe he hasn't quite taken the club by storm as much as some might have expected in his first season. He has put in a number of lacklustre performances although in fairness a number of these could be due to him suffering from chest infections and illness a number of times.
Only yesterday he was again suffering from an illness picked up in midweek although did start in the clash with Southampton yesterday at St Marys. However it was soon plain to see he wasn't firing on all cylinders and he was replaced by Coyle for the start of the second half.
Let's be clear though, he is still only 23 and a great prospect especially for a Championship side. I am sure Coyle would want to retain his services no matter which league we play in next season, but this could be taken out of his hands if once more we have to face financial reality.
Many thanks to Burnley FC for use of the photograph