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Will Mears Be The First New Signing?

It has been announced on the Official Site that Burnley have had a bid accepted for 26 year-old Derby County defender Tyrone Mears.

'The two clubs have agreed a fee and talks with a view to making the transfer permanent will take place when the player and his representative return from holiday.' said Owen Coyle

Mears currently plays right back for the Rams and has one Jamaican International cap to his name.

Born in Stockport he started his professional career with Manchester City in 2001 before Mears joining Preston in July 2002 for a fee of 200,000 after signing a three year contract. In a bizarre twist of fate he was expected to provide cover for Graham Alexander, now of course a Claret!

Mears signed for West Ham for an initial 1 million in July 2006, rising to 1.9 million depending on appearances! However he only managed six appearances for the Hammers before moving on this time to join Derby County on loan in January 2007 until the end of the 2006-07 season. The Rams liked what they saw and they signed him permanently for 1 million in July 2007, with the player signing a three-year contract.

There however then followed a spat with former manager, Paul Jewell after Mears caused controversy when he flew to France to go on trial with Olympique de Marseille without the express permission of the Rams gaffer.

The irate Jewell stated that Mears would never play for the club again and the player was fined six weeks wages.

It was finally agreed that Mears would go on loan to Marseille for the duration of the 2008-09 season, for a loan fee of 160,000, with the French club having the option to buy him for 1.5m at the end of the loan. Marseille however decided not to sign him permanently at the end of his loan spell and he returned to Derby this month with his future at the club in doubt.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 24 2009

Time: 5:23PM

Your Comments

Just hope that action he took which upset Jewell isn't the sign of a bad temperament and potential trouble. Presumably this could mean Rhys Williams wont be returning unless we are going to have four players vying for that spot -Mears plus Duff, Williams and Alexander(when not holding midfield)
turfmanphil
I was thinking the same before i saw your comment tmp we don't want anybody upsetting the apple cart! that said i am sure Me Coyle knows what he is doing and could be a great signing :-)
8clarets8
I think he would be a solid addition, and if he's not up to the PL, would be more than good enough for the CC! :-)
BarnseyWTBM
Also been linked with Portsmouth according to BBC Sport
turfmanphil
Daily Mail also state Burnley have had a 500,000 bid accepted for Derby defender Tyrone Mears. Half a million heh?
turfmanphil
Nice at that price considering his past transfers and age! we will see
8clarets8
Im not sure Tyrone Mears is good enough for Burnley.
Grimsby Claret
GC, guess we just have to back OCs judgement on this. On the face of it, he doesn't seem the ideal choice but who are we to argue with God? ;-)
turfmanphil
Would be an excellent signing in my opinion !
Bernie Lee
Must admit I didn' think he was from the mould that god is looking for!!
sheclaret
Why's that BL?
turfmanphil
Because I consider him to be the type of player that would suit our style of football , quick , good athlete , mobile and a decent age !
Bernie Lee
Derby fans veiws - http://boards.footymad.net/forum.php?tno=181&fid=16&sty=2&act=1&mid=2125581017
Bernie Lee
 

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