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Rumour Mill-Matthew Kilgallon Linked

Rumour Mill-Matthew Kilgallon Linked

The Clarets of course defeated Sheffield United in the Champonship play-offs final at Wembley to secure a place in the top flight for the first time in 33 years. As they prepare for their first ever season in the top flight, it is rumoured today in the Yorkshire Post that Owen Coyle might be interested in one of the Blades key defenders, Matthew Kilgallon.

The 25-year old England Under 21 International started his career with Leeds United in 2002 coming through their youth system before making his debut in 2004 after a brief loan spell with West Ham.

Kilgallon then signed for Sheffield United in January 2007 for £1.75 million rising to £2 million including a 20% sell on clause. He has since made 86 appearnces for the club also scoring three goals.

His form this season led to him being voted the Supporters' club Player of the Year and he is obviously highly regarded by Blades fans.

The Yorkshire Post also believe that a contract extension for Kilgallon has stalled with the player wanting better terms than the club are willing to offer.

Money could also be tight at the Yorkshire club after their failure at the hands of the Clarets to win promotion.

Their £11m parachute payments for clubs relegated from the top division will end this summer and they could be looking to tighten their belts.

Burnley, if the Yorkshire Post is to be believed could be in competition with Wigan Athletic to sign the player although no bids are understood to have been made by either club and the transfer fee involved could be substantial.

Not quite sure how much truth there is in this rumour since today it was announced that Derby defender, Tyrone Mears was close to becoming a Clarets player after the two clubs had agreed a deal. Kilgallon though is more of a central defender so Coyle could be looking to strengthen in that department too.

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Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
Time: 6:43PM


Right age group, good player but could he be out of our price bracket regarding salary expectations?
24/06/2009 18:46:00
The 20% sell on clause wont do us any favours! but good to hear some movement in the transfers.
24/06/2009 18:59:00
I'd welcome another central defender, but if Kilgallon doesn't like what the Blades are offering in terms of £££, are we going to tempt him? My hunch is we will end up remembering him as the man whose block rolled out to Wade at Wembley... and not subsequently as a Claret. But what do I know?
Couch Potato
24/06/2009 19:46:00
I think you might be right. If we are capping our wages at, say 15k, i would imagine this is something that SUFC can offer.
24/06/2009 19:49:00
Yes, but as a player, would you prefer to sit where you are or go to the PL? I know where my money (pardon the pun) would be!
24/06/2009 19:56:00
Who would you want to start with on that Tuesday night against Man U, Carlisle and Caldwell or Kilgalon and ? If the answer is Kilgalon and ? Then we should try and sign him.... SIMPLES!
24/06/2009 20:07:00
not that simple Vin - their are a lot of players i would prfer to start before carlisle and kilgallon - but sometimes it just isnt possible. I see what our saying Barnsey, but does he feel that staying at SUFC, they will go up, whereas we come down. This time next year we may swap places! Ever the optimist eh!
24/06/2009 21:37:00
ClartetsMad says we are reported as being linked with central defender Balde, whose £28kpw contract with Celtic runs out soon. He has been kicking his heels there after a dispute about money, Looks like Flood and Kilby trust Coyle to pick up players with history and attitude and then turn them round till they either learn to love Burnley or get sold on at a profit. Coyle seems to trust the many leaders in his magaement group and squad of players to help with this. We need another central defender, but only time will tell which one we get.
Couch Potato
25/06/2009 10:37:00
I forgot to say in my earlier post, 'pick up players at cut prices'. £28kpw no way.
Couch Potato
25/06/2009 10:38:00
Was going to say CP - wouldnt imagine we would dream of playing 28k pw for a player.
25/06/2009 12:05:00
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