Burnley - Today's Rumour Mill Update-No1: Bobo Balde
UK time is: 17:07:42
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Today's Rumour Mill Update-No1: Bobo Balde

Celtic defender, Bobo Balde has today told Sky Sports that Burnley, along with Birmingham have made offers for him.

'I have an offer of a trial with Birmingham. They have asked me to join them for pre-season when they return on 8th July,' said Balde.

'The club have already told me there will be a two-year contract on the table for me if I do well and impress during my trial period.Burnley have also made me an offer, but unconditionally.I will have to have a think about things before I decide my future'

The 33 year old, Guinean International started his career with Marseille, his hometown, back in 1995. He never played once for the club and had two loan spells out to FC Mulhouse and AS Cannes before moving to Toulouse in 1999.

Baldé then signed for Celtic in July 2001 and has since become a regular player in Celtic's defence. At the start of the 2008-09 season though it was announced that Balde could leave Celtic on a free transfer and he was linked with Wolves but they apparantly couldn't meet his salary demands.His contract with Celtic expires on 30 June 2009 next week and last month Birmingham City offered Balde a trial

The link with the Clarets is interesting considering the age of the player and he is certainly not in the 21-24 age group category expoused by Brendan Flood recently as our target for new players.

Clarets fnas are bound to ask whether he would offer anything more than Caldwell and Carlisle at centre back and some could be worried at his long stint without a competitive game after two years in the football wilderness. The Guinean has been involved just four times in the past two seasons at Celtic.

Balde himself admits it could take some time before he returns with the necessary competitive edge:

'I am 33, I have not played much over the last 12 months and I am not in a position of strength.When a player is inactive, they lose the rhythm and habit of duels. This is my case and I must accept it.'

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

For the very latest Premier League odds

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 25 2009

Time: 7:40PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
We seem to be going for old crocks or young lads without much experience at moment! Baffling but I guess owd OC knows what he's doing
Report Abuse
25/06/2009 20:10:00

I think I would be happier signing Williams & Anderson to be honest but I just wonder if those bids have gone tits-up and I also wonder how many back-four players Coyle is aiming for, all the rumours seem to be mainly in that area at the moment
Report Abuse
25/06/2009 21:10:00

To be honest you could not put a player further away in what i thought we were after? 33 years old, no premiership exp, big big wage!! i would be very surprised if this happened? but then again who knows? oops forgot the fact he has not played for like 2 seasons?
Report Abuse
25/06/2009 22:47:00

I dont think we will sign Balde - but, as i have said on other threads, we cannot just sign players in the 21-24 age group - we need a bit of balance! The 'old-timers' Grezza and Robbie didnt do to badly last year did they!
Report Abuse
26/06/2009 08:46:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Burnley Articles

Ward Plays His Part Will Vokes? (Friday October 9 2015)

Burnley Fans Paid £14.08 per game? (Thursday October 8 2015)

Heaton Joins The 100 Club (Monday October 5 2015)

Arfield Joins The 100 Club (Monday October 5 2015)

Vital Report - Rotherham 1-2 Burnley (Sunday October 4 2015)

Video - Rotherham Highlights (Sunday October 4 2015)

Audio - Dyche & Vokes On Rotherham (Saturday October 3 2015)

Archived Burnley Articles

List All Vital Burnley Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Reading 10 5 3 2 9 18
4. Birmingham 10 5 3 2 6 18
5. Hull City 10 5 3 2 6 18
6. Burnley 10 5 3 2 3 18
7. Derby County 10 4 5 1 5 17
8. Cardiff 10 4 4 2 3 16
9. Wolves 10 4 3 3 4 15

Burnley Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Town keepers Give Me Jeepers Creepers!
» Ipswich : 10/10/2015 13:54:01
Rams Trio Help Ireland To Famous Win
» Derby County : 10/10/2015 13:41:00
Hillsborough Trip Moved For TV
» Derby County : 10/10/2015 13:30:00
RUFC - Today is Non-League Day!
» Rotherham : 10/10/2015 09:00:00
LUFC Hockaday Lands Harriers Job
» Leeds Utd : 10/10/2015 08:02:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Rotherham MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Heaton 3%
Darikwa 13%
Duff 0%
Keane 20%
Mee 0%
Boyd 0%
Jones 13%
Barton 33%
Arfield 6%
Vokes 6%
Gray 0%
Sub - Taylor 0%
Sub - Long 6%