Rumour Mill-Now £1.75 Million Bid for Tudgay
Media news today in the Sunday papers suggests that Owen Coyle is keen on bringing 26 year old Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay to Turf Moor and may have already put in a bit of £1.75 million.
The striker came through the ranks at Derby County and made his senior debut for the Rams in August 2002.
Tudgay joined Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee in January 2006 signing a contract up to 2010. The Owls manager at the time,Paul Sturrock decided to sign the player on a permanent deal after initially having him on loan.
He has since scored 36 goals for the Owls in 134 appearances, a scoring rate of 1 goal every 3-4 games.
Last season he was the Owls top scorer with 14 goals in the Championship.
Clarets fans will certainly remember Tudgay from last season too after the Owls defeated the Clarets both home and away despite our promotion to the top flight.
In our opening game of 2008/9 we were tonked 4-1 by Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbourough with Tudgay scoring two goals with his first coming within 30 seconds of kick of!
It didnt get any better for the Clarets at Turf Moor in the return match back in February this year. This time we lost 4-2 and that man Tudgay once more got a brace!
Tudgay although predominantly a stiker can play in many other positions mainly on the flanks and did so for the Owls last season. He impressed so much that the Owls fans and the club awarded him with many Player awards at the end of the 2008/9 season. He won the Fans player of the month awards for February and March 2009 and the PFA Fans Championship Player Of The Year award, as well as being named the Sheffield Wednesday Player of the Year.
It will be interesting to see though if the rumours are true whether £1.75 million will be enough for Sheffield Wednesday to consider selling one of their star players. It is understood that Owls gaffer, Brian Laws is keen to extend Tudgay's contract and has already offered his star striker a new deal. It is believed he has accepted a new three-year deal that will keep him at Hillsborough (in theory at least)until the Summer of 2012. He was supposed to have officially signed the new contract after returning from holiday at the end of May.
Tudgay though may feel now it is time to move on, especially if there is an opportunity to play in the top flight.