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Rumour Mill-The Cheeky McFadden Bid?

The Daily Record this week suggested that the Clarets had put in a cheeky bid of £800,000 for Birmingham striker,James McFadden.The offer perhaps not surprisingly was apparently flatly rejected by Brum gaffer,Alex McLeish.

The 26-year-old, Scottish International cost Birmingham £5 million to sign the player from Everton just two seasons ago.

McFadden though has not lived up to expectations and this season has been severely hampered with a knee injury that kept him out of the game for a large part of 2008/9. The thinking is that perhaps Alex McLeish might be willing to cut his loses by selling the player at a more modest price but clearly an audacious bid of £800k is not in the right ballpark.

Would Owen Coyle seriously want to pay more though if the rumour is true? The striker has just eight goals in his 42 appearances for Birmingham.

The Glaswegian started his professional career with Motherwell after coming up through their youth system before Toffees gaffer, David Moyes paid £1.25 million for the striker bringing him to Everton in 2003.

In January 2008 McFadden joined Birmingham City, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the option for an additional two years. He signed for an initial fee of £5 million which could potentially rise to £6m depending on appearances. McFadden has 42 caps for Scotland and has scored 14 goals for them. He clearly seems to be a more prolific scorer for Scotland than he does for his club with a scoring rate of 1 in 3 in the internationals.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 4 2009

Time: 10:11AM

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Another flipping Scot! I think this would be a risky buy to be honest, his scoring rate leaves a lot to be desired and I think we could do better. Hope that this rumour is either not true or if it is, Coyle is not considering a higher bid and the matter is closed.
turfmanphil
I doubt he would fall under our wage structure anyway
8clarets8
for 800k - I think he could potentially be a superb signing!
Claretdale
'Could do better' no you could not! He'd be a superstar to you who have you got that is a international player that anybody has ever heard of or a international player? Grow up! You'd not sign McFadden for £5m more like £7-8m he's a quality player and would never join what you call Burnley Football Club. He's a winger as well you dumb cants.
NDH plc.
Looks like we have a charming keyboard warrior type again,never mind they grow up eventually. We shall see what McFadden goes for, but we could definitely do better and no way is this club going to pay over the odds for someone,winger oir not. By the way he plays both positions so let's stop the c word shall we!
turfmanphil
By the way even Birmingham list their own player as a striker on the Brum Official Site...
turfmanphil
No not a keyboard warrior but to be honest I think it's a bit sad for you you're 50 years old and on the internet how many 50 year old's do that? I'm telling you he's a winger not a forward you can ask other Brum fans if you don't think I'm telling the truth. The McFadden rumour was balls from the start but you thought you had some ambition so thought you'd mention it on you're site. He's the most famous player you've been linked with right? Derby County here we go again.....
NDH plc.
....and if we are going to be petulant your site lists Wade Elliot as a midfielder really thought he was a winger?
NDH plc.
Then that shows how little you know,Elliott was converted to inside midfield last season although he can still play on the wing if need be. Blimey now the silly beggar is getting ageist as well! Bugger me who is this great Brum team we keep hearing about that couldn't beat us last season? By the way if you read my article, I and many other Clarets wouldn't want him, certainly not above £800k and as for the biggest player we have been linked with that is Kevin Doyle. An equally bizarre rumour!
turfmanphil
What does NDH stand for? Loads of 50+ people are on the internet. I was born in the same year as turfman. What would you rather we fity-year-olds were doingElliott can play right wing or central midfield or right back even. Besides, doesn't the term midfielder apply to wide players as well as those in the centre?
Couch Potato
I blame that programme Grumpy Old Men!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
Surely NDH means pedantic - or is that me being petulant ? I think our trip to Birmingham last season showed us what some Brum fans are like. Who can forget that fugitive from justice trying to escape the rozzers by running down the back of the seats. Only to fall flat on his face. Funniest thing I have seen for ages.
RickersTwickers
 

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