Wednesday Rumour Mill-McCarthyism & The Rest
It's certainly a day for McCarthyism all round today with news that Wolves boss, Mick McCarthy has put in a bid for Republic of Ireland Under 21 International Hamilton midfielder, James McCarthy.
The 18 year old whizz kid was also of course a reported target of the Clarets and it is understood Wolves have offered double our bid.
Mick McCarthy has apparantly made a £2million offer with £1m guaranteed upfront and then same again depending on appearances.
Maybe Owen Coyle will have more luck signing another Hamilton player. Burnley have been rumoured to have put in an official £800,000 bid for Accies' Scotland Under-21 left-back Brian Easton today.
The player would also appear keen to come to the club.Easton said in the Daily Record:
'It's every player's dream to play at the top level and it doesn't get any bigger than the Premier League. There have been so many lads heading down south over recent seasons and Steven is just the latest. I'm thrilled that Burnley are interested in me.'
Despite some denials yesterday, Owen Coyle has also not ruled out taking a look at 29 year old winger Fabrice Pancrate recently released by Paris Saint-Germain but it will only be after a trial and it looks like Pancrate might be reluctant to come over although is reported to be assessing the option.
Owen Coyle has insisted he will not offer Fabrice Pancrate a contract until the Frenchman has had a trial at Burnley despite being available on a free transfer:
'He's been a top player in France for five years and these players are often reluctant to come on trial. He's got a good pedigree, but I'm not prepared to offer him something having not seen him in the flesh.'
Meanwhile,Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay still looks keen on a move to Burnley and still doesn't yet appear to have signed a new Owls three-year contract
'Marcus has 12 months to go on his contract,' Tudgay's representative Darryl Powell told the Lancashire Telegraph.
'He is aware of Burnley's interest because it came out publicly. He would love the opportunity to meet with the manager and talk.'
Burnley though have not improved their original offer of about £1.75million, including add-ons, and look unlikely to do so with Owls gaffer, Brian Laws rating the former Derby player at £4 million and wanting to keep hold of his star striker:
"We said right from the start that we were not interested in selling Marcus," Laws said.
"You can understand the lad wants to play in the Premier League, but we`re not a selling club and he`s one of our best players. The best player in the world has his price - you only have to look at the £80m paid for Ronaldo - but Burnley were nowhere near the figure we would have considered for Tudgay."