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Owls Reject Increased Offer for Tudgay

Owls Reject Increased Offer for Tudgay

Owen Coyle is understood to have made an improved offer for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay.

The Daily Mirror today suggests we have put in a bid of £2 million for the player.

However on the Official Wednesday site, it is clear that the bid has been rejected and once more the Owls have made some hostile comments about our interest in the player.

The stern statement on the Owls Official Site reads:

"Sheffield Wednesday can confirm that Burnley Football Club have made a formal and what can only be described as derisory offer for striker Marcus Tudgay.

We would like to stress that this offer is most unwelcome and this move is regarded as an underhand tactic to unsettle our player.

Sheffield Wednesday attaches great value to Marcus Tudgay as a player and appreciates the contribution he has made to the club over the past three years. The squad development plan at SWFC is based on building a team around players like Marcus and we believe the dynamic that we are creating is a very positive one for the club and our players.

Marcus showed his commitment to the club recently by verbally agreeing to a new long-term contract......"

..and then it continues to waffle on. Yeah, I think we get the picture but the bottom line is that the player wants to have talks with the Clarets and why wouldn't he now that we are a Premier League club and he could be playing in the best League in Europe? Surely it's not about unsettling a player it's about giving him an opportunity to further his ambition and play in the top flight. This doesn't look either like the Andy Gray situation which was clearly more money-orientated and in any case Charlton at the time were still in the Championship. I doubt the Clarets would be able to give Tudgay much more then he is earning now and certainly not more than £15k/week.

Wednesday have also been having a pop at Tudgay's agent. Owls chairman, Lee Strafford, said:

"It's disappointing that an agent would act in such a cavalier manner when he is supposed to be protecting the interests of the player and also the right of the club to protect its assets. Sheffield Wednesday will not be taken advantage of in this situation..blah blah"

I think the sour grapes are probably due to the fact that Tudgay hasn't signed a contract with the Owls after giving Wednesday we understand, verbal reassurance that he would sign up for three more years before going on holiday back in May. Who can blame him when he has a chance to play against Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal on a regular basis rather than Barnsley, Doncaster, Peterborough and Plymouth?

Come on give him a chance and stop pussyfooting about with daft statements on your website. How much are you willing to let him go for? £2.5, £3, £3.5, £4m? I am sure Coyle wont pay a daft price for him but if Tudgay doesn't come to Turf Moor because you have ridiculously priced him out of the market you are simply just going to have one demotivated, cheesed off Owls player on your books and will lose out anyway!

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Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
Time: 7:25AM


Coyle still seems to want this guy, wonder how high he is prepared to go to get him because the Owls are clealy miffed
15/07/2009 07:33:00
I think Burnley more than most Premiership clubs should realise that trying to get a player on the cheap by using the lure of Premier League football, and the big wages that accompany it, is wrong. Wednesday have seen this happen time and again as our talented young players are tempted away by the lure of the big stage (or the filthy lucre, you be the judge). Many at Hilsborough feel that the player's agent is the one that is pushing the deal but clearly your manager wants the lad. That being the case tell him to cough up the required amount or go away. This protracted situation is dragging on too long and doing either club no good. Just remember that what comes around goes around so unless you want to be visited by Kharmaic justice on your return to the lower leagues, do the right thing.
15/07/2009 09:27:00
just a few things to consider, burnley will be favourites for relegation next year, when your team struggles all blame usually goes to the strikers for not scoring enough goals so he could be sat on the bench quite a lot, potentially I think wednesday has more to offer him than you can ( and that is not meant to be a personal swipe but we are a bigger club) and I think should we be promoted next year players would see a move to wednesday as a more attractive propostion than say a move to burnley, chris powell no doubt has his eyes on his 20% of tudgays salary and yes the chance to play against liverpool man utd arsenal etc is no doubt attractive but when your getting walloped every week how attractive is that going to be, in fairness you have a chance of survival but I think you need to sign at least ten new players
15/07/2009 09:38:00
Just one thing to say the Owls fans, and I can understand the emotions here and yes we have been thorugh the mill like this too when we were in the Championship. However, lets look at the cool,cruel world of football here, the real world which as footy fans we cant change,much as we would like to. If you were Tudgay who would you want to play for and should your wish be denied? It's clearly not the Owls or he would have signed on the dotted line to extend his contract by now. Coyle is granted being the canny Scot here with the money and there may be more to come to test the water but he is not going to pay over the odds and certainly not the ridiculous £6 million I have seen quoted. I restate if you price him out the market and stop his ambitions to play in the top flight, even if it's just one year, you will have a miffed player on your hands. By the way, if do we get relegated, I suspect with the parachute payments we would still be abetter bet for promotion back up than the Owls. I suggest if you want to avoid that you will have to get promoted yourself in 2009/10. Good luck!
15/07/2009 10:10:00
im not here to slag anybody i love all things football and i take my hat off to yous on winning the play offs ..i think £3mill will get you tudgay and if yous get him your getting a top lad that gives 110% every game he plays so best of luck to him and yous for next season..was only on here to see what yous tought about the whole tudgay thing
dublin owl
15/07/2009 14:04:00
Very magnanimous comments DO! I suspect £3 million is about as far as Coyle would be willing to go, maybe a bit more via add-ons,appearances etc. We shall see if this saga continues, I get the feeling it will!
15/07/2009 14:34:00
Coyle's comments:He responded: "What Sheffield Wednesday say is entirely up to them. I am not going to get caught up in anything negative about their club. They are a fantastic club, steeped in history and tradition.We made an offer of £1.5 million, plus add-ons, for Marcus Tudgay. That was inviting - it was rejected.At no time have we looked to unsettle the player. We made what we thought was a fair offer for a player who has only a year to go on his contract.It was turned down - Sheffield Wednesday felt fit to do that. I have no problem with that. If they want to say anything to besmirch the good name of Burnley that is entirely up to them." Coyle added: "I am not going to get caught up in tit for tat. We know how we work. I have never had a problem with anyone else."
15/07/2009 16:02:00
But the offer he's talking about was rejected last week, today he's reported as having had a bid of £2million rejected. How is that not unsettling the player? I am not laying the blame purely at Burnley's door, Darryl Powel has been pushing hard for the move. It still remains that this bid has been rejected so Owen should stump up somewhere nearer the asking price or move on so both clubs can prepare for the forthcoming season and not be caught up in a last minute scramble for players.
15/07/2009 18:47:00
I dont understand robc - How is upping our bid an attempt to unsettle the player?
15/07/2009 21:54:00
Coyle never had a problem with anyone else? Ruffled a few feathers with comments over Jason Scotland not so long ago :)
Auckland Owl
16/07/2009 00:07:00
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