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Rumour Mill-Clarets Getting On Their Bikey?

Remember Andre Bikey? He was the Reading defender, who in a fit of pique chucked a wobbly (and his shirt!) in our play-off semi-final first leg against Reading at Turf Moor!

He got a red card for a blatant foul after stamping on Robbie Blake and then saw red again going on a bizarre rampage, taking ages to take off his shirt and throw it to the ground in a rage!

Bikey was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. The outcome led to Bikey being banned for four matches which included the second-leg defeat at the Madejski Stadium and he will now also miss the first three games of 2009-10.

Reading also hit Bikey with a two-week fine warning him about his future conduct.

So a bit of an hothead and not the first time he has been sent off chucking a tantrum

However if the rumours are true in the Mirror, Owen Coyle is about to make a £2.5 million bid for the centre half.

The 24-year-old Cameroon international appears to have impressed Coyle with his strong build and pace despite his temperament

It would appear Bikey has a clause in his contract that could force the Royals to sell him if a bid of £3 million comes in but Coyle is looking for a lower figure by way of a compromise.

One question on every Clarets fan's lips though must surely be do we really need another defender having already brought in Mears, Edgar, Easton and Eckersley to supplement Caldwell, Carlisle, Duff, Kalvenes, Jordan and Alexander?

Bikey started his professional career with Espanyol in 2002. After a brief spell with Paços de Ferreira in 2004 he moved to Shinnik Yaroslavl in Russia, before signing for Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2005. Reading agreed a season-long loan deal in August 2006 with the Royals having an option to purchase the player at the end of the loan.

In April 2007 Bikey signed a three-year contract with Reading for a transfer fee believed to be over £1 million.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 10 2009

Time: 10:37PM

Your Comments

I can't see OC going for him myself but what do i know
8clarets8
This must be the strangest rumour of the Summer! Bikey's hothead temper and antics just don't seem to fit with Coyle's mentality but as you say 8c8 what do we know?
turfmanphil
Maybe he likes his passion for the game? clutching at straws here who knows?
8clarets8
There is no doubt he is a good player, but his career is littered with tantrums and red cards. Would that not be a liability and something we could well do without?
turfmanphil
He's a great player, I think, but his temperament MUST be in question. Also, not sure Robbie would be that happy?! We will see - maybe it's a smokescreen? If his 4 match ban started for the 2nd leg, then if he signs from Wednesday onwards, he would only miss the Stoke game!
BarnseyWTBM
No smokescreen !!
Bernie Lee
Who says?
BarnseyWTBM
Barnsey, if we do sign him, are you going on a WTBM Weird Weekend to Shinnik Yaroslavl? By the way, heard today from a Bashley fan who wants to meet up there on 22nd to talk about Wade's early days and bring along some press cuttings from that time. On the hothead issue, OC backs himself and his squad of players and coaches to turn around 'difficult' players.
Couch Potato
Re. Bashley: excellent news - well done! I'm sure OC can turn around hotheads. It feels a bit weird spending so much on a defender, though. Up until now, I would guess that bringing Davis back from Luton would be our record fee for a defender?
whentheballmoves
As you may know I will back OC for at least two years! I now believe, we can't go into games in the prem, in December, with no cover for say, Kalvenes (suspended 5 yellows) Cauldwell (suspended straight red) Mears (injured) Duff (injired). I am in favour of bringing in quality defenders to push for places and give adequate cover, not sure about Bikey though, is he quality only OC knows the Clarets answer to that one.
VinRogue
I dont want him at Burnley. He was a DISGRACE at the paly off game.
Grimsby Claret
GC They say "sorry" is the hardest word but they are wrong. It's that Welsh name of a railway station. Bikey get my medication please and my hat...... I feel I may be in for some flak lol
VinRogue
Coyle would certainly have his hands full controlling the lad but if he thinks he can sobeit I suppose. Barnsey's comments about Blake is in an interesting one! I wonder what those two will be saying to each other in the dressing room after that stamping incident last season? Forgive & forget?
turfmanphil
If we do sign him, there could be an interesting WTBM piece imagining a dialogue between Blakey and Bikey! I certainly hope it will be the last, but I suspect it's not the first time Blake's been stamped on. Was it Blake who got stamped on in our loss at Ninian Park least season? Or was it maybe Eagles? There was certainly what looked very clearly like a stamping at the Claret fans end, but the ref missed it.
Couch Potato
Actually I would like a big powerful centre back. No offence to lads weve signed but none of them are like him. There all young, quick lads. I didn't like his tantrum either, however we have another problem guy in Carlisle and he seems to be back on track now. He used to get sent off loads, maybe Coyle can sort him.
skutter169
Didnt Bikey also get sent off in the African Nations a year or two back for shoving a medic over ( or something similar) - I like him has aplayer and he has a lot of attributes to admire. But, Is he a bit of a Joey Barton and it is just a question of time before he does something daft!
Claretdale
He is a good defender he has pace good in the air he would be a great signing but i just can't see him being a team player (maybe just me) i just can't see OC going for him and this was from the Mirror this come from!
8clarets8
 

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