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Coyle on Bikey Confirming Interest

Burnley gaffer, Owen Coyle has confirmed speculation in the media that Burnley FC are interested in bringing powerful but controversial Reading defender, Andre Bikey to Turf Moor

Speaking on the Official Burnley website he said:

'I have made an enquiry, but he is one of a number of players we have made an enquiry about.I made it to Reading and that is in the public domain, for whatever reason, but we will have to see how that goes. If we were going to be talking about every player we had been linked with, or made a general enquiry about, then it would get quite tiresome.There are a number of players who we feel could enhance our squad and time will tell whether the aforementioned played is one of them'

The statement follows earlier speculation by the Mirror in particular that we were about to put in an improved offer of £2.8 million. Vital Burnley reported the rumour earlier this morning and you can read our article by clicking this link below:

Rumour Mill-Crikey, Bikey Deal Getting Close?

Reading manager,Brendan Rodgers though insists Andre Bikey is going nowhere despite rumours suggesting he will sign for Burnley today

'We've had a couple of inquiries with regards to Andre, but there's nothing to report,' Rodgers told the Reading Chronicle. 'He's here with us.'

Clarets fans will be hoping for a quick conclusion, one way or the other regarding this transfer possibility. We certainly don't want another long and protracted exchange like the Tudgay affair.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 13 2009

Time: 12:30PM

Your Comments

So it looks like the Mirror was at least half-right but maybe talks are not as advanced as they made out!
turfmanphil
I wonder who else is on his radar? if we did sign Bikey would he not still be suspended for being sent off against us?
8clarets8
Yep think you are right. He got a four match ban, one being the second leg play-offs semi
turfmanphil
The Lancashire Telegraph understands that the two clubs have agreed a fee for the 24-year-old.
turfmanphil
Reading have had 2 games this season, so means only 1 match ban left? Stoke!
BarnseyWTBM
I would agree with that Barnsey
Claretdale
Do cup ties count?
8clarets8
yeah they count - domestic games
Claretdale
According to Skysports, he has picked up a five game ban, will need to check.Did the FA give him an extra one for good measure? ;-)
turfmanphil
Rodgers now saying:"We've had a couple of enquiries with regards to Andre. We've taken that on board. We've had an offer and we'll wait and see on that one.If anyone goes it is going to take an extraordinary deal or the chance for them to play at a bigger level. I haven't got people banging on my door, crying to go. If anything it is the opposite." I reckon thats double-speak for Bikey will soon be a Claret since the tone is less bullish than previously
turfmanphil
Cheers Dale i wasn't too sure :-) extraordinary deal maybe not! chance for them to play at a bigger level maybe so ;-)
8clarets8
I think he would be a good signing, especially if he keeps his temper under control!
BarnseyWTBM
That's the thing Barnsey he would be whether he could keep his temper is another thing? if OC could keep him in check fair enough? here is what i think a good player a bit of steel we could do with at the back no disrespect to our current players! having said that would we want a player who could miss a third of our season through discipline and would he break up the tight community OC has built? i guess in OC we trust
8clarets8
Latest in LT today (Friday 14th):Burnley are reported to have agreed a £2.8million fee with Reading for the powerful Cameroon international and could finalise the move before tomorrow’s opener at Stoke City. However, with Bikey still to serve two games of a five-match ban following his play-off semi-final red card against the Clarets, time is not of the essence
turfmanphil
Burnley hope to sign Reading defender Andre Bikey for £2.8million today (Guardian)
turfmanphil
 

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