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Can We Eckersley Like Agree a Fee!

The Clarets signed Richard Eckersley from Manchester United in the summer but have yet to agree a fee for the defender.

Eckersley is aged 20 so the Bosman Ruling rules related to compensation applies.

If players are under 23, then the club losing out are entitled to compensation and if a fee can't be agreed between the clubs then the matter is decided at a tribunal.

Manchester United despite all their money would appear to be digging their heels in for a large amount of compo; one that the Clarets are not prepared to pay. It therefore looks like the only alternative will be to go to a tribunal, probably something both clubs, certainly Burnley would not have wanted to do.

It is pure speculation but the Clarets value of the player is beleived to be in the order of 250,000 whereas United are believed to have a figure nearer 2 million in mind.

Chief Executive, Paul Fletcher speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about the situation said:

"There`s a reasonable chance it will go to a tribunal. We`re not a million miles apart on a fee, but it is a sizeable distance. It`s all down to people`s opinions.Right the way through, everything we do at the football club we back our manager. He sees him as one figure, and Manchester United see him as another, and we`ve valued him as a lot less than they have. We just hope that, if it does go to a tribunal, that we get a fair judgement."

Eckersley turned down the offer of a new contract at Manchester United instead preferring to get a better chance of first team action in the top flight with Burnley. He signed a four-year deal but has yet to breakthrough into the Clarets first team being seen as more of a long-term prospect.

He made his debut in the Carling Cup second round game at Hartlepool, a match we won 2-1 after coming from behind. It was not a good night for Eckersley though having been sent-off after picking up two yellows.

There is better news on David Edgar, who is in a similar situation after signing in ther close season from Newcastle. Fletcher indicated they are close to agreeing a fee with a tribunal not looking necessary.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 16 2009

Time: 12:35PM

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Bloody stingy Man U!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr
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16/09/2009 12:42:00

If we had only budgeted say 500k for his signing - and the tribunal says 2m - What happens? Are we stuck with it?
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16/09/2009 13:15:00

Yep, I think so and I would be worried that a tribunal would be scared of upsetting the mighty Man U but we shall see
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16/09/2009 13:21:00

It does concern me a little. When you buy something it is usually related to price. ie. I am happy to go to Liverpool for 36, but not for 136. Surely this is the same? We are happy to buy RE for 500k, but not for 2m! Should this not have been sorted out earlier?
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16/09/2009 13:43:00

Guess this is just standard procedure for Man U, lets face it they are in terrible debt compared to BFC but the FA etc let them get away with it! Probably not sour grapes after we beat them but I suspect this has more to do with lawyers and big business rather than Sir Alex's wishes. I am not sure BFC would have budgetted low for this one, they probably knew they might have to pay up to 2 m but hoped they could negotiate downwards
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16/09/2009 14:00:00

Tmp speaks wise words, methinks. I would be surprised, no shocked, if Bfc's lawyers hadn't advised the Bfc Board to budget for the worst and hope for the best. But who knows? Meanwhile, it occurs to me that we may have seen less of both Eck and Ed to date than would have been the case if these negotiations had already been concluded. Sitting them on the bench may have been a deliberate stance of saying we 'we are pleased to have them, but not THAT pleased'. As they used to say in Burnley... lawd knows.
Couch Potato
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16/09/2009 15:46:00

I am not surprised about this news I think it was inevitable!
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16/09/2009 17:38:00

I think if you take what we paid for Chrissy Eagles from the same club and then look at this signing I would rule a fee of 683,000. Worked out with amazing mathematical equations and reverse logic. Simples!!!
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17/09/2009 13:06:00

Do I need a slide rule? ;-)
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17/09/2009 17:08:00


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