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Rumour Mill-Tudgay Saga Revisited by Laws?

Rumour Mill-Tudgay Saga Revisited by Laws?

In June 2009 Burnley made a £1.75 million offer for Sheffield Wednesday striker, Marcus Tudgay. This was immediately rejected by then Owls manager and now newly installed Burnley gaffer Brian Laws. The saga ran for ages and was a pretty acrimonious affair with the Owls board and manager accusing the Clarets of underhand tactics by trying to destabilise a settled player who was close to signing an extension to his contract.

In the end Sheffield Wednesday won that battle and Tudgay eventually signed a new four-year contract which in theory could keep him at Hillsborough until the summer of 2013.

It is perhaps surprising now with Brian Laws ensconced in the hot seat at Turf Moor and looking for a new striker, that Tudgay's name has not been strongly linked by the media.

Sky Sports today though have intimated that Laws could indeed be in for his former player which is a little ironic considering the stance he took whilst at Sheffield Wednesday. If true though he will have the advantage of knowing the situation at the finacially strapped club and have his finger on the pulse regarding a possible move for Tudgay.

The 26 year old former Derby County striker spurned the chance to join a Premier League side back in the summer ie the Clarets but with Alan Irvine's team currently in a precarious position third from bottom in the Championship would Tudgay now be more inclined to move to Turf Moor raher than risk being relegated to League 1?

This could be particularly attractive to him even more with his former boss now at the helm at Turf Moor.

Tudgay is quite a versatile player and has been tried in a number of positions particularly out wide as a winger. He has also scored over 40 goals for the Owls in about 150 appearances.

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Date:Monday January 18 2010
Time: 12:34PM


Here we go again! (Perhaps!)
18/01/2010 12:38:00
TMP... here's my take. Remember that Burnley parrot that learned to say 'Papadopoulos Michopolos'. Well I reckon that so many people walked past it this summer saying 'Marcus Tudgay Marcus Tudgay' that the parrot started saying that too. Then... a SKY reporter on a top-secret mission to Burnley this weekend walked past the parrot and heard it say 'Marcus Tudgay Marcus Tudgay', and filed a story which "intimated that Laws could indeed be in for his former player" on the basis of a well-placed source. I don't think this story is going to fly!!!!!!!!
Couch Potato
18/01/2010 13:07:00
I hope it does run to be honest, one of the few strikers that can do a job here we have linked with but don't tell Coyle or he'll want him at Notlob!
18/01/2010 13:09:00
As an alternative ending to my above post... "Like the kiwi that Prince William visited earlier today, this is a flightless parrot."
Couch Potato
18/01/2010 14:02:00
Maybe a Norwegian Blue? A dead parrot? If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
18/01/2010 16:46:00
Laws will be linked with past players just like Coyle has been. Laws must consider if they are good enough for the premier league before whether he likes them or not, unless he is preparing for next season.
18/01/2010 19:52:00
Well I suppose Coyle thought Tudgay was good enough for the Prem not that I like agreeing with his judgement anymore! Tudgay does strike me as a useful guy to have around because of his ability to play in a number of positions and there is no doubting his accuracy in front of goal something that seems to have deserted both Fletcher and Nugent of late
18/01/2010 20:21:00
TMP - are you aware he's having a poor season at SWFC?!?!
18/01/2010 22:36:00
Yep for the first time in many. Rumour is he wants away and may have regretted not signing for a Prem side in the Summer. The psychology and financial misery at the club plus their precarious position in the League could be affecting his form
19/01/2010 09:18:00
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