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.