Rumour Mill-Fletcher on the Re-Coyle?
Bolton Wanderers boss Owen 'Judas' Coyle is interested in bringing his former Burnley striker Steven Fletcher to the Reebok according to the 'News of the World' this Sunday.
Fletcher is the latest in a long list of our players being linked in the media with their former gaffer. It is all probably and hopefully 'lazy journalism' since quite frankly it is easy to make such obvious connections without much substance in order to sell copies.
Surprisngly Brian Jensen and Stephen Jordan have been two such names to also have been linked recently. Players that Bolton fans are not particularly excited about although Fletcher could be a different kettle of fish.
Stephen Fletcher was of course signed by Owen Coyle for Burnley only last summer. In June 2009, Hibs accepted an offer of £3,000,000 plus add-ons for the 23 year old Scottish international. It was a club record transfer fee for the Clarets.
Both Burnley and Bolton have struggled to score goals this season but at the moment Bolton look safe enough to avoid relegation although they are not completely out of the woods just yet. They are currently 15th on 32 points, five points ahead of third-from-bottom club Burnley with a game in hand.
None of the current plethors of strikers at Bolton have managed to come anywhere near double-figures in terms of goals so far this season although Fletcher himself has only managed 8 goals to date for the Clarets in the Premier League.
The NotW goes on to say that Coyle is prepared to pay £3m for the player which is quite frankly an insult if the rumour is true and I cant see the club accepting such a pathetic offer. I certainly hope not!
Should the Clarets fail in their attempt to avoid relegation, they could though find themselves in a weak bargaining position if Fletcher wants to play in the Premier League especially for a boss he knows well and can trust.
It would be disgraceful though if we could not even make a decent profit on a player still with three years to run on his contract. Let's just stay up and keep Susan Boyle at bay!