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Rumour Mill-Eagles Now Flying to East London?

Chris Eagles had already made it plain that he would be likely to fly the nest for one in a taller tree next season if Burnley were relegated. That relegation back down to the Championship after just one season in the Premier League was confirmed following the 4-0 defeat by Liverpool at Turf Moor last Sunday

A number of Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for the midfielder including newly promoted West Brom, Owen Coyle's Bolton (naturally!!), Everton and Spurs.

The latest rumoured to be interested today is West Ham, a club who were in a battle with the Clarets to avoid the drop this season and won.

If the rumour in the Daily Mail is to be believed, Eagles is just one of a number of players targeted by an ambitious West Ham.

Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan believe the current squad is in need of a major overhaul if they are to avoid another relegation battle next season.

In the same Daily Mail article the Hammers were also linked with Cardiff's Peter Whittingham(our former loan midfielder). The club were also believed to be looking at a cut-price summer move for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 29 2010

Time: 7:46AM

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Kilby's statement that we don't have to sell is surely going to be strongly challenged in the summer. If players want to go there is nowt much you can do unless you want to keep demotivated players in the squad who are happy not to play and reap the money. You can't help thinking it is 'Gray Lafferty' time again
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29/04/2010 07:55:00

Looks like Hammers are on a programme of getting their costs down more than anything else. Maybe some Hammers would like to come on here and tell us it's not so? I would reckon Kilby will sell Eagles because (a) we need to rebalance our squad towards tackling (b) it's better to get what we can now than nowt next year. Surely anyway his 'don't have to sell' comment was in the context of finances raher than squad reorganisation or player psychology? So selling even three or four players, at a good price, would hardly undermine his statement. But what do I know?
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29/04/2010 08:19:00

They didn't have to sell Lafferty or Gray at the time but they were forced into doing it and they certainly didn't want to sell Gray just as they dont probably want to sell Fletcher, Eagles and the rest. Everybody knows Kilby is making these comments to try and make the pain of relegation less of a harsh reality but at the end of the day they are meaningless. He doesn't have to sell but he bloody will of course and each player that goes will mean another one having to come in, a squad having to be rebuilt and new players having to get to know each other before 2010-11 starts
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29/04/2010 08:30:00

I agree with CP - I think Kilbys comments about 'not having to sell' is meant with regard to our financial situation. We dont have to sell to balance the books - but this does not mean we wont sell. Lets not forget, that without the sales of Laffs n Gray, We more than likely would not have got promoted!
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29/04/2010 08:50:00

You could just as easily say Dale, if we had held onto them we could have got promoted earlier? Nobody really knows but it is a fact that they didn't want Gray to go and did not at the time have to sell him for any financial reasons. The players&their agents forced their hands just as they will this time round if they want to go
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29/04/2010 09:09:00

Rangers call Lafferty Laffable - and it was the single most brilliant piece of transfer dealing we have done in my lifetime. He was never a 4m player. My brother spoke to Owen Coyle personally about Andy Gray - Charlton doubled his wages and Coyle said Gray was more interested in money than football so didn't fight to keep him (ironic I know as things turned out). Just as sooner have Thompson to be honest. TMP - I just sent you an article on email ahead of today's Football League meeting on Prem payouts. Could be an interesting day on that score.
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29/04/2010 09:26:00

Yes and I am sure we will equally do a good bit of business in selling our key players this time as well but in the end it only disrupts the squad and we have to rebuild. I would rather not have to and by now with a bit more ambition we could have been the ones going into the Championship and nicking players off the newly relegated clubs instead of being on the receiving end. Gray was a money grabbing sod that deserved his fate but as a footballer he might well have seen us get promotion even earlier. Lafferty was a joke, I accept that although to be honest in his final season with us he was mainly wasted out on the wing. Article received putting up
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29/04/2010 09:43:00

Was 4m for Laffs better than over a million for Wayne Thomas, and then getting Carlisle for a quarter of that, tops, with the proceeds? Wayne, bless him, makes Cort look quality. Where is he now? Laffs has scored 4 out of the last 5 Gers games, or something like that. So, I think we could debate the point about which was the better piece of salemanship! But I probably agree with you, cuban. In terms of best buys (and one to mull over before we banish the idea of buying from lower leagues)... which is better: Wado on a free, or Duffman for 20,000? Where is Stevie C when we could use his wheeler-dealership?
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29/04/2010 09:45:00

I agree with most things being said if a player wants to leave you are better selling them with a profit than undermining the Club. As for Eagles like most of the people on here say when he plays well he's good but when he's bad he is really bad i.e. Sunderland, we all know if he moves to another prem side he will be a fringe player and after season he will move on. I would prefer to have Cork for one more season than Eagles.
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29/04/2010 09:47:00

One other point Kilby needs to sort before talking about which players to keep, sell or let go is the manager if yours truely is the manager me thinks a few more might want to leave and start heading down the motorway.
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29/04/2010 10:02:00

..and we also have to think who might want to come if Laws is manager? Is he damaged goods do you think? Purse's outburst against him as Wednesday fights against relegation was perhaps quite telling since he blamed Laws for their situation.
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29/04/2010 10:09:00

Ye right Phil you have to blame the manager, Laws can blame the Club for lack of money to run the Club but he must have known when he signed. Also Sheff Wed have to take a lot of the blame for going for a cheap option, as we know to well.
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29/04/2010 10:23:00

The question is is it the club they don't want to play for or the manager? This is what the board need to be looking at.
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29/04/2010 12:09:00

In answer to your question Phil - No i do not think we would have got promoted in the season that Gray left and without the sale of Lafferty we wouldnt have been able to purchase the likes of Pato, Eagles and Kev Mc. To me this is evidence that selling 'good' players for the right money and using this to rebuild ( as we will be able to do) is not always a bad thing.
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29/04/2010 12:21:00

Sheclaret last year under boyle the small squad of players played 70+ games for the Club and manager I think that tells you where the problems are.
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29/04/2010 12:24:00

There's no mileage whatsoever in keeping players who don't want to stay, if they want to go then sell them and profit from the sales. Can't see who would want to buy Eagles with his current form, I think the lad would be better off staying to further hone his skills and learn how to help out effectively in defence, if indeed that will ever be a part of his repertoire.
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29/04/2010 13:57:00

I'm sure we don't need to sell anyone but that doesn't mean we won't. Barcelona needed to pull back a two goal deficit last night but didn't do it. What we need to do and what actually happens are usually poles apart in football.
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29/04/2010 17:55:00

Not many of our 'big name' sales have gone on to spectacular success. I would certainly sell Eagles for a good price ditto Bikey. The only other one who might want to go is Mears. The club will also want to move on a few, certainly Gujonnson and probably Penny and MacDonald. We seem to have a lot of defenders on the books too - might want to move some on. We need some talent in midfield and whilst I'd like to keep Cork I still think we need a tough, all action midfielder. I'd do my best to keep Fletcher and from his comments post relegation he seems happy to stay - seems sensible saying they learnt a lot in the Prem but weren't quite good enough and now will go into the Championship with a lot of confidence to come straight back up.
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30/04/2010 03:22:00

I hope we keep Fletcher as well ozjean, he'll be dangerous in the championship, and he's saying exactly what I've been saying ! Also hope Chelsea let us keep Cork, he's already showing signs of being an industrious and creative player which will be invaluable next season when we dominate the championship. :-)
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30/04/2010 11:34:00

Like your style WelshClaret - too many doom and gloom merchants around. I'm looking forward to a good season in the Championship, we used to be perennial favourites for the drop (down to Division 1) so it's nice to be regarded as one of the strong sides for a change.
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