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Rumour Mill-Eagles Now Flying to East London?

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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Date:Thursday April 29 2010
Time: 7:46AM


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
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?
Couch Potato
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
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!
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
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.
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
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?
Couch Potato
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.
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.
29/04/2010 10:02:00
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