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Rumour Mill-Wolves Pray on Fletcher?

Rumour Mill-Wolves Pray on Fletcher?

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reported to be willing to pay in the region of £6 million for Clarets striker,Steven Fletcher. The article in the Guardian also links the Scotland international with possible moves to Bolton and Birmingham.

It is Wolves though who appear to be in pole position with the offer. Mick McCarthy it is understood wants a partner for their £6.5 million stiker,Kevin Doyle who is now rated to be worth about £10 million since signing for them in the close season last summer.

Chairman, Barry Kilby has insisted that the Clarets are under no pressure to sell any of their players with Fletcher also indicating he would be happy to stay at Turf Moor.

Fletcher still has three years remaining on his contract but offers of this type if true are likely to severly test Burnley's resolve to hold onto the player.

Every player has his price and according to the Guardian, Fletcher is valued by the club to be worth £7 million.

Most Clarets fans would want to hold onto Fletcher as we prepare for an instant return to the Premier League next season and it will be a severe blow to lose such a player. If we do see the 23 year old leave Turf Moor, I hope this happens sooner rather than later so that we still have time to use the money we receive from his transfer to put towards a replacement.

We don't want this sort of transaction to take place towards the end of the transfer window when all the suitable players may already have been signed up by other clubs and we have little time to sort out a replacement.

It is ironic that two of the promoted clubs last season both of which survived in the Premier League are now apparantly in the market for one of our key players following our relegation.

Oh do I so wish it was us going to a relegated Wolves and offering £10 million for Doyle to partner Fletcher! Oh do I so wish it was us going to a relegated Bolton and sticking two fingers up to Coyle!


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Date:Saturday May 15 2010
Time: 8:11AM


Place your bets, who realistically thinks Fletcher will be playing in Claret & Blue by the time we kick off our Championship campaign?
15/05/2010 08:16:00
Probably not. But we should get good money.
15/05/2010 09:10:00
Is he that good? Will he better us? I'm unsure for 6 million he will get us many more goals?!
15/05/2010 09:16:00
Aye it will all be about the 'good business' we have done again if he goes when what we really need to do is to keep the squad together as best we can to increase our chances of a promotion push,particularly if those players can also hold their own in the top flight, This will be a true test of the Board to see just how much grit,determination and balls they have to try and keep our best players. I hope Bolton,Brum and Wolves keep upping the ante between them and if does go that Bolton lose out!! ;-)
15/05/2010 09:20:00
PW it seems to me your 4-5-1 is a bit creaky in McCarthy's eyes and he wants to strenghten his options up front. it seems he is looking at more of a 4-4-2 with Fletcher partnering Doyle. There is more to Fletcher than just goals believe me,he can hold the ball up well and power himself through defences. I wish we had a Fletcher/Doyle partnership
15/05/2010 09:24:00
Fletch will score 20-25 goals in the PL in my opinion and it would be great if we could keep him. I had a discussion with Crosspool regarding Fletch late in the season ( and also a bet). I dont think we would get £7m for him and the value would be much nearer to £4-5m. It will be interesting to see the outcome on this one.
15/05/2010 09:51:00
Only £4-5 million for a 23 year old with 3 years of his contract still to go having cost the club £3m? I hope we can do better than that. According to the club we dont have to sell so I hope if we do we take these Prem vultures to the cleaners
15/05/2010 09:59:00
I think he is worth more than what we paid for him. But is he as proven in the PL as Doyle was when Wolves paid £6m for him last season? I would say not which is the basis for my thinking that the fee would be lower. I am happy to be proved wrong.
15/05/2010 10:20:00
In my view Fletch is as good as Doyle in goalscoring, is younger, and holds the ball up better. Check out the stats I did in WTBM - goals per minute. I think he could go for 8-9m but I agree 7 is more realisti
15/05/2010 10:20:00
The longer we wait in this window the more we would get, but that would mean tmp getting unhappy if a deal then happened just as the window was closing... Can't be having that! So? Dunno. I hope we keep him till at least Xmas. Barring injury we'd maybe get even more then, unless someone thinks the PL bubble is going to burst. So, while emotionally I want him to stay, lead us back to the PL and become a dominant force there alongside JayRod, my business head tells me I am glad to leave all these complicated decisions to the Board and get in some beers for today's Cup of Shame, then walk the dog and potter about in the garden on Sunday before getting in some more beers for England's probable 20/20 humiliation. The Board are not going to get much of a summer break, what with relaying the pitch, seeking planning permissions, building projects, contract renewals, transfer deals and fending off media speculation. This is why I think they decided that, on balance, now was not the time to change manager.
Couch Potato
15/05/2010 10:38:00
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