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Rumour Mill-McCann Laws sign Gavin?

The Clarets may well have two McCann's in midfield next season if speculation in the Daily Mail today is true.

Bolton Wanderers` midfielder Gavin McCann could be moving across Lancashire to join Burnley on a free transfer.

It would be rather ironic after all the rumours linking Owen 'Judas' Coyle with a raid on our club for our players in the summer that the first movement between the two clubs could be one in the opposite direction.

McCann has one England cap to his name having played in a friendly against Spain at Villa Park in 2001.

He came through Everton's Youth Academy eventually making 11 appearances for the Toffees before signing for Sunderland in 1998 and playing a part in their 1999 promotion season. McCann signed for Villa in 2003 but suffered a number of injury setbacks before becoming a Holt End favourite due to his hard-tackling and boundless energy.

In June 2007, he signed for Bolton Wanderers.

He is out of contract this summer and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle revealed last month that the club will not be offering McCann a new contract.

The 32-year-old has been hit with a serious knee injury that has kept him sidelined since January.

'I have spoken to Gavin and said because of the nature of that injury I am not in the position to offer him a new contract,' Coyle said in The Bolton News. 'What I will do, and in fairness to him he`s been a very good player and a great lad, is when he is fit I`ll give him an opportunity, it might be a month, to go and earn one.'

It is not clear if that one month trial has been successful or not.




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Date:Wednesday May 19 2010

Time: 7:47AM

Your Comments

At least if he's out of contract, Coyle wont be able to use him as a bargaining chip to try and poach one of ours via a player-cash deal. Sounds a bit injury prone?
turfmanphil
In todays papers this story attracts my interest. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1279470/Burnley-slap-7m-price-tag-Steven-Fletcher-Wolves-chase-striker.html
VinRogue
Mccann could be an interesting one. I always used to rate him but in a not dissimilar way to that of Chappy, I havent seen him play for a while.
Claretdale
'Hard-tackling and boundless energy in midfield' are things we should be looking for, whether from Gavin McCann or someone else. I was readng the Spurs prog last night and noticed that Wado was our top player for fouls conceded. Fair Play is great, but I'd like to see a few more of our squad get stuck in a bit more.
Couch Potato
Not seen much of him last season his age is a concern to me I would hope we would spend a bit of money in that area and get some quality.
Fedupclaret
Bolton fans dont like him !
Bernie Lee
5 m has apparently been offered for Steven Fletcher by Wolves. Not too excited by Gavin McCann given his recent injury record but might be goocover for Graham Alexander. I too would be wary of any dialogue being used to soften the way for OC to come and take some of our players.
cubanclaret
A bit 50/50 on this link, he would have plenty of experience but as pointed out a bit injury prone! I also don't think we should be having any dialogue with regards Bolton.
8clarets8
Agree with CP, we need some serious tacklers but not sure about the knee injury. Is he fully recovered from it I wonder, but Coyle's reference to it doesn't sound too good.
WelshClaret
I think personally it would be best to stay well clear of Coyle. McCann doesn't sound anything special and may be struggling in the twilight of his career
turfmanphil
 

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