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Rumour Mill- Brum to Bid 6 Million for Fletcher

There have been numerous reports in the media over recent days linking our key striker, Steven Fletcher with a move to Molineux.

Burnley have made it plain that they do not need to sell players in the summer transfer window although we all know every player has his price. It would appear Fletcher's is 7 million, a fee that the Club are understood to have set for the 23 year old, Scottish international.

The valuation is 4 million more than they paid Hibernian for the striker in June 2009. Most Clarets fans feel Fletcher would be a key player for us in the Championship if we could only hold on to him. He was our top scorer last season with 12 goals in the top flight and also picked up a number of Supporters Club and Burnley FC Player of the Year awards.

It is hoped that the 7 million price tag could act as a deterrent to all the Premier League clubs sniffing around which so far has included Bolton and Birmingham as well as Wolves.

There was a tenuous rumour a few days ago that Birmingham could be interested and those links now seem to be stronger after an article in the Daily Mirror today by James Nursey (ie NOT Alan Nixon!!!)

It is reported that Birmingham are now turning their attention to Steven Fletcher following news that their hopes of signing Fulham's Bobby Zamora are appearing to fade.

Zamora by all accounts was Alex McLeish's Number 1 summer transfer target and they were prepared to offer 8 million for the Cottagers hotshot striker. However Brum appear to have been put off by Zamora's salary demands of 40,000 a week! They clearly don't want to pay too much for aging strikers and have also been put off by West Ham's 15m valuation of Carlton Cole.

Fletcher, only 23 obviously won't be demanding such high wages as Zamora bearing in mind we know Burnley FC had a 15,000 per week salary cap last season. Fletcher could easily move to Birmingham and still negotiate a significantly higher salary from the one he will be currently getting at Turf Moor.

The Mirror believes that Birmingham are willing to offer 6 million for the striker setting up a bidding war with local Midlands rivals, Wolves. An official bid from the St Andrews club is expected to be tabled soon.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 20 2010

Time: 8:55AM

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Well a bidding war,if he is going, is the best we can hope for. We really should though hold onto Fletcher, he could easily be a 20 plus goal man for us in the Championship and if we do get promoted will have experience of the top flight.He says he wants to stay so lets prove it Steven. This truly is a test of whether we have gone down stronger. Anything less than the asking price of 7 million for a club that 'doesn't need to sell' will be seen by many Clarets fans as failure.
Thy beat me to it, I was just about to put it in the forums ;-) It is looking increasingly likely that Fletch will be on his way.
Please put in Rumour Mill forum 8c8 and link to article.
If its true that Fletch is happy to stay the Club should come out and say he's not for sale full stop, If the player has a good season scores 20+ and we don't get promotion surely that would increase his transfer fee. I feel the Club need to make a statement and say any players under contract will not be leaving, I know in the real world this ain't going to happen. We as fans need to know if the Clubs statement at the end of the season is true that Burnley want to bounce back to the prem at there first attempt won't happen by selling our best platers. Has the Club as said we don't need to sell.
Kilby has indeed said we don't need to sell. But if someone offers silly money, thoughts are always going to get into directors' heads about turning them down, only to be unable to get the same later on... due to a downturn in the market, a loss of form, a major injury, etc. Kilby has said before that his biggest regret as chair was turning down 5m for Glen. So while I desperately want Fletcher to stay, if the offers keep going up, and if we don't have to give too much back to Hibs... I would probably have my price. But it would be well above 7 million.
Couch Potato
Agree CP but Fletcher is going to be the one players to get us back to the Prem and whether the Board would stick to the 7 mill price tag I'm not to sure. Then we have to get a replacement and if the rumour is right about Hulse and in my opinion is not in the same league as Fletcher, and my other fear is that Birmingham will offer cash + a player which I would not agree with.
I keep on thinking how glad I am not to be a director, having to make all these decisions, in a cauldron of opinions and teh glare of publicity... and still hold down a regular job and find time for family and weeding the garden.
Couch Potato
Well CP you're probably right but in all walks of life you have to take the rough with the smooth.
Cash + player would surely depend on who the player was Fedup and how much cash we got. The bigger picture would be the transfer deal. If we get X amount, plus a quality player to start in our first team next season - it may be a good deal.
Fletch has said he wants to stay, unless the club decide to sell him. So it's an easy decision , he stays. But if these offers keep increasing, and Fletch finds himself looking at doubling his weekly paypacket who knows where this will go. If I was Kilby, I'd be telling him to stay for another season at least, with some kind of bonus for promotion, and a promise of more bucks once we tap into the premiership money vein once again. And we need Fletcher playing for us to do that.
Fletch is worth more to us next season as we try to get back into the Prem ... that's worth a lot more than 7.
Agree Dale but like you say depending what player offered and what amount of cash, I also agree with Welsh keep him one more season promise him the big payrise if we get to the Prem.
I think this is the same as many situations in that it is not a black and white scenario. Any offer would need to be weighed up. In theory, Fletch scoring 20 goals+ in the championship should increase his value, but in reality - would it? I am just trying to think of past players. Wasnt Doyle rumoured to have an 8m price tag the summer before going for 6.5m. I think Beattie went to Sheff Utd for 4m, and was then sold for 2.5m after a succesful time in the championship? If we dont go up ( even if Fletch scores plenty), could his value decrease?
From his interviews I think Fletcher comes across as a modest guy who is probably surprised at this level of interest. I'd be very surprised if we could keep hold of him with such considerable sums of money being talked. I'd be sorry to see him go but we could be in a stronger position overall IF the money is reinvested into the playing staff.
Nice position to be in , when was the last time we were offered 7M for one of our players ?
Bernie Lee
I think the most we have been offered is probably the money for Glen ( was it for 5m) followed by the money we received for Laffs.

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