Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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.
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
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