Damn Local Rivals-Cork, Hulse & Fletcher Battles
Rumours linking our players with a move down the road to the Reebok are of course both now legendary and numerous although to date none of them have been signed by our former gaffer. A raid by Owen 'Judas' Coyle was expected in the summer although it looks like at least one of his targets, Steven Fletcher could be moving elsewhere if the rumours linking him with a move to Molineux for £7-£7.5 million are true. It would appear Wolves may have won the battle with Midlands rivals, Birmingham to sign the player and there are rumours he will be having talks at Molineux this week.
The Clarets would certainly welcome a bidding war over Fletcher but I am not sure they would welcome Blackburn Rovers getting involved.
Blackburn were reported to be keen on the 23 year old with Sam Allardyce about to hijack Wolves' attempts to land the Scotland international. It is thought though that Rovers who are working with a limited budget, may have to sell first to put in an audacious bid over the £7 million.
Clarets fans would certainly not want to see their prize asset don the colours of those that dare not be mentioned! In fact this Clarets fan thinks they should keep hold of the player come what may if Fletcher is genuine in his statement that he would gladly play for the Clarets in the Championship.
There is no point in the club saying they don't have to sell if they then do so, even if it is for 'silly money'.
Look let's be frank, we are supposed to have gone down stronger, we are told we are no longer a selling club and we are told we want to return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Do we really do that by selling a player that would get a shed load of goals for us in the Championship and then be ready to have another go in the Premier League if we get promoted? We have to show more balls and ambition.
£7.5 million for Fletcher might sound attractive but using that money we are not going to get anybody of such quality to play for us in the Championship.
Oh well, rant over!
So what about our targets?
Well assuming you class, newly promoted Championship club, Leeds United as a LOCAL rival, it would appear they are now competing with us to sign Rob Hulse from Derby County.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Leeds were ready to rival the Clarets for the striker in a £1.5m deal.
Hulse, 30, had an 18 month stint at Elland Road and he may well be tempted to return to his former club.
If that was not enough just as the good news broke that Brian Laws was tempting to re-sign Jack Cork on loan from Chelsea next season another local rival now appears to have put a spanner in the works.
The local rival this time is newly promoted Premier League club, Blackpool.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Blackpool gaffer, Ian Holloway has already targeted Jack Cork in his list of potential loan players he wants to see play at Bloomfield Road next season.
It will be Chelsea of course who will need to decide what might be best for the 20 year old and they may feel that Cork would be best served by him playing in the top flight rather than dropping down to the Championship.
Oh well, c'est la vie! Another penalty for enjoying life in the Championship!