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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!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 30 2010

Time: 9:48AM

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30/05/2010 09:57:00

Phil lets be positve if Fletcher wants to carry on in the Premiership fair play to the lad lets get what we can for him. As for Hulse seems to me bit expensive for 30+ with a few injury problems, as for Cork i think Chelsea might want to sell him if that the case lets see what the price is. The bottom line is how much Kilby and the board want to get back to the Prem and how much confidence they have in Laws and we will only find the answers when we know what budget Laws has. My view is we are go to spend quite a few million for players to get promotion and have a good chance of stopping in the Prem.
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30/05/2010 11:13:00

The thing about Fletcher is that he seemed willing to stay at Turf Moor, if he was not, he should not have said he was! This seems to be a battle about the number of £££££££££££££ signs and how much we can rack them up in a bidding war. Just for once,let's dig in and tell em to all feck off!!
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30/05/2010 11:34:00

Totally agree Phil but while Fletcher may be quite happy to stay here we don't know what his agent is doing behined the scenes and a move makes his agent more money. Then you have BFC are they trying to sell to give Laws A few Million to spend without dipping into the Premiership millions we got for religation, why i am saying that for is if the speculation reguarding the quote of laws having 10 games to prove himself is right why blow millions on a manager who might be sacked after 10 games who knows what goes on behined close doors.
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30/05/2010 12:04:00

The club have denied the ten game rumour but then if we start off badly and after ten games things look hopeless with the fans on Laws back will the club just sit there and do nowt? I can't see it somehow. Fletcher is just the sort of player we should try and keep if his agent aint pulling the strings too much but I see what you are saying. Losing Fletcher though will just upset the applecart and I for one need to see some balls from the Board to support this 'going down stronger' statement. I would rather keep Fletcher than risk giving Laws the money from his sale. We know he will run riot in the Championship, newbies will be untested and will take some time to settle into the team
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30/05/2010 12:12:00

So the newest drum to be banged until all wilt into submission is that we should sell NOBODY? Even the likes of Manchester United "have" to sell from time to time - Cristiano Ronaldo, for example. That's life.
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30/05/2010 12:36:00

I cannot agree more Phil if Burnley are true to there word about the Premiership and getting back in there first season they should be building the team around Fletcher not thinking of the Clubs bank balance.
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30/05/2010 12:41:00

Understand what you are saying wtbm but the difference between Fletcher and Ronaldo is that Fletcher has stated he happy at Burnley with Ronaldo he wanted to move from Man U, thats not life that the player not being happy at winning everthing and being a one of the highest paid players.
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30/05/2010 12:50:00

"Player says he is happy at club then leaves" shock exclusive. Not exactly a rare occurence though, is it?
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30/05/2010 12:56:00

Would agree with Barnsey Fedup - If he is asked the question, it is a very difficult one to answer. If he says he wants to leave he gets excused of being a traitor showing no loyalty etc. To me Accepting a £7.5m ( or in the region) offer would not be the club thinking of its bank balance. It would be for the good of the club and would probably lead to us having a better squad!
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30/05/2010 13:05:00

Take your point Dale but we already have the money to spend for a better squad i just think a good striker who's going to get 20-30 goals in a season are hard to come by and the fact of the matter is going to be that which ever decision burnley make reguarding Fletcher you are not going to please everyone.
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30/05/2010 13:36:00

Spot on Fedup - You will never please everyone. As I have said, I want to keep Fletch, but I dont think the club should turn down that sort of money. The bit that is sticking in my throat a bit is the thought that some will be 'accusing' the board of a lack of ambition etc if they are to sell Fletch.
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30/05/2010 13:49:00

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30/05/2010 14:53:00

As you say Barnsey hardly a shock, player says he is happy then leaves. Fletchers agent who I presume has many sweaty socks on his books is sitting on a gold mine with Fletcher. Does he think " He is happy at Burnley" or does he think "I can double his wages with a tidy signing on fee and make more money from that than the rest of my sweaties" If I was his agent I would be looking over the holiday brochures in anticipation of making a few bob. Eagles wants to play in the Prem....what a fool for saying that? He should have said i want to stay at Burnley then we could have all said sell him! lol.....somedays you just can't win and we have signed our best striker of last season on goals to minutes so Happy days!
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30/05/2010 18:19:00

Surely in the end it is up to Fletch, if he wants to stay, he stays. Hope he does anyway.
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31/05/2010 08:39:00

Done this one in a previous thread, but for what it's worth I'm with tmp on this one. If the decision is down to us and not Fletch or his agent, then we should keep him at all cost. Sometimes I feel like that lazy brown trout, sheltering in the shade on a hot summer's day. Then this fly keeps hovering just above me with 'Fletcher going to Wolves' on it, and before I know it I'm out of my comfortable shady spot and going for it. Then I'm hooked. I notice there's a complete lack of comment from the official BFC site about Fletch, which tends to make me think there's something going on. Or does it mean that they're above commenting on silly rumours? Next fly please.
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31/05/2010 15:12:00

I think, WC, its the second option. The club cannot comment on every rumour surrounding our players,
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31/05/2010 15:44:00

When you look at McCann and how he was being touted for a move to Villa and financial security for life, then an injury and back to square one, I for one would understand if Fletcher was persuaded by his agent to take the big money move that a £7m+ transfer is. I want him to stay and learn how to kick it with his right foot then we will get £15 million but Horse face taught us all a lesson in loyalty and football.
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31/05/2010 18:00:00

did Cork do enough to warrant a second season with you?
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01/06/2010 19:14:00

Have said before that just because we don't need to sell players doesn't mean we won't and when Fletcher says he is happy to stay it doesn't mean he will. Players come and go - like managers. One of my Bournemouth supporting mates once said that Wade Elliott wouldn't leave the Fitness First Stadium as he had told the local paper that he loved it at the club. He signed for us the next day.
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