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Rumour Mill-Cottage Industry for Bikey?

Rumour Mill-Cottage Industry for Bikey?

Fulham gaffer, Roy Hodgson is reported to be interested in Clarets defender and midfielder, Andre Bikey.

The 25 year old Cameroon international might be tempted by offers of immediately playing in the Premier League again following our relegation and Fulham would appear to be the second top flight club so far who have the former Reading player on their radar along with newly promoted West Brom.

This is not the first time Fulham have been linked with Andre Bikey. The club along with Stoke City were believed to have an interest in signing him last summer from Reading before he joined Burnley.

It is understood Hodgson could be prepared to offer £1 million which he hopes would be enough to tempt the club to let him leave.

Bikey seemed to be in and out of favour following the arrival of Brian Laws in January so his future at the club might be in doubt should 'silly money' be on the table.

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Date:Monday May 31 2010
Time: 8:22AM


So we dont have to sell? How many players will we sell though? Surely we cant just blindly keep accepting offers because they happen to be 'silly money'' offers? Players still under contract linked with moves away now include Fletcher, Elliott, Eagles, McCann and Bikey. Rather interestingly Mears interest seems to be non-existant at moment but surely that will change? If all those go, we are faced with having to find six replacements before we even begin to think about squad additions.
31/05/2010 08:33:00
Lots to get worked up about. Just as well we have 6 fingers to keep count 'eh Phil, as was reported on the beebwww blog called 'Chant of the Season'. I contacted the moderators, who deleted two subsequent posts on the matter, but left up the original selection of the chant as 'one of the season' by their journalist... even though it had not been 'sung' as their site claims, but only texted to the journalist, whcih he admitted. I have been thinking of writing about it to some bigger beeb person, or maybe in WTBM. But I find myself in two minds. Might this be because I have two heads: does the beeb and its journalist, Chris Charles, have a view? Lots to think about... Do you think 6 stories about possible expressions of interest will result in 6 players leaving? Where would Fuham play Bikey?
Couch Potato
31/05/2010 08:57:00
Don't understand the reasons for letting all these players go if the rumours are right who are under contract, £1 million for Bikey complete joke, so the comment don't need to sell but everybody has a price? I'd like to know what fight the manager is putting up to keep these players. Are we going to let anybody go if the price is right or are these the player who have had a bustup with Laws, from being a team of championship players when we were religated to half the team wanted by Premiership teams makes me think. So the player named in tmp post plus Mears and Blake also has the beast signed his contract yet, its going to interesting to see which players are left, Rats and sinking ship comes to mind.
31/05/2010 09:25:00
Doomed I tell you, we are all doomed.....
31/05/2010 09:35:00
I would be very upset to see Bikey go, especially for £1 million. However I am not too worked up yet as this is still a fledgling rumour which could amount to nothing. Also this would be a very different transfer to the Fletcher one with regards to the fact that I don't think Laws likes/rates Bikey. If this is the case he wouldn't be sold because we are receiving a silly offer, instead just because Laws doesn't want him. Interesting point about Mears tmp and one I mentioned to my dad yesterday and ee both thought it a bit surprising. Maybe the player reagarded as the 'most likely' to go will end up staying? I like your post CP. Made me chuckle.
31/05/2010 09:37:00
Think some folk need to take off their rose-tinted glasses and give em a good clean!! ;-). A club that 'goes down stronger' and 'doesn't have to sell' should be fighting tooth and nail to keep all the players they think will be an asset to us next season and that doesn't mean giving in to the highest bidder.They may well be doing that and we shall have to see. If however we are set to lose all our key players to Prem clubs, then going down stronger is simply bollox. At the moment we could finish up with a similar squad to that which saw us promoted but depleted of its key players so the onus will be on Laws to bring in good quality players to replace them and not just ones that are Championship standard but also those with potential to do a job in the Prem. If not if we do get promoted, we will face a similar situation of playing with Championship level players punching above their weight yet again unless of course this club finally shake off their timidity and put some money behind trying to reap the far greater rewards of survival in the top flight. Marney is an encouraging start but the signing does not exactly have me swinging from the chandaliers and nor would Hulse if he comes when you compare him to Fletcher. A George Boyd or someone of that ilk would get the juices flowing or any 'big name' decent player(s) where we too are prepared to pay "silly money" to get what we want
31/05/2010 10:40:00
£1m for Bikey seems a bit low - I must have missed the rumour about Mccann and thought we had escaped that due to his injury - Who has he been linked with?
31/05/2010 11:46:00
I don't think Laws rates Bikey as one of our best players and so he is not regarded as a key asset. In this case I think Laws would sell Bikey to any club whether they are higher or lower than us and not for the reason we are being bullied into a sale. I personally think we should keep Bikey however as I think he is the best centre half we have and three time the player or Leon 'Can't Run' Cort. I just really don't think Laws sees it that way.
31/05/2010 12:22:00
I would like to think that the board and Laws would try to keep as many players as possible but like some say if players want to go let them. As for Hulse and Iwelumo are these players going to improve the side as we already have 3 forwards who are the same level or better.
31/05/2010 12:34:00
Is Boyd not another Eagles/Guerrero type gamble? I am in two minds, do you sign him as a front 3 man or as a wide man in a 4 4 2, balance is important as far too often last season our midfield was shocking, I think he would be a good replacement for Eagles to the squad, but have a word of caution, if Forest are not up for paying the asking price after having him on loan, what is the reason?
31/05/2010 12:47:00
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