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Coyle No to Nugent but Maybe Yes to Fletcher?

Former Clarets gaffer Owen Coyle appears to have denied any interest in David Nugent, our former loan striker from Portsmouth.

It had been thought he was keen to reunite with the striker he originally signed on loan for the Clarets.

However speaking to the Bolton News,Coyle said:

"I haven`t spoken to anyone about David.

"Don`t get me wrong, I think he`s a really good player who I worked with very closely at Turf Moor. And I`m happy to get linked with good players.

"But I`m not looking to bring him to Bolton, and I certainly haven`t made any offers for him, as Portsmouth seem to be suggesting."

Portsmouth of course are currently in administration and are keen to offload some of their players to ease their financial burden.

Pompey relegated along with Burnley and Hull from the Premier League this season have been told they must sell 15 million worth of players by the end of the summer to balance the books.

Pompey`s administrator Andrew Andronikou has already confirmed that Nugent is one such player:

"We are hoping to speak to David`s agent over the next two weeks to find out what his client wants to do," he said yesterday.

"I am told he is trying to stay in the Premier League and Bolton are interested.

"We are looking at 2.5m upwards - that would be a good fee. We are certainly not going to recoup what we have paid for him, while I would like to avoid paying his level of wages."

So if Nugent is not on Coyle's radar does this mean he has other strikers in mind? There is no doubt he would probably like Steven Fletcher to be part of the set-up at Bolton but if the Clarets are prepared to release him would Bolton be willing to outbid Wolves and Birmingham? It is understood that Mick McCarthy is currently in the driving seat and could be about to sign the 23 year old Scottish international for 7-7.5 million.

Fletcher had been linked with Blackburn too recently but Rovers boss Sam Allardyce now appears to have switched targets.

It is now thought that Owen Coyle may have become the main rival to Wolves but a bidding war can only be a good thing for Burnley FC if the club are adamant on selling the player for 'silly money'

No doubt though Clarets fans would prefer Fletcher to go anywhere other than Bolton or Blackburn with most wishing he would stay at Turf Moor!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 1 2010

Time: 1:36PM

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Nugent might find his wish of playing in the Prem next season a tadge more difficult than perhaps he thought?
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01/06/2010 13:43:00

Always liked Nugent though, and he played well with Fletcher, both missing as many as the other :-) I wouldn't be unhappy if we managed to sign him for 2 million provided that he was happy to fall in line with the club's wage structure. On the other hand, his absence will give more opportunity to Thommo and I have no problem with that whatsoever.
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01/06/2010 14:05:00

I hope Nugent ends up stuck at Portsmouth for being so arrogant as to burn his bridges with us.
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01/06/2010 14:09:00

Totally agree CC another one who thinks he should play in the Prem I said in another artical on VB I thought Nugent would find it hard to get another Club in the Prem, I don't know what other people think but I'm sure the Prem Clubs are being a bit more carefull about spashing the cash.
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01/06/2010 14:40:00

If Bolton don't want Nugent I can,t see any other Premier club coming in for him?
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01/06/2010 15:32:00

Couch Potato
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01/06/2010 15:54:00

Ah Blackpool you say CP, I was listening to an interview the other day with Karl Oyston and he was saying that there would be very little spent on new players if any money and he went on to say that they would be be looking at free transfers and loan deals, a possibility they may go for him? but it does not sound like it from the interview.
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01/06/2010 16:05:00

Nuge was a useful player to have in the squad during our Premier League campaign, but whether he is good enough to be a regular in a side that survives - He was good at getting the others going, but whether he has the required quality - I am not sure.
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01/06/2010 17:50:00

The way i see it we DON'T sell to Bolton! If any player wants to be sold to the Prem let them just not to them!
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01/06/2010 17:53:00


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