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Rumour Mill-Eagles Has Not Landed?

Clarets winger, Chris Eagles has made it clear his ambitions lie elsewhere and that life in the Championship would not meet his ambitions.

Speculation was rife that a number of Premier League clubs were interested in his services but they all seem to have come to nothing so far.

Sunderland were understood to be the latest club to be linked but the local paper, the Sunderland Echo have cast doubt on the speculation. The Echo understands that the Black Cats are not planning a move for the player and that he is not a target with no approach having been made by Sunderlnad gaffer, Steve Bruce.

Some media reports had suggested the Wearside club had made a 1 million bid for the player but this seems wide of the mark.

The Clarets would want a significantly higher offer though having spent around 1.3m to bring the 24-year-old from Old Trafford.

The Echo also suggests Eagles has fallen out with Brian Laws and wants a move although the general impressiion Clarets fans have is that Eagles simply wants to move to a Premier League club in order to further his ambition. I certainly believe he would have left the club come what may had we been relegated under any other manager.

Everton are another club believed to be interested in Eagles but again it is understood no official approach has yet been made.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 10 2010

Time: 8:57AM

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I just wonder at this rate if Eagles is still going to be on our books, come Season kick-off. Can't see it somehow though
turfmanphil
Disagree Phil I'm sure Burnley will want at least 3m for him and I just cannot see any Prem Club paying that sort of money for a player who did nothing in the league last year, big disappointment for me and I think Man U could see that when they sold him to us.
Fedupclaret
Clearly Eagles would like to play in the Prem. Clearly he would have liked to have featured more often when he was in the Prem. It's less clear who is going to take a gamble on him. He showed last year that he struggles to lift a struggling team. So struggling teams, especially those that are gambling on survival by playing robustly, might be wary of him. There's a view that he might flourish, and contribute more, in a team that's higher up the pecking order. But doubts seem to be emerging whether clubs like Everton or Fulham would want to take a gamble... and I think we can rest assured that Spurs would rather have Cole on a free than Eagles for 2million. So if Chris is going to play PL footy next season, it might come down to a choice of Wigan and the Baggies. It conclusion, the vision of Eagles in next year's Prem is as hard to see as that of him playing for us next year.
Couch Potato
Maybe Horse Face could buy him? Would be a good squad player for us next season but I still wouldn't guarantee him a place in the starting XI even in the Championship. Happy to take anything over 1.5 for him as he will be free to leave in a seasons time.
VinRogue
Agree with VR. And I cannot see how the performance of Eagles at the SOL helped with this interest! Also agree with CP, At times last season it was pointless Eagles being on the pitch for us, we needed to dig in and fight. In a 'better' team, he would probably get more time to play which may benefit his style greatly.
Claretdale
You're being very agreeable, CD!
Couch Potato
I think Eagles will still be with us next season, I really do. He has never been the best player in our team and I think thats why nobody is rushing in for him. I think Everton may be interested in him like they were interested in Beckford, however they now its a gamble so don't want to spend any money. So they will do what they did with Beckford, wait till he is out of contract and sign him on a free. You pay him 20,000 a week, if he does well great, if he does poor loan him out and get a significant proportion of the wages back or sell him. Very little risk if you do it that way. If you remember Everton were interested in Beckford last year but didn't sign him.
skutter169
On his day a cracking and scintillating player, but alas not consistent enough hence United letting him go as Fedup says. I wouldn't be sorry if there was no premiership interest in him and he stayed with us. I think he's still learning and could develop the consistency in the championship next season. A bit of an enigma our Chris.
WelshClaret
 

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