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Rumour Mill- A Striker Still to Come?

This time last year all the talk was about whether Owen Coyle could wrestle Owls striker, Marcus Tudgay away from Sheffield Wednesday and sign him for the Clarets. The club made a 1.5 million offer for the player and it had been thought Tudgay would have been tempted to play in the Premier League rather than sign a new contract at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday at the time still in the Championship.

In a fairly acrimonious exchange of words over a period of what seemed like weeks, the saga dragged on with the Owls accusing Burnley of unsettling the player after he had verbally agreed to sign a new contract for Sheffield Wednesday but appeared to now be stalling.

In the end, Sheffield Wednesday won and the player signed a new contract but things have certainly changed in a season.

Owen Coyle moved on in January to Bolton to be replaced by Brian Laws who had earlier been sacked by Sheffield Wednesday. By the end of the season, Brian Laws would see both clubs relegated with Wednesday in dire,financial straits having to now make ends meet in League One.

Brian Laws has already brought fomer Owls keeper, Lee Grant to Turf Moor and it was probably only a matter of time before he was linked to other former players.

One tabloid newspaper over the weekend suggested Laws could now be tempted to make a bid for 27 year old forward and winger, Marcus Tudgay and if true there is certainly an amount of irony in the speculation.

Is this lazy journalism or could there be an element of truth in the rumour? The suggestion is Laws is hoping to capitalise on the financial misfortunes of his former club and hook the striker for a bargain price, very much along the lines he did when signing Lee Grant last week.

Tudgay joined Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee in January 2006, signing a contract until 2010. He then signed a new four-year contract in June 2009.

Clarets fans though could well be asking if we need another striker with Iwelumo, Paterson, Thompson and Rodriguez fighting for a place in attack.

The media do seem to think we are still in the market for a striker. Speculation a fortnight ago was that we were still looking at Wigan forward, Jason Scotland along with Bristol City and Derby County.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 2 2010

Time: 6:15PM

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Here we go again? Surprised his name hasn't been mentioned earlier
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02/08/2010 18:29:00

Don't know why we need another striker if its true i would of thought another midfielder saying that we got a 30 man squad including the young players.
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02/08/2010 19:24:00

It was inevitable ;-)
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02/08/2010 19:27:00

It's that darn parrot again, 8c8! "Marcus Tudgay? Marcus Tudgay?" Don't think so.
Couch Potato
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02/08/2010 20:26:00

I thought that was Papadopoulos, Michopoulos? you had me spitting feathers trying to pronounce them ;-)
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02/08/2010 20:41:00

Although our scoring record last season could not be described as prolific, the lack of goals was not the main reason for relegation, a leaky defence being the big problem. BL being a defender I would have thought that area would have been his natural concern, on the contrary it does not seem so. I have long thought that a quality, experienced central defender an essential requirement, difficult I know as they are in great demand but I would make it the number one priority. Maybe the restriction on Prem squad numbers wil provide an opportunity, fingers crossed.
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03/08/2010 07:35:00

Plenty of parrots possess more than one punchline, 8c8. But to be serious for a moment, Conrnwallclaret makes a valid point. There were maybe a few too many fragile moments against weaker opposition in preseason.
Couch Potato
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03/08/2010 08:52:00

You have to be nuts to think this team is good enough to go up without a hitman up front jay still learning so here a real rookie iwelumo rejected by wolves patto semi injured comon clarets we are desperado for a killer striker up front and not something from the bargin bucket its about time we spent some real brass and landed a quality player that can go on to do his stuff in the prem
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03/08/2010 18:13:00

We need to sign Dawson from Rochdale & a top Quality forward & Tudgay is not the answer not good enough. we should be looking at current premiership Forwards who want to play regular football
Albmaleaf claret
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03/08/2010 20:33:00

Defender Dawson, Midfield Whittingham, Striker Maynard three needed before start of season, we must still have plenty of money left to finance this
Albmaleaf claret
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03/08/2010 22:03:00

Loadsamoney, but will the board invest it.
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04/08/2010 17:53:00

You forgot Thommo hollins , he's a hitman. Like Albma, I'd love to see Dawson, Whittingham and Maynard signing for us but let's see what Laws does 'cos it's his call. More than happy with his signings so far and I think the squad is now well capable of a serious challenge this season. Meanwhile, there may be more signings in the pipeline.
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