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Rumour Mill-Pato Reading Between The Lines?

Martin Paterson, despite having spent most of last season out with injury, appears to be attracting the attention of some of our Championship rivals.

Last week, the gossip suggested that Pompey gaffer, Steve Cotterill was keen to sign Pato It would appear Burnley though have rebuffed two bids from the Clarets former boss who is understood to want to bring the 24-year-old to Fratton Park for a fee of around 1.5 million.

It was also mooted that David Nugent coming the other way could form part of a deal.

Pato still has two years remaining on his contract and Howe would not be keen to let him go. The Burnley gaffer also denied this week that any bids had been received from the Hampshire club.

Now it is the turn of the Sunday tabloids to fuel speculation with Reading this morning linked as a potential suitor.

It would appear Royals gaffer, Brian McDermott wants to bring the Burnley striker Martin Paterson to the Madejski Stadium especially if he is forced to sell in-demand striker, Shane Long.

That would all be rather ironic if such a deal was completed bearing in mind Burnley knocked out Reading in the play-offs semi-final during our promotion season with Paterson scoring a stunning goal in our 2-0 second-leg victory down in Berkshire.

McDermott is reported to have already sounded out Burnley about the player but if true it is likely he got the same response the club gave Pompey...Hands Off!!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 3 2011

Time: 7:52AM

Your Comments

Place your bets that we lose one before we sign one!! Would be plain stupid to let Pato go unless we are preparing to bring another striker in with higher quality
turfmanphil
Should have said it was written by Alan Nixon too
turfmanphil
Thought Pato would be the least of our players to be sold after the injuries he has suffered, just wondering his he going to be in the starting eleven any time soon and it is his agent who is banding his name to other Clubs. Just a thought but could be way of the mark.
Fedupclaret
Say someone offer Reading 5million for Long and they offer 3.5 for Pato, at a time when no bids have been received for the players we'd like to get off our payroll? Then again, just bask in the glory of our competitiveness in having a striker wanted by the club who lost in the P Off final, but who is coming back to strengthen our strong squad, led this time by a gaffer with a plan! Up the Clarets!
Couch Potato
Assuming we don't lose any strikers or bring in anymore, it is still probably our strongest area at the moment. Assuming 4-4-2, we have three fighting for those two places up front-Austin,Pato and JayRod. All three could be accommodated in the same team of course but one would have to be played out wide! We then have youngsters like Wes Fletcher (assuming he signs a new deal on offer) and Alex MacDonald waiting in the wings. Lose one of the strikers though eg Pato and we would definitely need to bring in at least one new replacement. A Pato move to Pompey with Nugent coming t'other way would be interesting. That said though I think Pato offers summat different up front and would love to see him partner Austin or JayRod
turfmanphil
tmp I am presuming you have not mentioned Big Chris as you think Wes Fletcher and Alex McDonald are better because they run, jump, skip and have nothing to do with BL! Until he departs (which I hope he does) Big Chris will have to be considered as a Burnley striker imo.
VinRogue
True VR but I have assumed he will be departing, at least one director I know was certainly not very complimentary after I overheard a conversation he had on the train coming back from Leeds! Not our style of striker it seems.although it would help if he could hit a barn door with his head or feet from 20 paces!
turfmanphil
Yes I am happy for him to leave too, but whilst we are paying him, you would have to consider him to be ahead of the two young lads for a place on the bench due to experience and size against some of the big experienced defenders in our league.
VinRogue
Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part! ;-)
turfmanphil
If Iwelumo goes and Pato stays we have no recognised "target man". Not necessarily a problem but it will mean a change in style from last season. On the other hand if Nugent comes in he would be regarded more in the classic centre forward mould. Got to be better than big Chris at holding the ball up and general all round team contribution?
Essex Claret
It was interesting at the season's final game that The Beast was throwing the ball out much more than usual. A sign of things to come?
Couch Potato
Never understood that passion for Pato ( yep that will raise a few eyebrows I know) but for me a strong bid would see him off down the motorway sorry but for me this is an area that seems to need serious attention, yep Jays good, big Chris not good enough, austin unproven, Pato like a ragging bull but chases lots of shadows, on loan stuff hasn't worked ...... for me the second most important area to get right after the back line defo need a fresh face up front
hollinsclaret
I think I may almost agree with hollins post above, which could be a first and prove we can agree on some things and agree to disagree on others.
VinRogue
Nope sorry HC/VR disagree, I think because Pato has been out for so long, we have forgotten what he is capable of,not to mention his enthusiasm and determination to succeed. I personally think he has been messed about summat rotten by forciing him to play out wide far too much. He is not a winger but an out-and-out striker, one that offers something different and one who ideally plays with a tall partner up front so they can both feed off each other. Would love to see him upfront with Austin or JayRod. He might even help Iwelumo with assists
turfmanphil
Problem could be TMP that, as a good club man, Pato will do his best whatever is asked of him. Hope EH has seen that and will make amends ASAP
cornwallclaret
Agree with tmp, play him up front in the middle and he can be lethal, and yes it'll be interesting to see how Pato and Austin/J Rod gel together. As Hollins says, Austin unproven as yet, but I've got faith in Eddie Howe's judgement for some reason, and he could well be the brilliant 'new signing' this season, along with Pato after all the injuries come to that. I think things are looking good at the moment, just need to sign Cork and maybe a central defender if the bucks are forthcoming. Edgar could play a big part if we play him , and hopefully Carlisle will find his promotion year form. UTC.
WelshClaret
Well the rumor that he was in part ex for Nugent is dead he just signed for Leicester!
ruane
It would be foolish to let Pato go, he has so much to offer. We need a bit of competition up front at the club. Then if nobody is guaranteed to start, more effort could be produced from certain players to keep their place in the first eleven. Martin Paterson has a lot of talent, no doubt about that. He scored 19 goals in the season that we won promotion three years ago, but since then his career has been halted by injury and he has scored just 7 goals since then. However we did see glimpses of brilliance against Norwich last season and when fully fit he is letal infront of goal. Jay Rodriguez is getting better and better and hopefully he can build on and maybe even better his last season. And Charlie Austin has proven that he is a goalscorer in the past, with incredible amounts of goals at previous clubs, its just a question of if he can do it at this level. Personally I think he can. Lastly, Chris Iwelumo is definetely still a good player to have at the club as a strong target man. It gives us other options if things need to be changed. Yes, the other three strikers are better and Iwelumo would start almost every game on the bench, and he wouldnt be too big a loss if he was sold, but he can still bring another dimension to our team and possibly chip in with goals too. In essence, holding onto Jay Rod, Austin and Pato is vital. We cant afford to let any of them go.
AdamBurnleyFan
Cotterill still after Paterson according to SSN today 07.07.11
8clarets8
burnley chasing afc bournemouths steve flectcher for 1.5m acording 2 bournemouth ecko
afcb4life
Why , has he nicked Eddies chips ?
Bernie Lee
 

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