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Rumour Mill-Symes Likely or Not?

Rumour Mill-Symes Likely or Not?

Clarets fans will always now be suspicious of rumours linking Burnley with a move for Cherries players. Eddie Howe's connection with his former club will always give the media a sloppy excuse to say we are interested in any of the Bournemouth players whether we are or not.

Relationships also seem fraught between the two clubs after Cherries chairman, Eddie Mitchell accused Burnley FC of an 'underhand and unprofessional' approach for their former chief scout, Des Taylor something which the club strenuously denied recently via an official club statement on their website.

You would think therefore now that any further approach by Burnley for one of their players would be folly and likely to be dismissed out of hand.

It is perhaps therefore surprising that we continue to be linked with Cherries players.

The latest today is AFC Bournemouth striker, Michael Symes. Some posters from Vital Bournemouth appear to be reporting that we have made a £600,000 bid for the 27 year old, 6ft 3' forward although the media source of this speculation remains unclear.

Symes came through Everton's youth system after joining them as an eleven year old in 1994. He signed his first professional contract for the Toffees in 2002 but never made his first team debut during the two years as a senior pro with the club thanks to a succession of injuries. Indeed he only made three appearances in the Reserves during his ten years at Goodison Park.

In March 2004, he joined Crewe Alexandra on loan for the rest of the 2003-04 season but could not secure a permanent contract. Instead he moved to League 1 Bradford City in July 2004 but spent a lot of his time out on loan which included spells at Macclesfield Town, Stockport County and Shrewsbury Town. He then moved permanently to Shrewsbury during the 2006 summer transfer window.

More loans followed for the journeyman and he played for Macclesfield Town again, Bournemouth and Accrington Stanley on loan during his time at Shrewsbury.

He made his move to Accrington Stanley permanent in July 2009 and at long last seemed to settle down scoring 13 goals in 41 league appearances.

Eddie Howe though then signed him for Bournemouth in June 2010 after Symes turned down Accy's offer of a new contract.

He however injured his shoulder that season and that limited his appearances although he did manage to score 7 goals in 18 games for the Cherries.

So would Eddie Howe be tempted to bring his former player to Turf Moor? The big question again is whether we need another striker on the books. It does not seem a high priority unless of course one or more of our current strikers could be leaving. Pato has been linked with a move to Portsmouth and the latest gossip today suggests Chris Iwelumo is a Watford target.

I don't personally believe there is one iota of truth in the Symes rumour but we shall see.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Sunday July 17 2011
Time: 9:49AM

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Naw don't think so! Besides he looks terribly injury prone!!
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 09:52:00
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"Our chums on Vital Bournemouth are reporting that we have made a £600,000 bid for the 27 year old." Erm no we're not?
DJ
17/07/2011 09:58:00
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Oh yes you are-eg 'burnley have made 600k bid for micheal symes afcb4life'
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 10:00:00
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That's not exactly Vital Bournemouth reporting it though, that's one user posting a rumour on the comments section. If you believe all the rumours our midfield will consist of Gazza and Owen Hargreaves next season.
DJ
17/07/2011 10:02:00
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Which is why I said I don't believe it either
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 10:13:00
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OK give me a few minutes and I'll go and register with the Burnley Express website and post that you're signing Messi, you can then write another article claiming the Burnley Express are reporting that you're signing the worlds best player...
DJ
17/07/2011 10:18:00
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Go on then!!lol
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 10:22:00
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I have though changed the article slightly to make it plain it's not an official Vital Bournemouth report but emanating from your users. The original wording was somewhat equivocal,sorry bout that
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 10:47:00
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I wonder what Bournemouth fans think of Burnley. In the last 7/8 years we have already signed 4 players + a manager!
Claretdale
17/07/2011 12:25:00
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Most Cherries fans seem pretty cool about it if you read the Vital Bournemouth forum, some less so! I guess we all have our crosses to bear. Our Coyle saga is probably the closest parallel to the Cherries although at least we have not lost many players to Judas so far despite the numerous media links! In fact we have only yet poached one Cherries player under Howe
turfmanphil
17/07/2011 12:36:00
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