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Rumour Mill-Burnley in Rochdale Raidy for O'Grady?

Rumour Mill-Burnley in Rochdale Raidy for O'Grady?

It is perhaps inevitable that if a manager states he is looking for a striker, in this case to fill the gap left by the departed Chris Iwelumo that the media speculation will be in full force linking us to possible replacements.

Eddie Howe said this week after Iwelumo left the club to sign for Watford:

'We are working on it (a replacement) because we need another striker. I don't want to go into the season with just three, so we will be working hard to bring one in.'

The World of Clarets Twitter of course has since been hectic and it was on there that it was first mooted that Burnley could have 25 year old Rochdale striker, Chris O'Grady on their radar. It is thought the rumour first broke when Richard Partington MEN Magazine sports media journalist for Greater Manchester which also includes Rochdale tweeted the speculation.

Later tweets and independent fans footy website articles then suggested we had made a £500,000 bid.

There could be some truth in the rumour though with Eddie Howe being a close pal of Rochdale gaffer, Steve Eyre. Eyre only joined League 1 club, Rochdale in June this year replacing Keith Hill who left to manage Barnsley. Howe is also fully aware of O'Grady's abilities after he helped Rochdale thump Bournemouth 4-0 at Dean Court during the promotion season

So what do we know about O'Grady?

He started his career at Leicester City in 2000 at the age of 14.The forward impressed then manager, Micky Adams being prolific in front of goal for the youth and reserves teams. O'Grady made his Foxes debut coming off the bench in Leicester's 2-0 victory over Grimsby Town in April 2003 but failed to establish himself as a regular first-team choice.

Loan spells at Notts County and Rushden & Diamonds followed and in January 2007, O'Grady signed for Rotherham United on a two-and-a-half year deal for £65,000. He left the club though to join Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee in May 2008.

He only played 11 league games for Oldham and spent most of his time out on loan with spells at Bury, Bradford, Stockport and finally Rochdale. It was at Rochdale that he made his mark scoring 12 goals in 21 league appearances after joining them on loan in August 2009.

O'Grady made his move to Spotland permanent in January 2010 after signing a 2½ year contract for an undisclosed fee. He has continued to whack 'em in for Dale scoring at a rate of one goal every 3-4 games.

It had been thought he might be moving to Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, but it is understood that their bid of £200,000 has been rejected.However if our much higher bid is true, Dale could be tempted by the offer rather than risk losing him for nowt when his contract expires next summer.

There is no doubt this chap can score goals, but his he the sort of striker that would easily adapt playing at a higher level in the Championship and would he be worth the risk? The answer is probably yes,in my opinion. Strikers can usually score at any level of football and he certainly sounds prolific in front of goal.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Thursday July 21 2011
Time: 8:00AM

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Interesting one this, with Pato,Austin and Jay Rod already around, O'Grady could be a useful addition to our strike force. He is maybe the tall striker (6ft 3) we are looking for but just hope he can also track back and be more involved compared to say Iwelumox.Hope this one goes through!
turfmanphil
21/07/2011 08:07:00
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Interesting Partington now tweeting-'Spoke to club top brass last week after Sheff Weds bid and he said club would only sell striker for fee in region of £500k'
turfmanphil
21/07/2011 08:21:00
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Is this the quality striker we need might be a bit unfair on my part never really seen the lad play but you do have to trust the manager. But we defo need another striker with the injury problems of Pato and Austin, is O'Grady the answer.
Fedupclaret
21/07/2011 08:45:00
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Sounds OK to be honest and Dale fans certainly rate him. My feeling is a punt on a striker who can score goals is less of a risk that it would be say taking a defender or midfielder from the lower leagues. Let's face it this club is stuffed financially so we are not going to see any high quality names coming methinks!
turfmanphil
21/07/2011 08:52:00
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More Partington Tweets now suggest we are NOT in for him-Latest on Chris O'Grady: Spoke to source at Rochdale this morning and no contact - let alone a bid - been made by Burnley' although 'Club confirmed a Championship side had expressed an interest recently but nothing came of it' Heer we go again,zilch just as you hoped there might be something in it! [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
21/07/2011 09:26:00
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MMmm .... not sure I don't often differ on opinion with you turf man but "taking a punt" is not what we should be doing, I understand the club have been afforded their next £16M instalment of parachute monies. So why are we all considering that league 1 players are going to fit the bill? The guy is unproven at Championship level we have 3 / 5 strikers at the club unless we are going to bring in an awesome proven player then we shouldn't be swelling the ranks with another player with similar capabilities. We need 3 awesome signing good I wish I was attending the forthcoming shareholders meeting .... I would make Paxman look like mother Teresa !! soooo many questions need answering !! why are we so far into pre season and seem so incapable of doing a deal ?
hollinsclaret
21/07/2011 10:08:00
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HC - did you get the free season ticket in our PL year? You could have traded it in for a share, if so!
Couch Potato
21/07/2011 11:13:00
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Further thought... it's a pity HC isn't going to the shareholder's meeting, as I would expect that all his questions can be answered calmly and appropriately, though of course there are always more than two ways to look at any business challenge in any setting, and therefore always reasons for debate and disagreement. Failing HC being able to find a way to gt in, I did email tmp last night the first article in a mini-series from me about 'where's the money gone'. The first one looks at how much actually came in. Bet you can't wait!
Couch Potato
21/07/2011 11:39:00
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Are you putting it on here CP
Fedupclaret
21/07/2011 13:18:00
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FupC - I don't know how to put things on here. I send them to TMP and he should be putting the one I mentioned in this thread on here in the next few days. I should add that he's said he'd be willing to show people how to put articles up on this front page, but I have ducked that extra responsibility.
Couch Potato
21/07/2011 13:48:00
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