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Rumour Mill-Montgomery for Our Midfield ?

The Clarets along with Championship rivals Derby, Forest, Brighton, Leeds and Birmingham are reported to be in a tug-of-war for Sheffield United midfielder, Nick Montgomery.

The 30 year old has spent his entire professional career at Bramall Lane making over 350 appearances for the club.

He plays more as a defensive midfielder for the Blades.

In June 2010 he signed a new 3 year deal with the club after turning down Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, despite being a life long Leeds fan.

Montgomery although born in Leeds turned down an opportunity to play for England despite interest at the time from then manager, Sven Goran Erikson.

He decided instead to play for Scotland and indeed already has two Scotland Under 21 caps having also played for Scotland Futures against Poland in December 2005.

It would certainly be a cultural shock should the player move away from Bramall Lane and you have to ask whether Burnley are interested bearing in mind Eddie Howe's statement recently that they are not seeking additional permanent signings in the January window. You also wonder if his age would also count against him with Howe trying to reduce the average age of the squad.

Nevertheless, he would certainly provide some experience in the squad and it is not the first time we have been linked with the player although it has to be said not under Eddie Howe.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 15 2012

Time: 10:39PM

Your Comments

This rumour, and I have seen it a lot now in various media reports does not seem to ring true to me but what do I know?
turfmanphil
I'm sure this is rubbish Phil. Doesn't fit EH's profile in any way.
cubanclaret
I very much doubt this will happen, don't even rate him to be honest though. Think Blackburn winning the league is more likely!!
YorkshireClaret
I know someone who is a good friend of one of his relatives. When I asked them last night if they had heard anything they checked with the relative who said not - BUT oddly didn't seem too sure. Experienced (Premiership?) midfielder who belts one in every now and then - could be interesting? On a big (BIG) plus side - he did knock Leeds back.
AndyHo
Always thought we could benefit from signing a couple of experienced players. Whether this one would do the job I would leave to EH. However he does not fit what seems to be the EH type, ie young, promising and cheap.
cornwallclaret
Why spend money on someone you're not likely to be able to sell at a profit later (if you need to) as opposed to spend it on someone who think you can (if you need to)? The reason would be if you think they can get you promoted. But, my sense is that the Board just isn't minded to risk repeating the trading mistakes of Coyle and Laws. Also, isn't the sort of central midfielder we lack more one who can unpick defences than one who can shore them up? Except perhaps, if this guy can cover at RB, I'd be a bit more interested. We missed Wado badly when our first choice RB was suspended at the same time as his cover was injured. For LB McCann can drop back, if both Easton and Mee were unavailable.
Couch Potato
I think Coyle's trading mistakes actually involved bringing in kids they thought they could make a profit on but look what happened to Penny, Guerrero, Eckersley and the like. The only oldie that didn't work out was Van der schaaf! Would we have got promoted without the old, experenced hands of Alexander, Blake & co? Laws was a different kettle of fish but then we should never have taken him on board in the first place. Leon Cort and Chris Iwelumo says it all but to be fair to him, he did identify Jack Cork and had it not been for the club showing lack of ambition, he would now be a rising star for the Clarets with a price tag increasing far more than the other players to boot.
turfmanphil
Cant see this one being true - we seem to get linked with Monty a lot of the years.
Claretdale
Maybe he has an aunty in Nelson, CD? TMP, if we don't get anything for Amougou, he (and Thommo) would have to be added as experienced players who Coyle bought in, who we later got shot of for nought. An argument could also be mounted that Penny was 'experienced' rather than 'a kid'.
Couch Potato
Well yes, my point is we need experienced players like Thommo Amougou too was pretty good for us when he first came on board. I would consider neither of those two 'trading mistakes' even if we do/did get nowt for them in the end. The real mistakes Coyle made seemed to be on the more youthful side planning for the future. Diego Penny was only 24 I think when he came to Turf Moor and the only experience he had was playing in Peru. By experienced I would define that as 30 plus in this case
turfmanphil
Didn't Laws also bring in Fox (sold at a profit), plus Grant, Wallace and Marney? Can anyone remember what prices we bought and sold Iwelumo at? The master at bringing in 'experience' was Cotts, perhaps. Bring 'em in for nowt; steady the ship; bore the entertainment seekers to revolt; get shot for nowt. Those were the days? Nathan Dyer getting MotM in Swansea's 3-2 over Ars (instead of getting carded for studding Ramsey's shin) on the weekend that Super Gary passed his medical at the Bridge suggested Cotts could spot 'm young too!
Couch Potato
I think Owen Coyle's dabblings in the south American market had "ulterior motive" written all of them. What did he really know about Diego Penny or Guerrero? And who was that other Argentina winger we were linked with? All through the same agency. When you here that the agent made 1.5m on the transfer of Ruben Rochina to Ewood (despite a fee of 375,000), it does make you wonder just how much managers are willing to get in bed with the shadowy agent industry.
cubanclaret
Cotts if you remember had to do all this against the backdrop of losing all his key players in the January (and sometimes Summer) window at a time when the club was a 'selling club' even though pre-Xmas we were more often than not in the play-offs positions or thereabouts. Of course by the time the season came to an end and the 'Lack of ambition' sticking plaster had been applied, we were back in our usual position of midtable pleading poverty! Oh yes indeed how times have changed! (or have they?). Cotts had the vision to bring in Cahill too, a player now on a 100000-plus per week salary at Chelsea! Just imagine if it had been Cahill and not Trippier on loan this January
turfmanphil
some strange opinions on monty on here, fact is he cant get in our team at the moment and why would he want to go to a little club like burnley?
BilboBlade
Maybe because we beat your 'big' club at Wembley and are now playing a league above you with a chance of promotion to the top flight again?
turfmanphil
Cutting turfman....cutting. BilboB may have some words of wisdom for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VinRogue
Haha how do those grapes taste Mr Blade? Are they Sour?
YorkshireClaret
Ha...you boys bite easily, as always! You managed to attract a 15000 gate yet this season to your crumbling old ground? Look forward to seeing you all next season. The one thing i do miss about your place is the excellent chippy opposite the ground, it always lifts the gloom of being in Burnley. LOL.
BilboBlade
Well they were words VR but not wise ones!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
As cuban, bilbo and dale have all aluded to, can't see this one happening. Living in Sheffield, as a few of us do, it's nice to see what success in the third division is doing... ;-)
whentheballmoves
Bilbo must be bored with the dizzy heights of the 3rd Division, hence why he feels the need to do a J R Hartley on here!
VinRogue
The midfielder I would have from Sheff Utd is Stephen Quinn. He's having a very good season I believe, as is Kev McDonald.
cubanclaret
i think he can contribute to our playoff surge
dynamoclaret
 

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