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Rumour Mill-Alex the Bruce Anyone?

Rumour Mill-Alex the Bruce Anyone?

Burnley are considering a move for former Leeds United defender Alex Bruce according to Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old is now available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Elland Road and is thought to be looking for a new challenge at a club where he could feature more often in the first team.

Former Leeds boss, Simon Grayson did not give Bruce much opportunity this season although he did come into the first-team reckoning more often under new gaffer, Neil Warnock and played seven times following the his arrival in February.

Eddie Howe is thought to be admirer of the Republic of Ireland international and former Birmingham and Ipswich central defender with Sky Sports suggesting he could be prepared to offer him a deal early in order to beat the rivals for his signature.

It is not the first time we have been linked with the player but he could be a more attractive proposition to the club now that he is out of contract and could sign on a Bosman.

Although mainly used as a central defender, he can also play at full back so offers more options in defence.

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Friday May 4 2012
Time: 4:35PM

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We have debated this link before and if I recall the general consensus was we could do better! What do folks think now? Looks like we will be up for cut-price budget deals now, so a freebie is bound to be attractive but is he the right player for our back four? Bit equivocal on this to be honest
turfmanphil
04/05/2012 16:39:00
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We the start of bargin bucket player time at the turf. I not sure how good this guy is, surely if he is good enough Leeds would not want to let him walk away and it cant be wages can it considering we are not going to be offering a fortune. I think this type of deal is going to be par for course during this summer. This is the reality of the new financial rules we are going to have to operate under.
deadlydave
04/05/2012 16:56:00
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When I have seen him I have always thought he was a useful player - Not sure if he is a 'top 6 team starter' though.
Claretdale
04/05/2012 17:02:00
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A Leeds fan here. A few were surprised that Bruce wasnt given and extension. He was unfairly treated and never got a chance under Grayson and seemed to be made the scapegoat for any poor defensive performances. He has played well since Warnock arrived an d had a couple of Man of the Match performances. I wish him well.
erni
04/05/2012 17:03:00
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I'm with erni on this .... never had a fair crack of the whip at Leeds. Always looked decent when I saw him (although compared to the rest of our defence, I'D probably look good - and I'm 52). Most folks had him as MoM when we drew with Arsenal at New Highbury in the Cup last season .....
Yorkshrman
04/05/2012 17:08:00
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So sounds ok for a squad player.
Grimsby Claret
04/05/2012 17:25:00
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I think some of us need a reality check, we can't afford Rio or Anton and anyone we sign will have to cope with our wage structure of not paying over the odds, if Bruce fits the bill sign him up.
VinRogue
04/05/2012 19:58:00
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Not convinced, but as someone has said, he is both versatile and cheap, so maybe??!! :-)
whentheballmoves
04/05/2012 20:09:00
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I remember watching his New Highbury MoM performance on telly and wondering if he played like that every game. I would not be unhappy if we signed him. Sounds like he's hungry, but with that bit of extra experience we want to add to the squad.
Couch Potato
05/05/2012 07:22:00
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Very true VR. I would go so far as to say BFC will spend far less than what we make in the close season transfer market. We have to rely on EH and his team to spot undiscovered talent and weld it into a winning team. A hard job with lots of competition but can and must be helped with the right forward looking attitude from the Board.
cornwallclaret
05/05/2012 07:51:00
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