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The Fletcher Irony and the Vokes Conundrum!

The Fletcher Irony and the Vokes Conundrum!

Burnley stand to gain from a sell-on clause, should Wolves decide to sell Steven Fletcher following their relegation to the Championship last season. The former Burnley striker is thought to be strongly on Sunderland`s radar but would they be willing to accept Wolves asking price?

Wolves are thought to have put a £10m price tag on the 25 year old, Scottish international's head with some media reports suggesting as much as £14 million. It is unlikely though that the club would accept anything less than £10 million due simply to the sell-on clause negotiated with Burnley when they brought the striker to Molineux for £6.5 million in June 2010. It is thought the sell-on clause could be quite lucrative for Burnley with reports that the club could be owed between 10 and 15 per cent of any future profit on the player.

Strangely the sell-on clause may well have both a positive or negative effect when you consider we are also interested in bringing another Wolves striker to Turf Moor. It is no secret Eddie Howe would like to sign former loan striker, Sam Vokes on a permanent deal and it now looks like the sale of Fletcher or not could be influential in our chances of signing him.

On the face of it, receiving money for the transfer of Fletcher will only help us financially secure the services of Sam Vokes but then if Wolves lose one of their key strikers would they then be reluctant to lose another forward? Vokes may well be given a new lease of life at Molineux if Fletcher departs so there lies the irony. On the other side of the coin, the fact the sell off clause exists could put Sunderland off due to the asking price thus giving the Clarets a better chance of signing Vokes. So that is the conundrum!

Probably I suspect that Burnley FC will be hoping that Steven Fletcher is sold. They will then at least receive the additional dosh even if that means their prime target Sam Vokes could become more difficult to prise away from Molineux. The money would still be there even if that meant they would have to look elsewhere for another striker.

There is another interesting possibility. Wolves knowing Burnley are keen on Vokes might attempt a compromise over the sell-on clause so that in the end both parties could achieve what they want .

All rather intriguing don`t you think?

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Writer:turfmanphil
Date:Saturday July 21 2012
Time: 10:29AM

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Cant wait to see how this one plays out!!
turfmanphil
21/07/2012 10:33:00
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Prepare for a long wait on developments on this one- Fletcher has been linked with this move almost daily since the end of the season and even though our local paper continues to drag the story on today there has been no sign of any offer coming in whatsoever for anyone aside from Ronald Zubar. You raise the point about the price being asked. In my book, especially considering how much other players have gone for over the past few seasons, and the goals he has consistently scored, 10 million is by no means absurd. We signed him for 7 and whilst he was oddly left on the bench for much of his first season at the club, last season he was tremendous. We both know the quality of the player and he has already proven himself at the top; consistently scoring in two sides ultimately relegated. Who knows how many he could get for someone like Sunderland who I expect to finish in the top 8 next season. They are not exactly short of money and they need a goal scorer so will they come up with the price. The club itself insists we do not have to sell, and Fletcher has shown no indication he wants to leave. He has simply come back from the summer and got on with it. Would like to hear your thoughts on Vokes. I have always liked the player since we signed him- he looked very good when we first signed him and was soon playing (and scoring) for Wales. He was never given a chance under Mick. Be interesting to see what the new manager thinks of him- he still has Fletcher, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake and Sigurdson ahead of him right now.
New York City Wolf
21/07/2012 15:46:00
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Very good thought-provoking post, NYCW thanks for that mate! Vokes was pretty good for us although had Eddie Howe played him more we might have seen him play more games for us and get a better idea instead of Mick bringing him back n hiving him off to Brighton! Howe clearly likes him though! The Fletcher one is more intriguing, if truth be known taking Vokes out the equation I think both clubs would benefit by selling him! Fletch got I think to be honest cold feet after relegation with Burnley although I think he said summat similar about being willing to stay at the time! Edging his bets? Let's face it mate, he's better than Championship!!
turfmanphil
21/07/2012 17:01:00
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Really want to see Vokes playing for us next year, he offers us another dimension and is a really good player. Interesting scenario, but all that really matters is that we get Vokes at the end of it.
AdamBurnleyFan
21/07/2012 19:01:00
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Wasnt impressed by Vokes to be honest , thought his positional sense and movement was poor , not really quick just appeared a big strong lad , not for me !
Bernie Lee
22/07/2012 00:32:00
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Oh well Wolves now confirmed they will let him go so we shall have to see. Thought we might have gone more for McQuoid but clearly not
turfmanphil
23/07/2012 17:33:00
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