Date:Thursday January 24 2008
The local Tayside & Fife Courier stated today that Dundee Unired chairman Eddie Thompson has made it clear he is after a seven-figure cash up-front bid for captain Barry Robson after turning down offers from Burnley and Nottingham Forest.
£1.25 million appears to be the figute that the Tangerines have in mind for Robson.
The Clarets bid came the closest offering a downpayment of £750,000 now plus an additional £200,000 to follow if Burnley got promotion to the Premier League whilst Robson was still on their books
Nottingham Forest, it is believed only offered £300,000, which was dismissed out of hand.
Eddie Thompson is quoted as saying the following.
"We have turned down two offers for Barry as neither was anywhere near what we would be looking for," he confirmed.
"One of the bids in question was well off the mark, the other was heavily dependent on top-ups.
"In the latter case we told the club concerned that we were looking for a basic offer, not one related to whether they won promotion or other such things, and invited them to come back to us on that basis."
It is understood, however,according to the Courier that Burnley have no plans to increase their bid . BBC Sport also suggested the same yesterday.
If this is the case, and Robson is or at least was quite clearly Owen Coyle's top target, why are we giving up so easily?
£1.25 million is surely a fair price to pay for the midfielder who is also capturing the attention of a number of Premier League clubs with Birmingham and Newcastle two that have been linked.
For heaven's sake, we are going to have to swallow some pride here and go the extra mile to get what we want or get left behind. It's not as though we havent got the money after selling Andy Gray for £1.5 million.
Let's just take stock here, we are only four points off the play-offs and yet we currently have only 23 players in the squad and have lost our top goal scorer. One of those players is out on loan to Stirling Albion (Jay Rodriguez), one is only a young 2nd Year apprentice drafted into the squad as an emergency (Adam Kay) and two are still out injured with cruciate ligament problems (Duff & Berisha) and unlikely to feature if at all until April-May 08.
The situation that involved having to bring in Adam Kay should set the alarm bells ringing. We are going to be prone to these problems for the rest of the season with such a small squad unless we have tons of luck on the injury & suspension side. There is also of course, no leeway or options should one or two players hit bad form. Our difficulties will just be magnified under these circumstances.
I am sorry Brendan, Barry and Owen but so far this is just not good enough. As the transfer window clock ticks down to the end of January, listen to the fans frustrations out there, try & understand why a number feel like this having bought season tickets seduced by the prospect of a free one next season if we reached nirvana!
Nirvana will not be reached unless we get some new players in, good players of the type that all our competitors seem to get in knowing they are paying over the odds.
For heaven's sake, we seem to be giving up at the first hurdle and sulk when our first bid is refused. It's a good job. Charlton didnt with their bid for Gray.
Dont let the fans down!
Date:Thursday January 24 2008
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