Date: 17th July 2009 at 9:30am
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Owen Coyle and the lads are now firmly ensconced on the West Coast after flying out to America yesterday for the start of their US Tour.

Whether that means we can expect a lull in transfer activity during their stay in the US remains to be seen although this is now a shrinking world when you consider all the modern communications available to the club.

There are certainly no new rumours to report this morning but there are some updates on two of our reported targets, Marcus Tudgay and James McCarthy.

We look to have lost out on James McCarthy who looked virtually certain to be joining Mick McCarthy’s mob at Wolves until Wigan entered the race. Hamilton are reported to have accepted Wigan’s £2.6million bid.

Accies are understood to have previously accepted a £2.5m plus £500,000 add-ons offer from Wolves for the 18 year midfielder but James McCarthy appears to have turned down the Molineux club. According to the Sun newspaper today he looks likely to now join Wigan and will be having a medical today after the two clubs agreed a deal

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international of course was linked with a move to Turf Moor but Owen Coyle’s valuation of the player did not meet Hamilton’s expectations and the Wolves and Wigan offers are virtually double the bid we put in.

So it now looks certain that he wont be joining his Hamilton team mate, Brian Easton who signed for the Clarets this week although at one time McCarthy looked keen to come to Turf Moor in view of the considerable Scottish connection and set-up

The war of words over Burnley’s interest in Marcus Tudgay continues with his agent, Darryl Powell once more calling the shots with Sheffield Wednesday again on the receiving end after they made stern accusations on the Official Owls website about the behaviour of Burnley FC and Powell.

Marcus Tudgay clearly wants to have talks with Burnley FC and achieve his dream of playing in the top flight.In my opinion it has been just a simple overreaction from the Owls board. All Burnley FC have done is bid for a player we liked the look of before someone over the Pennines started using inflammatory language which quite frankly has now turned the whole saga into a war of words! The exchange is mainly between agent and Wednesday I hasten to add although Burnley have been accused of underhand tactics. Unsettling a player my arse, he’s a big boy now, he can decide what his own ambitions are and surely everybody can see that a chance to play in the top flight would be every player’s dream. All Wednesday had to say was that the offer did not come up to their valuation of the player and leave it at that instead of which they start chucking their toys out of the pram in full gaze of the media with poor Tudgay caught up in the middle of it all. No wonder according to his agent, he is now considering handing in a transfer request.

Powell speaking to said:

‘Marcus wants to go to Burnley and he is disappointed that they have rejected a bid for him. Like any player, Marcus wants to play in the Premier League and we are considering all our options. I plan to sit down with Marcus next week and we will decide what is best for him to do.Obviously handing in a transfer request is an option and we will talk through all our options.Marcus is not thinking of signing the new deal on offer [from Wednesday] and he is ready to wait and see what happens. Marcus is a bit miffed that an offer of £2million in the current financial climate is thought as being derisory. To call the bid derisory was a bit rude I thought for a player who is entering the final year of his contract.’

So this saga looks set to run and run but whatever happens the ball is now firmly in Wednesday’s court and they will have to think very carefully how they intend to hold onto a player who will clearly be totally demotivated if they thwart his Premier League ambitions.